Sunday, May 31, 2009

I Feel Like Going To Church - MC Hammer - Pray

Pray by Mc Hammer (MP3 Download)

Pray by Hammer (Audio CD - Nov 30, 1990) - Single

Mc Hammer

Cambodian-LA psychedelia

Dengue Fever from LA play a kind of psychedelic pop - apparently redolent of pre Khmer Rouge Cambodia. Album here Venus On Earth

LA Times "Sexy and eclectic, it's world music for the cool kids".

Saturday, May 30, 2009

A Sad Song

In late 2007, Fredo devoted his attention to a long series of live to digital performances he called "cluster videos," releasing one per month on his website. "Cluster Videos"

His album can be viewed here
The Turn

Friday, May 29, 2009

Poor Old Dirt Farmer

As is now

Before his treatment for throat cancer - the drummer in The Band

For All You Jonas Brothers Fans

*This is a repost of a post by Kim*

Since we're living in a time where every teenage girl you know is in love with the Jonas Brothers I decided to post some of their music videos up. My friend really likes this song, it's called "When You look me in the eyes"

This is the Original version of the song, It's softer then the newer version and is sung by Kevin.

This is the Newer version of the song and the one my friend likes the most. This one is sung by Joe.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa

I forget sometimes that the 'King of Soul' was only 26 when he died - every track a gem.

This one in particular Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul

1. Ole Man Trouble
2. Respect
3. Change Gonna Come
4. Down In The Valley
5. Loving You Too Long
6. Shake
7. My Girl
8. Wonderful World
9. Rock Me Baby
10. Satisfaction
11. You Don't Miss Your Water

Monday, May 25, 2009

When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Notes from YouTube;
Noted Bandmaster Patrick Gilmore wrote the lyrics for this tune when his band was attached to the 24th Massachusetts Infantry. The tune is the same as the Irish song "Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye" but there is some dispute as to which came first.

"Johnny" did not refer to "Johnny Reb" but most likely Gilmore's future brother-in-law, a Union army officer. The story behind the song is on the Library of Congress website.

Library of Congress Website

The first page of the song (Louis Lambert was a pseudonym of Gilmore's) bears a dedication at the top "to the army and the navy of the Union". This was not a Confederate song.

Image of Sheet Music

When Johnny comes Marching Home by Pete Seeger And Bill MacAdoo

When Johnny comes Marching Home by The United States Military Academy Band

When Johnny comes Marching Home by Dolly Parton

When Johnny comes Marching Home by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

When Johnny comes Marching Home by Glenn Miller And His Orchestra

Videos from YouTube

The original lyrics as written by Gilmore, are:

When Johnny comes marching home again
Hurrah! Hurrah!

We'll give him a hearty welcome then
Hurrah! Hurrah!

The men will cheer and the boys will shout
The ladies they will all turn out
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.
The old church bell will peal with joy
Hurrah! Hurrah!

To welcome home our darling boy,
Hurrah! Hurrah!

The village lads and lassies say
With roses they will strew the way,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.
Get ready for the Jubilee,
Hurrah! Hurrah!

We'll give the hero three times three,
Hurrah! Hurrah!

The laurel wreath is ready now
To place upon his loyal brow
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.
Let love and friendship on that day,
Hurrah, hurrah!

Their choicest pleasures then display,
Hurrah, hurrah!

And let each one perform some part,
To fill with joy the warrior's heart,
And we'll all feel gay
When Johnny comes marching home.

When Johnny Comes Marching Home@Wikipedia


Carole King set a standard by which other contemporary singer-songwriters must be measured against. Tapestry was and is a great collection of music that gets the hair at the back of my neck standing up. Superlatives rain down on her - still as consummate, fresh and vital as ever.

My favourite albums
Tapestry - Legacy Edition
Live At Carnegie Hall
Writer/Rhymes & Reasons

New Jazz Artist Melody Gardot

Ron recently posted a video of the aptly named Melody Gardot, I just got around to taking a closer look at her, after hearing her on my local jazz radio station. When I heard her voice, I had to check her out.

Man she is talented, I love her phrasing and sense of style. She sounds good, has implacable timing and is easy to look at, a very compelling combination indeed.

