More cowbell? I got your cowbell right here, buddy!

We’ve been through a cold, soggy winter, at least by Atlanta standards, but better days are ahead. In fact, while tomorrow marks the vernal equinox, the official beginning of spring, I have conferred with the Blog God and received permission to declare today, Friday the 19th of March, as the official First Day of Spring.

I mean, did you go outside at all today? Glorious!

In fact, the weather put me in a mood to gggrrrrooooooooovvvvvveeee…. So here’s Hugh Maskela, with the original instrumental version of “Grazin’ in the Grass,” a title that captures the song’s atmosphere beautifully.

More cowbell!!!

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Bosch

March 19th, 2010
3:35 pm

That looks like the floor of the Library of Congress –

Anywho – went to a good concert this past Wednesday, and here’s a song John Mayer did (but this video is from Boston, but he did the same thing in the ATL) –

Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone! Except today!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xp6wcuNUNyM

Normal

March 19th, 2010
3:42 pm

Just got this email…If you want to see the video, go to rethinkafghanistan.org

Dear Normal,

Today is the 7th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of the Iraq War.

There’s a temptation as we begin to end our combat presence in Iraq to search for a happy ending. But there has been no ‘victory’ in Iraq. We created this video as a reminder of the damage done to Iraq and to our country over the last seven years.

Moreover, we know that there will be no economic recovery here at home as long as we’re spending $100 billion a year on another war that isn’t making us any safer – the war in Afghanistan.

That’s why we’re asking everyone to report the Afghanistan War as an example of waste, fraud and abuse on the White House’s official economic recovery website, Recovery.gov, today. Simply scroll down to the field marked “What” and paste this message into the text box:

“I’d like to report the waste of billions of dollars of our national wealth in Afghanistan on a war that doesn’t make us safer. It’s fraud to portray this as a war that increases our security, and it’s abusive of U.S. troops and local civilians to drag out this war any longer. End the war so we can have real economic recovery.”

Thanks to Bush, the invasion and occupation of Iraq has been a massive waste of human life and treasure. Let’s not let the Obama administration make the same mistake again in Afghanistan.

Sincerely,

Robert Greenwald
and the Brave New Foundation team

stands for decibels

March 19th, 2010
3:46 pm

It’s a fine spring day, but I would be remiss not to honor the recently departed Alex Chilton with a cover that, I’d wager, nobody here has heard–Squire doing Big Star’s “September Gurls.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeLb5PdqmSM

(and yeah, the Bangles’ version isn’t bad either. But this one has a kind of purity to it.)

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

stands, great power pop!

Arguably the creators of the genre…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFWxqKYvy-c

stands for decibels

March 19th, 2010
4:03 pm

Arguably the creators of the genre…

Certainly you couldn’t have the genre without them.

(this power pop classic needed the Spencer Davis Group to happen, as well.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzUCCl9YaBQ

later, kids.

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
4:05 pm

These guys could make a claim too.

(Dig those dancin’ girls shaking what they got. Niiice…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KufRnYiBaVc

jefferson

March 19th, 2010
4:07 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 19th, 2010
4:11 pm

Lord Help Us

March 19th, 2010
4:12 pm

I thought about a song/singer that could sum up my feelings about the HCR vote this weekend and thought this captured the moment as good as any:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wa3P_Dru-qs&feature=related

You can go on and hurt me…it’s alright just take the car take the house take all my money take all the lawyers this is an adult situation I think I’m handling it good I mean you go your way I’ll go my way you can just go…it’s it’s it’s it’s it’s it’s it’s it’s…alright…

Hillbilly Deluxe

March 19th, 2010
4:13 pm

Not known for singing but RIP to this guy too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTSNqX76m0

Pogo

March 19th, 2010
4:14 pm

Fiddle while Rome burns Jay.

jt

March 19th, 2010
4:20 pm

AmVet –

It looks like Tom Petty did a little artistic borrowing with that Byrd’s riff. Can’t remember the name.

Anyhoo, hear is a good ole summer tune. Warning–these lyrics are no longer PC.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDY4nR1IqCs

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
4:21 pm

getalife

March 19th, 2010
4:22 pm

Mick

March 19th, 2010
4:26 pm

jt

March 19th, 2010
4:28 pm

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
4:29 pm

FinnMcCool

March 19th, 2010
4:33 pm

The sweetest sound to my ears can be heard on 750AM radio right now. Hannity is in complete meltdown. Gaskets are about to blow.

Could be a landmark weekend!

j$

March 19th, 2010
4:34 pm

It’s a great day to _______________ (fill in blank)

Sometimes the simple things in life are the best

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RKipMUbXPKo

FinnMcCool

March 19th, 2010
4:35 pm

Anniversary of the Iraq War.

Thousands Dead, $747.3 Billion Spent And Not Any Safer
http://rethinkafghanistan.com/?utm_source=rtairaq

Paul

March 19th, 2010
4:37 pm

Guess I’m wired different. I hear “spring” and ‘go outside’ and “blog god’ and this is the first thing that popped in my mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-u3ciH2AfI&feature=related

Mick

March 19th, 2010
4:37 pm

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
4:38 pm

From the massive demonstrations against the fascist at the democratic National Convention In Chicago.

Pay attention libs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FZ6dNIEu5XY

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
4:39 pm

Finn

“We are fundamentally changing the united States of America.”

I hope you are happy.

