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Monday, August 30, 2021
Monday, August 23, 2021
|Photo Source - Steve Hoffman Music Forums|
Last Monday, I got on a jet plane for the first time in over a year and a half due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I'm currently in Seattle and feeling like I'm actually on a vacation. When in Seattle, my wife and I usually see a concert, but we decided we should wait a bit longer to be inside a venue with the Delta variant surging and a large percentage of the population STILL NOT vaccinated.
- The Rolling Stones (San Diego)
- Sheryl Crow (Las Vegas)
- Sting (Las Vegas)
- Livingston Taylor (San Diego)
- Joan Osborne and The Weepies (Seattle)
STG requires proof of vaccination for entry to all performances at the Paramount, Moore and Neptune Theatres. Those individuals unable to be fully vaccinated, including children under 12, must have proof of a negative Covid PCR test (taken within 48 hours of performance). STG staff will check for proof of vaccination and negative Covid PCR tests at the doors as a condition of entry. Additionally, masking is required inside the venue. Patrons and employees will be required to wear masks, except while actively eating or drinking. (STG Seattle Theatre Group)
Polio Iron Lung Ward -
The ventilator/respirator back in the good 'ol days
- by 1957 there were less than 6,000 cases
- by 1963 there were less than 100 cases
- by 1970 there were less than 10 cases
As a result, people like me have never heard of or have never met someone who had contacted polio after my birth year of 1955. In 1955, If you carried an anti-vax sign that read, "LET ME CALL MY OWN SHOTS, proclaiming your personal freedom and liberty as an American citizen in 1955, you probably would have received a strong response being called at the very least, "unpatriotic" and "unAmerican" and quite possibly, "a pinko-commie pig!"
- North America 1952
- Europe 1953
- South America 1971
- Asia 1975
- Africa 1977
Remember Measles and ChickenPox, I Do
Here's a measles story told to me over the years by my mother, Fern.
|My Grandparents & 3 Children (1933 or 34)|
My mother was born in July of 1935, and two sisters, Wanda and Carolyn followed her two and five years later. In 1938, the McWilliams family came to California and although it was not a 'Grapes of Wrath' journey, it was pretty close.
When I was a teenager, my Grandma Mary was over for a family holiday celebration with my aunts Wanda and Carolyn. Some how they got on the topic of Nellie May and Juanita and my grandmother telling us about their lives.
|Stephanie's Baby Book.|
The immunization schedule is built right-in.
|Charlie Watts (1941-2021)|
- Eric Clapton’s Anti-Vaccine Diatribe Blames ‘Propaganda’ for ‘Disastrous’ Experience (Rolling Stone)
- Eric Clapton says he won't play venues that require COVID-19 vaccinations, because of course he did (Daily Kos)
- Jason Isbell Defends Concert Vaccination/Negative COVID Test Requirement On MSNBC [Video] (LiveforLiveMusic)
- Stephanie Ruhle's complete interview with Jason Isbell (04:19).
- Conscientious Objector (Wikipedia)
- History of Polio (Wikipedia)
- 70 Facts About Neil Young That You Might Not Know (Tidal)
- This Day in History: March 26, 1953
- Polio Elimination in the United States (CDC)
- Iron Lung (Wikipedia)
- History of Smallpox (CDC)
- The Spanish Flu (Wikipedia)
Berkeley shut schools, required masks in 1918: Read a woman’s letters from that pandemic
Adults & children wearing
masks during the
1918 Spainish flu pandemic
- History of Measles (CDC)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Herd immunity, lockdowns and COVID-19
- Coronavirus in the U.S. Latest Map and Case Count (NY Times)
- COVID-19 vaccine efficacy summary (IHME)
- Fern McIntosh Family Photo Album - Thanks to Stephanie McIntosh for the photos of the original photos and written text history by my mother.
- Digital COVID-19 Vaccine Record -
Hey California! Sign up and get your Vaccine Record QR code for your phone.
Monday, August 16, 2021
|Bob Dylan (1961) • Photograph by Ted Russell|
They used to call the the great jazz singer Mel Tormé, "The Velvet Fog." When Bob Dylan hit the airwaves in the early 1960's his singing voice was often mocked and ridiculed, encapsulated by the mainstream as, "The Nasally Frog."
|Woody Guthrie and his slogan on his guitar,|
"This Machine Kills Fascists"
- Woody Guthrie
One day we'll all find out that all of our songs was just little notes in a great big song!
