July 21, 1947 – Emmett Kelly portrait on the cover of Life Magazine? Music by Murray Mclauchlan!

One of the events that was listed yesterday, on This Day in History was that on July 21, 1947,  Loren MacIver’s portrait of Emmett Kelly as Willie the Clown appeared on the cover of Life magazine.  This sent my mind off in several directions. My first thought was that I didn’t know which portrait of Emmett Kelly this was, as I have seen a few over the years. So I headed to Google and searched for the portrait….I found this 1947 Emmett Kelly painting by Loren MacIver at Kenyon College’s Digital Kenyon. But what I didn’t find was  a cover from LIFE magazine….

The second thought that popped into my mind was the Murray Mclauchlan song  ”Sweeping the Spotlight Away”. I went to Youtube to find a video of the song. I found one and I will play that video at the end of this post. But while I was searching for the song,  I found this video of an appearance of Kelly  on the Carol Burnett Show…….

But what I still hadn’t found was the cover of Life magazine! Anyway, I didn’t write the post.  Tonight I thought about this post again, figuring that while the cover first appeared on July 21st, Life was a weekly magazine so today still counts!  Therefore, I decided to do a little more exploring. What I found was the July 21, 1947 cover of Life magazine……

July 21, 1947 Life

Doesn’t look like Weary Willie does it! I also found, though, that on page 42 of this issue there was a story about Emmett Kelly and appearing with the story is this portrait by Loren MacIver…..

Emmett Kelly

After I was showing my oldest son, Nick about all the above, he said he had no clue, who Emmett Kelly was, so for those of you in the same boat, here’s some background!!

Emmett Leo Kelly (December 9, 1898 – March 28, 1979) was an American circus performer, who created the memorable clown figure “Weary Willie”, based on the hobos of the Depression era.

He started working as a clown full-time in 1931, and it was only after years of attempting to persuade the management that he was able to switch from a white face clown to the hobo clown that he had sketched ten years earlier while working at an art firm.

“Weary Willie” was a tragic figure: a clown, who could usually be seen sweeping up the circus rings after the other performers. He tried but failed to sweep up the pool of light of a spotlight. His routine was revolutionary at the time: traditionally, clowns wore white face and performed slapstick stunts intended to make people laugh. Kelly did perform stunts too—one of his most famous acts was trying to crack a peanut with a sledgehammer—but as a tramp, he also appealed to the sympathy of his audience Full Biography

Thinking about all of this,I imagine that there are many of you who don’t even know what LIFE magazine was!! For those of you who are THAT boat….

LIFE was an American magazine that ran from 1883 to 1972, published initially as a humor and general interest magazine. Time founder Henry Luce bought the magazine in 1936, solely so that he could acquire the rights to its name, and shifted it to a role as a weekly news magazine with a strong emphasis on photojournalism. LIFE was published weekly until 1972, as an intermittent “special” until 1978, and as a monthly from 1978 to 2000.
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As I read about the origins of Life, as a humor and general interest magazine, and not the magazine that I remember, the one with all the cool cover pictures, etc. I saw that one of the editors was playwright Robert Sherwood, who I remember as….

…. one of the original members of the Algonquin Round Table. He was close friends with Dorothy Parker and Robert Benchley, who were on the staff of Vanity Fair with Sherwood when the Round Table began meeting in 1919. Author Edna Ferberwas also a good friend.

Sherwood stood six feet eight inches tall. Dorothy Parker, who was five-feet four-inches, once commented that when she, Sherwood, and Robert Benchley (who was six feet tall) would walk down the street together, they looked like “a walking pipe organ.” When asked at a party how long he had known Sherwood, Robert Benchley stood on a chair, raised his hand to the ceiling, and said, “I knew Bob Sherwood back when he was only this tall.”

You gotta love that Dorothy Parker!! Anyway, I could go on and on…. I already spent too much time just looking and reading about the 1972 issues of LIFE , which you can check out here!  McGovern in the Victory suite in July 21st issue, that would be the only time he’d  spend in a Victory suite that year! But that’s a story for another day. How about that music now!!

Loren MacIver Obtiuary NY Times-Loren MacIver, 90, a Painter Known for Her Eclectic StyleExamples of Loren MacIver’s Art - Loren MacIver on Artnet


The Corfu Declaration (July 20, 1917) leads to thoughts of Yugoslavia and the Nine Nations of North America!


