August 24, 2017

"I may be Hitler, but I'm still not Trump"

The segue machine is set to kill.

I may have set a personal record in tagged categories for this post. It's part five of a YouTube original creation by Chris Ray Gun called "Social Justice: The Musical"

I post this one first because it's the first episode I found [while searching for "modern protest songs" after listening to Buffalo Springfield's 'For What It's Worth' following 'The Night They Drove Ol' Dixie Down' as referenced in the previous post] and also because it is timely and entertaining. The guy seems very talented and well worth a look at his other work.

Enough. On with the show!

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:32 PM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2017

Music input

One of the things I like at the PowerLine blog is their side interests. Scott regularly posts on English football (Everton, I think), John Hinderocker covers the beauty pageant cycle with an artists' eye, and of course Dr. Hawyard's personal accounts of his tours through the fever-crazed swamps of academia and collection of memes never disappoint.

His latest entry is a fascinating take on Suzy Bogguss. She sounds like a true American treasure. Don't know if this is JK's taste, but thought I would share.

PL's a great site, but the WordPress plug-ins are amongst the worst in the industry (they've recently taken to pinging my kindle with a fake virus attack warning)... any advice on how do I quiet those down?

Posted by nanobrewer at 10:16 AM | Comments (4)
But jk thinks:

I wonder if people complain enough to sites like that. I read them A LOT less for their aggressive scripting.

I once installed Firefox (I use Chrome and IE) just to visit Creepy sites. I set it on high security and never accessed an important password protected site. That helped some. Now, with Win10 and a new Edge installation it does not see too bad.

The other one, which surprises me more, is National Review. They are collecting money fro a ground-up rewrite and I am hoping it includes different funding or rules on ads.

Greedy capitalists! Just looking at the bottom-line and not the suffering of their user community.

Posted by: jk at January 22, 2017 1:09 PM
But jk thinks:

As to Ms. Bogguss, you cannot go wrong doing an album of Merle Haggard tunes. Loved what I heard.

Posted by: jk at January 22, 2017 1:33 PM
But nanobrewer thinks:

Yes, NRO is bad, as is Weekly Standard - ah well, I need more RAM for a game I'd like to play :-) Glad you liked what you heard!

Posted by: nanobrewer at January 22, 2017 11:08 PM
But jk thinks:

Damned Conservatives!

Posted by: jk at January 23, 2017 12:17 PM

October 6, 2016

All Hail Taranto!


Posted by John Kranz at 5:25 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Nice. But I gotta say, I saw the "Doug Band" quip coming a mile away.

Posted by: johngalt at October 6, 2016 6:48 PM

April 21, 2016

Formerly, the Artist known as Prince.

I ain't gonna get maudlin. But:

The greatest Super Bowl Halftime show ever.

It would be more meaningful if there were a close competitor, but that's quite a performance.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:47 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Purdy good. [And that was Peyton Manning's first Super Bowl win.]

I have to say that I've not been a big fan. Mostly I think because it isn't my genre of choice. But I can imagine liking his work more now that he's gone - not because he's gone, mind you. To this day I regret that I was not a country music fan before the untimely death of the inimitable Chris LeDoux.

I'll salute Prince with a LeDoux lyric:

"Sit tall in the saddle, keep your head up high, Fix your eyes, where the trail meets the sky, And live like you're not afraid to die, Just relax, and enjoy the ride."

By all appearances, Prince did exactly that.

Posted by: johngalt at April 21, 2016 6:14 PM
But jk thinks:

I was not a fan at all until the Super Bowl show. I remember revising my opinion all in one sitting. I thought "oh, some pop guy.." That show (and I've watched it six times today) is pretty damn special.

I lifted this quote from 3:25 on my Facebook share:

It's profound and it's loud and it's funky -- and it's just one performer shaking the entire world.

Posted by: jk at April 21, 2016 6:53 PM

February 12, 2016

Gaga for the Anthem

It was a pretty good Super Bowl for this Bronco Fan. I walked the dog and missed most of the halftime show. I enjoyed several of the commercials, and there was that 24-10 thing.

I really dug Lady Gaga's national Anthem rendition. I collect them and enjoy both contemporary individualized and traditional versions. The lyrics are sublime and exhibit a nuance and subtlety for which Americans are not especially renowned. I didn't understand them until I was 40.

I flirted with having Francis Scott Key narrate my ill-fated book on Dred Scott v Sandford (he was Chief Justice Roger Taney's Brother-in-law and childhood friend). Alas Key died long before any of the interesting events. Key's ghost was a bit too much even for historical fiction.

But I retain a tie with Key and the lyrics are marvelous. Thanks to Penn Jillette, I can recite the second verse from memory. It is seriously magical:

On the shore dimly seen through the mists of the deep
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream,
'Tis the star-spangled banner -- O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

But the tune is garden-level martial pablum with a difficult range. Sorry patriots. Ergo, a little (or even a lot) of individualization fails to offend me. I wish we'd follow the Constitution as written, but a lead sheet for the Star-Spangled Banner is a living document full of emanations and penumbras.

I thought Lady Gaga played both sides and I remain captivated be her performance. I have listened a dozen times. ThreeSourcers might dig her comments after:

..."I just thought about the lyrics and what they really mean," said Gaga. They've been around a long time, so I thought about what they mean now, I just sang from my heart."

"No matter what you go through, the same as our country, that metaphor of 'but the flag was still there' is so powerful for me every time," said Gaga.

"I'm really singing it from the heart and I'm also singing it very true to the way it was written because that's when I think it sounds its most majestic.

There's no greater honor than standing next to the Color Guard, the Flag, the Army and the Military and singing the National Anthem."


Posted by John Kranz at 5:16 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

And she didn't wear the meat suit, which was a plus.

Seriously, I agree completely. I was impressed with the respect and emotion she showed. It struck me as 100 percent genuine and heartfelt. And the vocals were fantastic.

Posted by: johngalt at February 12, 2016 6:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Yeh, the meat suit made a poor first impression on me. The lovely bride had been rehabilitating her with me, based predominantly on her Duets with Tony Bennett. The anthem performance put her over the top.

Still not sure about those red heels, but no man was deprived his dinner over them.

Posted by: jk at February 12, 2016 6:45 PM

December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas, Humanity!

Beatles music joins streaming services

The deal involves rights to stream 224 songs from the original 13 studio albums released in the UK as well as "essential" collections including Past Masters.

The tracks will be made available from 24 December.


"It's a big PR catch as it helps communicate that the platforms are 'all the music in the world' - which is the value proposition of streaming services."

Well, all the music except for Adele. And Taylor Swift. And The JK Boxed Set.

UPDATE: Available now on iHeart Radio, among other places.

Posted by JohnGalt at 4:29 PM | Comments (0)

July 25, 2015

"Pissin' in my yard ain't gonna make yours any greener" - Bumped

The title is a line from the new song by blog favorite Kacey Musgraves. I heard it for the first time today, on the radio. My thought was, "Damn, that is TEA Party Liberation Theology right there." We need to encourage her to record a duet with Snoop Dog. Play it in Baltimore. Chicago. Brooklyn.

"Pourin' salt in my sugar won't make yours any sweeter."

A-dang-men. The chorus is good too but I won't excerpt. You'll have to listen. (Like you don't want to listen anyway.) This video looks like a bootleg from a live show in Florida. And a damn fine bootleg too.

This music blogger was impressed too.

Studio version here.

UPDATE: The linked studio version has been yanked, but here is the official video instead. And what the heck, let's bump it too.

Posted by JohnGalt at 12:29 AM | Comments (9)
But jk thinks:

The bootleg is Purdy good, I like the studio -- better audio ( plus one more verse?)

A YouTube commenter named David says "nice song hope she doesnt make a smutty video out of it keep pure"

Huh, we can't all agree on everything I guess...

Posted by: jk at May 4, 2015 12:13 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Yep, see the "blog favorite" hyperlink above. Just prior to the "Liberation Theology" hyperlink, to an academic post without a 'pretty girl with guitar' video.

In fairness, I haven't gotten around to reading this weekend's Review Corner effort either.

Posted by: johngalt at May 4, 2015 3:34 PM
But johngalt thinks:

No extra verse. Played 'em both at the same time to find out. :)

Posted by: johngalt at May 4, 2015 4:12 PM
But jk thinks:

D'oh! I did not see that one. I will confess that I expected the "This music blogger" to link to ThreeSources.

Posted by: jk at May 4, 2015 4:29 PM
But johngalt thinks:

*Obi Wan Kenobi voice* "Hover your mouse, Luke."

Posted by: johngalt at May 4, 2015 7:31 PM
But jk thinks:

"I'll just do me, honey, you just do you." If that ain't a libertarian manifesto...

Posted by: jk at July 26, 2015 11:47 AM

June 30, 2015

Review Corner

ThreeSources's favorite miniskirted libertarian philosopher has a new CD out.


It is awesome. Philosophically friendly, melodic, just great. Five stars.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:15 AM | Comments (4)
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I evangelized the Musgraves message on Denver talk radio last evening. I suggested "Biscuits" [first link above] as a bumper song on The Michael Brown Show (KHOW 630 AM). He played it out of the very next commercial and let it run through two verses, talking over it in places, and concluding, "That's a very good message. Live your own life."

For your amusement, here is our text message thread:

Me: Mike - Ask Angie to bump "Biscuits" by Kacey Musgraves. You'll both love it! Listeners too.

Mike: Ask and you shall receive...

Me: Mike you guys made my day! My kids thought it was cool too. :)

Mike: Glad to make your day!

Yes, I'm easily amused.

Posted by: johngalt at July 1, 2015 5:01 PM
But jk thinks:

Liberty lovers must take their victories as they arrive -- well done!

The lovely bride is just as smitten as I and this rolls in le condo d'Amour three or four times a day. Where not JS Mill classical liberalism, the lyrics are just homespun wisdom or great fun.

Posted by: jk at July 1, 2015 5:39 PM
But jk thinks:

If y'all ain't careful, I will start a KM Lyric of the Day:

Mama cried, when she realized I ain't pageant material . . . it's not that I don't care about world peace but I don't see how I can fix it in a swimsuit on a stage.

Posted by: jk at July 1, 2015 6:05 PM
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at July 2, 2015 10:52 AM

June 22, 2015

Rant + Review Corner

No, the Pope will not be mentioned.

I watched two very good documentaries. Both The Wrecking Crew and Muscle Shoals celebrate the uncelebrated studio musicians who created an unconscionable number of the hit songs with which I grew up.

Both are well worth your time and money. I watched them on successive nights and would recommend both in proximity. Because they're the same -- only they're not.

Wrecking Crew was made by Tommy Tedesco's son, Danny Tedesco. It's a little lower budget and a lot less "artsy." Tedesco is telling the story of his famous father that nobody has ever heard of, but whose music everyone has heard. It's a good story told well. Tedesco peré had a regular column in Guitar Player magazine with the same humor he exhibits on screen. So, I knew him.

Muscle Shoals has a little more budget, some big names, and much more artistic cinematography. Both movies have the gift of insanely good soundtracks, lovingly wrapped in the stories they tell. Muscle Shoals perhaps feels more like a movie and less like an informative seminar at your local library.

Yet, the artistic side leads it into some philosophical weeds. Behind the truly spectacular footage of the Tennessee river, we are told the story of the Yuchi Indian tribe who called the Tennessee River the Singing River because they believed a woman who lived in the river sang to them. Now that is a great story. And, were I contracted to tell the story of why a little backwater berg in Alabama and a crew of White Crackers who inhabited it would come to be a huge part of R&B music, I too would not have been able to resist "The Singing Lady."

Bono adds a little flavor, suggesting that rivers are always important to music: The Mersy in Liverpool, The Mississippi for blues, the Tennessee by Muscle Shoals... "Maybe music just needs the mud," says Bono, poetically behind his trademark sunglasses.

