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“Who’s Yellen Now?”   1 comment

Janet Yellen — Source: Getty Images

This is way too much!
This is way too good!

Biden: Yellen needs a “Hamilton” musical. Dessa: Here you go.

Sherman — Come Away In   Leave a comment

Houston Blues Legend, Sherman Roberson — Image by kenne

Don’t tell me The Blues is not a feeling!

Blue Skies Above Star Pass Trail   5 comments

Blue Skies Above Star Pass Trail — Panorama by kenne

“Where were you when . . .?”   3 comments

John Lennon — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“Where were you when . . .?”

I first asked this question ten years ago on the thirty anniversary of John Lennon’s death. 

Whether asked the question or thinking to yourself, we often recall years later what we were doing when we first heard of a sad happening. With today being the 40th anniversary of John Lennon’s death, thoughts on time and place are reviewed.  I was in my small apartment on a rainy, cold night, just off the campus of Western Kentucky University, where I was teaching. If I had a TV, I don’t recall because I was usually listening to music on the radio.  Then, as now, music is a part of my daily existence, and the beauty of Lennon’s music is its ability to make you think and help you answer questions.

In December of 1980, Lennon had only recently turned forty, and I was about to reach the same age.  We shared little besides years of life and his music. Now, forty years out, I wonder what John Lennon would be like if he were still a part of our existence.  We both would be fifty years into the age Lennon, as a young flower-child rebel, famously labeled, “Never trust anyone over thirty!”

Imagine

Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

May the spirit of John Lennon always be with us.

— kenne

“I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky.
I believe that what people call God is something in all of us.
I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right.
It’s just that the translations have gone wrong.”

Bad Trick   Leave a comment

Singer-Songwriter Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Rhythm Room (10/30/14)– Image by kenne

Everybody Turns A Bad Trick Now And Then

David Hidalgo – Cortez The Killer   Leave a comment

David Hidalgo, Los Lobos Guitarist — Photo-Artistry by kenne

Cortez the Killer
 
He came dancing across the water
With his galleons and guns
Looking for a new world
A palace in the sun
On the shore lay Montezuma
With his cocoa leaves and pearls
In his halls he often wondered
The secrets of the worlds
Oh, and his subjects gathered round him
Like leaves around a tree
In their clothes of many colors
For the angry gods to see
And the women all were beautiful
And the men stood straight and strong
They offered life in sacrifice
So that others could go on
 
Hate was just a legend
And war was never known
The people worked together
And they lifted many stones
They carried them to the flat-lands
And they died along the way
They built up with their bare hands
What we still can’t build today
And I know she’s living there
And she loves me to this day
I can still remember when
Or how I lost my way
 
Cortez, Cortez
He came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez
 
Came dancing across the water
 
Came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez
Dancing across the water
Dancing across the water
Dancing across the water
Came dancing across the water
Cortez, Cortez
Dancing across the water
Dancing across the water
Dancing across the water
 
— Neil Young
 
 

The Great Chris Duarte   1 comment

Chris Duarte at the Cactus Moon, Humble, Texas (January 2003) — Images by kenne

When it comes to Blues/Rock guitar players, Texas has produced some of the best.
I saw Chris live several times in the late ’90s and early ’00s, and each time his
performance
drained me. He is very intense and emotional — literally mindblowing.

— kenne

Finding Peace In People’s Faces   5 comments

Kae Tempest (formerly Kate Tempest) — Source: scenestr.com

 
I’m a new fan of Kae Tempest, an English spoken word performer, poet,
recording artist, novelist, and playwright — a great performer by any measure.
 