Corfu Declaration

Yesterday  I saw that among the events that occurred on July 20th was the signing of the Corfu Declaration in 1917. Now if you are like me and intrigued by what this declaration was all about read on…… from Wikipedia….

The Corfu Declaration is the agreement that made the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia possible. In 1916, the Serbian Parliament in exile decided the creation of the Kingdom of Yugoslavia at a meeting inside the Municipal Theatre of Corfu, Greece.[1] The declaration was signed near the end of World War I on the island of Corfu on 20 July 1917, by the Yugoslav Committee of politicians in exile, that represented Slovenes, Croats and Serbs living in Austria-Hungary and the representatives of the Kingdom of Serbia, with political sponsorship of Great Britain and France, under their avowed principles of national self-determination.

The Declaration as the first step toward building the new State of Yugoslavia envisaged a parliamentary monarchy under the Karađorđević dynasty, with indivisible territory and unitary power, with the three national denominations and the Latin and Cyrillic alphabets equal before the law, religious freedom and universal suffrage. It provided for a Constituent Assembly to establish a Constitution that would be the origin of all powers.

I read on to learn more about the creation of modern-day Yugoslavia.

The Vidovdan Constitution of 1921 established the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes as a unitary state and, in 1922, 33 new administrative oblasts (coun ties) ruled from the center were instituted. These bore no relation to the earlier divisions. (61 districts existed between 1918 and 1922)

From 1929, the Kingdom was subdivided into nine new provinces called banovinas or banates. Their borders were intentionally drawn so that they would not correspond either to boundaries between ethnic groups, or to pre-World War Imperial borders. They were named after various geographic features, mostly rivers. Slight changes to their borders were made in 1931 with the new Yugoslav Constitution.Read More

And finally….

Yugoslavia was renamed the Federal People’s Republic of Yugoslavia in 1946, when a communist government was established. It acquired the territories of Istria, Rijeka, and Zadar from Italy. Leader of the Partisans Josip Broz Tito ruled the country as the president until his death in 1980. In 1963, the country was renamed again to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).

The constituent six Socialist Republics that made up the country were SR Bosnia and Herzegovina, SR Croatia, SR Macedonia, SR Montenegro, SR Slovenia, and SR Serbia. Serbia contained two Socialist Autonomous Provinces: Vojvodina and Kosovo, which after 1974 were largely equal to the other members of the federation.[4][5] After an economic and political crisis in the 1980s and the rise of nationalism, Yugoslavia broke up along its republics’ borders, at first into five countries, leading to the Yugoslav Wars. Read More

We know over the last 25 years after the breakup of Yugoslavia there has been a War in Bosnia (1992–1995), which included the Srebrenica genocide, along with a war in Kosovo. A UN Peacekeeping Mission which was put in place in 1999 is still active in Kosovo!

Yugoslavia was a nation formed by arbitrarily drawing borders, with little regard for the people who live within those borders, additionally, it was a country under the authoritarian rule of Tito and the communists and once that authoritarian ruler was removed the whole nation fractured. One can’t help but see the similarities to Iraq!

As I read about Yugoslavia, I started to think about the fractures, that have existed in our nation, since the beginning of our country, that seem to be more pronounced every year. Are the southern states of America different from the northeast? Is the middle of America, also, different? We certainly see that they are  when we look at the results of presidential elections, with the south and central portions of the nation being solidly red and each of the coasts being blue?? So the question I raise is can we overcome our divisions and move forward in a positive direction or are we doomed to be stuck in neutral in the future??

As I thought about all this my mind went wandering back to the 1981 and the book the Nine Nations of North America by Joel Garreau  Is it an idea whose time has come…. here is a map of the Nine Nations!  Read More




I know there are many folks in the south who would love to get rid of us northeast and west coast liberals! I could see Quebec, New England and The Foundry being one nation, and Dixie, the Breadbasket joining forces. Which kinda’ leaves Ecotopia out there by itself!  Maybe the Empty Quarter becomes the bridge between east and west!  What do you think???  Ridiculous most definitely, but if we don’t all learn to get along – maybe????



The First Battle of Bull Run was fought….July 21, 1861. The first of too many battles!