But they are all wrong! It is so much more prosaic -- but the economic explanation is somehow more beautiful. Music goes to rivers because people go to rivers. And people -- as these documentaries make clear -- make music.

The other beautiful part of the real, praxeological story, in the wake of have crimes in Charleston, is that much of the magic in Muscle Shoals was integration. Black artists came from the North, not really expecting to see so many white players. (The funniest part of the film is Wilson Pickett's describing the trip from airport to the studio. As he drove past cotton fields, he asked accusingly: "is that what I think it is?")

But the bands were integrated in both movies. Players don't care [full disclosure: the most talented group with which I was ever involved was an eight-piece disco band in 1980 and I was the only Person of Pallor]. And the lads in Muscle Shoals credited the diversity with creating a rich American gumbo of blues and country and bluegrass and R&B. I thought of Matt Ridley's "Ideas having sex:" beautiful music's having mixed race parents not unlike the lovely mixed-race exotic supermodels. I've long been a reverse-eugenicist.

More prosaic still was the Randian superhero that is Rick Hall. Born into poverty, rejected by his mother, he admits that his drive was fueled by bitterness. But he creates it. He builds the studio (Yes, Senator Warren...), he hires the players, he finds Percy Sledge singing his songs from the cotton fields to hospital patients, brings him in the studio, cuts "When a Man Loves a Woman" and calls Jerry Wexler of Atlantic and sells it to him over the phone.

Hall had much but lost much. Every record, he explains, was make-or-break. He had to make a #1 hit or the phone would stop ringing. So he drove the players, the artists, and himself -- and that produced a lot of quality -- even Keith Richards agreed.

I highly recommend both flicks. And you may choose the poetic or prosaic explanation: whichever you prefer. But there is a quiet beauty in celebrating human creation.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:32 AM | Comments (0)

June 9, 2015

ThreeSources Entertainment News

I'll second the WSJ's very appreciative review of Django and Jimmie

It's either an astonishing wonder or no wonder at all. Willie Nelson is 82 now, Merle Haggard is 78, and in their new collaboration, "Django and Jimmie," released last week on Sony's Legacy Recordings, they have one of the strongest, most engaging country albums of 2015. With its fresh, revealing songs, striking harmonies and varying rhythms, it will no doubt be added to the long list of enduring recordings they have each been making since the early 1960s.
With Jimmie Rodgers-like audacity and sentiment, and Django Reinhardt style invention and swing, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard have been pursuing similar courses for over five decades now. It's still thrilling to hear them working in cahoots.

Interestingly (to me), I was not sure the first time through. I liked it, but felt that a lot of the tunes sounded "phoned in."

On subsequent plays, I changed my opinion sharply. What sounded at first like lack of investment was actually spontaneity -- which is now a felony in Nashville. But these tunes were recorded in Austin over a couple of days when Merle was in town. The tunes are not under-loved, they are simply not over-produced.

Five stars. Why when these two lads season a bit...

UPDATE: Dang, I am quite the hitmaker! Thanks for running out and buying it.


Posted by John Kranz at 12:44 PM | Comments (0)

June 7, 2015

I wanna be like Ek

Because I think he's right:

"The old-world paradigms we used to have are no longer true. When I think about music in the future, I don’t make a distinction between what's radio, what used to be the music library, and so on," Ek told the Observer in a rare interview. "It's only going to be listening - and, as that goes forward, this old notion of these different industries or different competitors will collapse and merge together."

I like the idea of "Computer, play Kacey Musgraves." Or Dire Straits, or The Who, or Elvis. (Or one of these days, hopefully before I die, "Play The Beatles.")

I've fallen in love with a particular music service called "Rdio." It's got a subscription option but so far I'm listening to the free version, with occasional short commercials and songs from some artists (Jason Aldean and *ahem* Taylor Swift) limited to 30 seconds. I don't know if that changes with subscription or not. But it suggests songs based on whatever search you do, artist, song or genre, and lets different users set up their own "station" with personalized preferences.

No voice control yet but how long do you think that will be? Sooner than streaming the Beatles.

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:30 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

I truly enjoy The Amazon Echo. It is in Beta still and has some definite quirks, but voice control is liberating. They work to connect it to many of the popular services and yours might be available or soon.

I have a genuine sympathy for content providers of all stripes to face amorphous property rights in one's livelihood. The Luddite's response, however, has never been the best choice.

Posted by: jk at June 7, 2015 3:08 PM

May 30, 2015

Square Beatle

Now that weed is legal in Colorado, Washington, and probably more states very soon, prominent former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney says "he doesn't want to set a bad example for his children and grandchildren by using marijuana." Instead he prefers wine or "a nice margarita."

Hasn't he gotten the memo that marijuana is safer and better for you than booze? I would have expected a more enlightened decision from a long-time vegetarian advocate. Next he'll be saying he's Taxed Enough Already, or something stupid and white like that.

Posted by JohnGalt at 10:05 AM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

It takes a great blogger to admit he was wrong. And, as Mal would say "I'm alright."

In Paul's defense, a nice margarita provides a lot less impairment than typical marijuana use. One of the hopes of the legalization movement was that some weed equivalent of light beer would arise and rise in popularity. During prohibition, we said, drinkers wanted maximum potency for the difficulty of acquisition.

The Colorado experiment has been pretty thorough and I have seen none of that. To the contrary, incredibly strong edibles have captured the market. Maureen Dowd earned some ridicule, but I have heard several stories One-eighth of a cookie or one lick of a lollipop is a "hit." Huh? I am physically incapable of eating 1/8th of a cookie.

Still a big fan of JS Mill liberty. And many of the worse consequences I feared did not transpire. But I think Paul is right.

Posted by: jk at May 30, 2015 11:05 AM

May 15, 2015

Requiescant In Pace

My Facebook feed is about 100% BB King this morning. See? My friends ain;t so bad.


Posted by John Kranz at 10:14 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

"Blues Boy." A giant in every sense that I know.

Posted by: johngalt at May 15, 2015 1:19 PM

April 27, 2015

Tactical Victory, Strategic Loss

The Beatles looked pretty clever for some time having not sold digital rights to their music too cheaply. Everybody else got devalued, but Apple Corps retained value by avoiding the digital market.

We have the Amazon Echo® which I dig muchly. I don't use a lot of "Alexa's" feature-set, but having a voice-activated music player in the living room is handy as can be. There are some challenges of asking for something she can understand and that is available in one's Amazon library or on Amazon Prime®. Cool, but not yet perfect, it leaves one hunting for requests never tried before.

As I was scanning physical media for Sunday's Review Corner, the lovely bride said "Amazon, play Beatles." I thought "No, that's not gonna work, those mp3s are all locked up in Sir Paul's underwear drawer or Michael Jackson's estate or Hillary's email server -- not someplace you're gonna find 'em."

The Echo says "Shuffling Music by the Re-Beatles, from Prime Music." And on comes a passable cover of While my Guitar Gently Weeps. Yet, passable is not The Beatles. I do not hold the Fab Four in the reverent esteem of many my age, but they have clearly earned a special place in music. And George Martin's production was so far ahead of its time, we may yet to have caught up.

And, it struck me that the iPhone generation may never encounter one of the biggest and most influential acts of all time. If you're not digital, you're dead to the millennials, right?

Even some fans might find themselves inuring to The ReBeatles. That would be an artistic loss.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:39 PM | Comments (0)

March 24, 2015

Immigration Man

Is that what David Crosby (age 73) thought he was when he clipped a jogger named Jose Jimenez with his Tesla at 50 miles per hour?

According to the CHP, Crosby was going the speed limit--55 mph--and he didn't see Jimenez off to his right because he was driving into the sun.

"I'm sorry officer, I didn't see the red light because I was driving west near sunset." Are you kidding me? What if George W. Bush had hit a jogger with a Spanish surname while driving his SUV? [My dollar is in the mail.]

A CHP spokesperson says that Jimenez was the one who was on the wrong side of the road, because California law requires pedestrians to be walking/running against traffic when they're outside of a residential or business zone (this was a rural road) and he should have been on the left; while the incident is still being investigated, they do not expect to be filing any charges against Crosby.

However, the office noted, a pedestrian's action doesn't excuse drivers from exercising due caution while behind the wheel.

Ya think?

Posted by JohnGalt at 7:32 PM | Comments (8)
But jk thinks:

I take some Tesla whacks one post up. But, in all fairness and a rare bit of magnanimity to Musk: David Crosby has proven to be dangerous with any implement in his posession: "OMG!!! Lookout! It's David Crosby . . . and he has SALAD TONGS!!!"

My blog brother assumes every Jose Jimenez in the Golden State is likely in violation of immigration law?

Posted by: jk at March 25, 2015 11:41 AM
But jk thinks:

Props for the headline, BTW. Awesome.

Posted by: jk at March 25, 2015 11:53 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I admit the weakness of my example in the implication that every swarthy gent be asked for his "papers please" but I meant it as illustration of the inverted hierarchy of law enforcement. However much (or little) importance one places on enforcement of immigration law, jaywalking can scarcely be more important.

How about a compromise then, with the Administrative State. We'll let them outlaw "jaywalking on westward proceeding avenues at sunset." Lest they dent some innocent passerby's expensive fender.

Posted by: johngalt at March 25, 2015 12:42 PM
But johngalt thinks:

And... it was the central element of the awesome headline.

Posted by: johngalt at March 25, 2015 12:46 PM
But jk thinks:

I'm thinking some government funded Public Service Announcements. Maybe the First Lady can get involved: #letswalksafe or #lookthefuckoutitsdavidcrosby

Posted by: jk at March 25, 2015 1:46 PM
But johngalt thinks:

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Going to get towels now, for wiping coffee from screen.

Posted by: johngalt at March 25, 2015 2:26 PM

October 1, 2014

Jeffco Teacher Promotes Closing Young Minds

I need to get out more. This video dates to 2012, during the Romney-Obama campaign season, but Breitbart and I are just discovering it now. Why? Because it was, and apparently still is, on the Facebook page of a Jeffco 8th grade government studies teacher. Yee Haw! Where were the cool teachers when I was in 8th grade!

It's a very catchy tune with talented vocals but it does have me waxing nostalgic for the day when lyrics were unintelligible. And by the way, if one is "sick and tired of all the hatred you harbor" should she refrain from saying "You say you think we need to go to war well you're already in one, 'cause it's people like you that need to get slew..." and writing a chorus of "F*** you, F*** you, F*** you?"

And yet I do agree with Ms. Allen on one thing: It's not me, it's you.

HT- Friend Jen Raiffie for posting the vid.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:18 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

I saw some of this on FB (I still have not braved through to the end -- missing anything?)

This is a Jon Stewart thing isn't it? Doesn't he have a song like this? I think this is the high-level debate we miss not watching The Daily Show or being in the Eighth Grade.

Posted by: jk at October 1, 2014 2:50 PM
But johngalt thinks:

According to the info tab, the song dates to 2008 and the video was "created by a JeffCo R1 Public School Teacher - 8th grade government teacher."

You saw it on Jon Stewart? I wonder if teach' is collecting residuals?

Posted by: johngalt at October 1, 2014 3:03 PM
But jk thinks:

He has a song with the same charming lyrics in the chorus. When they run out of other arguments, they play it and the crowd goes wild. I thought it was a regular feature but I am no authority.

Would love to see Stewart & Teach'r in a protracted legal action -- kind of an Iraq-Iran war for the rest of us.

Posted by: jk at October 1, 2014 5:33 PM

September 18, 2014

Telecaster Thursday!

That could be a thing! Telecaster Thursday! (Hat-tip Sugarchuck)

(Only trouble is, Jim Campilongo looks like Sen. Mark Udall. I may watch this again after November.)

Posted by John Kranz at 12:19 PM | Comments (0)

July 1, 2014

Maybe I do Need Subsidies...