- Bob Dylan
Critics have been giving me a hard time since Day One. Critics say I can’t sing. I croak. Sound like a frog. Why don’t critics say that same thing about Tom Waits? Critics say my voice is shot. That I have no voice. [Why] don’t they say those things about Leonard Cohen? Why do I get special treatment? Critics say I can’t carry a tune and I talk my way through a song. Really?
- Ringo Starr
I never studied anything, really. I didn't study the drums. I joined bands and made all the mistakes onstage.
- Neil Young
When you're young, you don't have any experience - you're charged up, but you're out of control. And if you're old and you're not charged up, then all you have is memories. But if you're charged and stimulated by what's going on around you, and you also have experience, you know what to appreciate and what to pass by.
- Janis Joplin
Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin. Now, they are so subtle, they can milk you with two notes. They can make you feel like they told you the whole universe. But I don't know that yet. All I got now is strength. Maybe if I keep singing, maybe I'll get it.
- Dave Van Ronk
I think I have more in common with a carpenter than you might think. We're putting things together.
- Lou Reed
Music should come crashing out of your speakers and grab you, and the lyrics should challenge whatever preconceived notions that listener has.
- Ray Davies
If I had to do my life over, I would change every single thing I have done.
- Leonard Cohen
Music is the emotional life of most people.
- Randy Newman
My music has a high irritation factor. I've always tried to say something. Eccentric lyrics about eccentric people. Often it was a joke. But I would plead guilty on the grounds that I prefer eccentricity to the bland.
- Willie Nelson
When you hear me, you know it's me, regardless of the song.
- John Prine
In my songs, I try to look through someone else's eyes, and I want to give the audience a feeling more than a message.
- Tom Waits
They say that I have no hits and that I'm difficult to work with. And they say that like it's a bad thing.
- Bruce Springsteen
I looked at myself, and I just said, 'Well, you know, I can sing, but I'm not the greatest singer in the world. I can play guitar very well, but I'm not the greatest guitar player in the world.' So I said, 'Well, if I'm going to project an individuality, it's going to have to be in my writing.'
- Patti Smith
I had no proof that I had the stuff to be an artist, though I hungered to be one.
- Elvis Costello
Maybe I just never learned my harmony part, because what everybody says sounds odd to them sounds perfectly natural to me.
- Chrissie Hynde
The so-called feminist writers were disgusted with me. I did my thing, and so I guess by feminist standards I'm a feminist. That suits me fine.
- Mark Knopfler
The music just tends to be a vehicle for that poetry.
- Iris DeMent
For a long time I was interested in being a social worker. In a lot of ways I feel that that's all my music is, trying to help people.
- Leo Kottke
I will literally open my mouth not knowing what is coming out.
The reason I do interviews is because I'm protecting my songs.
- Warren Zevon
I got to be Jim Morrison a lot longer than he did.
- Kate Bush
My music can be a little obscure. It does worry me that the music might be too complicated for people to take in - that they have to work too hard at it.
- Eddie Vedder
I was around nine when a babysitter snuck 'Who's Next' onto the turntable. The parents were gone. The windows shook. The shelves were rattling. Rock & roll. That began an exploration into music that had soul, rebellion, aggression, affection.
- Lucinda Williams
The old jazz singers or old blues singers, you always just saw them kind of sitting down and singing. They weren't worried as much about their voice sounding perfect. They would make the song kind of fit their voice.
- Bob Dylan Is a Great Singer (Slate)
"The Quirky Ones" - A good example of this is Neil Young in Buffalo Springfield in 1966 and the choice by their record company to make Young's Nowadays Clancy Can't Even Sing, their first single. The band also made the choice not to have Neil sing the lead, but to give that to bandmate Richey Furay. From Young's perspective, it probably added to his list of reasons he left the band after only two years.
Buffalo Springfield (1966)
- TheFamousPeople.com - Quotes
Monday, August 09, 2021
SECOND 100 Songs 4/2019,
THIRD 100 Songs 6/2020, and
FOURTH 100 Songs today.
I should have My FIFTH 100 Songs and LAST, sometime in the near future.
Over the years I chipped away at this project, slowly adding, moving around, or even deleting songs from the playlists.
This past week, I spent some extra time and updated all four playlists and created a custom top menu for your convenience. Hopefully no videos will have been blocked or deleted by YouTube as I'm moving to using the original artist's song video from their YouTube Channel.
