Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Welcome to another month, another Battle of the Bands. Today's song is the Hal David Burt Bacharach composition "Raindrops Keep' Fallin' on My Head."
The song was originally released by BJ Thomas..
Next I will pick two contenders. If you want to join the fun your mission is to listen to both covers and tell me which one you like best (or hate least). I count up the votes and announce a winner in another post in about a week.
Contender One: Johnny Mathis
Contender Two: Manic Street Preachers
Let me know who you like! I hope you enjoy and I will see you soon!
Monday, June 29, 2020
On this day in 1979 Lowell George passed away. Lowell George was a founding member of Little Feat, a session player and a record producer.
This was one of his early singles with a band called The Factory called "Smile, Let Your Life Begin."
Lowell with Frank Zappa "Hey Girl"
Little Feat "Willin'"
Lowell George "20 Million Things"
Some fun deep tracks and Willin'. I will be back soon!
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
"Come On In The Water is Pink"
It was a close battle. The votes were down. My contest was decided by one vote.
The Ventures edged out Tommy Emmanuel 3 votes to 2.
"Walk Don't Run"
Tune in July 1, 2020 for another Battle!
Monday, June 22, 2020
If you know my posts, it won't be one song to honor world music day. I figure I would take you on a musical trip around the world, stopping not only in different places but in different times and spaces as well.
Let's start in Zimbabwe. Here is Oliver Mtukudzi with "Todii"..
Like what you heard I wrote a post about him when he passed away. I had the honor of seeing him with Bonnie Raitt.
Let's travel to Niger for the guitar work of Bombino "Azamane Tiliade"
I had the pleasure of watching Bombino open for Robert Plant a few years back you an read my review here.
Let's go to Jamaica for some Bob Marley "Three Little Birds"
Let's dance in Mexico with Los Lobos..
Hope you enjoyed the trip!
Monday, June 15, 2020
Last week's 4M was so much fun I thought I would follow up today with an encore!
You know music is a better place than the world!
Let's start rocking with Van Halen..."Jump"
Let's dance to some reggae with Bob Marley "Jamin'"
Keep dancing "The Jitterbug" Judy Garland
"Jamaica Mistaica" Jimmy Buffett
"Jammin' Me" Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Jane's Addiction "Jane Says"
I think I got some none else had last time!
Sunday, June 14, 2020
All this anarchy going on and here I decide to do my Battle of the Bands post a day early. Well I found inspiration. I knew I didn't want to go with another rock and roll song. Then I found out today is the anniversary of Henry Mancini's death. Well you don't have to a detective or inspector to know where that led me!
Here is Henry Mancini's version...
Contender One: The Ventures
Contender Two: Tommy Emmanuel
Who are you voting for The Ventures or Tommy Emmanuel? Let me know in the comments and I will count up the votes. The winner announced in a separate post in a week or so. Hope you enjoy and I will be back soon!
Friday, June 12, 2020
Sports will age you. First players you grew up watching retire. Second you reach that age when you realize you are too old to play them professionally (or in some people's cases can no longer play them professionally.) In my case I had other things working against me. I could list them but this isn't a self roasting blog. Then sadly players you used to watch pass away. That happened with Claudell Washington this week.
Washington would have turned 66 on August 31st. Still a little early in my book. I became a fan of his during his Atlanta Braves tenure from 1981 to 1986. During that time he was named an All-Star.
By the time he came to the Braves he already had a World Series ring and was named an All-Star at the age of 20 with the Oakland A's.
Here is some highlights from his first All-Star game..
He went on to play for the Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and New York Mets before coming to the Atlanta Braves. After the Braves he played for the Yankees and California Angels. Below is a memorable game winning homer for the Yankees in an 18 inning game..
His death was probably cancer related as he had battled it in recent years. He left his mark in baseball an will be missed. I hope he rests in peace.