I laughed about "access" to guitar strings. But maybe my employer does need to get involved:


You know you're curious: ~$29/set before discount

Posted by John Kranz at 10:32 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

If "access for all" to guitar strings were "guaranteed" by government, everyone would get one set of crappy cat gut strings and exceptional strings such as these would become extinct. That is, until we get too old in which case we'd receive a pain pill.

Posted by: johngalt at July 1, 2014 11:13 AM
But jk thinks:

Statist. The real nightmare scenario is that these strings are crappy but Optima's lobbyist is good enough to get "oh, and by the way, they need to be have least 7.1% gold content" into the bill.

Then you get shortages, bad quality, and unreasonable expense -- a WFTGAWHTH Trifecta!

Posted by: jk at July 1, 2014 12:20 PM

June 3, 2014

It was the third of June

...another sleepy, dusty, delta day...

Happy Billie Joe Day!

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Posted by: johngalt at June 4, 2014 5:54 PM

April 24, 2014

Shameless Promotion of Others

Blog friend sc's current project gets a great review in BluesBytes. (Scroll halfway or search for "Annie Mack")

Annie and the band close out Baptized in the Blues with another Gospel-tinged tune, "Revolution." "Can I get an amen...or am I preaching to the choir...we need a revolution...truth start a righteous fire." I've enjoyed Annie's disc immensely and am glad that my Minnesota buddies -- Gary, Spike and John Hammer -- brought her to my attention. Sad that I missed seeing a live performance from Annie in Memphis, but I'm hoping to correct that later on this summer. Annies website is and I'd head over there and grab yourself a copy of Annie's disc. We need a revolution in Annie's case, and buying her CD is the best way to start a righteous fire!

Posted by John Kranz at 4:48 PM | Comments (0)

January 24, 2014

Shameless Promotion of Others

I hope I am not sharing too much, but I'm going to risk it.

Blog friend Sugarchuck is in Memphis competing at the 30th International Blues Challenge with Annie Mack. (If you have not purchased the new CD, you are a bad person, have no taste, and are probably a statist or a Charger fan or something worse). But that's not important.

From Facebook, I learn both that they have advanced to the semifinals and that sc is eating quite a bit of fried chicken and waffles on Beale Street. Plus, this cool picture form the "Women's Blues Showcase""


Break a leg, man!

Posted by John Kranz at 6:09 PM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2014

Real Book Software: Awful, Awful, Awful!

I bought a product so startlingly bad I need to post a review, both for catharsis and to perhaps prevent another from buying it. I did find a forum where people have been complaining about this for a few years. Spread the word.

I saw a banner ad for Real Book Software. The Real Book is a popular and famous book of charts for Jazz songs. It is a play on the term "Fake Books" which provide rudimentary enough chords to let you "fake it." The Real Book had meatier arrangements and actual transcriptions of solos. It is pretty interesting story [Wikipedia].

The Real Book Software was a good idea: put the book on tour computer, allow search and sort of the charts by genre, composer, title, performer, yadda yadda. They even package mp3s of the tunes so you can listen, and -- big draw for me -- versions of each in Band-in-the-box, a popular software I use to print charts but it also plays the songs for you to play along.

The ads and docs looked funky; that should have been a warning. But it fit into a new educational direction of mine and I was intrigued enough to PayPal $127 (Oww!) Wish I had searched online before paying. If you find this, I strongly advise you to steer clear.

The worst thing about Real Book Software:
The piracy protection -- moving beyond the ironic for somebody selling a compilation of likely pirated material -- is so unforgiving that it will not run on my computer without freshly installing it each time. I got a key from their support that allows me to reinstall beyond the 14 day period.

Second worst thing about Real Book Software:
Support is not very sympathetic. I was good natured and asked them to swap it for one of their products without the protection mechanism. "No, buddy, we have your money and you don't. That is how software works. Maybe you should buy a new computer that it will run on." I do software for a living and that is not really how it works.

A very bad thing about Real Book Software:
When it is installed and licensed, it works. But the GUI is very cheesy and the workflow is uninviting. You can sort, listen and view/print the charts (well, I can until I turn my computer off) but it doesn't feel like much value is added.

They were denigrated in the Band-in-a-Box forum, but I enjoy the band-in-the-box files. Those are just sitting in a directory. They don't connect or index to the program at all -- of course, this is good for me because the program does not work. Saved me some typing -- I'm not pleased that I paid $127 for it but it's keeping me from finding and burning down the dingy studio apartment where this business is surely headquartered.

Please feel free to link and share. I see from the forum that they have been defrauding naive players like me for a few years. Knowledge might be power.

Posted by John Kranz at 4:37 PM | Comments (2)
But johedoe thinks:

Yep, me too, I got ripped by this dude... worked a little bit and his overcomplicated protection mechanism made it unusable in no time. Scum software.

Posted by: johedoe at February 1, 2016 5:05 PM
But Dennis thinks:

I agree that installing and the anti-piracy stuff is way too complicated. I also think the software seems quite amateuristic. Everytime you want to install a plugin it first gives you an error of somekind, then you click OK and then you can direct (manually) the program to the needed path. Very annoying. The idea is great, the execution is very poor.

That being said I do like the amount of songs in there. It's like you have a huge collection of jazzmuziek at one mouseclick. I do think it's a great resource. However, some of the audio doesn't work either...


Posted by: Dennis at April 29, 2016 7:01 PM

December 3, 2013

Living Blues

Blog friend SugarChuck is a prolific and in-demand sideman who excels at escaping the "entangling alliances" inherent in band membership. An exception was made to create a CD with Annie Mack. I've talked it up 'round these parts a little.

The work has grabbed some great reviews, but the important one in this space would be Living Blues Magazine. Spoiler Alert: They Loved it! (Scroll down a bit, they don't like <a> tags over there -- not authentic enough HTML for the blues purist.)

Vocalist Annie Mack is the best kind of "roots" artist--dedicated to the heritage she's embraced, but resolute in her refusal to be pigeonholed. The title tune on this, her debut CD, is full of shout-outs to blues tradition, but it's propelled by a boogity-shoe funk backing. The disc’s most straightforward gospel number, Call On Jesus, owes as much to classic-era, Latin-tinged R&B as it does to the gospel tradition; the wronged lover's lament Fool to Believe grafts a Love Light-like groove onto a proto-funk, New Orleans-tinged rhythmic pattern. Elsewhere, Mack delves into roadhouse rock, neo-Kimbrough trance boogie, country-tinged deep-soul balladry, and blues/rock/pop mélange in the contemporary mix-and-match mode. Her alto delivery is strong, and she seems to gain flexibility as she immerses herself more deeply in her material--any hint of rookie self-consciousness is erased when the spirit hits. Her band, meanwhile, summons high energy without succumbing to overkill, and they always remember to play ideas, not just notes, even at their most exuberant and hard-charging.

A special word about Mack's lyrics: Her storylines portray everything from the struggles of a woman with "calloused hands [and] broken dreams" who finds solace in "a little taste of whiskey [and] them old blues songs" (Hey, Hey Mama) through the triumph of a street urchin, traumatized by "bullets . . . flying through her world," who eventually faces down the Devil in human form ("A two legged snake") and resolutely keeps "moving on the road of life" (Little Girl Blues), to the determination of a woman "tired of whiskey-laced love" who vows to find "a way to make myself truly mine" (Walking Dead). Along the way, she reaffirms her faith (Call On Jesus, Revolution), faces down despair (Seems Like Sorrow), cries out again for love (G-Groove), and opens her heart to a beloved child (the folkish Saving Grace). In a blues world overrun with bad-mama posturing on one hand and hoochie-mama silliness on the other, it's refreshing to hear a lyricist with deeper ideas on her mind. That alone makes Annie Mack worth checking out; the vocal and musical quality of this set only adds to the pleasure.

—David Whiteis

Perfect Stocking Stuffer...

Posted by John Kranz at 11:35 AM | Comments (0)

November 7, 2013

Yet Another #CMA Clip!

I don't recall ever reading:

Looking extra pretty in a ruffly, lemon yellow party dress that showed off his killer legs, Grover Norquist...

David Boaz? Ron Paul? No. Yet, it works for Kacey Musgraves.

Her fierce libertarian anthem was apparently too much for the censors. But John Stuart Mill would have approved. In a ruffly. lemon party dress...

Posted by John Kranz at 6:27 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

Sure would like to hear this song played at Ken Buck rallies. That would get me to contribute.

Little fissures everywhere. Good to see this at the CMA.

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2013 11:39 AM
But johngalt thinks:

"Say what you think.
Love who you love.
'Cause you just get so many
trips 'round the sun."

First time I'd heard of the song or the singer. Thank you censors for making her newsworthy!

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2013 11:45 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Actually, I have heard a couple of these songs. Merry Go Round and Blowin Smoke. WARNING: She mentions "mary jane" in Merry Go Round too.

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2013 12:16 PM
But T. Greer thinks:

I don't much like this song.

But I like Kacey. She is real Country's struggling last gasps to not sink into watered down pop music with a cowbody hat.

Posted by: T. Greer at November 10, 2013 5:59 AM

"Do you have that Obamacare?"

Though it might have been a big risk several months ago, with the growing dissatisfaction over Obamacare emerging just in time for the CMA Awards, Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood hit it out of the park with this year’s funny skit.

Back story here.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:55 PM | Comments (1)
But AndyN thinks:


Why, if Amarillo by Morning wasn't one of my favorite songs, I don't think I could have sat through that whole offensive display.

Posted by: AndyN at November 7, 2013 6:56 PM

October 28, 2013

RIP Lou Reed

Like Elvis, I have to admit that I appreciate Lou Reed more as an icon than my being a big fan of his music. I heartily recommend The Andy Warhol Diaries -- and not on Kindle. It is an interesting look at some interesting lives and times.

For the Requiescat in Pace tour, Eric Alper posts 20 Best Lou Reed Quotes. I'll have to go with:

One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.

I cannot not think of The Little Willies.

Posted by John Kranz at 11:00 AM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2013

Annie Mack, Live at the Wicked Moose

That's blog friend Sugarchuck on guitar (the rather tasty solo starting at 2:19)

Bonus track: Baptized in the Blues

Buy the CD/Official Website (unlike ObamaCare, I was able to quickly log in and purchase the MP3s)

Posted by John Kranz at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2013

And Now, ThreeSources Blues Review

We oughtta have a regular blues review around here. Maybe I could talk SugarChuck into writing it...

Yet he doesn't do "Shameless Self Promotion" like his buddy jk. And wouldn't highlight this super review of a recent project in Blues Beat Magazine (scroll down halfway).

At the three-way intersection of gospel, soul and blues stands Minnesota native Annie Mack, who has been "Baptized in the Blues." Her exciting debut album is an uplifting, eclectic, all original ten-song testimony of how music -- and the Lord -- can change lives for the better. Mack's voice has the smoothness of cocoa butter tinged with cinnamon, warm and satisfying on both lead and harmony vocals. Accompanying her are producer Paul O’Sullivan on pedal-steel guitar, guitarists Tom Kochie and Charlie Lacy, Tim Scribner on upright and electric bass, and Miles Johnston on drums. Nine able studio guests add keyboards, horns, and background vocals. Every track is refreshing and original, showcasing Mack and her fellow artists' keen storytelling ability. This album is so great and so well done, it will propel this Minnesota girl to performing on national and international stages.

I bought the MP3s from a couple of days ago and have been digging it fiercely.

Five stars! Editor's Choice! Must Buy!!!

Posted by John Kranz at 2:41 PM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2013

"Of Course We Know That!"

Better late than never, Paul David Hewson.

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:54 PM | Comments (0)

June 20, 2013

Giants Walked the Earth!

Happy Birthday, Chester!!!

Embedding disabled, but click to hear Chet Atkins play Autumn Leaves. Certifiably awesome!