- Hello Goodbye, The Beatles
- Nobody But You, Loggins and Messina
- Music is Love, David Crosby
- I Don't Mind, Sturgill Simpson
- A Light In The Dark, Darlingside
- I've Seen All Good People, Yes
- Machine, No. 2, Leo Kottke
- We Can Work It Out, The Beatles
- The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, The Band
- I'll Get By, Crazy Horse
- Song For The Asking, Simon and Garfunkel
- Take Five, Dave Brubeck
- Wanderlust, Paul McCartney
- If You Saw Thro' My Eyes, Iain Matthews
- I'm Just Another Soldier, The Staple Singers
- On The Way Home, Neil Young
- Sloop John B, The Beach Boys
- Pre-Roads Downs, Crosby, Stills & Nash
- One Of These Things First, Nick Drake
- Broken Arrow, Neil Young
- Heart Of A Girl, The Killers
- Come Together, The Beatles
- Last Train to Clarksville, The Monkees
- Up On The Roof, Laura Nyro
- A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall, Bob Dylan
- Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
- Love Her Madly, The Doors
- Long Ago And Far Away, James Taylor
- Dear Prudence, The Beatles
- The Thrill Is Gone, B.B. King
- Shut Up And Sing, Brent Cobb
- Bad Fog Of Loneliness, Neil Young
- Sunday Morning Coming Down, Kris Kristofferson
- Fall Apart Again, Brandi Carlille
- Traction In The Rain, David Crosby
- Cassiopeia, Sara Bareilles
- Walk On By, Dionne Warkwick
- The Last Time, The Rolling Stones
- Dear Boy, Paul McCartney
- Best Of The Best, Josh Ritter
- Be Yourself, Graham Nash
- My Favorite Mistake, Sheryl Crow
- Ain't No Sunshine, Bill Withers
- Any Time At All, The Beatles
- Late For The Sky, Jackson Browne
- Chain Of Fools, Aretha Franklin
- Roy Rogers, Elton John
- Heroes, Davie Bowie
- Behind Blue Eyes, The Who
- Two Angles, The Jayhawks
- Time Is A Runaway, The Alternate Routes
- Famous Blue Raincoat, Jennifer Warnes
- Ticket To Ride, The Beatles
- Keep On Tryin', Poco
- Here Comes My Girl, Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
- Good Golly Miss Molly, Little Richard,
- Angel From Montgomery, Bonnie Raitt
- White Room, Cream
- What I Love About Rain, Art Garfunkel
- Taxman, The Beatles
- You Keep Me Hangin' On, The Supremes
- Who'll Stop The Rain, Creedence Clearwater Revival
- Rockin' In The Free World, Neil Young
- Summertime Blues, Eddie Cochran
- Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane
- Don't Think Twice, It's All Right, Bob Dylan
- Honky Tonk Women, The Rolling Stones
- Creeque Alley, The Mamas & The Papas
- Alone Again (Naturally), Gilbert O'Sullivan
- Sweet Jane, The Velvet Underground
- Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Tears For Fears
- Positively 4th Street, Bob Dylan
- Running On Empty, Jackson Browne
- Woman Of Heart And Mind, Joni Mitchell
- Purple Haze, Jimi Hendrix
- God Only Knows, The Beach Boys
- I'm Looking Through You, The Beatles
- Nick Of Time, Bonnie Raitt
- Long Monday, John Prine
- Mr. Spaceman, The Byrds
- The Weight, The Band with the Staple Singers
- Falling Star, Karla Bonoff
- Wear Your Love Like Heaven, Donovan
- Rock Me, Steppenwolf
- If She Knew What She Wants, The Bangles
- I'll Be Gone, Sarah Jarosz
- You Really Got Me, The Kinks
- Fishes And Scorpions, Stephen Stills
- I Just Wasn't Made For These Times, The Beach Boys
- Don't Let Me Down, The Beatles
- Bitter Creek, Eagles
- The Shadow Of Your Smile, Tony Bennett
- Hot Fun In The Summertime, Sly & The Family Stone
- One, Harry Nilsson
- Woodstock, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
- Friends, Elton John
- [One Man Dog Medley] Hymn, James Taylor
- [One Man Dog Medley] Fanfare, James Taylor
- Smile, Nat King Cole
- Rain, The Beatles
Monday, August 02, 2021
|Who's Next Out-take "Hug" Album Cover • Photography by Ethan Russell|
Starting this month in the Fifty Years of Music series I will be including music, film, TV, and comedy events in the blog post and/or video clips from that month or year. So let's look back to the cultural events of the summer of 1971. Note- I will also start a References section with links at the end of the post. All italicized sections are from Wikipedia in this post.
