Most times I can pretty much tell if I am really going to like an album, after the first few seconds of the first track. This method of assessing a record did not work with David Crosby‘s latest release Croz. The first time I listened to the album, I was not impressed by the opening track, so I really didn’t continue to listen. If today August 14th was not the 73rd anniversary of David’s Los Angeles birth, I may not have listened to the album again, and have missed out on a pretty damn good album!! I have followed David’s career since it began with the Byrds in the early 60s. But like most of my music listening, I became a real fan in the late 60s and early 70s after he left the Byrds and teamed with Graham Nash and Steven Still to form Crosby, Stills, Nash. I can still remember when I purchased the album Deja Vu in the Moorestown Mall, being told by the clerk that I was the first one to purchase the album!! Crosby was born and raised in Los Angeles, California the son of Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead and Bing Crosby, Bob? no, Floyd Crosby, who appears to have no close relationship to the other Crosby’s. Although, Floyd did make a name for himself in Hollywood, as an academy award-winning cinematographer. Both his parents have genealogical roots going back to early New York. His mom is a descendent of the Van Cortland family and Floyd was a descendent of the Van Rensselear family. After an undistinguished academic career, Crosby moved to New York to make his way in the music business. Arriving in Greenwich Village in and around 1963 David joined Les Baxter’s Balladeers a group in which Bob Dylan was also a member. Fred Neil who was already a friend and mentor to Dylan also took Crosby under his wing. Now since I don’t know or remember as much about The Byrds as I do his later bands, here is a little info from Wikipedia….
So for today’s morning music I was going to use the Jefferson Airplane’s cover of Fred Neil’s “The Other Side of this Life” but after my half sun salutations and a nice quiet yoga set on the 21 Day Yoga Challenge I thought it didn’t feel quite right! If you want, you can watch it here
Here’s a post I did a while back about the role of Batdorf and Rodney in my musical journey…..
So sometime in 1971 or 72, I was walking through the Graham Area lobby at the University of Florida and two guys were playing guitars and singing. I sat down and listened and was blown away by the songs. When they finished, I asked if the songs were theirs and they said, no they were covering Batdorf and Rodney. Within a matter of days, you know I was at the local record store looking for their album!! What I found was Off the Shelf and that album has been “off the shelf” and on my record player, in my CD player and now on my mp3 player for the last forty years.
So on this day in 1971 Brewer & Shipley’s “One Toke Over the Line” entered the charts and eventually spent 14 weeks on the charts, and climbed all the way to # 10 during April 1971 (#5 in Canada). I always knew those Canadians knew good music!! Anyway here’s a post I wrote about Brewer & Shipley a while back and I’ll update it with the fact that at the 2014 Folk Alliance International Conference in Kansas City the Spirit of Folk Award. Check it out here! From: July 2012….. Many times artists come into our world spend a little time, while their music because a part of our lives, and then drift away. Many times the thoughts of those artists evoke certain memories of the times and places we were when we listened to their music. One such band or rather duo that fits that description for me is Brewer and Shipley (more at Wikipedia). The duo was a part of my life in my college years and if my memory serves me right I even saw them live at the University of Florida. But since that time, I haven’t heard or thought much about them every once in a while the lyrics of “One Toke Over the Line” creeps onto the iPod in my mind. Somewhere along the way I lost the vinyl for Tarkio Road and I think I had the track of Weeds When I checked out their website today, I see they still are performing and that their début album Down in LA has been released on CD by Cherry Records in the UK. I also see a few albums released after my college years that I’ll have to check out! I know a couple of years ago I checked out Mike Brewer’s release Retro Man and enjoyed it! I also saw some news when I checked their site. Mike and Scarlett’s house was destroyed when a tornado ripped through Powersite, Mo. in February of this year. You can see the destruction here . They were in the house and made it to th bathroom where they survived! Mike says they will eventually rebuild on Scarlett’s mountain! Ok computer just crashed, so let’s wrap it up with some morning music from Brewer & Shipley
Ok so according to This Day in Oldies Music on this date in 1964, Simon & Garfunkel recorded the original version of “The Sound of Silence” But from what I read a Wikipedia on that date the final words to the song came to Paul Simon.
“The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run (I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me) and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”[
On this date in 1947 Sandy Denny was born. In my opinion Sandy had one of the best voices ever and a life that was way too short! Some background from Wikipedia:
Alexandra Elene Maclean “Sandy” Denny (6 January 1947 – 21 April 1978) was an English singer and songwriter, perhaps best known as the lead singer for the folk rock band Fairport Convention. She has been described as “the pre-eminent British folk rock singer”.
