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Book 30 – The Rook – Steven James

So I spent  last night  watching the Eagles-Chiefs game and then the Phillies game up to the top of the tenth inning! I also finished Book 30 for the year The Rook by Steven James. The Rook is the second book in the series which features Patrick Bowers a special consultant to the FBI using his talents as an investigator Patrick tracks serial offenders using geospatial techniques. Place, location and time of the crimes versus motives.  In this novel Patrick and his colleague Lien-hua Jiang are called to San Diego to consult on a series of of fires being set around town. Patrick brings along his stepdaughter Tessa. (whose mother died of cancer about a year prior and Patrick and Tessa are still working on their relationship). Meanwhile the character of Creighton Melice is introduced client who is out on bail is given a “new girlfriend” and is setup by a mysterious benefactor Shade in San Diego where he can do what he does which is filming women as he drowns them. Additionally, a defense contractor billionaire Victor Drake, is being forced by the government to provide the prototype of a device that he is working on for the Department of Defense.

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Buffalo Springfield and my musical history!

So on our way to Trenton this morning, a meeting for me and Kathy was going to the State Archives to look for dead people (do genealogy research), I put on some Poco, a band we both like. As I listened to Poco, I thought about their predecessor Buffalo Springfield and how the members of that band had such a big effect on my musical listening over the last 40 years! I mean where would popular music but without Dewey Martin and Bruce Palmer!  No I obviously mean those other four guys that went on to make just a little good music. So where do you start with those guys I guess with Stephen Stills – obviously he went on to Crosby, Stills, Nash and sometimes that other guy.. and I have several of their albums. One of my favorite Stills tracks is 4 and 20 from Deja Vu. I also have some of Stills solo work. one of the favorite things that Stills did was the second side of Super Session with Al Kooper there’s a lot of good stuff on both sides of that album. But probably my favorite Stills release was  the double Manassas album. There’s a lot of good music on that album including “Johnny’s Garden”, “It Doesn’t Matter”. Then there’s Neil Young  I only have some of his early stuff  Everybody Knows This is Nowhere, and his first album. But obviously through the years I’ve heard lots of his music!

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Blues Wednesday – Albert Cummings

So today on Blues Wednesday I listened to an album that I had put on the mp3 player a while ago and haven’t listened to for a bit. But as soon as I heard the opening track “Working Man” I remembered how much I liked  Albert Cumming’s 2006 release Working Man. I think I came across Albert’s music on emusic where I read a review by Megan Frye of the All Music Guide. A excerpt from that review:

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Colin Spring – Highballs for the Lowbrow

So last week I wrote that after listening to Colin Spring‘s 2005 release How I Came To Cry These Tears Of Cool I went to CDBABY and bought his new album Highballs for the Lowbrow and it’s been spinning in the iPOD since then and every time I listen I hear something new and I like the album more and more!  In case you’ve forgotten or didn’t read the previous post, I found Colin’s name on the FAR Chart tied for 22 with a bunch of other artists.  The album title sounded interesting so I thought I’d give him a try and I am glad I did. At first the album seemed a little to rock pop for me but that changed when I really started listening to the lyrics. The other thing I really like is that each song has a different sound from the hard driving “Good Looking Man” to the closing cover of “Chevy Van”. Again to refresh or inform from his website:

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Tuesday’s Run Soundtrack

Ok so it’s time to bore you with the soundtrack of tonight’s four mile run!

The run started with “Sunday Morning Sunshine” by Harry Chapin  fromniper and Other Love Song always a favorite! Then a little blues “Same Old Thing” – Coco Montoya – “Cindy’s Crying” a Tom Paxton classic. I couldn’t figure out who the next artist was the song was “Sucker for Love” and it was Debbie Davis – from her album of John Mayall covers. A pretty good album that I haven’t listened to for a while. Two other artists I haven’t heard in a while Mark David Manders and “Sam Houston” from Highs and Lows and “Woman to Me” by Phil Prichett, then a nice quiet song from Erica Wheeler’s Harvest album “Goodnight Moon”. Tift Merritt was next with “Trouble Over Me” from Bramble Rose, and then just when I needed to pick it up a nice quiet jazz piece from Pat Methany “As a Flower Blossoms” and the run ended with “I Can Drive” by Bruce Henderson.