- Film: Summer of '42 is released April 18th, but I saw it later in the summer. The movie had the tag line, "In everyone's life there's a summer of '42," so apparently I was the only guy on earth to be a teenager and not have a sexual experience with an older woman.
- Birthday: Bill DeVoe celebrates his 16th birthday on Sunday, June 27th by having to attend both the morning and evening services at Grace Baptist Church in Santa Maria, CA. Bored to death during the evening service, Billy sneaks out of his pew, climbs the stairs up to the second floor office, then using a ladder stored in the corner climbs up into the faux steeple attic and pretends he's a prisoner in the Tower of London.
- Film: Shaft is released starring Richard Roundtree. The "Theme from Shaft" by Issac Hayes wins the Academy Award for Best Original Song, and Grammy for Best Original Score for a Motion Picture. Now a remake of Shaft starring Samuel L. Jackson, that's right on!
"You see this cat Shaft is a bad mother (Shut your mouth)"
was found dead in his bathtub in Paris, France. The cause of death remains uncertain, but an unintentional heroin overdose was the most popular theory.
- Died: Louis Armstrong, 69, American jazz trumpeter and singer
|The Two-Lane Blacktop cast with the souped-up '55 Chevy 150|
- Film: Two-Lane Blacktop is released starring James Taylor, Dennis Wilson, Warren Oates and Laurie Bird. Unbelievably, James says he has never seen the movie! James' acting debut is a solid performance complete with him (I think) wearing the sweater that then girlfriend Joni Mitchell knitted for him on the movie set. Over the years, Two-Lane Blacktop has risen in stature among critics and is a must see that authentically captures the early 1970's much more than many big budget pictures of the day. Okay James, it's been 50 years and time to see what a wonderful film this is.
- Birthday: Gary Hills celebrates his 21st birthday by buying his first six pack of beer (Molson) and a bottle of Annie Green Springs Country Cherry "pop wine" for his date.
- IMBd but as yet can't find it on any of the streaming services. Anyway, The Beatles/Paul McCartney influence is evident throughout all of Emitt's music and I collected his four solo albums from 1970-73 from used records shop either in San Luis Obispo or San Diego CA.
- Born: Alison Krauss, American country musician, in Decatur, Illinois
- The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, starring husband-and-wife singing duo Salvatore "Sonny" Bono and Cherilyn "Cher" Lapiere, premiered as a summer replacement series on the CBS network, to run for six consecutive summer nights. The variety show was popular enough that it would be added to the CBS regular schedule in December.
- Album: Cheech And Chong is the [August] 1971 self-titled debut album of Cheech & Chong, produced by Lou Adler. It features "Dave", one of their most famous routines. The album peaked at #28 on the Billboard 200 the week of March 4, 1972. The album was nominated for Best Comedy Recording at the 14th Grammy Awards, but lost to Lily Tomlin's 'This Is a Recording.'
- Died: King Curtis (stage name for Curtis Montgomery), 37, Grammy Award-winning American saxophonist and posthumous inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, was stabbed to death while trying to walk up the steps of his Manhattan apartment.
I remember riding in cars in the 70's when you just had the standard AM/FM radio. The Who were one of those bands that could literally break through the crappy car speaker and you could isolate in your mind and ears following the wonderful drumming of Keith Moon or the powerful bass of John Entwistle.
I think most everyone reading this post literally wore out their first vinyl of the album and later bought the CD in the early 80's as one of the first CD's they ever purchased.
- Birthday: Paul Hobbs celebrates his 17th birthday playing guitars with his old pal Paul Tognazzini, and then later with dad George, watch on TV the San Francisco Giants beat the New York Mets 6-5 in 10 innings. Paul's mom Blanche makes him his favorite chocolate cake with chocolate frosting served with vanilla ice cream.
- Birthday: Ken Forman celebrates his 18th birthday as his family chips in to buy him two tickets (one for Vicki Grocott) to see his favorite band, The Who play their last U.S. date 8/19/71 of the summer on their Who's Next Tour in Chicago.
However, Ken first gets an even bigger surprise in the mail that states he has to appear for jury duty in an upcoming murder trial that is expected to last a year. Ken appeals to the judge, prosecuting and defending attorneys all of whom unanimously release him from the trial when he explains he has tickets to see, "The f**king Who!"
Ken and Vicki go to the concert which kicks off with Summertime Blues, have a wonderful summer week in Chicago, and live happily ever after.