After briefly working with British folk band the Strawbs, Denny joined Fairport Convention in 1968, remaining with that band until the end of 1969. She formed the short-lived band Fotheringay in 1970, releasing one album with them (another unreleased album surfaced over thirty years later), before focusing on a solo career. Between 1971 and 1977, Denny released four solo albums: The North Star Grassman and the Ravens, Sandy, Like an Old Fashioned Waltz, and Rendezvous. She is also noted as the only guest vocalist on a Led Zeppelin studio album, when she shared a duet with Robert Plant for “The Battle of Evermore” on Led Zeppelin IV (1971).
Music publications Sunday Express, Uncut and Mojo have each called Denny Britain’s finest female singer-songwriter. Her composition “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” has been recorded by many artists as diverse as Judy Collins, Nina Simone, 10,000 Maniacs and Cat Power.
So after Buffalo Springfield shattered in 1968 three of the members of the band, Richie Furary, Rusty Young and the fellow whose celebrating his 66th birthday today,(Dec 5th), Jim Messina went on, picked up the pieces and formed one of my wife and my favorite bands Poco. In 1970 after Poco’s first three albums Jim chose to leave the band. At the time, Jim felt that Richie Furay exhibited too much control over the group’s sound. Based the recommendation of Peter Cetera of Chicago, Messina selected guitarist/singer Paul Cotton, a one-time member of the Illinois Speed Press to be his replacement and Jim returned to studio production Messina joined Columbia Records, as an independent producer. The first artist he was set to produce was Kenny Loggins……
The first name that stood out on the list of musicians who were born on today’s date,in 1941 was Art Garfunkel.Art is a Grammy-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for being one half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel. From Wikipediai: Highlights of his solo music career include a top 10 hit, three top 20 hits, six top 40 hits, 14 Adult Contemporary top 30 singles, five Adult Contemporary number ones, two UK number ones and a People’s Choice Award. Through his solo and collaborative work, Garfunkel has earned six Grammys, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1990, he and former musical partner Paul Simon were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Certainly Artie and Paul are music legends whose music for me at least, remains timeless, while at the same time it takes me back to the days of my youth. I could go on and on heaping praise on top of praise on both performers, but I thought why not go to Wikipedia and read Art’s biography with an eye out for things I didn’t know! Now I am sure that most folks know that between 1956 and 1962, the two had performed together as “Tom & Jerry”, occasionally performing at school dances. But did you know that…..
So I mention it this morning that today is my 62nd birthday. The first thing that I’d like to do tonight is thank everyone on Facebook who wished me a Happy Birthday! That thank you is also extended to all my children (and the two special people who refer to me as Papa Karn) and of course my wife whose birthday wish and the picture she posted with it on Facebook are shown above! Among my Facebook friends, are a few friends whose friendship goes back, uh,well over 50 years! So thank you all!!!
The day was pretty uneventful and that;s not a bad thing, In the late morning and much of the afternoon I was pretty whacked out, as I tried to create a plan for a Waterfront Development project that is under review at NJDEP. The plan needs to show existing and proposed conditions and show that the project meets the requirements for approval. It seems that everything I do on this particular project goes slightly wrong! But it was a nice day and I was anticipating my after work four mile run!!
Now this morning the several events caught my attention. First in 1961 Dylan landed his first gig opening for the Greenbrier Boys at Gerde’s Folk City in New York. It was a two-week gig! Then for some reason the release in 1964 of the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” got that song rolling around in my head. After that, I spotted the fact, that on this date in 1984 Roy Orbison’s “Oh, Pretty Woman” climbed to No 1 on the charts! And that song replaced The Kinks song on my mind’s jukebox and then again for some unexplained reason (possibly my ADD kicking in) the jukebox switched to Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man”
For some unknown reason tonight as I was listening to Mark Knopfler, the jukebox in my mind traveled back to 1971, to the début album of Jimmie Spheeris – Isle of View. I was among those who Alex Henderson describes in his review at AllMusic…….
Jimmie Spheeris’ followers swore up and down that he deserved to become as famous as Neil Young or Jackson Browne-and in a perfect world, he would have been much better known in the singer/songwriter field. But when his sensitive, contemplative debut album, Isle of View, first came out on Epic in 1971, it was hardly a big seller. Nonetheless, Isle of View (which Rain reissued on CD in 1997) did earn Spheeris a small but extremely devoted cult following, and it isn’t hard to see why his followers thought so highly of him. Acoustic-oriented selections like “I Am The Mercury,” “For Roach” and “The Nest” are superb-when you aren’t admiring Spheeris for being such an expressive, charismatic vocalist, you’re loving his way with words. Read More