Sunday Morning Music

Hiya !
Nice to see you!

Today’s request day
on the Sunday Morning
Music Post —
and we’ve some
great ones lined up !

For instance:

The lovely Mrs. Fever had a
couple fun ideas :

The Cars
” Just What I Needed ”


Simon and Garfunkel —
” Hazy Shade of Winter ”


Heather wanted a couple of
wonderful vintage pieces:

“Ventura Highway”


Ten Years After:
“I’d Love to Change the World”


and The Hollies:
“The Air that I Breathe”


My friend C mentioned this one:
Beach Boys :
” I Wasn’t Born For These Times ”


My pal Katie suggested this next one,
— and it’s a goodie.

Eric Clapton —
” Promises ”


My buddy Scooter wanted this one:
Beach Boys :
” Don’t Worry Baby ”


and DSS wanted more
Ruby Starr :
“Did It Again  ”


I got a nice email from a lady
who’d like to hear more
Van Morrison:
” Wild Honey ”


Van Morrison :
” It’s All In The Game ”



I think I’m caught up with
requests …. so let’s see what
else I can work up here….

When you’re ready for
a song to stir your soul,
Ole Blue Eyes has a whole
catalog of music
that’ll fill the bill.
Like this one:

Frank Sinatra —
I’ve Got You Under My Skin


Diane Shuur can put notes together
that most singers would never attempt-

And you can see what I mean in this piece.

Diane Shuur —
Louisiana Sunday Afternoon


I remember when
Maurice White
passed last year..
what a loss.

Earth, Wind and Fire —
All In The Way


A lyric that can resound
with just about anyone
makes for a memorable song:

“Being without you
is all a big mistake,
instead of getting any easier,
it’s the hardest thing to take ”

Chicago — ” Hard Habit To Break


Here’s a very cool piece —

It’s very down-beat,
and there’s something
about the saxophone
that makes it really
move you.

Illinois Jacquet —
Harlem Nocturne


Speaking of Jazz…
Yeah, sure we were, man.
Miss Sarah Vaughan
had no equal
when it came to
singing songs like this.

Sarah Vaughan — “ Misty


Ok —
she was under-rated,
and pretty much
ignored by most folks.

I have no idea, man –

I think she was great.
(sure, a bit of a crush….
what can I say,
— an outcast girl with
a beautiful voice
always did grab my attention )

Laura Nyro —
La La Means I Love You


Love songs have to have
a depth of sincerity and passion
to really sing directly to the heart…

Forget the fancy footwork
and dance moves —
Listen to the voice.

I really feel the work of
these next two artists,
and I think you will too….


Glady Knight and the Pips —
Neither One of Us
( ok, never mind
I always had a crush
on her, too —
and I just love her
chicken and biscuits.  )


Harold Melvin and
the BlueNotes —
I Miss You


The ‘Disco’ bands of the 70’s
weren’t always about ‘boogieing down’….
There were some really lovely,
romantic, soulful songs in that decade.

Like this one :

Heatwave — ” Always and Forever


I love this song —
and although most folks
have never heard it, or her —

I’d stack this lady’s voice up
against any of the currently
more popular singers.

She’s got the voice of an angel –
which I guess is no wonder,
since she was a Sunday School teacher.

Oleta Adams —dog
Get Here


Our album of the week is here —

Michael Franks —
Time Together


And our featured playlist is here:

Al Jarreau —
Love Songs


Have a groovy week !!!!!!





Sunday Morning Music

dWelcome to another edition
Sunday Morning Music, everybody !

I thought it’d be appropriate
to have a Sunday Morning Music
post dedicated to some skilled
strummin’ and a pickin’.

Oh boy,
choosing just a couple
is gonna be kinda rough,
but, hey,
I’m supposed to be a
rough and tumble kinda guy, right ?


Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) leads us off–
with a great ‘live in studio’ piece:
(by the way–
Billy released a solo album this year…. )
Sharp Dressed Man  ”

Did anybody ask
for some Stevie Ray Vaughan ?
Well, of course —
but, hold on to your seat.
” Voodoo Child “


B.B. King and Eric Clapton ?
Yep– not only possible,
but right here, from 2010.
“The Thrill Is Gone” 


You better take a guya8
who plays a triple headed guitar seriously–
and Stevie Vai, well– duuh.
“I Know You’re Here ” 


Lindsey Buckingham is unquestionably
a great guitar player —
famous for his connection with
Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac….
Here’s one of his solo hits:
“Trouble ” 


Eddie Van Halen —magoo
well, he’s one of a kind, I’d say.
And here’s some proof,
with some vocal help from David Lee Roth.
Van Halen –
Mean Street


Carlos Santana and his band
were at Woodstock in 1969 —
as if you didn’t already know….
” Soul Sacrifice “


