Jan 27, 2015

Love Dream

Books and music - two things that were always plentiful when I was growing up. No one in our house could play a musical instrument but everyone could play the radio and the record player.

My first memory of classical music was Tchaikovsky and he will always be my first love. My second is Franz Liszt. In particular "Liebestraum".  I remember first hearing this when I was 12 or so. It became my go-to song when I needed to escape, if only in my mind. I remember most those times when I was alone in the house, I would turn off all the lights, close the curtains, lie back in the recliner with my portable record player next to me, close my eyes and play this over and over and over...

So set this to play, close your eyes and let Franz Liszt lull you into your own dream

Jan 25, 2015

Got to have soul,

maybe even a tortured one, to sing the blues...the late, great Janis Joplin

Jan 23, 2015

Keeping the happy coming...

There's Chicago Blues, and Delta Blues but the blues that make me the happiest is Louisiana Blues...

About Professor Longhair
About Louisiana Blues

Jan 20, 2015

Follow the yellow brick road, wonders to behold.

My shrink dubbed me the most curious person he had ever met. He didn't mean odd, tho I am surely that, but rather that I am inquisitive. Even in the old pre-internet days I could and would track down information on whatever caught my attention, or that I was curious about, including my shrink. He thought I should be a detective.

Following the bread crumbs today, I met up with some of the most amazing, at least to me, music.

Starting out with an old fashioned paper newspaper delivered to my door; an article on Willy Nelson.  What most caught my attention was this "...a forthcoming double-tribute album honoring proto-country star Jimmie Rodgers and Django Reinhardt, the French jazz maestro whose guitar-playing has mesmerized Nelson for decades. In fact, Nelson has been taking guitar lessons of late, trying to decode how Reinhardt’s fingertips once dashed across the fretboard. “You can never learn it all,” he says."  (emphasis added)

And I think, who is Django Reinhardt? Through the modern wonders of the interwebz I tumble down the rabbit hole and follow the yellow brick road.

This is Django Reinhardt (1910-1953) playing his own composition "Dark Eyes"

And this is an extended version performed at a New York City Jazz Festival - Amazing - a jazz accordion? Wow, just WOW - to all of it.

I am, as the Brits say, gobsmacked.

So today, and everyday for that matter, as you read or scroll, find a rabbit hole to fall into and follow a yellow brick road.

If you are curious:
Washington Post article on Willy Nelson
Biography of Django Reinhardt