First Battle of Bull Run, chromolithograph by Kurz & Allison – Wikipedia

As I looked down the list of events that happened on this day in history, the first event that caught my attention was the first Battle of Manassas which was fought on this date (July 21st) in 1861. Here in the north the battle is known as,  the First Battle of Bull Run. Many years ago,well,  sometime in the late 1990s we took one of our few family vacations to Virginia and visited the battlefields at Manassas, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville for me it was a real treat to stand on these fields and try to imagine what it must have been like to fight in one of those battles! I am certainly glad that I didn’t have to do it and admire all the brave men who did!! From Wikipedia:

The First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas (the name used by Confederate forces), was fought on July 21, 1861, in Prince William County, Virginia, near the city of Manassas, not far from Washington, D.C. It was the first major battle of the American Civil War. The Union forces were slow in positioning themselves, allowing Confederate reinforcements time to arrive by rail. Each side had about 18,000 poorly trained and poorly led troops in their first battle. It was a Confederate victory followed by a disorganized retreat of the Union forces….

…Confederate reinforcements under Brig. Gen. Joseph E. Johnston arrived from the Shenandoah Valley by railroad and the course of the battle quickly changed. A brigade of Virginians under the relatively unknown brigadier general from the Virginia Military Institute, Thomas J. Jackson, stood their ground Read More

and then someone shouted “there stands Jackson, like a “Stonewall” and the rest is history!

Here is a short video describing the battle. One of the things that I had a hard time wrapping my head around was why the Union forces were coming towards the Henry Hill house from the west and northwest. The video certainly explains the reason!

There are some great pictures of the battlefield and more information here at the Civil War Trust



A Fine Run w/ Bluegrass from The Boxcars & Info via Runner’s World Re: Music and Running!

Well, whether I needed a little motivation or not to get me out on the road and running today, I got some yesterday, when I ran into the best runner on my high school cross-country team yesterday, while shopping at Target. See he is running a triathlon today I’m not really how far the swim and the bike ride are but the run part is a 10K! While  know there’s no way in hell  I can even come close to competing with him, it does give me some incentive though just to keep plodding along. Anyway the weather was fairly co-operative today staying in the low 80s, but even with that I waited until the sun was down a little and ran a course that I knew was shaded for most of the run!!  While my overall time was nothing to write home about, my average pace of 10:51 a mile over four miles is acceptable, at least for me, especially since I kept my heart rate under 160 even going uphill!

The BoxcarsThe soundtrack for the run was something a little different some bluegrass! The album that I chose was The Boxcars 2013 release It’s Just a Road. The album was nominated for a Grammy but lost. The best bluegrass album award went to The Streets of Baltimore by the Del McCoury Band. The band did win the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award as 2013 Instrumental Group of the Year for a third year in a row!  Additionally, mandolin wizard Adam Steffey won the 2013 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award!  The members of Th Boxcars are some great musicians,  in addition to the great Mr.Steffey. The other members of the band are the extraordinary multi-instrumentalists Ron Stewart, and John R Bowman,  Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon, who have both worked with the band Blue Moon Rising, run out the band! Anyway, there’s a lot of good picking and singing on the album so check it out.

After my run, I went to Runner’s World to log my run. Before I got to my log, I saw this article The Effects of Music Before, During and After Running

New research supports using music to get fired up before running, and suggests that listening to music after a run can speed recovery.  The research, published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, also backs previous findings that you probably get less benefit from music the harder you run.

An interesting finding in the study…..

On the 5Ks when the runners listened to music, they ran their first two laps (of 12.5) faster than when they ran with no music. After that, the differences in lap times between the music and no-music conditions greatly decreased.

This finding is consistent with earlier research, which has concluded that the higher your effort level, the less effect music has on performance. As the researchers put it, “Initially, participants were affected by music since they needed a time period to process all afferent information regarding peripheral receptors. As soon as the brain realized the exercise intensity, a mechanism called attentional switching occurred by directing attention to the most important signals.”

I would say that is what I find, I usually can concentrate on the music at the start of the run, but if I really am having a hard time during the run, the music goes out the window and I am just trying to survive. I did find today, that I was able to pick up the beat of the music, more easily at times, and adjust my pace to be in rhythm with the music!