Posted by John Kranz at 1:05 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at June 20, 2013 2:33 PM

June 2, 2013

Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies...

While the graduating class at Harvard has to endure junk scientist Oprah Winfrey, the graduating class at Berklee School of Music got:

UPDATE: Berklee 2, Harvard 0. Charles C W Cooke reviews Oprah's speech and finds it wanting.

What do you get if you cross a collection of witless Hallmark platitudes, a fairly strange and inordinately rich woman who has lived in a bubble for 30 or so years, and a congregation of people virtually begging to be told that they are wonderful?

The answer? Oprah Winfrey's recent commencement address at Harvard University.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:23 AM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Really liked the song. As for the commencement speech, I daresay this one serves graduates best:

But let's not understate the big achievements you've racked up during the 70 or so days you've actually spent on campus. The first, and perhaps finest accomplishment, is having persuaded your parents to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to extend your childhood for four years.>/blockquote>

Hat tip: Mike Rosen, 850 KOA

Posted by: johngalt at June 3, 2013 2:25 PM

May 17, 2013

Like B.B. King Knew Something...

Hat-tip James Taranto. But how he avoided his own "what would we do wothout experts?" riff is hard to fathom:

May 14, 2013 -- Consumers experiencing relationship problems are more likely to prefer aesthetic experiences that reflect their negative mood, according to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research. -- Science News

Posted by John Kranz at 5:21 PM | Comments (0)

April 26, 2013

Giants Walked the Earth

Requiescat in pace, Hoss.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:09 PM | Comments (0)

April 21, 2013

Back to Mah Roots

A Music Review Corner.

I mentioned picking up the newest Eric Clapton album, Old Sock. I have dug it for a week. I doubt it will become a favorite, but it's pretty good. Looking at musicians I have followed for 40 years, all those who did not die in a plane crash, motorcycle, or asphyxiate of their own vomit, have kept a certain style even as they explored different idioms.

The reason I tripped on the Clapton release was that Amazon emailed me about a new Willie Nelson disc: Let's Face the Music and Dance. Willie was also a huge influence on me as a singer and songwriter (thankfully, less as pharmacist or tax accountant).

I never thought too much of his super-simple guitar playing except that he had a distinctive, recognizable, and melodic style. Players are always drawn to flashier instrumentalists. But I am taking it all back.

Willie has put out about 90,471 albums. "Red Headed Stranger" captivated me as a young man with three chord country tunes and sparse arrangements. Learning he wrote more sophisticated tunes like "Crazy" initially surprised me but it should not. The last few decades have included schooners full of benefit, duet, special project and recollection works.

On "Let's Face..." he gets into the American Songbook that I love. But he also seems to say "Screw it, I'm Willie Nelson, and I want to do a guitar record." His playing is still distinctive, recognizable, and melodic. You'd have to been breathing in the studio after he and Snoop Dogg recorded their duet (on the "Heroes" album) to call it flashy.

But you cannot dismiss it as unsophisticated. I'm looking closely at it and am enthralled. He's a troubadour who happens to be a pretty damn good guitar player. I think I have a new old hero.

Posted by John Kranz at 10:48 AM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

I'm not an expert on the music of Phish, but would you imagine if popularity were based on musical talent that Willie would have the nomad following instead of them? (I chose Phish as an example based on the "Dead-like" devotion of their fans, not any perceived similarity in smoking materials.)

Posted by: johngalt at April 22, 2013 1:43 PM
But jk thinks:

Willie's done pretty well for a dope-smokin', tax-evadin' longhair with an old beat up gut string guitar.

But pop music is certainly capricious. I think jazz is far more defensible as a meritocracy.

Posted by: jk at April 22, 2013 5:45 PM

April 11, 2013

Music Review Corner

So, jk , what did you think of that first-Clapton-album-you've-bought-in-twenty-five-years?

I dug it. I don't think it will displace any of my beloved jazz faves, but it is enjoyable. Jim Fusilli writes at the WSJ that my adolescent guitar hero may be planning his last tour. The article includes a review of the new album:

Last month, Mr. Clapton released "Old Sock" (Bushbranch), an album of light reggae, mellow blues and easygoing standards like "All of Me" (featuring Paul McCartney on upright bass and vocal), Lead Belly's "Goodnight Irene" and the Gershwins' "Love Is Here to Stay." Steve Winwood plays organ and Mr. Clapton nylon string guitar on Gary Moore's "Still Got the Blues (for You)," and Taj Mahal sits in on a reggae version of "Further On Down the Road," written by Mr. Mahal and Jesse Ed Davis. Clapton fans who want his blistering guitar work will have to revisit his back catalog, but his playing on "Old Sock," rich with tasty little asides, is impeccable.

This link should be good for seven days, irrespective of subscription status.

Posted by John Kranz at 3:23 PM | Comments (0)

April 4, 2013

Paid to accept media.

I'm a cloud guy. But I am a cheapskate first. I just bought Eric Clapton's Old Sock on Amazon. I disturbed the nuns at school by intoning "Clapton is God!" when I was a young man, but recently I have become so full of my snooty jazz that I have turned my back on my hero. As he has seen fit to include a bit of snooty jazz, I felt rapprochement in order.

I buy most of my music on the Amazon Cloud Player these days, and could have here for $10.99. But for $9.99, they will send me a CD -- and AutoRip™ it so that it is included in my digital collection. Yup -- they're giving me a dollar to take a CD off them.

UPDATE: Amazon is the coolest company in the whole world. They have retroactively added every CD I ever bought from them -- for which they have licensing -- to my "Cloud Player."

Posted by John Kranz at 7:43 PM | Comments (0)

February 13, 2013

Some Music

I know I'm late to the party, as these good people have already broken up, but I remain charmed by their musical purity and distinctive sound. The Civil Wars:

The price to be on the cutting edge of music appreciation is to listen to a lot of bad stuff. I outsource that filtering to others.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:43 PM | Comments (0)

January 11, 2013

How About a Little Music, Scarecrow?

I know I am riding at the back of this train, but in case somebody on the internet is even less trendy than I am...

I tripped across a couple "The Civil Wars" YouTube videos six months ago and liked what I saw and heard. Amazon had their "Barton Hollow" Album on MP3 for $5 (Still today) and I picked it up right before Christmas and got distracted.

I dusted off the ones and zeros yesterday and am pretty enthralled. I am a sucker for "purity" in music, and their sparse, acoustic instrumentation jumps out against the hyper-production. At the same time, their dramatic harmonies and extreme vocal range belie the simplicity.

On their web page, one can view VH-1 Unplugged clips if you don't want to pony up half a sawbuck. It almost seems unfair to have them "unplugged" though. They should be forced to use distorted electric guitars, synthesizers and autotune. Only fair.

[Embed removed for not playing nice!]

Posted by John Kranz at 12:34 PM | Comments (0)

December 13, 2012

Susanna Hoffs, Very Live

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious action
By our horrid Ruling Faction

I realized it was time for something wonderful, to remind us (me) of all that is good, true and beautiful.

The picture quality of this may not be of the best, but it matters not. It is an expression of something timeless and never to be minimized, or forgotten:

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 7:56 PM | Comments (3)
But Sugarchuck thinks:

Wow! Thanks for putting that up.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at December 14, 2012 4:08 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I found the WOW factor extremely high, as well.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at December 14, 2012 4:47 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Elvis was a piker.

This made me think of another Heinlein quote. "Darling, a true lady takes off her dignity with her clothes and does her whorish best. At other times you can be as modest and dignified as your persona requires." -Time Enough for Love (naturally)

Posted by: johngalt at December 15, 2012 3:57 PM

November 19, 2012

Marco, NWA and Me

I'm pretty sure that my post "Straight Outta Rand" was not quite in line with the Three Sources style book; I am not even sure how many of the brethern and sistern had any idea of the parody's original reference.

However, check it:

GQ: Your three favorite rap songs?
Marco Rubio: "Straight Outta Compton" by N.W.A. "Killuminati" by Tupac. Eminem's "Lose Yourself."

Well, well.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 3:12 PM | Comments (8) | TrackBack
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

jk - yes, I noted that too; that's the answer of someone who knows his every word is being scrutinized from now 'til the Iowa Caucus 2016...see the nice thing is that Paul Ryan can just say that as a Catholic he accepts that there is no conflict; the Church hasn't insisted on a literal interpretation of Genesis since sometime before Darwin boarded the Beagle.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at November 19, 2012 8:51 PM
But Jk thinks:

Not to deny the dirty trick: link

Posted by: Jk at November 20, 2012 10:31 AM
But johngalt thinks:

The more interesting version than what you excerpted was the one with scare quotes:

He said that he is “not sure” we will ever be able to fully answer the question of how old our planet is.

Heh heh. Heh heh. He like, "doesn't know."

The correct answer to the question, Mr. Rubio, is "Older than you and I are. Next question?"

"I'm not a scientist" was both a good and bad answer. It can be construed as anti-science. Like PJ's Bryan Preston who said, "Too many of us believe that science is the enemy, too, which can lead to incuriousity" such positions are ossifying.

Republicans must never consider science the "enemy." Modern science has been co-opted by actual enemies: Subjectivism, egalitarianism, and yes, altruism. All are misusing the authority of science in the name of statism.

Posted by: johngalt at November 20, 2012 10:54 AM
But Jk thinks:

Very frustrating that he was asked. Dems never. All the same I'm displeased with the answer. It seems neither religious enough nor scientific enough. The freedom opening is good, but your answer is better.

Posted by: Jk at November 20, 2012 11:29 AM
But johngalt thinks:

I'm also reluctant to place so much hope upon a single possible candidate for a race that is 4 years away. There are other good choices.

Posted by: johngalt at November 20, 2012 1:01 PM
But Jk thinks:

I like him, but he is in no way on the top of my list.

Posted by: Jk at November 20, 2012 1:52 PM

November 7, 2012

Cake Song for the Day!

Was struck strongly by the applicablility of these lyrics. Ah, does music have the power to heal!
Sorry, no embed

I'm not feeling alright today
I'm not feeling that great
I'm not catching on fire today
Love has started to fade
I'm not going to smile today
I'm not gonna laugh
You're out living it up today
I''ve got dues to pay

And the grave-digger puts on the forceps
The stone mason does all the work
The barber can give you a haircut
The carpenter can take you out to lunch

I just want to play on my pan-pipes
I just want to drink me some wine
As soon as you're born you start dying
So you might as well have a good time

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell

I dont wanna go to sunset strip
I dont wanna feel the emptiness
Bold marquees with stupid band names
I dont wanna go to sunset strip

And the grave-digger puts on the forceps
The stone mason does all the work
The barber can give you a haircut
The carpenter can take you out to lunch

I just want to play on my pan-pipes
I just want to drink me some wine
As soon as your born you start dying
So you might as well have a good time

Sheep go to heaven
Goats go to hell

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 8:21 PM | Comments (0)

November 6, 2012

Keep the Change

We speculated on tracks for tonight -- here is one for today: sweet, funky acoustic groove with guaranteed ThreeSources-friendly lyrics:

Keep the Change!

Posted by John Kranz at 6:38 PM | Comments (0)

October 23, 2012

Theme Song for Obama's Last Days

I was thinking about a proper theme song for Election Night, and it came to me! I know these guys have been a huge success for over 35 years and Brian Johnson did a fine job, but for me the only Real Thing was the few dazzling years when Bon Scott brought his inimitable writing and style.

Play it on Nov. 6 and raise a glass to the man. "Skål", brother!

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 2:21 PM | Comments (12)
But johngalt thinks:

Kept in the proper perspective, it couldn't hurt to be prepared in advance with a playlist.

Johnny Winter - 'Be Careful With a Fool'

Wherein even a fool in love eventually sees the light.

