As I looked down the list of historical events that happen on this date in history, the one that caught my eye was that in 1967 Eddie Mathews hit his 500th home run. What made this event stand out was not that he hit his 500th home run, although back in the day that was a big thing, but that he did it as a member of the Houston Astros! I was really shocked, here was a baseball bit of trivia that forgot. As far as I remembered Mathews was a Brave and only a Brave, but in looking at his stats, he played one year in Houston and two in Detroit at the end of his career. When I looked back at the trade, I see that Mathews was trade from the Atlanta Braves on August 17, 1967 along with Arnold Umbach and a player to be named later (Sandy Alomar) for Dave Nicholson and Bob Bruce! When I looked at the career stats for the players involved other than Mathews I see that neither Umbach or Alomar ever played for the Astros and Nicholson and Bruce didn’t do much for Atlanta either.
And Now for something completely different!
This afternoon I was thinking about the way that I have spent many a day and that would be wandering around woods trying to figure out where that wetlands line goes! As I thought about vegetation, I thought I wonder if anyone else has a favorite tree…or leaf?? My favorite is Sassafras, I like the shape of the leaf and I really like it went I start to dig a shallow soil boring to look at the soil, and I hit a Sassafras root and the sweet smell of Sassafras comes wafting up!
As I continued to think, I decided to try to find a picture of a Sassafras leaf. The first reference site that I went to had some basic outlines of leaves and then some pencil sketches of the leaves. When I looked at some of the leaves, I said to myself “I wonder if I could sketch those?” – I actually like to draw but seldom do it, so I got my sketch pad out and attempted a sketch. It actually didn’t look too bad. I thought what if I went out in the yard and cut some tree branches and see if I can draw those leaves. I did and I had a good time doing it, and I don’t think that the results were all that bad for someone who hasn’t really attempted to draw anything for about 30 years plus!!! What do ya’ think! Hey, I know they’re not masterpieces but maybe they are a start of something new!
Ok so I have posted a little less over the last several weeks and it is for a variety of reasons. First I have worked more at my full-time job and most of it has involved field work, which leads to one tired 62 year-old at the end of the day. Secondly on several Sundays we have made the short trip to Paulsboro to visit this little one, who seems to be growing by leaps and bounds – at almost two months, he is not a newborn any more!
and thirdly, we just found out yesterday, that my son Peter and his wife are going to give little Oliver a girl cousin to play with!! Last night, we went over to Peter and Missy’s new apartment in Maple Shade to celebrate!! As a result, when I came home last night around 9:30 or so, rather than write about the music that I listened to in the field yesterday, I feel asleep!!
My wife went to the State Archives in Trenton yesterday to “look for dead people”, which is just my way to say that she was doing genealogy investigating. Actually, she was mostly looking up things to help people, who have contacted her on the Internet. Typically, I will drop her off in the morning (we live about 45 minutes south of Trenton) and then pick her up after work. Yesterday, she said she didn’t think she could last the whole day, so she suggested that she could only go for a few hours and that I could travel on up the road to Princeton and visit The Princeton Record Exchange! Since I still have a $25.00 gift card left from a couple of year ago, she didn’t have to ask twice!! She did sweeten the pot though by saying that it would be ok to spend a little more than what was left on the gift card if I wanted to. I said I doubted that I would need more at The Record Exchange but that I do like Labyrinth Books that’s around the corner up on Nassau Street! Here’s a list of the bargains that I found….. .Adrian Legg – wine, women & waltz – this 1993 release is a collection of tunes mostly waltzes, that appear on a few of Legg’s other albums. The ones that appear here are alternate versions. I look forward to hearing these tunes from this great guitarist. Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic – I have listened to these great musicians in the past both as the Brothers and as solo artists. Each musician is a master of his instrument. The only thing missing from the band is dobro – just kidding! Ottmar Liebert + Luna negra – Euphoria – another favorite acoustic guitarist – this is a 1996 release the label on the CD cover says that the album is a special limited edition that contains rare remixes previously unavailable in the US! The Legendary Oscar Peterson Trio …Last Call at the Blue Note – a 1992 release on the Telarc Jazz label The album is a recording of a reunion of the original Oscar Peterson Trio featuring Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass made about 30 years after their origin recordings together!! Miles Davis – The Best of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965 – 1968 - the quintet included Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter and Tony Williams. This CD contains highlights taken from the deluxe box set and included some rare alternate takes!! Ben Webster – Jazz ‘Round Midnight - This album is a collection of Webster’s recording for Verve in the 1950s and features Coleman Hawkins , Oscar Peterson and others. I have never listened to a lot of Ben Webster, so I look forward to listening to this album. Lee Morgan: The Very Best - A collection of seven of Lee Morgan’s best songs from Blue Note. Rudy Van Gelder served as the recording engineer on all the tracks and the musicians who played with him include some greats. I listened to this album yesterday and really like it! John Ellis – one foot in the swamp – took a leap of faith on this album based on the folks playing with him. The list includes Nicholas Payton, Jason Marsalis, and John Scofield! We’ll see! Coyote Oldman – Tear of the Moon - It wasn’t too long ago that I listened to these guys, so it was an easy decision to pick up this album. The album includes not only Native American flute but also Incan pan pipes! I can’t wait!! Mark Whitfield - true blue – this 1994 release on Verve includes compositions from guitarist Whitfield as well as blues songs from Monk, Charlie Parker and John Coltrane! Now if you haven’t been keeping track that’s 10 albums containing a lot of good jazz and some New Age – I used my $25.00 gift card that now still has money left on it!! Here’s a video showing a rather young Mark Whitfield – the man can play guitar!!!
