Monthly Archives: May 2015

The Doobie Brothers Rockin Down The Highway

The Doobie Brothers – Rockin Down The Highway (Live at Wolf Trap) ~ 1080p HD

Long ago, in a galaxy far far away. There was a band. They were a fell good band. They sang no political songs or poetic justice stuff. You just turned them on and turned them up on your car radio on Friday nights headed for your favorite club. You needed that Friday night work cleansing to gear you up for a night of partying with your friends.

Friday Nights In 1972

You needed to feel good about life again. These guys could help you pull that off. You’d get paid, head to a store to but some new Levis and a patterned western shirt with pearl snaps instead of plain old buttons. Go home, get a shower to wash off work. Put on some of your favorite musk after shave or cologne. Comb you mustashe and long side burns. Get on your favorite dancing boots. Leap into your car, pump up the tunes, and…..

The Blues Did Not Die And Never Will! BB KING R.I.P.

TRIBUTE TO THE KING

Thanks to a musician from the Mississippi Delta, we can all get up in the morning,  put one foot in front of the other and go off to work.  As BB King once described it, ” The blues is like a tonic, it is good for whatever ails you”.  Crafted in the cotton fields, and on the plantations of the American South, it’s a sound that sticks – that makes you feel better. R&B is the channel that so many people can count on to say, “hey, it’s cool, I can deal with this problem at home, at work, in sports or all through my life; this too shall pass and we will feel better.” We always have the Blues to turn to. The Blues influenced soul music, weaved its way through Motown, gridded Rap and Hip Hop, and bloomed into a foundation that has supported mankind all over our planet. You feel bad? Do some Blues. Feel better.

 

BB KING ELEVATED THE BLUES

Most of us never met this guy, or his guitar Lucille,  some of us can say we saw him in concert.  Some say, “I lost a good friend”. But did we lose more than he gave? No way. None of us today remember the dark days of the deep South. This guy did, and yet he brought forth a cure for depression without a prescription.  When you’re down,  turn to the Blues. That will help you get back up, help you laugh a little.  Crack a smile no matter what they’re  puttin’ on you. Well, though the volume was turned down today, BB King made sure there was an exit strategy. He made sure there were competent Blues stringers in all walks of life to carry the torch for The Blues. BB King did everything in his power to bring forward The Blues, from boosting Muddy Waters, Lead Belly, and Albert King, to linking rock and Blues through rock and roll greats like U2, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Taj Mahal, Paul Butterfield, Joe Cocker, Leon Russell, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Keith Richards & The Rolling Stones and Bonnie Raitt, then inspiring modern day blues men like Ray Clark Jr., John Mayer, Eric Bibb, Keb Mo and Johnny Lang.  B.B.King, Etta James, Aretha and Johnny Winter kept The Blues right up there in your face. They never, never, ever let you down.   Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King’s performances locked in  legend. See below the video, a list of blues artists found in Wikipedia.

We highlighted this video post earlier in this website and in an older blog because aesthetically it is very appealing plus it covers the rehearsal and precise pre-planning necessary. The performance was so well-edited between the rehearsal and the actual performance we felt it carried the full weight of all the artists performing the song, which remains, to us,  one of the best performances BB King ever did. And the song represents what we all are waiting for, “When Love Comes To Town”.  Well, it’s here, Love.  Unfortunately for us, in the here and now,  BB King took that train out to the next station where lots of people, his colleagues and friends such as Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Healey, Albert King, Janis Joplin, Duane Allman, Roy Buchanan and many, many more await his arrival.  The Blues did not die and never will! BB KING R.I.P. 1925 -2015.  Lenny Kravits said it best on Twitter today: ” BB, lots of people can play thousands of notes and never say what you did with just one”   But Lucille, his guitar, said it even better for a long time.

When Love Comes To Town

BBC WORLDWIDE has eliminated another great video from public domain. Well, I found another.  [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

List of Recent Blues Artists Wikipedia

THE SYNC PROJECT

Sync Project,  Music Can Heal Many Things, Like People.

 

The Sync Project is a global collaboration harnessing the potential of music for health. Working with scientists, technologists and music lovers, They hope to understand and decode the personalized therapeutic effect of music.  I have known this all my life.  One of the ways many of us made it through the difficult times in our lives was through music.  You don’t have to be a savage beast to feel music make your life feel better. In today’s world, where you can reach in your pocket and pull out your smart phone, plug-in some light weight ear buds and enjoy your personal music any time you want, this idea of a medicinal value of music makes better sense than ever before.  And our music, is our music.  It is a comfort that hurts no one, especially ourselves. Music can only help. So, let’s try it. I think this is one of the most interesting projects underway today and the outcome will be beneficial if in fact there exists a way to contour music for an individuals physical health and recovery from the treatments of serious disease.   There also exist the potential to reduce anxiety and depression, which have become a standard for the dual income working families of today.

Source: THE SYNC PROJECT

▶ ERIC BIBB & MICHAEL JEROME BROWNE – “New World Comin’ Through” – YouTube

Here’s some more of that Good Stuff! Can’t seem to get enough of this guy.  He’s talking the good stuff that is coming on down the road. We need more artists like Eric Bibb.