Ron said of her, "Sumptuous, sexy, scrumptious." and I agree wholeheartedly.

A wonderful video that can not be embeded Who Will Comfort Me

Wikipedia says of her:
Melody Gardot (born 1985) is an American jazz singer, writer and musician in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was disabled at 19 after being struck by a car while riding her bicycle and became a musician after discovering music therapy. She has been influenced by such blues and jazz artists as Janis Joplin, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and George Gershwin as well as Latin artists such as Stan Getz and Caetano Veloso.

My One And Only Thrill
My One And Only Thrill by Melody Gardot (MP3 Download)
My One And Only Thrill by Melody Gardot April 28, 2009 (mp3 Download)

Worrisome Heart
Worrisome Heart by Melody Gardot (MP3 Download)
Worrisome Heart by Melody Gardot Feb 26, 2008 (mp3 Download)

Melody Gardot

Melody Gardot @Twitter

Melody Gardot @MySpace

Interview On NPR's Weekend Edition

Sunday, May 24, 2009

12 Year Old Singer - Rachel Dupard

The young singer Rachel Dupard has a bright future ahead of her. She has a wonderful singing voice.

Her Notes @ Youtube;
I performed as young Billie Holiday along with four teenage girls this summer for TBBAL Summer Program. Of course the background music makes the song much nicer but I did it anyway because I really like the song.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Mountain Music

Beautiful Kurdish singer - some voice!



Want a DVD Bill Monroe - Father Of Bluegrass Music [2008] [DVD]

Tuvan Throat Singing

There is an album! Central Asia-Choomej-Throat Singing



The Cadillacs

The group was noted for their 1955 hit "Speedo," which was instrumental in attracting white audiences to Black rock and roll performers. On one of the best gangster movies made

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Jazz Greats

From one of my facebook links

Each year, as part of its mission, the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival (DEJF) honors jazz greats for their lifetime contributions to jazz and humanity.

The DEJF Lifetime Achievement Award is bestowed, at a concert during the annual festival, to an individual who serves as a model representative for jazz and has dedicated his/her life to jazz as an art form, an education tool, and a unifying force.

This year’s award recipient will honor pianist, composer and educator Ellis Marsalis. The concert will feature Branford, Wynton, Delfeayo, and Jason Marsalis, Harry Connick Jr and Dr. Billy Taylor. The concert will be held on Monday, June 15 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This is excellent!

Glorious fun!

They do everything so well, these 17 Hippies, writing songs with memorable melodies that they sing effortlessly in German, French or English. And yet they remain unnoticed in the background, championed by nobody, unloved and unwanted. How could that be?

...... So let’s get things straight. They don’t play electric guitars and there aren’t exactly 17 of them – there could be more, but usually less than ten members go on tour. They’re not hippies, either, although they are based in Berlin, perhaps the last European city where a free-floating community of artists, writers and musicians can find apartments with rents so low, it’s possible to follow your instincts and not surrender to commercial requirements.

But there’s a deeper problem holding back 17 Hippies. They sound as if they enjoy themselves, as if they don’t take themselves too seriously. And that can cause problems for music journalists and reviewers, who prefer to find angst in the lives and songs of their targeted musicians. But while it’s true that there’s a light, open atmosphere to the sound of 17 Hippies, most of their songs have a rueful and even melancholic tone. There’s more here than first meets the ear.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Blind Melon On my Mind

Blind Melon is one of those bands that had so much promise, I love the video below for it's uplifting message of hope. That is why the tragic loss of the bands lead singer to a drug overdose was such a shock.

I recently read of them getting back together, I hope they pull it off.

