Sunday, April 26, 2015

800th post

I noticed today that I was at 799 for number of posts, so why not celebrate this by looking back:

At 700 was the announcement of Mary Mack getting voice over on a Fox show... alas it's been cancelled but Mary was awesome.

At 600 was my discovery that my music tastes are sinking into my Son's tastes.... Sooner or later you will find that you are a lot like your parents.

At 500 was a music discovery... Mountain Man.  A very haunting vocal video.

At 400 was a cover of a Blondie song by Amy Speace... I love great new ways of hearing songs, hell I never heard the before I heard Amy's cover.

At 300 and now back in Oct 2009, was my love for the Belleville Outfit.  I find it so weird that I would find myself drifting away from their music only to find myself sitting at the Pump House in 2013 listening to a fiddle player someone recommended.  It was Phoebe Hunt from the Belleville Outfit.  Quickly I remembered why I loved their music.

At 200 and as luck would have the draw, a video of me doing Ian Robb's Old Rose and Crown and playing the piano.  Videos have gotten better and I find this song belongs better on a accordion.

At 100 fitting is Ashlee Rose who I met on MySpace... rocking out an Aretha Franklin song.

Well that was fun... I know I should post more often... now off to work outside on a beautiful spring Sunday.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

London on my mind...

This week a friend Natalie Gelman got to London to start her European tour and posted these pics:

Then Kelley McRae who will play our House Concert series in September posted her walking in a tunnel in London under the river Thames.

London on my mind I picked up the guitar and googled the words to Leaving London by Tom Paxton... it's actually funny to read because he had to go American Express to try to get a letter from home, no text or internet for Tom.

Then I moved to another song I know from Ralph McTell that I learned from playing of Fred Holstein I did have to google the words again, but the music was like riding a bike.

Have you seen the old man 
In the closed-down market 
Kicking up the paper, 
with his worn out shoes? 
In his eyes you see no pride 
Hand held loosely at his side
Yesterday's paper telling yesterday's news 

So how can you tell me you're lonely, 
And say for you that the sun don't shine? 
Let me take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London 
I'll show you something to make you change your mind 

Have you seen the old girl 
Who walks the streets of London 
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags? 
She's no time for talking, 
She just keeps right on walking 
Carrying her home in two carrier bags. 


In the all night cafe
At a quarter past eleven, 
Same old man is sitting there on his own 
Looking at the world 
Over the rim of his tea-cup, 
Each tea last an hour 
Then he wanders home alone 


And have you seen the old man 
Outside the seaman's mission 
Memory fading with 
The medal ribbons that he wears. 
In our winter city, 
The rain cries a little pity 
For one more forgotten hero 
And a world that doesn't care 


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Some People

A great song that I'm covering and you won't find anywhere yet... hoping Natalie Gelman puts out her own video. I'm looking forward to the CD she'll release with it.  Natalie co-wrote the song with Charlie Midnight.

So a funny thing happened while I was practicing this at church waiting for the Sunday School kids to come back up... some one moved from the back of church to a pew behind me to hear it.. so I got to the where it goes "you got a roof over your head..." and poof forgot the next line. Obvious to me later, "you got a book you haven't read"... I haven't read a book in about 15 years... ha

The song really does talk to the right kind of passion good Christians should have, so it's appropriate I was playing it in church... truly many get mixed up by what it means to walk in faith of God, Allah, or Jesus at times.