— kenne
 
People’s Faces
 
[Verse 1]
It’s coming to pass, my country’s coming apart
The whole thing’s becoming such a bumbling farce
Was that a pivotal historical moment we just went stumbling past?
Well, here we are, dancing in the rumbling dark
So come a little closer, give me something to grasp
Give me your beautiful, crumbling heart
Another disaster, catharsis
Another half-discarded mirage
Another mask slips
I face off with the physical
My head’s ringing from the love of the stars
There is too much pretense here
Too much depends on the fragile wages
And extortionate rents here
We’re working every dread day that is given us
Feeling like the person people meet really isn’t us
Like we’re gonna buckle underneath the trouble
Like any minute now, the struggle’s going to finish us
And then we smile at all our friends
(Click Here for all Verses)

 

 
 
 

Another One Bites The Dust   Leave a comment

Singer-songwriter Mac Davis Dead at 78 — Source: soundslikenashville.com

A lot of people who love music are mounding the death of Mac Davis,
who died after heart surgery on September 29th. Known for writing songs
for artists like Elvis Presley and Glen Campbell and also enjoyed a successful
career of his own, releasing a number of crossover hits including
“Baby, Don’t Get Hooked on Me” and “Stop and Smell the Roses.”
Two of my favorite are “Born In the Gaitto” and “It’s Hard To Be Humble.”

“I Am Woman” — Helen Reddy   3 comments

Helen Reddy (October 25, 1941/September 29, 2020)

Australian-born singer Helen Reddy, whose hit “I Am Woman”
became a feminist anthem in the 1970’s,
died in Los Angeles on Tuesday afternoon.
She was 78 years old.

Posted September 30, 2020 by kenneturner in Information, Music, video

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I Shall Search My Soul   Leave a comment

VAN MORRISON, 1972 – Another outtake from the Saint Dominic’s Preview
album cover session. Source: http://www.michaelmagic.com/

Van Morrison’s “Listen to the Lion” captures his unique style taking you
from a smooth, soulful sound to suddenly lifting you above the moment,
then softly bringing you back down.

The images in the video are very impressive.

— kenne

An Affirmation Of Life — Fifty Years Out   2 comments

Van Morrison — Source: Ryan H. Walsh

“Into the Mystic” in Van Morrison’s 1970 Moondance Album

We were borne before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic

Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic

And when that foghorn blows
I will be coming home
And when the foghorn blows
I want to hear it

I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

When that fog horn blows
You know I will be coming home
And when that fog horn whistle blows
I got to hear it

I don’t have to fear it and I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
And together we will flow into the mystic
Come on, girl
Too late to stop now

“Into the Mystic” — the words and melody ethereally flowing together as one —
is about a spiritual quest.  But over the years the song has become much more —
an affirmation of life for me, and I would like to think for my generation,
as well, should we choose to embrace its sentiments, an anthem of lives
lived as we float down that stream, merrily or otherwise, after leaving
this mortal coil.  I am honored that my path intersected with friends departed,
and I am a better person because it did.  The fog horn has blown for them
and they will be coming home.

It is indeed too late to stop now.

Van Morrison — Into The Mystic

‘Where Have The Sparrows Gone?’   Leave a comment

ES158D_Emily-Barker_A-Dark-Murmuration-of-Words.1400Album Cover of Emily Barker’s Latest CD.

“Over the last few decades, the Sparrow has gone from being one of the world’s most common and widespread birds to being Red Listed as a species of high conservation concern,” Emily reflects. “When writing the song, my thoughts returned to the sparrows outside my window – how sad it would be to look out and not see and hear their vibrant movement and chatter. I hope that day never comes.” Read more . . .

COVID-19 Is Killing Live Music Venues   2 comments

Until COVID-19, gentrification was the big enemy of live music venues.
Now many these of these venues have closed forever because of the pandemic.
Maybe it’s time to bring back the old fashion bandstand in public parks.
People getting together to experience live music is a necessary
part of developing and maintaining a sense of community.

— kenne

Blue DoorBlue Door Texas Ice House On A Sunday Afternoon In East Texas (10/26/01) — Photo-Essay by kenne

Dancing to the Music of Gene Kelton and the Die Hards
(Gentrification Killed the Blue Door Years Ago.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texas Johnny Brown at The Shakespeare Pub   2 comments

Texas Johnny Brown_edit blogTexas Johnny Brown at The Shakespeare Pub In Houston (11/15/09) Photo-Artistry by kenne

“We used to have guitars sessions,
guitar battles on Sunday out there at Club Matinee.
And there’d be about four or five of us there,
and man, guitars would be ringing like everything!

It was wild!”

— Texas Johnny Brown (Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues)

 

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