Blind Melon
Blind Melon Album by Blind Melon

Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue 669
November 1993 - Blind Melon Cover
Rolling Stone Magazine, Issue 669, November 1993 - Blind Melon Cover by Jann S Wenner
click on image for details

Blind Melon

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Saw a live version on UK television last night - brilliant! A new album coming out in early June

Weird but compelling

Together Through Life by Bob Dylan

Together Through Life
Together Through Life by Bob Dylan
click image to hear mp3s

Track Listing

1. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' 3:50
2. Life Is Hard 3:39
3. My Wife's Home Town 4:15
4. If You Ever Go To Houston 5:48
5. Forgetful Heart 3:41
6. Jolene 3:50
7. This Dream Of You 5:50
8. Shake Shake Mama 3:36
9. I Feel A Change Comin' On 5:25
10. It's All Good 5:27

I have been hearing a lot about Bob Dylan's new album. So I thought I would give it a listen. For the most part I like it, kind of shows the evolution of a master musician. I would imagine that at sixty-eight and some 33 albums that Bob Dylan could mail one in if he wanted, but that is not the case here.

Over all I like the blues influenced tunes the best. I really like the amusing and bluesy number "My Wife's Home Town" (check out the evil laugh at the end of this song) and "Shake Shake Mama." Mr. Dylans voice to me is the best, so textured and mature. Makes me look forward to his next album.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Free mp3 downloads at

Here are the top ten free mp3 downloads from

1. Energy by The Apples In Stereo From the Album New Magnetic Wonder

2. Walk Tall (feat. Paul Simon) by Ziggy Marley From the Album Family Time

3. Still Have My Heart by Caitlin Crosby From the Album Flawz

4. Hurt Feelings (Album) by Flight Of The Conchords From the Album Amazon Sampler

5. In My Time Of Dyin' by The Lovell Sisters From the Album Time To Grow

6. Ninth Place by Buckwheat Zydeco From the Album Lay Your Burden Down

7. For What Reason by Death Cab For Cutie From the Album Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler

8. Invisible Cities by Nomo From the Album Invisible Cities

9. People Got A Lotta Nerve by Neko Case From the Album Middle Cyclone

10. Fortune Cookie by Los Straitjackets From the Album The Further Adventures of Los Straitjackets

Other Special Deals On Music


Sunday, May 17, 2009

Cow Cow Boogie

One of America's unsung heroines and one of the best boogie piano players Freddie Slack

It's a Shame

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Green Day

Bought son-in-law their new album, I am not quite decided yet.

Fortress 'round My Heart by Ida Maria on Sale is offering Ida Maria's latest mp3 album for $5.00 please click image below.

Fortress 'round My Heart
Fortress 'round My Heart by Ida Maria

Tracks Include

1. Oh My God 3:18
2. Morning Light 2:22
3. I Like You So Much Better When You`re Naked 3:12
4. Stella 3:00
5. Keep Me Warm 3:27
6. Forgive Me 3:13
7. Queen Of The World 3:26
8. Louie 2:25
9. Drive Away My Heart 3:21
10. In The End 4:32

A Selection of Songs Inspired by the Wife

Today is turning into one of those days where the wife is on my mind a lot. We got up this morning and the jokes started. She reminded me that we have been married for 20+ years (as if I could have forgotten that). So I pointed out to her that if she does not get out soon, we will have been married for 30 years.

We both found this funny, it is hard to explain the humor between a husband and wife. I just recommend that you get yourself one, and have fun with him or her.

After our laugh and some light breakfast she is of shopping (something she does best). And so I am left here with thoughts of her lingering.

Well there is always the music;

So the first song that came to mind and kind of sets the tone, we often have a (tongue in cheek) conversation that kind of goes like the BB King song "Cost to pay the boss."

Then came a feeling of Muskrat Love

Which led to me thinking about John Mayer's Your Body is a Wonderland.

BB King

Jeff Beck

Captain & Tennille

John Mayer


Friday, May 15, 2009


An oldie but really does warm your heart

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Don't be Hasty

We Are Family(original and remakes)

"We are family" was a song originally released in 1979 by the group Sister Sledge.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Want of a Nail

Jordan Pruitt

I really like Jordan Pruitt, So I decided to post up some of her music.

It's the Birthday of Stevie Wonder

Talking Book
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
click image for mp3s

Stevie Wonder was born on May 13, 1950. He is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.

According to wikipedia;
A prominent figure in popular music during the latter half of the 20th century, Wonder has recorded more than thirty U.S. top ten hits, won twenty-two Grammy Awards the most ever won by a solo artist in history, and the lifetime achievement. He has also won an Academy Award for Best Song, and been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Songwriters halls of fame. He has also been awarded the Polar Music Prize.