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I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight – How About You?

So Chris Wall writes in the chorus of  “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” also gets me going! Or maybe a little bluegrass from Rhonda Vincent something like “Drivin’ Nails in My Coffin” A little laughter maybe John Prine’s  “Please Don’t Bury Me” or Steve Goodman’s “Vegematic” always bring smiles to my face! Lately The Wide Album from Modern Man cracks me up! And then for some reason there’s Jerry Jeff’s  album Navajo Rug for some unexplained reason the first three songs on this album “Navajo Rug”. “Just to Celebrate” and “Blue Mood” always kinds make my mood improve!

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Forgotten Music – Jimmy Buffett?

Ok so I had on the show Crossroads tonight and the show was the Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett. When a first heard The Zac Brown Band and the song “Toes” I thought it was a Buffett song! Anyway watching the show tonight and the two of them glide in and out of each others songs got me thinking about Jimmy Buffett and I started thinking about when I stopped listening to Buffett’s music. Looking through the old tapes I see that I stopped somewhere around 1996 and the album Banana Wind. Now I don’t have all his albums only around nine! But listening tonight to Zac and Jimmy sign “A Pirate Looks At Forty” and “Son of  Sailor” (an album I won calling into the radio station in Gainesville Georgia and answered some question I think the answer was Spiro Agnew) it took me back and reminded me home much I liked Buffett’s music back in the day.  There was a record store in Athens that would write things on the album covers and on Buffett’s album Living and Dying in 3/4 time they wrote “Billy Joel is in the back of this boat” guess they were wrong about Joel’s career, huh!The album A1A is high on my list of all time favorite albums, particularly side two (at least of the tape) with the songs “Trying to Reason with Hurricane Season”, Tin Cup Chalice” , “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and “Nautical Wheelers”  all being favorite all time songs!

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Saturday Mix and Computer Fix

so after hours of frustration and trying to figure out why the computer would not go past the Compaq start up page, I finally removed all the USB cords (I thought the last two were keyboard and mouse) and the computer started! The culprit was an external hard drive that has been working ok!

As I was doing things today, I had the iPOD on shuffle and lots of favorite songs that I haven’t head for a long time can on including Steve Goodman’s “Turnpike Tom” one of my favorites! and later on my five mile run “Mama Don’t Allow” came on another favorite! Lots of good picking on that song! Also heard James Keelaghan’s “Number 37” from his album Road a great song about watching a young girl and her horse at a rodeo and how she handled the horse. A song with comments pertaining to both human and animal behavior. Also heard a couple of John Cowan songs one from the album Souled Out “I Thank you”, (which was just used in a recent episode of the new Jason Lee show Memphis Beat). and the other “Someone Give Me A Stone” from the album Always Take Me Back both  songs display the great vocals of Mr. Cowan! A great song by Mark Erelli “Passing Through”  came on as I was going uphill at about the 1 and three quarter mile mark, with the great opening verse:

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Terence Martin – on a night of frustrating computers

So my good computer was giving us problems tonight and now it won’t boot at all! This computer is always slow and I’ve been busy at work, so all this adds up to late and not many posts. Last night and portions of this morning I had the MP3 player on shuffle and heard some tracks from a variety of the artists I’ve been listening to including Ben Bedford, Nate Grower, some good picking on that one.. and Carrie Hassler, Charlie McCoy, Cherryholmes IV , The Daddy Mack Blues Band and The Turnpike Troubadours… the more I hear from that album the more I like it particularly “7 and 7”, love the line “I had no clue, I’d be the boy who, mama warned you about” and “Diamonds and Gasoline”

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Blues Wednesday – Mitch Kashmar – Raoul & the Big Time

So today on Blues Wednesday I found two names on the Roots Music Report Blues Chart that looked interesting. The first was Mitch Kashmar and the Pontiax and their new album 100 Miles to Go on Delta Groove Records, and the second was Raoul and the Big Time and their album Blue Midnight: A Live Tribute to Little Walter. I assumed that Raoul was a harp player from the Little Walter Tribute, but what I didn’t know was that Mitch Kashmar was a harp player, too. Rhapsody didn’t have the new Mitch Kashmar album so I listened to his 2008 release Live at Labatt and it was a good one, as was Blue Midnight Both albums will be downloaded on to the player for some extended listening.

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