You might have heard Chickenfoot
is coming out with a new album..
Well, not yet, apparently.
But it’s not going to slow Joe Satriani down any.
Joe Satriani —
” Summer Song ” elvgren


How about three great guitarists in one package?
Here’s Warren Haynes,
Susan Tedeschi, and Derek Trucks —
” I’d Rather Go Blind ” 


How about some Joe Bonamassa
and Jimmy Barnes (of Inxs)
covering a Deep Purple classic ?
” Lazy ” 


Here’s a vintage classic
with one of the most famous intros in rock and roll –
Lynyrd Skynyrd –
Simple Man


Nancy Wilson of “Heart”
has always shown a special talentlightomatic
for giving their music the personal touch:
Just watch and listen —
Heart –
Crazy On You


Here’s one of my all time
Jazz guitar playing favorites  :
George Benson –


The Secret Album Selection of the Week is here.
(I love this album, by the way).

HOY !!!!!



Sunday Morning Music

goggleHey Y’all !!!

I hope you’re having a bangin’ Sunday….

How about some music to add a little more joy to your day?

Let’s start our musical mix out this morning
with one of the finest guitarists who has ever lived —

Carlos Santana —

playing a beautiful piece
that truly shows off his skills on the axe.

Santana — “Victory Is Won “.



Most people don’t know it,
but Carlos has an older brother who plays the guitar, too, named Jorge.

Here’s his green Fender Stratocaster
and the rest of the band Malo playing their greatest hit —

Malo — ” Suavecito “ .



I’ve loved this song back since it was first released…
The lyrics are a bit strange, but it’s still a great piece.
And talk about a bummer honeymoon, right ?

Freda Payne — ” Band of Gold “



I know most of you are too young to remember our next cut, but it’s a goodie.

( the rest of you just won’t admit it. )

It’s from a British group, released in 1966, and went to number 11 on the U.S. pop charts.

— a perfect throwback to demonstrate how the music scene was changing at that time —-

The Walker Brothers — ” The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine ”



Since 1974, sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson have headed up a band that cuts across the lines of what is ‘Pop’ and what is just straight ahead ‘Rock and Roll’.

I couldn’t care less what they call it–
— as long as they keep playing it.

Heart — ” Crazy On You ”



I dunno, I must be yearning for some classic rock today….

How about you?

Well, what about this nugget —

Fleetwood Mac — ” Hold Me ”



I dunno if you’ve heard of Swing Out Sister…

I was on an airplane next to Corinne a couple years back, and she was as sweet and beautiful as her music.

Swing Out Sister — ” La La Means I Love You ”



I don’t post a lot of ballads —

— the slower tempo tends to make me feel lazy.

However, there are beautiful pieces that I wouldn’t dream of skipping —

— and the entire David Gilmore album, by the name of
“On An Island” is one of those ‘have-to-haves’.

So — here it is.

David Gilmour — ” On An Island ”



The band formerly known as “WAR”,
popular in the early 1970’s when, with Eric Burdon,
they did “Spill The Wine” — are now known as the “Lowrider Band” .

I guess it makes sense, since they also did “Low Rider”.

And since we started out with kinda a Latin Groove —

Why not play a piece from their rather interesting catalog?

Here’s a cool live version of : ” All Day Music ” .



To wind us up on this Sunday Morning,
— I usually choose a secret album that I especially like,
one that fits together as a complete, listenable whole.

So, with that in mind:

Here’s : ” Chicago V ” .


I hope you have a really groovy weekend.



Aww… what the hell.

One more.



Remove Your Hand Please

fullpuppetOf all the strange stuff that has been sold by the record companies over the years,
I have to say,
some of the weirdest are the records featuring PUPPETS.

You know, puppets….

— as in ‘inanimate object’ puppet —

The kinda thing made out of old socks,
that people stick on their arm,
and then pretend like it’s
talking, singing, dancing….

……… and who knows what else .Muppets

( shudder )

I mean, I’m no prude–

Some hot puppet-porno action doesn’t necessarily make me all that uncomfortable.

Although it’s just a matter of time before the stuff gets outta hand ….

(It does give new meaning to the whole concept of fisting, doesn’t it?)

record albums is where I draw the line, man.funky

The whole idea of a primarily visual genre being forced into a strictly audible medium is so wrong on so many levels.

you didn’t know puppets made record albums?

Well, then,
hot bisquick in the morning,
are you in for it now.

And I’m not talking about those Jim Henson “Muppet” characters,

like Cookie Monster,
or Salacious T. Crumb, either.

I mean,jimipuppet
I actually GET that Muppet thing —

the kids would identify with the character’s personality on TV,

and then listen to “C-IS-FOR-COOKIE” over and over again,

until they either learned their alphabet, or drove their poor fucking parents crazy.

Both, in my case.

And, I was already a teenager when I had that record.

Sorry, but you don’t get no cooler than Cookie Monster… end of story.