When the runners listened to music after their 5Ks, it had the opposite effect of pre-run music on vagal tone–music increased it compared to not listening to music post-run. According to the researchers, this means that the runners’ internal systems, including heart rate, were more quickly returning to normal. Because the goal of post-run recovery measures, such as hydration, nutritionand gentle exercise, is to speed the body’s return to its pre-workout state, this finding suggests that slow music after a hard run can help in that process.

Read Full Article at Runner’s World!

Needless to say I listened to some nice slow jazz after my run, tonight, and I have to say I feel pretty good!! Slow jazz will be tried again in the future after a run!!


Past Reads: May 1987 – A First Encounter with Loren Estleman’s – Amos Walker!

So let’s all  go ….down to Dumas Walker!

No, no oh, yea of afflicted with ADD – Amos Walker not Dumas! you duma-ass…..

Motor City BlueOk so when I looked back at the actual dates in my Book Journal, I see that the first book listed IS actually Motor City Blue by Loren Estleman. The book was first released in 1980, and by that time Estleman was already up to book 6, but I went back and started at the beginning. It appears, I was underwhelmed!

My blurb….. Amos Walker is looking for the missing foster daughter of a mobster.Estleman does well, maintaining excitement chapter to chapter.

From Goodreads……

Amos Walker, a tough-talking Detroit detective, will delight mystery buffs. Loren D. Estleman has written a series of fast-paced mysteries which occur in the Motor City where murders are committed nightly within full view of the glittering Renaissance Center. Continue Reading

and from Amazon……

“If I see my name in tomorrow’s paper yours will be in the next edition. Bordered in black.” Marla Bernstein is a pretty, dark-haired teenager? who also happens to be the ward of Ben Morningstar-a semi-retired mobster who prefers to keep family business out of the newspapers. When Marla suddenly disappears, the gang boss is forced to call in private eve Amos Walker, who quickly learns his new employer doesn’t take “no” for an answer when he offers a job opportunity. Unfortunately, the only clue to Marla’s whereabouts is a pornographic photograph that clearly proves that she’s become part of a world that disgusts even her criminal guardian. . The photo, in turn leads Walker into the seedy world of Detroit’s porn shops and blue movies, where Marla’s trail becomes even murkier?.and increasingly more dangerous to follow. . As first cases go, Walker could have certainly asked for one less challenging?...More at Amazon

Hum, that description starts to bring back the memories!!

Looking over my Goodreads shelf I see that I read eight of the first 10 Amos Walker mysteries, then there was a seven-year gap between 1990′s Sweet Women Lie and 1997′s Never Street and in that time my ADD brain had moved on to other series! I have revisited Amos though in Book #20 The Left-Handed Dollar and book 16 Poison Blue is on my too be read shelf!! Maybe it’s time to revisit Amos!! Too Many Books,Too Little Time!! But if you are a fan of the genre and you haven’t read an Amos Walker book shame on you!! Get reading!!


Past Reads: Blood Music – Sci Fi from one of the Best – Greg Bear

Since 1987 I have kept track of the books that I read. From 1987 through 2004 I kept hand written notes about the books, name, title, date read and a little blurb about the book. Between 2004 and 2010, I kept track of the books at Goodreads.com. From 2010, I ‘ve  kept my bookshelf at Goodreads and also posted at this site. Since this site is about the books I read and have read, I thought that I’d go back and start posting about the older books I’ve read. This will allow me to make more complete profiles of the various authors that I read. This post is the start of  posts about older books.

Travel with me now  back to 1987 and let’s explore the books from 27 years ago, seems a lot less than that!!

The first book listed in my first “A Book Lover’s Journal is not a mystery, but a science fiction book, Blood Music from Greg Bear. I think that this is the cover of the version that I read….


My Blurb…..strange book about intelligent cells taking over. Interesting concept about “thought universe” Is everybody we know alive in our cells??

