Friday, 6 January 2017

Does The Message Get To You?


Tarzan Boy by Baltimora might represent everything that  - for some – was detestable about the 80’s.  Sorry, but I love it.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Rubber Soul


Elvis, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Carl Perkins …  Yes.  Got it.  But without Motown, would we even have the Beatles?

Thursday, 15 December 2016

I Can Turn The Gray Sky Blue


With all due repsect to The Temptations, I just love Savoy Brown’s version of I Can’t Get Next To You.  Kim Simmonds’ guitar work is fantastic.

Friday, 9 December 2016

One Summer Day


For me, Cream’s version of I’m Sitting On Top Of The World was that moment when I said, "Yeah, alright.  I get it.  The Blues."

Cream gave me Muddy, and Hooker, Robert Johnson, and B.B., and Son House, and Keb’ Mo’, and Bonnie Raitt.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Two Hearts


It's a pity that Paul McCartney and Phil Collins didn't become close friends.  The music would have been fantastic.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Somebody Holds The Key


Eric Clapton was the face of blues rock for more than a generation.  Steve Winwood stood tall within the pantheon of prog rock immortals.

Yet they gave us
Can’t Find My Way Home, a haunting, rapturous, achingly beautiful folk song.

Good work, fellas.

ps – yes, I’ve written about this song before.  It’s just that kinda song, ya know?

Thursday, 17 November 2016

You Need Not Look Too Far


Probably not too many people remember Hot Smoke and Sassafras by Bubble Puppy, but I do.  And it’s great.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

#1


My favourite song of all time is the last one I heard John Lennon sing.

Thursday, 3 November 2016

Mission Impossible


Udiscovermusic doesnt apologize for giving you an alphabetical instead of a ranked listing of The 100 Greatest Blues Albums, saying that would be nigh on impossible, and I dont blame them.

I dont pretend to be on intimate terms with every album or artist on the list, but Ive heard enough of them to believe everyone that should be there is there.  And I sure wouldnt want to rank em.

The inclusion of so many white folks especially from the wrong side of the Atlantic Ocean may rankle a few blues purists, but not me.  In terms of respect for the music, not to mention influence, they belong.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Sunshine Came Softly


The other night, I had the pleasure of attending a Donovan concert in Toronto.

His voice isnt what it used to be, but hes such a good storyteller, and his songs practically sing themselves anyway, so it was all good.

What was especially heartwarming is that not everyone in the audience had white hair.  I was amazed at how many people under 30 were there and they werent casual listeners.  They knew him.  They were fans.

Donovan himself described his musics timeless appeal as hopeful melancholy.  He confronts that madness of our species, and shares his sadness at our willful self-destructiveness, but he celebrates the wonders of the world around us with an enduring spirit of hopefulness.

He is the hurdy gurdy man, singing songs of love.