I’m talking about these generic squeaky sofa-cushion puppets whose main raison d’être is to hide the otherwise-very-obvious lack of talent on the 2nd banana’s part.

comicThere’s too much suspension of belief being required here–

The damn puppet even being able to talk is hard enough to buy into,

— without all the extra effort of having to imagine the puppeteer is holding the damn thing up to the microphone so it can sing.

And I prefer puppets in more traditional roles, honestly…

Like running for political office, or working at the DMV.

But, making records?

I’m not kiddin’ you, though —

there were literally thousands of different albums made “by” puppets between 1940 and 1970.

4aHow the hell do I know how that makes sense,

but it’s true —

it’s all true.

you got folk singing puppets…….

Like Don & Seymour here.

And yes, it does look like one of my socks, now that you mention it.

Somebody’s added some shag carpet and shoe polish, is all.

Oh, and of course, my socks don’t sing.

Hey Michael…
get along and row that boat ashore already.

Sorry, I mean…. Don.

Never mind…
there’s plenty more where that came from.

4bYou got yer French musique avec puppets ….

Just add a cute French hottie named Yvette,

A weird looking French Poodle Puppet with a goofy hat, pipe, sunglasses and an accordion…

And Ooooooo La La.

Bal dez Yvette.

Just in case there’s no chalkboard around that needs scratchin.

Ok, now admittedly, I’m cheating here —

— because on a previous post, my friend SCOUT PAGET, told me that this particular cute French hottie is:
” … Yvette Horner, some consider her to be ‘the queen of the accordion.’ That distinguished pup is not a puppet – he’s a real doggie. Seems Yvette loves dogs – her current pal, Paulo, is a touring musician.”

And truthfully,
I only included it because I like cute French hotties.

So… scratch one puppet LP,
and add a new category for:
‘pipe smoking DOGs playing accordions’ albums.

But, I’m not out of puppet albums,
……… not by a long shot, my friend.

4cBack in the early 80’s ,
a lot of folks had grandma’s who were fond of watching Jim and Tammy.

It was sorta like Bible School
for people who didn’t know anything about the Bible,
by people who didn’t know anything about the Bible.

Done with puppets,
so everybody was on the level,
IQ wise.

But, just in case you or your kiddie winkies couldn’t get enough of the whole Jim and Tammy experience on TV,

You could acquire this little number to provide hours and hours of fascinatin’ fun via your friendly neighborhood turntable.

And you know,
hearing Jim Bakker made 45 minutes of doggie noises does seem somehow appropriate………

Maybe him and Yvette should get together…
…. a French girl might be what’s needed to fix that guy.

I dunno….
I doubt it’s fixable.
And who, I ask you,
— wouldn’t like genuine falsetto country music sung by genuine falsetto country puppets?

Sure– just look at Marcy.

Just so you know,
this was during Marcy’s latest ‘come-back’.

The puppet’s got a brand new sound and everything.

who in the world could get enough of her ‘old’ sound,
I ask you ?

And I know plenty of hotties that would give their right lungs for that long, straight red hair of hers.

The smile’s a bit plastic, though.

Nice matching hats.

I bet that horse is a fan.

4eThis next one here is called:
Something Happened to Daddy.”

Apparently, someone misled this little puppet into thinking that she is a real live girl.

Gave her a microphone and everything.

What a dirty thing to do to a puppet.


Heck, it might even be a real live girl, in a dollar store dress ,

and a ‘Mommy always wanted to be a hairdresser’ hair-do —

—- just masquerading as a puppet, for all I know.


Reality is such an unreal thing sometimes.

But listen, kid….

I really don’t want to know what happened to Daddy, OK ….
and I’m pretty sure you don’t either.

Just sayin’.a1

And yes, dear readers,

I know…
I guess I cheated with the all-puppets theme, again.

But it can be awfully difficult to tell the puppets from the people, sometimes —

They’re all so puppet-like.


I mean, life-like.

Oh, well…
Sue me.

Never fear–
I’ve still got much, much less to come.

Did you know, for instance,
that “ Trees can talk, too ” ?

It’s kinda a shame they lack the ability to pick out their own outfits, though.

Unless he was planning on standing in for Evel Kneivel on that Snake River jump.

Mighta done better.

I did know a friend of my grandmother who wore that dress to her prom, I think.


Does anybody but me feel like …..


just maybe…..

…. that pretty Beverly here is getting a little too emotionally attached to little wooden Erick, there?


I hate to be so judgmental and all,

………. but splinters can give you a nasty infection, ya know.


Anybody hungry ????????



The New Big Thing– Vinyl LP’s

aI got a catalog today from a company that sells –

of all things –

——- LP records of new and old music.

Yeah, you remember LP’s.



Remember when you got rid of all your old crummy record albums…

….. because CD’s were gonna be the next big thing?

