Life’s Soundtrack – Some Seldom Heard Folk Songs in the Morning (Video)

One of the downsides of listening to so much new music is that I don’t have or should I say, take the time, to listen to older music, i.e the music already in my music library. So this morning, I took the iPod with me on my trip to Target,here is the soundtrack that accompanied me……it started and ended with songs from Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer – good stuff…..

Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer

1. “Gentle Arms of Eden” – one of my favorite tracks from Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer. What a shame that Dave left us so soon!

2. “I Know it’s Love” – Lynn Miles – I don’t listen to Lynn’s music often enough, note to self check out her latest album -

3. “Uncle Dudley” – Paul Siebel - Me, Myself.Music and Mysteries post

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Morning Music – “One Day” – Batdorf and Rodney – don’t we wish!

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…..

Off the ShelfSo 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.

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Morning Music – March 18, 2014 from Jerry Jeff and John Sebastian!!

Hill Country RainOk so when I started this blog, my idea for morning music was to play something that made me happy! Kinda’ a morning pick me up that we all need! So here we go – after reading and listening to both John Sebastian and Jerry Jeff the other day, I started to think about songs that they sing that put me in a good mood! Here’s three of then, two from Jerry Jeff and one from John Sebastian – with Jerry Jeff we’ll dance in the Hill Country Rain and then ride down that road with Curly and Lil because you know – “It’s good times when they get here….” and the John Sebastian is gonna’ painted rainbows all over your blues!! Have a good day y’all!!

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Morning Thoughts about Website and Music from Tom Rush!

Over the last couple of months I’ve split my time between this blog and its sister blog FreeWheelin’ Music Safari. I have been posting at the Safari new explorations into the world of prog rock, jazz, New Age and Blues and the plan was to keep this blog for Folk, Bluegrass, Roots Rock and Americana. That still may be how it works out, but tonight I was thinking that maybe what would be better is to keep this blog more true to what I originally wanted to do and that is to write about the music I’ve been listening to over the last 50 years. I am constantly amazed when I mention a musician’s name from the past and the young folks at work don’t have a clue about who that is! Anyway what I was going to do was write about those folks and try to get some information about them out there. What the blog morphed into was me exploring new music and having little time for my old favorites! I though tonight that maybe I’ll keep this blog for my favorites and the Safari for explorations into all types new music, with links to both blogs on the sites. Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but tonight with that in mind I turned the iPod to an old favorite Tom Rush. Tom RushTom Rush has had an interesting career. He started out in the 60s as part of the Greenwich Village folk scene. He recorded five albums between 1962 and 1967 the first Tom Rush Live at the Unicorn on Nightlife(released for the first time on CD in (2012) and then two each on Prestige and Elektra.. I started listening to his music in 1968, when the classic album The Circle Game was released. That album included covers of songs from Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Browne well before anyone knew who they were! His covers of “The Circle Game” and “Urge for Going” were just flat-out great in my opinion. He also added a couple of songs of his own including the classic “No Regrets” and “Rockport Sunday” a great guitar piece. Tom went on to record several albums on Columbia. Merrimack County. Wrong End of the Rainbow, Tom Rush and Ladies Love Outlaws. His recording career stopped with Ladies Love Outlaws. Here’s what Steve Leggett writes in his biography at AllMusic about Tom:

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Morning Music from Trumpeter – Avishai Cohen!

Avishai Cohen   So yesterday I wrote that as I was listening to Omer Avital’s Suite of the East, I was impressed y the trumpet playing of Avishai Cohen. Evidently I am not the only one impressed by his talent, as he was voted the rising star trumpeter in the 2012 Downbeat Jazz Critics Poll. Here’s some background on Avishai from Wikipedia:

Avishai Cohen Is a New York City-based jazz musician originally from Tel Aviv, Israel. Cohen is an internationally recognized jazz trumpet player, composer, and bandleader. His playing style reflects a heavy influence from the bebop and post-bop traditions. However elements of avant-garde jazz, and jazz fusion, as well as other contemporary styles can be heard in Cohen’s playing as well. Cohen attended the Berklee College of Music and began establishing himself within the jazz community after placing third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Trumpet Competition..Continue Reading

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Morning New Age Music from the Bombay Dub Orchestra – Tales from the Grand Bazaar!

Bombay Dub OrchestraYesterday morning I decided that I’d check out what’s new  in the world of New Age Music and what better place is there to do that, than Echoes.org. So I surfed on over there and looked at the Top 24 Albums for October my curiosity peaked quickly when I read the name of the band that holds the number two spot the Bombay Dub Orchestra with a name like that, they have to be checked out!! At their website I read…..

