Helen Keller says:

“The best and most
beautiful things in this world
cannot be seen or even heard,
but must be felt with the heart.”

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Sunday Morning Music

Hey there
Hi there
Ho there

Welcome to another
Sunday Morning Music.

Today– the blues.
‘Nuff Said.

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Gregg Allman —
I Live The Life I Love

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Bobby Blue Bland —
Straight From The Shoulder

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Donald Byrd w/Isaac Hayes —
Feel Like Loving You

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Luther Allison —
It’s Been A Long Time

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Ray Charles —
Don’t Let The Sun
Catch You Cryin

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Ramones —
” What a Wonderful World”

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Devil Blues Band —
Come Fly With Me

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Jimmy Smith —
Midnight Special

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Led Zeppelin —
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You

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JT Coldfire —
She’s Crazy

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John Lee Hooker —
Boom Boom Boom

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Eric Clapton and Robert Cray —
” Old Love ” 

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Wes Montgomery —
Besame Mucho

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Buddy Guy —
Five Long Years

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Leon Russell —
Lady Blue

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ZZ Top —
Blue Jean Blues

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Curtis Mayfield —
Give Me Your Love

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bluesbrothers

Hermann Hesse says:

hesseA wild longing for
strong emotions and sensations seethes in me,

a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life.

I have a mad impulse to smash something,
a warehouse, perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself,

to commit outrages,
to pull off the wigs
off a few revered idols…”  

The Crosley Hotshot

As regular readers
of the Saturday Car post
have probably already
noticed–

I have a thing for
concept cars, rarities, and forgotten automotive brands.

Maybe some of them
deserve to be almost
forgotten, I dunno….

but not this one.

Because this was America’s
first post-war production
sports car —
— the Crosley Hotshot.

Crosley had been building
automobiles since 1938,
selling mostly compact cars
and station wagons —

but after the war,
a market for a domestic
sports car, created by
soldiers returning from
the war in Europe,
was seen as a huge
potential sales window –
– and the Crosley brothers
set out to fill it.

The first Hotshot was unveiled
in 1949 – and was so new and
trend setting it appeared in
Macy’s display window.

It was a two seater, light weight,
nimble, with a low profile and
remarkably inexpensive
price tag- just under $1000.

Of course, options,
like a heater,
radio, and
ashtray were extra —

there weren’t side doors,
— and even the hood
was unhinged
to save on costs-
but for the price,
it was a good buy –

It could hit a top speed of
around 70 MPH, with the
44 c.i. cast iron ‘CIBA’
four cylinder engine.

It proved itself in the
endurance race at Sebring
in 1950 – and again at both
the Swiss and the Tokyo
Grand Prix in 1951.

Many believed the Hotshot
could save the flagging
Crosley Company, but
it was not to be —

and in the end (1952),
only 2500 of the Hotshots
were ever produced.

Still, it had it’s moment
in the sun, and,
as are most
first times,
remembered fondly.