Posted by: johngalt at October 23, 2012 4:04 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The Doors - 'When the Music's Over'

Posted by: johngalt at October 23, 2012 5:25 PM
But jk thinks:

The hubris is getting a little out of hand. But I'd have this handy.

Posted by: jk at October 23, 2012 5:52 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Playlist ready! Set your iPhone or other device to STUN!

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 23, 2012 8:07 PM
But jk thinks:

Blog buddy sc sends a link to the Allman Brothers' Whipping Post.

Don't know if it was part of this thread or just sharing a little "Bro Duane," but if we lose...

Posted by: jk at October 24, 2012 12:15 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Good! That one fits my feeling of the last four years. Here's hoping we may play the other songs instead, and your classic rejoinder is a must-play in that case. Kudos for linking the original artist.

Toward that end, one more addition. Not the original, this is an excellent cover of a well traveled Bob Seger tune, but the photo montage is a must-see.

Posted by: johngalt at October 24, 2012 2:14 PM

October 2, 2012

And Now, at Long Last: The Greatest Song Ever: "Ode An Die Freude"

I apologize for the lack of posting over the last few weeks. I have been keeping up with the doings here and making the occasional comment, but have had little original to say, and thus said little.


The Almost Five Best Songs of All Time

Number 5: "Sunday Morning Coming Down"

Number 4: "All the Things You Are"

Number 3: "Toxicity", System of a Down

Number 2: "Stardust"

But now, at last and certainly none too soon:

The Greatest Song of All Time!

"Ode An Die Freude" (Fourth Movement, Symphony No. 9), Ludwig von Beethoven

(Lyrics originally a poem written by Friedrich Schiller)

For those whose German is not quite perfect, here are the full English lyrics:

Joy, bright spark of divinity, Daughter of Elysium, Fire-inspired we tread Thy sanctuary.

Thy magic power re-unites
All that custom has divided,
All men become brothers
Under the sway of thy gentle wings.

I could hear it a thousand times, and it would still cause the tears to spring.

And having said all that words can express, let us be reminded that there are things only the notes can say. For now, we will say no more,

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 1:31 PM | Comments (13)
But dagny thinks:

Damn, I married a troglodyte even if he does prefer Sam Adams to Bud Light. However, the part of this troglodytes are most likely to recognize starts at about 3:20.

Posted by: dagny at October 3, 2012 5:01 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Thanks Dagny! That's right. A few notes: The conductor is a totally cool dude, note how he sings along with the Chorus. The bassists are all using the German bow. How surprising...

Sam Adams is my favorite beer, too! Well, the Alaskan Amber is tied. Do you folks have that available in CO? Give it a try.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 3, 2012 5:24 PM
But jk thinks:

Alaskan Porter. Please. What in the holy hell is the matter with you people?

Thanks to brother ew for an eclectic and enjoyable top five. At the risk of taking it another direction, I noticed an interesting problem with the Beethoven piece. Part of it was travel, but it is difficult to apportion 14 minutes of serious time in a good environment. Your other pieces -- nice as they were -- were easy to take a few minutes off work and listen. This piece required an appointment.


Posted by: jk at October 3, 2012 6:33 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Thanks for listening and taking the time, everyone. Yes, as Dagny noted the core "song" starts at 3:20 or so. It's really just a couple of minutes, but I couldn't bear to leave the rest out...the first bars recap the opening of the first movement.

I think the beer discussion deserves a post of its own.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 3, 2012 7:27 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

Top five beers?

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at October 4, 2012 11:57 AM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

AB-SO-LUTE-LY!!! Also, what Ben Franklin said.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at October 4, 2012 2:55 PM

September 27, 2012

How about a little guitar?

Tommy Emmanuel is playing a very little guitar. (I'll be here all week.)

Blog friend Sugarchuck sends a link to a Frank Vignola video of Tico-Tico ("No Stairway!"). And it is great. But, a fella gets clicking after a YouTube, and this one got the embed:

UPDATE: And some chatter praises Frank's great humor. I have seen him several times at Summit Jazz concerts in Denver and can attest. I also recommend the two Frank and Joe Show Albums: 33 1/3 and 66 2/3

Posted by John Kranz at 11:29 AM | Comments (0)

September 18, 2012

Moon River

Ehrmigahd! This so deeply fit this week's vibe I could not wait to post.

Hat-tip: Radio Deluxe on Facebook. That is guitar deity John Pizzarelli and his lovely bride, Jessica Molaskey. They have a syndicated radio show blog friend sc turned me on to. You can listen online to old episodes. And, for this crew, I'd recommend "Sexy Songs."

Posted by John Kranz at 3:29 PM | Comments (0)

September 17, 2012

Julie London - "Fly Me to the Moon"

A bit of heaven, made real here on earth:

I do believe that if I found out the universe was ending in one minute, forty-four seconds I'd spend it watching that.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 1:00 PM | Comments (6) | TrackBack
But jk thinks:

Nice. Love the guitar. But isn't that the dress Ginger wore when she got shipwrecked?

Posted by: jk at September 17, 2012 1:31 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Long been a fan of Julie London, and I don't think anyone did this song as well as she did. It's like asking if anyone's cover of "Misty" was better than Sarah Vaughan's.

I don't know if Ginger wore that dress, but I'll date myself with this:

CONTESTANT: "I'll take Geography for $800, Art."

ART FLEMING: "The answer is: Crimea."

CONTESTANT: "What is a river made famous by Julie London?"

Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 17, 2012 1:57 PM
But jk thinks:

Now you say you're sorry.

Posted by: jk at September 17, 2012 2:00 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

This was shot before Ginger was invented, so Julie was first, and she rocks the dress.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at September 17, 2012 2:22 PM
But jk thinks:

ThreeSources seeks truth in all things, nicht wahr? This video is dated 1964 and Wikipedia says that Gilligan's Island aired for three seasons on CBS from September 26, 1964, to September 4, 1967. I suggest they are contemporaneous.

However, the Wikipedia entry also includes many unkind words about Tina Louise.

Posted by: jk at September 17, 2012 4:00 PM
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Wikipedia might, but Bo Belinsky didn't. I'll let you all Google the details of his famous four-bagger, for those of you who don't already know that prurient bit of trivia.

And for a chaser? A palate-cleanser:

I stand with Ellis on the issue - Julie London was class.

On the other hand, I hope you all didn't forget to wish a Happy Birthday to Cassandra Peterson, you TV trivia buffs.

Posted by: Keith Arnold at September 18, 2012 12:07 AM

September 6, 2012

The Almost Five Best Songs of All Time

I love politics, but for just a moment let us explore the good, the true and the beautiful.

As a prelude to the "big reveal" of the Greatest Song of All Time, here are a number of great songs that didn't make it, with comments:

"Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner" by Warren Zevon and David Lindell. Warren Zevon was a brilliant genius, and this song combines his flair for the unusual with a bang-up finish. To say the least.

"When the Whip Comes Down" by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. Just as Rand couldn't in a thoroughly rational way explain her liking for Mickey Spillane, I can't rationally say why this is my favorite Stones song of all. But it is, punkish and highly amusing.

" Summer Wind" music by Heinz Meier and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. The fact that I didn't get a Johnny Mercer song in the Top 5 shows a lack of proper planning. Note: The Michael Bublé version of this song is not good. He sounds way too happy, given the lyrics. I have always loved the linked version by Sinatra. I kill it at karaoke bars.

"Take Five" by Paul Desmond (as performed by the Dave Bruebeck Quartet). It has no lyrics, but it speaks!

"The Soft Parade" by Jim Morrison. A tour de force encompassing life, death and all points in between. I think.

"Like a Rolling Stone" by Bob Dylan. Look, I love a number of Dylan songs but I gotta admit, Jimi Hendrix played this song in a way that will live on as long as human beings still have ears, and minds:

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But jk thinks:

No arguments here, bro.

Posted by: jk at September 7, 2012 9:45 AM

September 4, 2012

Fauxchohantas Campaign Theme Song


I am a real Cherokee Faker
Spent my career as a Taker
Lied about my way of life
I run on class and racial strife


Cherokee faker
Stole Cherokee tribe
So proud to grab
That racial bribe

They took my pre-tend native tongue
English all I learned when young
The class warfare that I made
Is obscured by this charade!

I used the whole Indian schmeer
To advance my law career
And though I wear a skirt and scarf
Sometimes my lies make me barf


But maybe someday when they see
Cherokee Nation will punch me
Will punch me
Will punch me
Will punch me
Will punch me

The original (which I once saw performed in Reno, Nevada. These guys were a hoot!):

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 6:34 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

Ah, the good old days of my youth: When the cheap consumer crap was made in Japan instead of China! (First verse mention.) It seems we thought that was a permanent condition too.

Posted by: johngalt at September 5, 2012 2:51 PM

August 30, 2012

Convention Schmovention!

This is an art & culture blog too! Michelle Branch posts a free cover of the Stones' "Play with Fire."

She should do a whole album of Rolling Stones tunes -- she has an intrinsic affinity for the Jagger stuff.

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August 27, 2012

Dudes get paid by the note

Why not a little music if the convention is postponed? Here, Joscho Stephan and Tommy Emmanuel run down the "Rondo alla turca." If you don't have seven minutes, don't worry -- they get the job done in 1:52.

Hat-tip: blog friend Sugarchuck.

Posted by John Kranz at 12:33 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

Nay, 1:35. The last 18 seconds is applause! Fun.

Posted by: johngalt at August 27, 2012 1:04 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:


Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at August 27, 2012 3:16 PM

August 23, 2012

Great Covers of History: "Raspberry Beret"

I don't have a thing in politics or philosophy I would like to talk about today, therefore:

Basically R.E.M with Warren Zevon on vocals...and it really rocks.

The secret history of the album:

Buck, Mills and Berry later joined Zevon as his back-up band while recording Zevon's solo album Sentimental Hygiene (1987). During an all-night (and supposedly drunken) session in the midst of recording Zevon's album, the four recorded ten cover songs, mostly blues standards. Although originally not intended for publication, these recordings were finally released by Giant Records on the album Hindu Love Gods (1990), with the artist credit going to Hindu Love Gods. The song that received the most attention was a rock version of Prince's 1985 hit "Raspberry Beret", which reached No. 23 on the Modern Rock charts

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August 21, 2012

Welcome to the Jungle (As It Was Meant to Be)

I liked this song in the original. As with some other songs (e.g. Hendrix, "Like a Rolling Stone") I didn't fully understand it until I heard someone's else's version.

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But AndyN thinks:

Their cover of Smooth Criminal is hands down better than the original.

Posted by: AndyN at August 22, 2012 10:20 AM
But johngalt thinks:


Much thanks EW.

Posted by: johngalt at August 22, 2012 2:37 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I was going to suggest Gibson might be missing an opportunity by not offering an electric cello, then I saw this one.

Posted by: johngalt at August 22, 2012 2:47 PM

August 13, 2012

Greatest Songs Countdown...Number 2: Stardust

Music by Hoagy Carmichael. Lyrics by Mitchell Parrish.

Many think that this is the greatest song ever. I recall that back in the days of Web 0.1 there was a page titled simply "The Greatest Song Ever" that had a lot of facts and history. I can't locate it now, but it made the case well. Nearly everyone who is anyone has recorded it, of course; just a few well-known versions being by Louis Armstrong, Artie Shaw, Nat King Cole John Coltrane, Frank Sinatra and Willie Nelson.

The fact that the song can be interpreted in so many wonderful way points to its universal quality, but the lyrics are a vital aspect of its greatness. It was originally an instrumental but the lyrics add a haunting sadness that completes a package of genius. So I feel the versions with the full lyrics are the best. Coltrane's is amazingly expressive, though.

Here are some wonderful interpretations to get started. Harry Connick, Jr. finds the right balance of sadness over his loss, and joy that it ever was:

The Hoagies, Live at the Coffeehouse (more happy):

Coltrane: genius. Period (also, a bass solo, bravo!):

Next: Number 1! Will you be shocked, amazed, or outraged? Tune in soon for another exciting adventure...