Blind from birth, Wonder signed with Motown Records at the age of eleven, and continues to perform and record for the label. He has ten U.S. number-one hits on the pop charts as well as 20 R&B number one hits, and album sales totaling more than 100 million units. Wonder has recorded several critically acclaimed albums and hit singles, and writes and produces songs for many of his label mates and outside artists as well. Wonder plays the piano, synthesizer, harmonica, congas, drums, bass guitar, bongos, organ, melodica, and clavinet. In his childhood, he was best known for his harmonica work, but today he is better known for his keyboard skills and vocal ability. Wonder is the first Motown artist and second African American musician to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song for his 1984 hit single "I Just Called to Say I Love You" from the movie The Woman in Red. According to he is the eleventh most successful songwriter in U.K. chart history based on weeks that his compositions have spent on the chart.

I really find it difficult to write about Stevie Wonder, if there is one musician who conveys the sound track of my youth and formative years it is Stevie Wonder. His songs are so positive and full of hope and joy that I enter a kind of bliss just listening to his music. And in the limited space of a blog post I could go on and on about him, and how much I love his music.

For the most part it does not matter which one of his albums you pick, I will probably like something off of it. That is why it is so difficult for me to pick any of his stuff to present. When it comes to Stevie Wonder, all I can say is that it is all good.

Stevie Wonder

It's the Birthday of Red Garland

Red Garland at the Prelude
Red Garland at the Prelude [LIVE]
Red Garland was born on May 13, in 1923, and he passed away on April 23, 1984. He was a hard bop jazz pianist whose block chord style influenced many jazz pianists that came after him.

Like must pianists of his time he was influenced by a mix of music by Nat Cole, Bud Powell and Ahmad Jamal. Which he incorperated into his own unique approach to jazz music. Just as his style of playing block chords would influnce the players of the 1960s.

To our Children's Children

NASA Lunar landings set to the Moody Blues

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Happy Now


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Georgie Fame -Super Musician

Georgie was born near us - in Leigh and has been in the music business since he was 16. I've seen him several times over the years and hope to see him soon in Marsden - his fan site is here.

He is here with his good friend Alan Price

Georgie Fame & Alan Price - Rosetta

From the late 1980's until 1997 he toured with Van Morrison as musical director.

He has toured with Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings

He has had a number of residencies at Ronnie Scott's - a marvellous musician!

Friday, May 8, 2009


Hot Jazz/Western Swing!


Vegetable Powered

From their web site
Elephant Revival tours in a vegetable oil powered 1989 International School Bus which was converted in 08' by the great mechanical mind of ER multi-instrumentalist Sage Cook. Musically and creatively Elephant Revival is inspired to spread a message of sustainability while nurturing an awareness of positive change through the pure light intention of their music.

Amazon MP3
Elephant Revival

Andy Fairweather Low - Super Musician

I notice that few of the clips I have included actually h
ave Andy in them, however you get a feeling of the types of music he has been involved in. They also give me enjoyment in listening to some excellent music. That having been said I have observed Andy both live and in clips since the late '60's

Amen Corner - I remember enjoying this on TOTP in my youth. Very superior musicianship and excellent pop.

The Who

Andy sang backing vocals on many of the 1978 Who album 'Who are You' as well as subbing for Pete Townsend while he was in rehab.

Roger Waters - Andy has worked with the ex-Pink Floyd star since 1985

He has played Rhythm guitar for the Deep Purple's Joe Satriani

Eric Clapton - Andy plays guitar and backing vocals on One More Car, One More Rider

Bill Wyman Rhymn Kings although not on this track he has toured with them extensively

Linda Ronstadt & Emmylou Harris - he plays lead guitar on Western Wall. I am going to indulge in this

He is also on From Clarksdale To Heaven - Remembering John Lee Hooker

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Pete Seeger at 89

At 89
At 89 by Pete Seeger
I have always loved Pete Seeger's music. I was very happy to see the Ron had posted some of his stuff. A great album by him is Pete Seeger at 89. According to;
On At 89, iconic folk musician and activist Pete Seeger's first CD since the Grammy-nominated 2003 Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3 2-CD set, the peaceful warrior for human dignity surveys the progress that's been made in his lifetime and what still needs to be done to create a society of equals and to assure continued world survival.