Well, time to get rid of your crummy ole CD’s and trade em for LP’s –

— cause it’s the next big thing .

Oh… and I forgot to mention one other change —–

—– remember when LP’s cost about $10 bucks?

Kiss that goodbye too…

A new copy of “The White Stripes” will set you back $30…. plus shipping.

Metallica’s Black Album is a comparitive bargain – 22 bucks,

…. as is Death Cab for Cutie’s “Narrow Stairs” at $18.

Hoo boy…..

Doesnt that make you want to rummage around the local Salvation Army store for albums?

Well, not so fast.

Unless, of course, you kept that nice Harman-Kardon turntable you had, too.

‘Cause guess what else has gone way, way up in price………..

There’s a real nice one in this here catalog for only $159,500 ….

b………. it’s a “ONE-DOF” by Aleks Bakman with gold tonearm and cartridge included.

Or… maybe you’d rather have the “Statement” by Clearaudio for only $125,000.

A TEAC “HR-X-1″ for $18,999 ?


To be fair,
there’s also a Thorens 190 for only $700 , with a cheap cartridge.

But , now we gotta start adding stuff like tube-driven pre-amps and amplifiers.


……… you ask, incredulously. “
… you mean, like vacuum tube driven??”

Yes indeedy.

Lest you should think that we are taking some bizarre technological big-leap backward…………

the catalog explains that::

if you are indeed the audiophile you claim to be,
and not just some wanna-be lover of those exquisite frequencies,
between 30 hertz and 35,000 hertz,

c…. only expensive tube driven amps and pre-amps will give you the kind of quality sound —

— that your $28,000 SME turntable and your $1695 Grado headphones —

( Oh, didnt I mention headphones?) deserve.

Just imagine,

Listening to Nat King Cole’s “After Midnight” LP in glorious analog monophonic for only $75.

Or, the Doors first album, also in glorious monophonic – for only $50.

“Light My Fire” in one channel…….
Be still my heart.

And if that isn’t enough, if you order now,

you’ll get the extra added convenience of not only having to flip the albums,

but since they were recorded at 45 RPM, you’ve got to switch them half way thru, too.

Isn’t that better than popping a CD in and forgetting about it?

Oh sure.

I guess I’m playing the devil’s advocate a little bit here, though.

I own way over a thousand albums from the ‘ old days’ ..

and although I still can’t imagine buying a new piece of music in album format today,
— I do understand why people like LP’s.

The appeal – the frequency response curve –
… or what people call the ‘tone’ – of LP’s can be better-

the tone of CD’s is often described as ‘treble shifted’ or tinny –

– and at loud volumes in particular, there is a noticible difference –
provided you’ve got good enough equipment to reproduce that LP sound faithfully.

That’s where the tube amplifier comes in….
… tubes can produce a warmer, more realistic tone than ‘solid state’ amplifiers.

If you were like me and owned a Quad set, with Quad LP’s-
—- you’d get amazing head space and separation.

It’s like hearing recorded music for the first time.

You can’t get quad CD’s. They don’t make em.

( you for-real audio techie types are thinking –
…. what about Dolby Surround Sound? Sorry… not the same. )

The album art is something I miss, ok…… sometimes.
check out my post on Bad Album Art.

There are also a lot of LP’s – many, many LP’s –
— especially Jazz and Blues, that just aren’t available in any other format.

You can’t download em, you can’t buy em, you can’t hear em –
— unless they’re played on a turntable.

But all the old inconveniences also come with the deal.

When the amp tube blows out, you have to find out which one it is,
… and then find a replacement.

When the record plays one side through, you gotta go flip the damn thing.

Needles break,fisherprice

tonearms get bent by four year olds,

belts slip
( I got a direct drive, thank you…) ,

speeds vary,

tracking weight controls get adjusted by clueless people,

cartridges take specialized hard-to-get styluses,

there always seems to be an annoying ground loop hummmmmmmmmm…. ,

and of course-
records warp and scratch… easier than Madonna can put on a pointy bra.

For most people,
the tinny tone of CD’s are more than compensated for
— by their utter convenience and portability.

And I’ll admit, about the only time I break out my turntable and the assorted kit needed to play with it —

—- is when I’m transferring the contents of my old records to a CD or to ITunes.

Still, though….

julie bobbytroupI found a Julie London “Julie Is Her Name” LP Set to be hard to resist…..
( produced by Bobby Troup)

…………………………… until I saw the price. ($50)

If you’ve never heard Julie, let me just tell you,

She could out-sultry any singer of that, or maybe any era.


Still…. , 50 bucks?

Ah well….

Nobody ever said loving good sound was gonna be low maintenance.

If you’re one of those audiophiles who just has to have the latest releases on LP,
…. check out these guys at:

They’re currently featuring the work of the Beatles — in MONO.

………………anybody seen the keys to my time machine?