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 5:03 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

My Mom's favorite song! The lovely bride and I named our three dogs Misty, Stardust, and Skylark. So my heart's on my sleeve. Harry Connick, Jr.'s version has always been a particular fave as well. Nice.

Posted by: jk at August 13, 2012 6:49 PM

August 10, 2012

Happy Birthday Hoss!

Leo Fender would have been 103 today!


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August 5, 2012

Flash Mob

Haven't been real keen on the flash mob concept. But this might change my mind:

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But dagny thinks:

This is cool!

And here are 2 others I like to help JK with his flashmob fan conversion.

Posted by: dagny at August 7, 2012 6:40 PM

August 4, 2012

Blast from the past

Blog friend Sugarchuck sends a link to a photo of a fixture of our youth (diagram that, babies!)

The "Voxmobile" was owned by the extremely colorful owner of Strings & Things Music on Colfax Avenue. Colfax -- like the Speaker/VP for which it was named -- has a colorful history. The longest commercial road in the USA, much of it houses red-light districts, head shops, seedy night clubs, the State Capitol - you get the idea. The Zanza Bar, featured in "Every Which Way but Loose" is on Colfax. I had a house gig on Colfax three blocks from my famous apartment. Even where it runs through a nice Denver neighborhood, Colfax is somehow seedy.

"Bill," I cannot remember another name, was a Colfax Entrepreneur right out of Central Casting. The History Channel show "Pawn Stars" reminds me a lot of both Bill and Strings & Things. We hung out there, I bought a few things, and one night we encountered him drunk on the street and ran for our lives from threats of violence.

But Bill owned this car and would drive it in parades or just park it out front to attract attention. He said it had appeared in a Beatles movie, but I have not been able to confirm that. And a great lie from this colorful character is somehow better than a true story.

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But jk thinks:

Thanks for the comments. We mostly do politics 'round here, but two of “us regulars” are guitar players who grew up in Park Hill. Bill, Strings & Things, and Gopher Baroque are deeply imprinted in our psyches.

I’d love to hear any progress in the search for the Vox Mobile.

Posted by: jk at January 29, 2015 4:08 PM
But Tony thinks:

I loved Bill Baker, he was one of a kind. He renamed that old Voxmobile the "Tune Buggy". I never saw it but he was very proud and gave away postcards like the one in the picture. Bill always liked me probably because his wife didn't. I remember they always seemed to be in a fight about one thing or another. Like the time he hid a hundred dollar bill from the register to see what she'd do. Somehow she "balanced" the days receipts and told Bill "Oh here is is Bill, I found the mistake!" Bill pulled out the hundred and slapped it on her desk and laughed "That's the oldest trick in the book!" Back in 1974 I played in a band called The Bash with Jeff Hall, Jim Phillips and Dave Rasband, we were always broke and Bill would always lend me gear for free. I remember we had a gig in Grand Junction and had to borrow $60 from him to pay for gas which I quickly lost. I went back and sheepishly told Bill what happened and he said alright and just gave some more money. You have to love someone like that. Yes, I paid him back. Bill also returned my stolen Black Custom Les Paul he had bought from the person that stole it and didn't charge me a penny. I remember his son was kind of a dick, yeah he was. Bill was great, he had me and the bass player come over one night for some drinks of Wild Turkey at his second floor apartment somewhere in Denver. We had a few laughs and he teased us about going on the Tune Buggy for a ride. That never happened, damn. Anyway, if you could have met Bill Baker your life would have been better for it, he was a wonderful man and I'll always remember him. I was 23 years old then, I'm 63 now. R.I.P. Bill, maybe we'll go on that Tune Buggy ride some day. Your old friend Tony.

Posted by: Tony at August 10, 2015 10:41 AM
But Tony thinks:

BTW, I believe the Voxmobile was once used for promoting the Monkees tv show in the 60's. I remember it was called The "Monkee Mobile" prior to the GTO modified Monkee Mobile. I can't find anything to back this up but I remember Bill Baker telling me it was the old Monkee Mobile from the T.V. show.

Posted by: Tony at August 10, 2015 11:06 AM
But Tony thinks:





Posted by: Tony at August 10, 2015 4:34 PM
But David Owen thinks:

I knew Bill Baker well. He started out with a store in 1969/1970 on S Broadway (Denver/Englewood) called "Bill Baker's Amp City Music."

The woman everyone keeps referring to was his wife(?) who he always called "Mac."

At his S Broadway store he had everything from "tune buggies" to antique lamps, as well as guitars & amps. I bought tons of gear from him.

A typical Bill Baker joke:

"Hey Mac, about how old is that Tiffany lamp?"
Mac: "About a hundred years old, Bill."
Bill: "Didja' buy it NEW? (haw haw haw!!)"

They later moved to east Colfax in the mid '70s to a place named "Strings & Things."
Two guys I knew who used to work there were Bill Peters and Willie. A sign I remember in the store said "All shoplifters will be cheerfully beaten to a pulp (by Willie)"
RIP Bill Peters, and Willie is the owner of NBS (no bullsh*t) electronics at 230 S Broadway, Denver, CO 80209 (303) 778-1156
Willie would likely have a billion hilarious Bill Baker stories.

At Strings & Things around 1976, by afternoon sometimes Bill would be drunk, and he was potentially dangerous in that condition. But all-in-all, Bill was a legend in the Denver music / musician scene.

Rest in peace, Bill Baker.

Posted by: David Owen at May 8, 2017 1:42 AM
But Bobby thinks:

LOL ... BTW I didn't think I was a "Dick". Think it depends on your frame of reference. There were a lot of great folks that passed through there over the years for sure.

Posted by: Bobby at May 18, 2018 4:46 PM

August 2, 2012

"Baby, Please Don't Go" - The Amboy Dukes

Just for fun; not one of the Five Best Songs but a good one, and there is such joie de vivre in Ted Nugent's guitar work and the vocals. Nugent was 18 years old when this was cut. Wow.

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But johngalt thinks:

Nice! Motivated me to go looking for an old personal favorite: The Climax Blues Band. 'Tightly Knit' is a very good album all the way around.

Posted by: johngalt at August 3, 2012 3:29 PM

July 31, 2012

Statistical Proof That Pop Music Growing Worse

Special to Brother jk: As I noted below, my favorite period of American music ended circa 1962. Now comes a post from the brilliant statistician and blogger William J. Briggs with (insert hyperbole warning) unimpeachable analysis that shows how objective is my good taste.

New proof (which wasn't really need) that popular music is, as has long been claimed, been growing worse has arrived thanks to the diligent work of Joan Serrà and her colleagues in the Nature: Scientific Reports paper, "Measuring the Evolution of Contemporary Western Popular Music." From the abstract:

[W]e prove important changes or trends related to the restriction of pitch transitions, the homogenization of the timbral palette, and the growing loudness levels.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 2:39 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Looks like science. Can't argue with science.

Posted by: jk at July 31, 2012 4:46 PM
But johngalt thinks:

"Growing loudness levels" is worse? Hope I die before I get old!

Posted by: johngalt at July 31, 2012 5:29 PM

July 28, 2012

Greatest Songs Countdown, Number 3: "Toxicity", System of a Down

Writing credit goes to Shavo Odadjian (bass) and Daron Malakian (vocals).

I knew nothing of this group before I heard this song and saw the video at a friend's house about 10 years ago. The apotheosis of metal - soft to hard, sweet to screaming, and with a beautiful melodic structure to the chorus that is almost operatic.

These choices for "greatest" are obviously subjective but this one is Top Five in the impact it had on me when I first heard it.

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 3:22 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Not really my genre nor is it in compliance with my concept of facial hair. But I'll confess to appreciating the precision, passion, and attention to melody. Many of my friends are big fans of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Seems the same that I can appreciate what’s going on on some level but don’t enjoy the listening experience.

After your first three, I will no longer dare to refer to my tastes as eclectic.

Posted by: jk at July 29, 2012 10:38 AM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Eclectic, yes! I appreciate that you appreciated the musicianship--it's not my usual genre either, but this one is special. I even enjoy a very limited selection of rap/hip-hop, but nothing there is going to make the Five Best.

My favorite period of music is roughly 1912-1962, so I am wondering if you have a good idea of the next two.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 29, 2012 5:49 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Gotta be a Gershwin tune in there.

Posted by: johngalt at July 30, 2012 1:39 PM

July 2, 2012

Greatest Songs Countdown: Number 4

Following on to the initial Greatest Songs entry, we present the fourth greatest song ever (IOHO) written:

"All the Things You Are" by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. As Wikipedia notes:

The modulations in this song are very unusual for a pop song of the period, and present challenges to a singer or improviser, including a semitone modulation that ends each A section (these modulations start with measure 6 in the A and A2 sections and measure 9 of the A3 section), and a striking use of enharmonic substitution at the turnaround of the B section (last two measures of the B Section), where the G# melody note over a E major chord turns into an A-flat over the F minor 7th of measure 1 of section A3. The result is a tune that in the space of every chorus manages to include at least one chord built on every note of the Western 12-tone scale - a fact that was celebrated in jazz pianist Alex von Schlippenbach's serialist reimagining of it on his album Twelve Tone Tales.

Something that Three Sources very own Brother jk would know about, since he and his most excellent band Berkeley Square recorded it on their debut album.

That's just beautiful.

Here's a very early version in a different style (Artie Shaw with Helen Forrest on vocals).

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But Jk thinks:

Umm, yeah.

Posted by: Jk at July 2, 2012 10:21 PM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

My bad, thanks bro. I think I'm ready for the lockdown unit.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at July 2, 2012 10:27 PM
But jk thinks:

Actually, I owe you a nice telecaster version I worked up last year but never recorded.

Posted by: jk at July 3, 2012 9:57 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Enjoying the "Five Best" series and looking forward to posting my selections too, though I'll do it in one post and possibly without links for all of them. This one surprised me for its music theory accolade.

May I suggest a Five Best blog category? It can be used for more than just songs. Guitars? Race horses? Chick flicks? ... Guns? ;)

Go ahead brother Ellis, just click on "new category" and inaugurate it for us!

Posted by: johngalt at July 4, 2012 3:59 PM
But jk thinks:

Y'know, we could do a five fave versions of "All the Things You Are."

A perennial soft spot is Curtis Stigers's. He does a slow version of the incredible verse (that nobody ever plays) then walks it right into the head so perfectly.

Posted by: jk at July 4, 2012 6:53 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I will happily inaugurate the "Five Best" blog category later today.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 5, 2012 1:18 PM

June 29, 2012

Greatest Songs

As part of the "get to know you" process here, I will post five of the songs I believe are the "greatest" ever. Of course, this is a highly personal thing; even Ayn Rand concluded that what music one loved could not be determined objectively. And I haven't heard every song ever written, either. Those caveats aside, on with the show. (Note: I am nominating the song, not a performance. But I'll always go with the writer as performer where applicable).

At Number 5 on the Greatest Song Charts:

"Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Kris Kristofferson

Posted by Ellis Wyatt at 5:20 PM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

We're poised to get along. Kristofferson is my favorite avowed Communist, Rhodes Scholar songwriter.

That entire eponymous album was one classic masterpiece after another (To Beat the Devil?) and yet I have a sadness that he never followed up on that level.

One more perfect album than I have released, mind you, but that and the fact that the one time I saw him live he was too wasted to play -- adds an air of melancholia.

Posted by: jk at June 29, 2012 6:36 PM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

I listened to some of your recordings this afternoon, brother, and while they may not be perfect you and your band did a superb version of one of the other songs I consider to be among the greatest.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at June 29, 2012 7:09 PM
But Sugarchuck thinks:

I'd like to suggest Willie Nelson's Kristofferson tribute lp. All the songs you love, sung so far behind of or ahead of the one it's either yesterday or tomorrow by the time you finish the phrase. And Grady Martin on guitar. Damn, Grady Martin. Buy it now.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at June 30, 2012 9:32 PM
But Jk thinks:

Sounds good, the cd was two bucks cheaper than the mp3, so I'll have to wait for it like a caveman.