From Wikipedia:

Blood Music is a science fiction novel by Greg Bear (ISBN 0-7434-4496-5). It was originally published as a short story in 1983 in the American science fiction magazine Analog Science Fact & Fiction, winning the 1983 Nebula Award for Best Novelette and the 1984 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.
Greg Bear published an expanded version in novel form in 1985. The completed novel was nominated for the Nebula Award in 1985[1] and for the Hugo, Campbell, and British Science Fiction Awards in 1986.[1]
Blood Music deals with themes including biotechnology, nanotechnology (including the grey goo hypothesis), the nature of consciousness and of artificial intelligence. Read More

From Goodreads:

An amazing breakthrough in genetic engineering made by Vergil Ulam is considered too dangerous for further research, but rather than destroy his work, he injects himself with his creation and walks out of his lab, unaware of just quite how his actions will change the world. Author Greg Bear’s treatment of the traditional tale of scientific hubris is both suspenseful and a compelling portrait of a new intelligence emerging amongst us, irrevocably changing our world More at Goodreads

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s I read more science fiction than I do today. If I had more time or read faster, I would read more from the genre and Bear would certainly be an author that I would catch up with, in fact, there is a Greg Bear book on one of my to be read shelves Darwin’s Radio.!


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Coming Next: Motor City Blues –  The first Amos Walker book and my first Loren D. Estleman book!




Into the Morning with Ruf Record’s – Thorbjorn Risager “Precious Time”

Thorbjorn RisagerOne of the albums that has been on the iPhone for the last day or so is the new album from Thorbjorn Risager Too Many Roads. I have only given it a couple of listens, but so far I like what I hear. I hope to listen in a little more detail tomorrow and maybe even get to write a little more about Thorbjorn and the album, but for this early morning let’s just get a little taste of his music! Here’s a performance of the song “Precious Time”, Gotta love the band, sax, trumpet, organ ….and more….


Remembering S.I. Hayakawa (July 18, 1906 – February 27, 1992) and the San Francisco State College Strike!

SIHayakawaWhen I started reading Subversives by Seth Rosenfeld, I read that Clark Kerr was the president of the University of California, which started me thinking where did S.I. Hayakawa fit into the picture. I remembered him being involved in student demonstrations in California.  I even went to the index of the book to look for his name. Well today on 108th anniversary of Mr Hayakawa’s birthday I found out that I was in the right church (California) and the wrong pew (Berkeley). What I didn’t remember was that Mr Hayakawa was the President of  San Francisco State University during those turbulent years from 1968 to 1973. Some background on S.I. Hayakawa….

Samuel Ichiye Hayakawa (July 18, 1906 – February 27, 1992) was a Canadian-born American academic and political figure of Japanese ancestry. He was an English professor, and served as president of San Francisco State University and then as United States Senator from California from 1977 to 1983. Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, he was educated in the public schools of Calgary, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba and received an undergraduate degree from the University of Manitoba in 1927 and graduate degrees in English from McGill University in 1928 and the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1935.

SFSU StrikeI also didn’t remember the specifics of the student demonstrations that he was confronted with, again from Wikipedia…..

During 1968-69, there was a bitter student and Black Panthers strike at San Francisco State University for the purpose of gaining an Ethnic Studies program. It was a major news event at the time and chapter in the radical history of the United States and the Bay Area. The strike was led by the Third World Liberation Front supported by Students for a Democratic Society, the Black Panthers and the counter-cultural community, among others. It proposed 15 “non-negotiable demands”, including a Black Studies department to be chaired by sociologist Nathan Hare independent of the university administration and open admission to all black students to “put an end to racism”, an unconditional, immediate end to the War in Vietnam and the university’s involvement with it. It was threatened that if these demands were not immediately and completely satisfied the entire campus was to be forcibly shut down.[3] Hayakawa became popular with conservative voters in this period after he pulled the wires out from the loud speakers on a protesters’ van at an outdoor rally, dramatically disrupting it.[4][5][6] Hayakawa relented on December 6, 1968 and created the first-in-the-nation College of Ethnic Studies

Ah, it’s starting to come back to me little now. I do remember that he was a conservative Republican, I didn’t know that he organize the Anti Digit Dialing League, a group in San Francisco that opposed the introduction of all digit telephone exchange names. Ok you boomers  do you remember the two letters that were in your phone number, For my hometown area it was DU-(Dudley))!

One other nugget from his time as a Senator…..

Hayakawa was elected in California to the United States Senate as a Republican in 1976,[7] defeating incumbent Democrat John V. Tunney. Hayakawa served from January 3, 1977, to January 3, 1983.