Lovingly sequenced by producer/musician David Bernz, At 89 segues similarly themed songs into organic suites, using brief solo instrumentals and spoken introductions by Pete as links. Of the CD's 32 tracks, 26 have never been previously recorded by Pete. After the opening amble of Pete's "Nameless Banjo Riff," 89-year-old Seeger acknowledges on "False From True" that he's now of an age when it's time to reassess what's left to do - separating false from true, more important now than ever in this age of misinformation. He is joined on the next few songs of welcome and fellowship by the voices of his fellow Hudson River Valley, New York, musicians and friends, who are also heard singing and making music throughout the CD, adding to its sense of community. Among the contributing musicians are the members of Work o' the Weavers, a quartet (which includes Bernz) devoted to the repertoire and spirit of Pete's long gone but much-loved group; the Walkabout Clearwater Chorus; the After Hours Quartet; the Hudson River Sloop Singers, and other guests.

"The Water is Wide," a soothing duet between recorder and 12-string guitar, both played by Pete, provides the transition to the next set of songs ("It's a Long Haul," "Throw Away That Shad Net," "Song of the World's Last Whale," "If It Can't Be Reduced," "The First Settlers"), which address two of Pete's leading concerns - ecology and peaceful coexistence. The tragic uselessness of war ("When I Was Most Beautiful," "Bach at Treblinka") is lightened by a version of The Weavers' old favorite, "Tzena, Tzena, Tzena," that adds a hopeful mingling of recently added Arabic lyrics to the existing verses in Hebrew and English. The last segment of the CD circles back to the dangers of blind obedience (a new rendition of the Vietnam, and now Iraq, War parable, "Waist Deep in the Big Muddy"), and the need for personal involvement to save our planet from ourselves ("Or Else!" "Arrange and Re-arrange," "If This World Survives"). There's a particularly poignant moment on "Little Fat Baby" when Pete confronts his own mortality: "Some day, we'll be saying so long/Some day, it'll be time for me to move on").

But that day hasn't yet arrived. Pete is still sowing the seeds of peace and justice, whether inspiring Bruce Springsteen to carry on his legacy of musical tradition and personal activism or getting a classroom of school kids to sing songs in other languages. Like Tom Joad or Joe Hill, when there are wrongs to be righted or victories, however small, to be celebrated in the war between good and evil, that's where we'll always find Pete Seeger: in the flesh - leading a singalong - or in our hearts.

Track Listing

1. Nameless Banjo Riff 0:39
2. False from True 2:48
3. Now We Sit Us Down 1:15
4. Pete's greeting (spoken) 0:32
5. Visions of Children 2:12
6. Wonderful Friends 3:18
7. The Water is Wide 2:32
8. Pete talks about Clearwater (spoken) 0:31
9. It's a Long Haul 1:11
10. Throw Away That Shad Net (How Are We Gonna Save Tomorrow?) 4:45
11. Song of the World's Last Whale 2:39
12. The First Settlers 5:00
13. The D Minor Flourish / Cindy 0:45
14. Pete's intro to If It Can't Be Reduced (spoken) 0:47
15. If It Can't Be Reduced 2:12
16. Spring Fever 0:50
17. Pete speaks about World War II (spoken) 0:30
18. When I Was Most Beautiful 2:53
19. Bach at Treblinka 1:16
20. We Will Love or We Will Perish 1:31
21. The story of Tzena, Tzena, Tzena (spoken) 1:02
22. Tzena, Tzena, Tzena 2:21
23. One Percent Phosphorous Banjo Riff 1:34
24. Pete speaks about involvement (spoken) 0:13
25. Or Else! (One-a These Days) 3:20
26. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy 3:36
27. Little Fat Baby 4:48
28. Arrange and Re-arrange 3:16
29. Alleluya 1:58
30. Pete's extroduction (spoken) 1:14
31. If This World Survives 1:37
32. How Soon? 1:08

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Pete Seeger