Bombay Dub Orchestra was formed almost ten years ago following a trip to Bombay, India, by Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay. They’d gone to record with the city’s strings orchestra a few years earlier and decided to take advantage of the relationships they’d built up with musicians in India to create their own project. It took another three years to talk about the idea and a further three years to write, record and release their debut self-titled album. The album featured lush, cinematic, downtempo music. Ambient electronica and Western classical influences were fused with distinctly Indian instrumentation. A large string orchestra, soloists and vocals were recorded in Bombay and additional vocals and instruments were recorded in London. Full Biography

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Morning Music – Tom Paxton with memories of The Lions Head

Tom PaxtonSo once again as I closed in the market at Target, for the second night in a row, a forgotten song came on “the jukebox in my mind”. This time it was Tom Paxton;s “You should have seen me throw that ball”. Certainly the song is not one instantly recognized as a Paxton standard but never the less one I
always liked! I guess it popped into the mix because of thoughts about Prine and Goodman and maybe even thoughts about whether the Eagles would be throwing the ball today! So this morning I looked for a video, knowing that I’d never find one, but I did find the song on Tom’s MySpace Page and you can listen to it here.

As I did look though up popped this video of Tom performing his song the title track from his album Comedians & Angels. The video is a portion from a June, 2008 HBO program, “Live At The Bitter End ” in Greenwich Village. This was a tribute to Liam Clancy who was to pass on December 4, 2009.

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Morning New Age Music from the Bombay Dub Orchestra – Tales from the Grand Bazaar!

Bombay Dub OrchestraYesterday morning I decided that I’d check out what’s new  in the world of New Age Music and what better place is there to do that, than Echoes.org. So I surfed on over there and looked at the Top 24 Albums for October my curiosity peaked quickly when I read the name of the band that holds the number two spot the Bombay Dub Orchestra with a name like that, they have to be checked out!! At their website I read…..

Bombay Dub Orchestra was formed almost ten years ago following a trip to Bombay, India, by Garry Hughes and Andrew T. Mackay. They’d gone to record with the city’s strings orchestra a few years earlier and decided to take advantage of the relationships they’d built up with musicians in India to create their own project. It took another three years to talk about the idea and a further three years to write, record and release their debut self-titled album. The album featured lush, cinematic, downtempo music. Ambient electronica and Western classical influences were fused with distinctly Indian instrumentation. A large string orchestra, soloists and vocals were recorded in Bombay and additional vocals and instruments were recorded in London. Full Biography

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2013 Americana – Peter Cooper’s Opening Day

opening_daySo yesterday (oops it was actually Sept 10th) was the release date of Peter Cooper’s new album Opening Day  I first Peter Cooper album to become part of my library was Mission Door after that came You Don’t Have to Like Them Both with Eric Brace. And then The Lloyd Green Album and The Master Sessions  again with Eric Brace. I could list a few more but you get the picture, Peter Cooper is a favorite of mine. So I was excited to hear the new album, and just as excited after hearing it because it’s great!! I’ll write more later but for now I’ll let you hear about it from his website:

It’s a big week for Peter Cooper, the athletically built, Grammy-nominated Red Beet Records recording artist, award-winning journalist, soft-hearted educator and doting father who is definitely not hiding behind a third-person narrative right now. Peter’s Opening Day, which many drop-jawed critics are calling “The best album since Beethoven,” will be released Tuesday, Sept. 10. It is Cooper’s finest work, and it includes brilliant steel guitar work from pedal steel guitar Hall of Famer Lloyd Green as well as contributions from genius-level cohorts including Jen Gunderman, Julie Lee, Kieran Kane, Richard Bennett and the talented-though-bald Eric Brace. Read More

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Today in Music – 1967- The Who visit The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour!!

The Who Explosion
On this date 46 years ago, The Who gave a smashingly memorable performance on The Smothers Brothers Show. They performed their hit “My Generation” – not so memorable yet. At the end of the song, they started in “Whoian” fashion to destroy their instruments. Townsend smashes his guitar against the amps and Moon is knocking down his drums. Suddenly, the bass drum explodes…. Moon had it rigged to explode only the stagehand put in just a wee bit too much explosive, resulting in Moon’s leg being cut, and Townsend’s hair getting singed and his hearing permanently damaged!!

Here’s the video!

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