So I had a couple of life’s unexpected intrusions into my music listening this week. The latest was this morning when the front end of my car started to shake and rumble horribly. I hadn’t gone far so I turned around, and almost made it back home. But I knew I had to stop and pulled to the curb a block from home and checked. The front passenger tire had blown and was now off the rim. I checked in the trunk for the spare,. It was there, as was the jack. What was missing was the lug nut wrench. After a couple of calls I decided, the best option was to call AAA and have them change the tire. They did their usually good job and a service truck was there within the hour! Now I am sitting at STS waiting to get two tires. While the good thing is that I have two books that I am reading on the iPhone,(Theodore Roosevelt and the Assassin and The Mayor of MacDougal Street) the bad news is that I forgot my headphones!
So after the Eagles loss today, I was not in a really great mood. You’d think that as a Philadelphia sports fan I would be used to having my heart ripped out. But no, every time we lose when we are supposed to win, I get upset. Oh well at least the Boys blew their game, too!!
Now if I’m depressed on thing that is sure to make me laugh is a rant by Lewis Black and one of my favorite rants is his rants about the coming holiday…….
There that’s better … now another song that always makes me feel better is Jerry Jeff’s “Blue Mood” now I really don’t know why except maybe it the lines ….
it’s a blue mood I’m in,
comes every now and then,
it’s the kind that softly knocks you
down to your knees,
Ok so when I started this blog, my thoughts were to write about the music that I’ve listened to over the years and the books that I read. Well, as the site developed it started to morph into more of Edward explores new roots music, bur I still stayed within the general Americana genre which includes, folk, bluegrass, Americana, and blues with a little jazz and New Age thrown in. Then I started to spread out and include some prog rock, and I found that I really like that genre. Next came jazz and explorations of that genre has fascinated me. Over the last year I’ve discovered many new jazz artists that I really like. Now I’ve expanded into World Music and more New Age, yikes!! Over the last month or so I’ve started another site FreeWheelin’ Music Safari to have a place to chronicle these new explorations. The reason for that is, I don’t know how many people are as diverse in the their musical tastes. Do people who like prog rock like folk and bluegrass, I doubt it,Conversely do people who are fans of New Age like twangy Americana, again, I don’t think so. So from this point forward. Me, Myself, Music and Mysteries will return to its roots and go back to mostly twangy music. I will have a link at both sites directing readers to the other site, if they ARE as eclectic in their tastes as I am!! I will do my best to keep both sites going ( I think I’ll just have headphones surgically implanted)
So I ‘d like to invite one and all to take a trip over to my wife’s Facebook page Coventry Market and take a look at her beautifully handcrafted items and maybe even order something if you’re so inclined, otherwise just marvel at her talent!!
Yes, folks it’s that time of year again, when we give thanks for all the we have, and this year I give thanks for my wife, my children, their wives and boyfriend, and that grandchild that will be coming in March!! I’m thankful for Kathy’s Uncle and his wife and all the members of the families that my two son’s have married into, and thankful for all their friends and family!I thankful for anyone who puts up with my ramblings about music, books and politics. And thankful for all those who create the music and the books that I listen to and read!! I’m even thankful for all those Republicans and Right-Wing Nut jobs because without them what would I have to write about!! I’m thankful for my health and that I’m still able to run and that I was able to finish my 34th year at a job that’s only a half a mile from my home!!