Posted by: Jk at July 1, 2012 9:07 AM
But Ellis Wyatt thinks:

Willie is one of the greats but I don't like his interpretation of this song as much as Kristofferson's. Too syncopated (if that's the right word).

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 1, 2012 2:48 PM
But jk thinks:

Man, I wish I had coughed up the extra $2. I have to wait, dispose of the package, rip it, upload to Amazon Cloud... That was what you call "Two-dollar wise, Kilogram foolish."

Posted by: jk at July 2, 2012 11:12 AM

May 17, 2012

Requiescat in Pace

Don't know that I'll get maudlin and mawkish, but I tell no lie when I admit to always digging this tune:

Goodnight, Disco Queen!

UPDATE: Marty Walsh gets the guitar credit and I assume that includes that rather splendiferous solo.

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But Keith Arnold thinks:

Last dance...

Posted by: Keith Arnold at May 17, 2012 6:34 PM
But jk thinks:

@mkhammer was talking that tune up. I confess I do not remember it. But this one, baby, I know all fourteen words!

Posted by: jk at May 17, 2012 7:11 PM

May 14, 2012

Lost Another Hoss

Donald "Duck" Dunn, RIP at 70. Incredible Stax session player, forever known for his appearances in the Blues Brothers franchise.


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May 12, 2012


Blog friend sc suggests an embed for Saturday:

If you're putting up Willie videos you've got to post this one! Any chance to salute Leon Rhodes has to be taken.


UPDATE: Young Glenn Campbell

Posted by John Kranz at 12:32 PM | Comments (4)
But johngalt thinks:

NASCAR retard approved!

(Approbation or disapprobation? The ambiguity is painful.)

Did Willie grow his hair and take up weed as atonement?

Posted by: johngalt at May 14, 2012 3:16 PM
But jk thinks:

Approbation set to full. These guys have added much to the rich lexicon of American music. Glen Campbell was always known by guitar players to be a hoss before he chose the pop star path. Great to have YouTube as a permanent display.

I can't even say the years have been hard on Willie. I could post my picture from 1965. . .

Posted by: jk at May 14, 2012 3:26 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I was speaking to the song lyrics. The musical talent is righteous.

Posted by: johngalt at May 14, 2012 4:27 PM
But jk thinks:

I don't know. But may I just say "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!"

Posted by: jk at May 14, 2012 4:48 PM

April 19, 2012

Goodnight, Hoss!


Photo credit: Rolling Stone

In the darker days of my adolescence, I spent a summer where I could do nothing but go to the Aladdin theater on East Colfax, buy a ticket to see "The Last Waltz," and watch it three or four times. I look back with sadness & bemusement at a lost summer, but I kept a special attachment to The Band: most notably the vocal prowess of Rick Danko and Levon Helm. Both of whom we've now lost.

Levon Helm, singer and drummer for the Band, died Thursday in New York of throat cancer. He was 71.

"He passed away peacefully at 1:30 this afternoon surrounded by his friends and bandmates," Helm's longtime guitarist Larry Campbell tells Rolling Stone. "All his friends were there, and it seemed like Levon was waiting for them. Ten minutes after they left, we sat there and he just faded away. He did it with dignity. It was even two days ago they thought it would happen within hours, but he held on. It seems like he was Levon up to the end, doing it the way he wanted to do it. He loved us, we loved him."

Me too, man. Me too.

UPDATE Ia: A link is not sufficient:

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But johngalt thinks:


Posted by: johngalt at April 19, 2012 6:42 PM

April 9, 2012


I love Sophie Milman. Back in Moscow, the Russian-Israeli-Canadian "closed the show with this Russian classic, 'Molitva' then I cried on-stage for the first time in my life."


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March 23, 2012

May Have to Start Watching "Idol"

As a snob and as an American, it is my right to disparage American Idol, those who watch, those who appear, those who buy its sponsors' products, you get the idea.

I concede that many talented people have been on the show, yet the incentive model rewards things that are not always musical. This young lady, Ms. Kelly Clarkson, knocked me out with her Star Spangled Banner at Game Three of the World Series in Texas two years back.

Dan McLaughlin, @baseballcrank, provides a link to this and claims "This pretty much blows away the Beatles original." In lieu of virtual coffeehouse, I present for your approval:

I say she nailed it.

Posted by John Kranz at 1:37 PM | Comments (1)
But hb thinks:


She is an outlier. You can continue your snobbery.

Posted by: hb at March 26, 2012 9:58 AM

March 8, 2012

Meanwhile, In Music News...

If I can do my favorite Frank Zappa quote from memory: "Rock journalism is people who can't write interviewing people who can't talk for people who can't read."

And yet. Monkees Michael Nesmith is sophisticated and engaging in a great Rolling Stone interview about Davy Jones.

It's clear the producers cast each of you for different reasons. Why do you think they selected Davy? What did he bring to the group that was unique?
I think David was the first one selected and they built the show around him. English (all the rage), attractive, and a very accomplished singer and dancer, right off the Broadway stage from a hit musical. None of the other three of us had any of those chops.

I met Nesmith when I was in Florida (1980) at what I swear was a club he owned. I did a little sleuthing and cannot find any documentation that that was the case. Huh, it's one of my better stories.

But I did meet him and he was kind and gracious. I'm touched by his intelligence, warmth and sincerity in the interview.

Everyone was accomplished -- the notion I was the only musician is one of those rumors that got started and wont stop -- but it was not true. Peter was a more accomplished player than I by an order of magnitude, Micky and Davy played and sang and danced and understood music.

Unexpectedly good. Hat-tip: my dear moonbat-facebook-friend Dave.

Posted by John Kranz at 6:25 PM | Comments (0)

Now, in financial news

A Fender IPO?

(Reuters) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corp, whose guitars have been used by music legends Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, filed with U.S. regulators on Thursday to raise up to $200 million in an initial public offering.

Formed in the 1940s by Leo Fender, Fender was the first to mass-produce solid-body Spanish-style electric guitars, including the iconic Stratocaster.

It was sold to television network CBS in 1965. When CBS started selling off its non-media businesses, then Fender Chief Executive William Schultz teamed up with some of the company's international distributors and bought out Fender in 1984.

Players worshipped "pre-CBS" Fenders when I was a lad (quality in the mid 70s was suspect -- this was not all snobbery). Wonder if "private Fenders" will command a premium. (I did not say there was no snobbery.)

Maybe I should buy that strat...

Posted by John Kranz at 2:00 PM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:

Question for the house (and I don't feel strongly enough to bet). Which will be worth more in two years:

-- The Charcoal Frost Metallic, American Standard Stratocaster with Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Body Resonance, Chrome Hardware and 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with New American Standard Bent Steel Saddles.

-- Or $999 worth of Fender stock at the IPO price?

Posted by: jk at March 8, 2012 3:44 PM
But johngalt thinks:

The Special Edition Strat may, or may not, be convertible for more fiat currency in 2 years but it will always have a sweeter sound than the quarterly e-statements showing the unrealized capital gain (or loss) computed from the closing share price prior to the statement date.

Heh. Gotta laugh at this feature: Molded Fender/SKB Case with TSA Locks Sign of the times...

Posted by: johngalt at March 8, 2012 4:54 PM
But jk thinks:

They need be careful upsetting Presidenté Hugo Obama -- they'll get their factory raided!

Posted by: jk at March 8, 2012 5:15 PM

January 20, 2012

Lady Hoss

Etta James, Requiescat in pace, girl!

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January 15, 2012


Recently tried this and was happily surprised; I started with Xmas songs after the ComCast holiday music channel got repetitive. Very close to Xmas I found ComCast had revamped its play list with selections that were turning Xmas carols into something that was once again interesting. Let's be honest 80% of the Xmas music we hear - even rousing remakes with 21st century effects - are songs from the 50's and 60's.

Right after Xmas I tried Pandora with a fun selection from my past sure to evoke an eclectic response: King Crimson. I found their selections quite good - the really strident stuff from Tarkus just showed they really had the genre down - if their matching groups was strange (Genesis is like The Police?). The Bio's were cool, but the "Buy it" links not so good. Wow, Beck sure is one interesting guy, and I hadn't quite seriously considered Zeppelin's R&B influence before.

Now how much extra spam and Malware is on my computer is an open question. A little distressing was how the dominant pop-up ad was aimed at meeting age-appropriate women... but later put that down to the site noting I'd chosen a group who was dominant in the late 60's and early 70's. Sheesh, date 50+ women; I can barely handle two!

back to regularly scheduled political prosthelytizing....

Posted by nanobrewer at 6:54 PM | Comments (1)
But johngalt thinks:

ROFLMAO A long post, but what a payoff!

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2012 8:05 PM

January 13, 2012

Tebow's Coming

To Boston.

With apologies to Three Dog Night.

Tebow's comin' Tebow's comin' (Tebow's a-comin') Well you better hide your heart, your loving heart Tebow's a-comin' and the cards say... a broken heart

Tebow's comin', hide your heart, girl
Tebow's comin', hide your heart, boy
Tom, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Bill, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Josh, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Girl, Tebow's comin', hide your heart, girl (hide it)
You better, better hide your heart
Tebow's comin', better walk

Walk but you'll never get away No, you'll never get away from the burnin' a-heartache I walked to Apollo by the bay Everywhere I go though, Tebow's a-comin' (she walked but she never got away) Tebow's a-comin' (she walked but she never got away) Tebow's a-comin' and he's comin' to git ya (she walked but... she walked but...) Get down on your knees (she walked but she never got away)

Tebow's comin' (hide it, hide it, hide it)
Tom, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Bill, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Josh, Tebow's a-comin', you better hide
Girl, Tebow's comin', hide your heart, girl (hide it)
You better, better hide your heart
Tebow's comin', better walk

Walk but you'll never get away
No, you'll never get away from the burnin' a-heartache
I walked to Apollo by the bay
Everywhere I go though, Tebow's a-comin' (he walked but she'll never get
Tebow's a-comin' (she walked but she'll never get away)
Tebow's a-comin' and he's comin' to git ya (she walked but... she walked
Get down on your knees (she walked but she'll never get away)
Get down on your knees

No-no, no-no
Lord, I said no-no, no-no, no-no

(hide it) She can
(hide it) hide it
(hide it) You better
(hide it) Somebody
(hide it) You got t'
(hide it) Oh, my
(hide it) Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:05 PM | Comments (6)
But jk thinks:

Bring back the Virtual Coffeehouse.

Posted by: jk at January 13, 2012 3:56 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Now it's your turn BR.

Posted by: johngalt at January 13, 2012 4:28 PM
But jk thinks:

Hahahahahahaha! But is that a young John Bolton I see in the center?

Posted by: jk at January 13, 2012 5:05 PM
But johngalt thinks:

Dang, first JK and now my own dear dagny "doesn't like that kind of music." I think it's both fabulous and nostalgic. I've been a fan of Three Dog Night's music since before I knew who they were (or what kind of bad life choices they made.) I have vivid memories of walking around the backyard singing "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog" while listening to KIMN radio on my transistor radio.

["Pundints?" "PUNDINTS?" Why can't anyone properly pronounce that word? AAAARGH.]

Posted by: johngalt at January 14, 2012 11:48 AM
But jk thinks:

I was being flippant; I like 3DN okay. I would have preferred "Joy to the World" or "Never Been to Spain."

Posted by: jk at January 14, 2012 2:42 PM
But johngalt thinks:

I wasn't sure. I thought maybe you considered them an acid rock version of 'Chicago Transit Authority' or something.

