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“Small Cogs Make Big Wheels Turn” . : Lou Ottens and Henry Goldrich

I recently learned of the deaths of Lou Ottens and Henry Goldrich. These are not famous musicians but their impact on popular music was immense. Lou Ottens Lou Ottens was a Dutch engineer credited with inventing the audio cassette. As

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“She Caught The Katy” . . . : Taj Mahal

I don’t know about you but I can use some music that puts a smile on my face. . . Most of the time when people think of the blues, they think sad music about suffering. Then there is Taj

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“Playing To The Tide” . . . : The Good Ol’ Grateful Deadcast┬áDeep Dive Into Workingman’s Dead

This past June was the 50th anniversary of the seminal Grateful Dead album Workingsman’s Dead. This was my introduction to the Dead. My brother and I had spent the summer at a bungalow colony up in the Catskill Mountains of

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“Don’t Ask Me What I Think Of You”. . : Peter Green (1946 – 2020)

I always said that one of the advantages of being a bassist is that you can get to the opportunity to play and learn from some good guitarists (if you’re lucky). A great guitarist who I played with a great

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“Oh, Say Can You See” . . . : Jimi Hendrix and The National Anthem

When does a musical performance become much more than just a musical performance? When does such a thing become iconic? Hendrix’s rendition of the National Anthem at Woodstock is certainly on most lists of iconic rock guitar performances. What’s interesting

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“It’s Not Unusual” . . . : This Is Tom Jones T.V. Show

Continuing the T.V. nostalgia theme from the previous post, I remember sometimes watching Tom Jones on television. This was a little before my awareness of rock music kicked in so I really wasn’t that into it. In hindsight that was

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“The World Sucks, Come Watch T.V.” . . . . : In Concert And The Midnight Special

Nobody exists on purpose Nobody belongs anywhere Everybody’s gonna die Come watch T.V. – Rick and Morty I am a pessimist by nature. Over the course of the last several years that pessimism has morphed into a Rick Sanchez like

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“When The Living Was Easy” . . . : Gershwin’s Summertime

Normally (yeah, what’s that now . . ) the end of May would be the start of summer with thoughts of vacation plans, beaches, outdoor concerts (yeah, about that . . .) The song Summertime was written by George Gershwin

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Posted in Classic Rock, Country/Bluegrass, Jazz, Music Appreciation and Analysis, Uncategorized

“That Was Then, This Is Now” . . . : Musical Flash Mobs

A reminder of a different time. A time when people gathered in public places casually, going about their business until they notice that the person beside them is carrying a bassoon. And that person coming up the escalator is holding

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“Quarantine Is Painless” . . . : Musical Mashups For Your Amusement

As I understand it a musical mashup is the blending together of two or more existing songs, by superimposing the melody of one song over the backing track of another. The practice has existed for centuries but with modern DJ

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