During his 1976 Senate campaign, he spoke about the proposal to transfer possession of the Panama Canal and Canal Zone from the United States to Panama. Hayakawa said, “We should keep the Panama Canal. After all, we stole it fair and square.”[8] However, in 1978 he helped win Senate approval of the Torrijos–Carter Treaties which transferred control of the zone and canal to Panama. [9]

That’s my emphasis there as a conservative Republican, Hayakawa helped the more liberal Democratic president win approval for the Panama Canal Treaty…..because that’s the way our government worked before the Republicans broke it!!!

Anyway now I know! You can read more about S.I. Hayakawa including information about his career as a linguist, psychologist, semanticist, teacher and writer here at Wikipedia.


STRIKE!… Concerning the 1968-69 Strike at San Francisco State College
The San Francisco State College Strike Collection
Black Panther and San Francisco State:On Strike Video


Night and Evening Thoughts about Yodeling??? An Art best forgotten?? Never! Well, maybe?

We'll Sing in the SunshineLast night after I came home from a run, I sat down at the computer and was trying to get back to normal, when my wife asked if I had watched the new parody video from Weird Al “Word Crimes”yet. I said that I hadn’t,  she made me come out and watch the video. The video is very funny and probably funnier if you know the Robin Thicke song, which I don’t and never will, because I can not stand Robin Thicke. Shortly after that, my wife said,  she now had the song stuck in her head. That set my mind to wondering about songs that get stuck in my head. The one that popped up was Gale  Garnett’s “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine”. So I went to Youtube to find a video of the song, which I did, from the 1964 Grammy Awards, but I didn’t like the video so I didn’t post it. But if you want you can watch it here. 

After  I watched enough of the Gale Garnett video, I began  watching some of the videos on the sidebar, which somehow lead me to Suzy Boggess and Jerry Jeff Walker performing “Night Rider’s Lament” a song that they both had recorded and since I love JJW’s version of the song I watched the video….Suzy said that the tough part of the song is the yodeling, which she had to learn to do. I thought she did great, you can watch that video here. My mind was still restless though and was soon thinking about other songs that feature yodeling that I like, the first and maybe only song that came to mind was Slaid Cleaves’ tribute song to Don Walser “God’s  Own Yodeller”. Here’s Slaid performing the song

Not one to leave well enough alone, I had to wander on and find an original Don Walser tune, so that I could hear God’s own Yodeller! Here’s Don with “A Rolling Stone from Texas”

Now this morning as my mind continued to think about yodeling, as I prepared to write this post and since I often dressed like this back in the 1950s……

Hop and Guitar044

My thoughts turned to singing cowboys, and probably the best, Roy Rogers. I found this video using The Cowboy Herd Song….

So which one do you like best, or asking another way which do you hate least? No,I shouldn’t have stayed with Gale Garnett because then all day I’d hear…..”We’ll sing in the sunshine, we’ll left everyday, we’ll sing in the sunshine then I’ll be on my way” Damn now it’s there…….


From the Archives – Do you play Country Music when You’re in Pain? What music for what mood?

Hank Williams

So Chris Wall writes in the chorus of  his song –  ”I Feel Like Hank Williams”

I play classical music when it rains,
I play country when I am in pain,
Tonight I won’t play Beethoven,
no the mood’s just not right,
no, I feel like Hank Williams tonight.

So the question is,  Do you play certain songs or artists at certain times to suit your mood?  If so what song or what artist, for what mood? I know that if I’m stressed out I usually turn to a little jazz and maybe Gary Burton’s vibes or I play R. Carlos Nakai’s native American Flute! If I need a little pick me up “The Best of the New Grass Revival” may come on, “Can’t Stop Now” always gets me going!  Maybe a little bluegrass from Rhonda Vincent something like “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” If I need a little laughter maybe John Prine’s  “Please Don’t Bury Me” or Steve Goodman’s “Vegematic”. They always bring smiles to my face!

Lately The Wide Album from Modern Man cracks me up! Then  there’s Jerry Jeff’s  album Navajo Rug for some unexplained reason the first three songs on that album “Navajo Rug”. “Just to Celebrate” and “Blue Mood” always improve  my mood!

So what songs, what artists, what mood??

Here’s Chris Wall with “I Feel Like Hank Williams”