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Blue Wing — Might Have Been A Bluebird   7 comments

Western Bluebird-0518 Framed blogWestern Bluebird — Image by kenne

I can’t think of bluebirds without thinking of Tom Russell’s song, “Blue Wing” — one of my favorite. Both help me see the sky above.

— kenne

Blue Wing by Tom Russell

He had a blue wing tattooed on his shoulder
Well it might have been a bluebird I don’t know
But he’d get stone drunk and talk about Alaska
The salmon boats and 45 below

He said he got that blue wing up in Walla Walla
And his cellmate there was Little Willy John
And Willy he was once a great blues singer
And Wing and Willy wrote ’em up a song. They said…

CHORUS:
It’s dark in here; can’t see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall
On a poor man’s dream.

They paroled Blue Wing in August, of 1963
He moved north picking apples to the town of Wenatchee
Then winter finally caught him in a run down trailer park
On the south side of Seattle where the days grow gray and dark

And he drank and he dreamt of visions when the salmon still ran free
And his fathers’ fathers crossed that wild old Bering Sea
And the land belonged to everyone and there were old songs yet to sing
Now it’s narrowed down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing

CHORUS:
It’s dark in here; can’t see the sky
But I look at this blue wing and I close my eyes
And I fly away beyond these walls
Up above the clouds where the rain don’t fall
On a poor man’s dream.

Blue Wing by Tom Russel Video

Evening Jazz — You Know the Story   Leave a comment

Benson Sculpture Garden-3084 Evening Jazz blogEvening Jazz Wall Sculpture by Warren Cullar (Benson Sculpture Garden, Loveland, CO) — Image by kenne

WORD JAZZ
“You Know the Story” by Ken Nordine from the album, A Transparent Mask

Happy Hour In Old Town San Diego   2 comments

Joy-2762_art blogHappy Hour In Old Town San Diego — Computer Painting by kenne

We stopped 
at the entranced
to the Mexican Cafe
for happy hour
on the patio.

“This way please,”
said the dark-eyed
women dressed
in a traditional
colorful Fiesta Dress.

We each ordered
Margaritas on the rocks
our way of reviewing
Mexican cafes
when traveling.

Music jumps
through the air,
venerable reminders
of European Polkas
brought by immigrants.

For good or bad,
our tastes for
Mexican food
continues to be 
biased by Tex-Mex. 

— kenne

Red Hot Blues   Leave a comment

Red Hot Blues DSC_0696 blogRed Hot Blues — Computer Art by kenne

When I think “Red Hot Blues,” I think Stevie Ray Vaughn. We were able to see him at The Woodlands Pavilion in the summer of 1990, less than a month before he died in a helicopter crash in southern Wisconsin in route to Chicago. Stevie was the “Prince of the Blues.”

— kenne

 

 

Ken & Mary’s Blues Project: Part V — Tighten Up   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1636 blogArchie Bell, Ken and Mary Harris (May 20, 2017) Image by kenne

Video by kenne

Hi everybody
I’m Archie Bell of the Drells, from Houston, Texas
We don’t only sing
But we dance just as good as we walk
In Houston, we just started a new dance
Called the Tighten Up
This is the music we tighten up with

First tighten up on the drums
Come on now, drummer
I want you to tighten it up for me now, oh, yeah
Tighten up on that bass now
Tighten it up, ha, ha, yeah
Now let that guitar fall in
Oh, yeah . . . (click here for all the lyrics)

Just Sitting On The Front Porch   Leave a comment

Mike @ K & M (1 of 1) art blogComputer Painting by kenne

The Blues Project

They called it a project,
a Blues Project, but really,
it was a party — 
a party for
family and friends 
to share
happy times, 
talk about living life,
and a love for good old blues music.

Once this party began
there would be no stopping it,
even when forced under cover
of rain,
friends laugh and
talk 
about déjà vu the  
evening had become.

Just sitting on the front porch
doing that front porch thing
telling stories now embellished
by all the good times dancing
and singing the night away
in the woods off Old Houston Road.

The Blues Project may be over
so listen if the night will let you
to the music and the stories told
and smile a smile one more time
for each Project was just a rehearsal
for what our tomorrows will bring.

— kenne

Kenneth Harris shares the story of how Ken & Mary’s Blues Project came about. (May 20, 2017)

 

Archie Bell at Ken and Mary’s Blues Project — Part III   Leave a comment

Archie Bell-1632 art II_blogArchie Bell at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — Computer Art by kenne

Houston, Texas has a lot of legionary musicians, not the lease is Archie Bell. You all timers, like myself will remember the 50’s & 60’s group, Archie Bell & the Drells. Remember “Tighten Up?” When it comes to great R&B, Archie Bell is among the best! His appearance at Ken & Mary’s Blues Project — The Last Waltz was a real blessing for those of us who have attended the Blues Project concerts over the years.

There’s more to come.

kenne

 

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