I've always liked the way that Eli song gradually intensifies, and the image of an approaching inevitibility fit, I thought, with the Tebow-led Broncos march through the playoffs. Clearly, I was wishcasting.

Joy to the world
All the football fans, now
Joy to the Broncos down in Dove Val-ley
Joy to you and me

Posted by: johngalt at January 15, 2012 12:07 PM

December 29, 2011

One of My Giants!

The good folks at @Epiphone and @GibsonGuitarsPR salute The Band's Rick Danko.

Danko was under-appreciated. In a band of fairly good singers like Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson, too few noticed the all-time vocal chops he put on so many of those great tunes. I was quite taken by his voice and impish humor in "The Last Waltz" (which I saw about 100 times the summer it came out in a pique of adolescent angst, but that's another story...)

I saw him live with Paul Butterfield at the old DU arena; I bought the solo album he is working on in one scene of "Last Waltz;" and I'd stop to hear the little background vocs he added to Clapton's "No Reason to Cry" album.

I lifted this video from the Epiphone page. If you don't want the (odd) bass lessons, skip to 1:50 for a sweet little blues jam.

In peace, brother Rick, in Peace.

Or this one.

Posted by John Kranz at 5:05 PM | Comments (0)

December 24, 2011

Joyeaux Noel

NED bless America, girls in pink dresses, and free market capitalism. T-Mobile produces a flash mob production of a Robert Allen / Al Stillman favorite. Go fullscreen and crank it up.

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:38 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Awesome. I liked it okay on TV (maybe I was distracted as my beloved donkeys were getting spanked) but I really enjoyed taking a second look here.

And yaay for the free market capitalism reference. I'll go one more if I may. In another fruitless Facebook discussion, I was extolling the virtues of division of labor -- not just for prosperity but for freedom. I don't want to farm or fish or hunt for my food and suspect I would be very very thin were I forced to.

I looked for the "how this came together" video, clicked the wrong one and watched Carly, her dresses and the dress designer, Debra LeClair. Ms. LeClair detailed the time she spent designing each dress, and Ms. Foulkes spoke to the selection process.

Hate to go all "Devil Wears Prada" on you, but thinking of the (well spent if you ask me) millions of dollars to put that pink dress on that young lady makes me appreciate an economy that creates creative jobs. Lotsa dress designers in North Korea? I'm guessin' not.

Posted by: jk at December 24, 2011 8:27 PM

December 23, 2011

Frohe Weihnachten

I had this in mind all day, and dear blog brother KA's holiday cheer in an unrelated comment made it a must. Please join in the merriment with your comments. Merry Christmas to all.

Posted by JohnGalt at 3:39 PM | Comments (2)
But Keith Arnold thinks:

Here I am, scarcely a trebuchet's throw from Hollywood, and there you are, in the winter wonderland of Colorado. A hit, a palpable hit!

I have taken the liberty of crediting JG when I re-posted the video to Facebook. A Joyous Christmas wish goes out to all -

Posted by: Keith Arnold at December 23, 2011 6:33 PM
But jk thinks:

Nice. It looks quite a bit like that today.

Posted by: jk at December 23, 2011 11:18 PM

October 27, 2011

Giants. Earth. Walking.

I'll live and die a jazz snob. But John Prine songs light me like a match. And what a format: a short blast of text from the author and a YouTube of a performance. Nice.

Loved the description of "Illegal Smile:"

I have to confess, the song was not about smokin' dope. It was more about how, ever since I was a child, I had this view of the world where I can find myself smiling at stuff nobody else was smiling at. But it was such a good anthem for dope smokers that I didn't want to stop every time I played it and make a disclaimer.

Posted by John Kranz at 2:28 PM | Comments (0)

October 26, 2011

TEA Party Anthem

It's a natural fit even though the songwriter, Krista's husband Michael Branch, says he wrote it before the TEA Party ever started.

Its new claim to fame is as the official song of the Herman Cain Presidential Campaign.

I think I've also seen what would make a good "Occupy" Anthem somewhere. If I find that I'll post it too.

UPDATE: Not what I was originally thinking of, but better: The Occupy Anthem

Posted by JohnGalt at 11:39 PM | Comments (0)

October 17, 2011

Not Bad for a Sunday

Unloaded some hay, baled and stacked a little more, trimmed hooves for Sampson (2250 lbs. of heavy horse), re-graded the new road down to the arena, caught a few minutes of football here and there and wrapped it all up with a Roger Daltrey concert in Broomfield with dagny.

Roger was friendly and prolific, singing the entire Tommy set before another hour or so of Who favs plus a medley of Johnny Cash hits. The band used two guitarists - Simon Townsend and session man Frank Simes, whom I had never heard of but was quite talented and covered the elder Townsend riffs authentically.

We were also delighted to discover Welshman Paul Freeman as the opener. One should expect Roger to be a good judge of vocal talent.

UPDATE: Westword has one of the most thorough reviews I've read, including those from St. Louis, New Jersey and somewhere in Canada. Aside from writing that 'Baba O'Reily' and 'Teenage Wasteland' are distinct and seperate songs, Goldstein's review pretty much agrees with the opinion of these two characters.

Posted by JohnGalt at 1:51 AM | Comments (0)

August 30, 2011


Major Garrett @MajoratNJ says he is "scandalously late to the party," but he beat me:

Posted by John Kranz at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2011

Photo of the Century

I had the honor of sharing the area of Downtown Boulder with one of my heroes this weekend. I played a friend's wedding and reception at an art gallery on Spruce while BB King had a show a block over on Pearl Street. I suggested to one of the waitresses that he was welcome to sit in if he happened to show up.

His tour busses were parked in front as he was staying at the Hotel Boulderado across the street. A mutual friend of the groom and mine saw the blues legend as he left the early set up. He suggested that his 4th grade son say hi.

BB King was gracious with his time and gave the young man a couple of guitar picks. How cool is that?

Posted by John Kranz at 4:57 PM | Comments (3)
But Terri thinks:

toooo cool!

Posted by: Terri at August 22, 2011 7:19 PM
But jk thinks:

A lengthy career has generated neither enemies nor bad stories. Every time you hear a BB King story it is like this one and not "he got drunk and beat up his girlfriend." Eternal HOSS.

(And today's password is "g!bs0n" love it.)

Posted by: jk at August 23, 2011 11:01 AM
But johngalt thinks:

Way cool. A living legend visits our backyard.

Posted by: johngalt at August 23, 2011 3:16 PM

September 28, 2010

"Rhyming Oasis?"

But he is "not a human being." [There will be no excerpt. Link is provided advisedly.]

Can't say I disagree with him not being human.

Hat tip: Bing

Posted by JohnGalt at 2:23 PM | Comments (0)

July 30, 2010

Going Cold Turkey

The Refugee has noted that Coffeehousin' is conspicuous by its absense this week. Guess he'll just have to dig into the archives for a "Best of..." fix.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 12:29 PM | Comments (2)
But jk thinks:

Always touched to be missed -- thanks.

I just put up a "remastered" version of You're not Sick (You're Just in Love) Our first three-digit hit.

Posted by: jk at July 30, 2010 1:03 PM
But Boulder Refugee thinks:

A classic!

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at July 30, 2010 2:17 PM

December 17, 2008

The Lost Christmas Eve

The Refugee has always been a sucker for a good Christmas album and decided to take a flyer with the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Grabbing the easiest thing on the shelf, he got their newest album, "The Lost Christmas Eve." He was not prepared for the heavy metal nature of some of the cuts. "This sounds like Christmas-meets-Tommy," he muttered upon listening to the first two tracks. Upon further investigation, he learned that it is indeed a rock opera, proving that The Refugee has not lost his keen eye for the obvious.

After getting his head around the idea that it is not a traditional Christmas album, the Broadway-style format kind of grew on him. He gives the album a 4 1/2 creshes out of a possible 5 and recommends it to ThreeSources looking for something a bit different. He cautions against cueing it up right next to The Carpenters, however.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at 11:01 AM | Comments (0)

April 29, 2007

Random Thought

I really really dislike Syd Barrett era Pink Floyd. His solo stuff even more.

I don't mind sixties psychedelic rock (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lemon Pipers, Donovan, etc) but the Syd Barrett creeps me out.

Everytime it shows up in iTunes' Party Shuffle or on the iPod I have to skip it.

Posted by AlexC at 1:05 PM | Comments (2)
But johngalt thinks:

You don't even like 'Bike?' Who can forget his good mouse Gerald? I hummed that song for months! Or 'Careful with that Ax, Eugene?' 'See Emily Play?'

'Saucerful of Secrets' is some really weird cr.., err, "stuff" though. Ultimately, the guy was a poster child for the dangers of LSD.

Posted by: johngalt at April 30, 2007 3:20 PM
But AlexC thinks:

I have to admit i have never tried LSD. But if it's anything like Syd Barret's crap, I'll pass.

By far the worst song is "Scream They Last Scream Old Woman with a Casket".... Hell will be an iPod with only that in it's playlist.

Posted by: AlexC at May 1, 2007 12:13 AM

December 25, 2006

RIP, Godfather


    James Brown, the undeniable "Godfather of Soul," told friends from his hospital bed that he was looking forward to performing on New Year's Eve, even though he was ill with pneumonia. His heart gave out a few hours later, on Christmas morning.

    The pompadoured dynamo whose classic singles include "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" died Monday of heart failure, said his agent, Frank Copsidas of Intrigue Music. He was 73.

    "People already know his history, but I would like for them to know he was a man who preached love from the stage," said friend Charles Bobbit, who was with Brown at the hospital. "His thing was 'I never saw a person that I didn't love.' He was a true humanitarian who loved his country."

Posted by AlexC at 9:23 PM | Comments (1)
But jk thinks:

Extreme Mortman salutes Brown at Nixon's Inauguration party in Say It Loud (I’m Republican And Proud)

Posted by: jk at December 26, 2006 12:14 PM

December 15, 2006

Children Dying


(not to make light of tragedy)

Posted by AlexC at 11:36 AM | Comments (3)
But jk thinks:


Posted by: jk at December 15, 2006 12:25 PM
But TrekMedic251 thinks:

Well,..what did you expect? He IS in Scotland, after all!


(NB - Having been there twice, I can get away with that statement!)

Posted by: TrekMedic251 at December 15, 2006 9:52 PM
But jk thinks:

Having been there myself, I can imagine the heckler's having a rich brogue: "fookin' stop, then!"

I gave Bono props for digging deeper than most activist-entertainers but I fear he has jumped the shark into pomposity. He wants governments to do more coerced charity, yet he moves his Corporation offshore and buys his hat a first class plane ticket.

Posted by: jk at December 16, 2006 12:15 PM

December 12, 2006

Happy Birthday, Francis Albert

Powerline has a great post about one of the greats.

For the longest time (50 years actually), Philly area DJ Sid Mark would host "Fridays with Frank" and "Sundays with Sinatra" on various Philly radio stations. I remember driving home from church with my parents listening to it, but it wasn't until I started delivering pizzas that I willingly tuned in.

Awesome. Hearing his voice takes me back to those days in the 40s, 50s and 60s (that i missed) when things were "classy" and men wore hats. Not to mention the whole Rat Pack scene. Despite Frank's personal shortcomings, his sound hearkens back to simpler times. Kind of like hearing Glenn Miller. It evokes a specific period of time.

By the time I got listening to him, Mr Sinatra was advanced in age, and I don't think was on the road, if at all. I still remember the day I heard he died. WWDB, the radio station was playing Sid Mark's show at the time, switched to all-Sinatra that day. Sid Mark's broadcast was memorable, as he relived his own experiences with the legend. It was a sad day.

If you're interested, the Sounds of Sinatra is Sid Mark's current show, and it's syndicated around the country. Highly recommended.

Me? I'm listening to my iPod's Frank Sinatra playlists.

Happy Birthday, Frank.

Posted by AlexC at 1:24 PM