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Morning Train of Thoughts…. From “Goodbye Walker Percy” to Goodbye, Jesse Winchester.

Jesse Winchester

I’ve written before about how I like music that creates a “sense of place” and as  was listening to some acoustic guitar this morning, some of that music crept into the jukebox in my head. The first song that did, because of the acoustic guitar that I was listening to, was Brooks Williams’ song “Goodbye Walker Percy” Every time I hear this song I am transported to somewhere in the south sitting along the banks of the Mississippi, sipping a mint julep!

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Today in Music – 1944 – Happy Birthday, Jesse Winchester!

Jesse Winchester

Jesse Winchester“Have you talked to Jesse Winchester? You can’t talk about
the best songwriters and not include him.” ~ Bob Dylan

Way back in the early 70s my then girlfriend told me I had to listen to this new singer-songwriter that she loved Jesse Winchester. She particularly loved the song “Yankee Lady”. I listened she was right and through the years I’ve become the bigger fan! Today we celebrate Jesse’s 69th birthday! It is a birthday that last year fans were afraid he would not celebrate, because he was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. He had to cancel his tours and undergo treatment for the next couple of months. But he has been given the all clear from his doctor and has restarted touring! For those of you unfamilar with Jesse. Here’s the obligatory biographical information from Wikipedia:

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Morning Music with Mississippi, Phil Ochs and Jesse Winchester!

Recently, the state of Mississippi passed a bill that would effectively close the state’s last abortion clinic. Meteor Blades at Daliy Kos provides a great post on the situation :If Mississippi closes state’s only abortion clinic, it won’t stop abortions, just safe, legal ones: and PhilOchs provided 40 years ago a great comment on the state of Mississippi that is still relevant!

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Jesse Winchester at the Tin Angel – 4/12/11

So along about forty some odd years ago, my girlfriend now my wife, told me about this great new artist that she read about in Rolling Stone Jesse Winchester!

Well, last Tuesday night we finally saw him live for the first time! Jesse captivated a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Tin Angel in Philly with his great songs and a few funny stories. One story involved a Mercury Gran Marguis and his “descent into geezerhood”. He opened with the humorous ” I Don’t Forget to Boogie” followed by one of his best and probably most covered songs “Brand New Tennessee Waltz”.  Jesse’s song have been covered by a variety of singers including Patti Page, Elvis Costello, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Jeff Walker, Wilson Pickett, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Reba McEntire, David Ball (country music), Bonnie Raitt, Everly Brothers and Brewer < Shipley but his self professed favorite rendition of any song covered is that of Ed Bruce in his rendition of “Evil Angel”.

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