Paul

March 19th, 2010
4:41 pm

and dedicated to many who show up here. You know who you are…. even though you don’t have the sense to stick around for Music Fridays.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
4:45 pm

Finn, Pretty Boy just needs a good waterboarding…

Paul

March 19th, 2010
4:46 pm

Finn

Did someone ask him about the Gulfstream V?

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
4:47 pm

AmVet

Oh sure. Any country that uses water boarding should be torn apart by brainless politicians and the few remaining sheep that still support them..

Pogo

March 19th, 2010
4:50 pm

One of the best articles I have seen written about the “state of our state” in a long time. And it comes from the New York Times. This is what a real journalist writes Jay. Not the partisan garbage that you write that is meant to protect your own ideology. Without the things outlined here, we are pretty much done for.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/19/opinion/19brooks.html?hpw

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
4:52 pm

Finn,

Thanks for the heads up on Hannity! Hahaha! He’s “out there in the trenches” to save us. Heh.. heh heh… Vocal tension is escalating, but still not as precious as RL’s midday meltdown on e-day ‘92. (THAT was the funniest thing on AM since Dr. Demento!)

Eyelashes just tried to tell us that the Dems’ attempt to pass legislation is criminal and unprecedented. As if we’re friggin STOOOOOOOOOOPID enough to think no one, and no Republican majority, has ever pushed through a piece of legislation about which citizens were divided. No one is THAT stupid! (Not even our own rightie blog trolls!) Right?

FinnMcCool

March 19th, 2010
4:56 pm

I’m thinking it’s a Taco mac kinda night.

wedge salad and wings, anyone?

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
4:57 pm

“The Democrats are trying to assemble the partisan minimum…”

OH.MY.GOD. How DARE they try to pass a bill? NO ONE has ever done that before! NO ONE! OH, the ShawnHannity!

jt

March 19th, 2010
5:00 pm

Pogo -

Damn good show. I usually ignore Brook’s pieces because I care not about the creases in Obama’s pants.

For once he got something right. Even he can see the looming crisis. Have no fear, it will trickle down to Mr. Bookman.

The individual will provide the answer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eGwHgg7hjMw&NR=1

jefferson

March 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

Roll with it.

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
5:04 pm

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
5:06 pm

For you paranoid malcontents.

(Adult lingo…)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpZm1TstpjQ

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
5:07 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:12 pm

I didn’t know that socialists gggrrrrooooooooovvvvvveeeed….

Jay

March 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

I’ll add that to the list then, Reporter.

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

AmVet at 5:06, :-)

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

I got an appropriate song, maybe a few days early….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu1q17rUkVU

Just sayin….

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

Jay

March 19th, 2010
5:17 pm

And I in turn didn’t know that Reporter was a fan of Abba and Spandex. Aren’t Friday’s great? We can learn so much about each other……

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:24 pm

Tough decision coming up on Sunday, do I risk seeing that El Drunko has set another health care deadline after this thing blows up in his inebriated face or do I poke a sharp stick my eye so that I can’t see it?

I’ll tell you what, I’ve got the stick ready, just sayin….

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

matilda, somehow it just fits certain poeople here to a T, don’t you think?

In honor of one of my very favorite artists and his new John Demme film debuting tonight.

Arguably the greatest three plus minute intro to any song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m4H77z3fJE

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

AmVet

Why would anyone ever be afraid of what a government can do to them? Isn’t that right, Einstein?
Always trust the government, especially THIS government.

What in the hell is wrong with you?

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

The whole entire Congressional Budget Office will be led away in straight jackets, foaming at the moth all, before this obomination is brought to it’s disgusting conclusion…

I can feel their pain, just sayin….

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:29 pm

Even their mouths will be foaming, along with their moths, just sayin…

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

Seems like some angry little boy is just aching for a fight. With ANYBODY…

Too bad, so sad.

From that same wonderful Zuma album. Some of the sweetest harmony since the Beach Boys…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iVHKSTJgOzE&feature=related

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
5:31 pm

I report

**The whole entire Congressional Budget Office will be led away in straight jackets,**

But they just gave the dims their excuse, their way of avoiding taking responsibility for this abortion of a bill.

“How did I know that it would cause taxes to go up like this? The CBO said that it would decrease the deficit”.

This smells so bad. I just can’t imagine how indoctrinated a person would need to be to stick with the few remaining koolaid drinkers that still support this.

Drain The Swamp (NIF)

March 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

AmVet

It’s not like you can rationalize those governmental knee pads. But they do look good on ya, Pal.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

Hey, wait a minute, there ain’t nothing wrong with Dancing Queen, I got more than one gggrrrrooooooooovvvvvveeee going on that one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REElUors1pQ

Until Barney Frank f’ed it all up, hahahaha

Bosch

March 19th, 2010
5:36 pm

AmVet,

Kudos on the Neil Young!

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
5:37 pm

AmVet, you’re so right about that intro! Also enjoyed the riffs about halfway through. VERY nice!

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

Here’s one for Reporter and the others who are into the panic and drama today. Work it out on the dancefloor, baby!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE-fRgJBVrc

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
5:40 pm

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

sorta my mood today, the weather notwithstanding…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJ_wK4YU59M&feature=related

DebbieDoRight

March 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

Finn mccool

March 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

On Sunday America becomes a civilized country.

A great time to be American!

Pogo

March 19th, 2010
5:50 pm

jt, unfortunately the “Matildas” and the “Finns” of the world would leave the government to solve their problems for them. It is sad that people think that anyone can relegate the all important resolution of their own problems to anyone other than themselves. By doing so they are making themselves pretty much slaves to other peoples agendas. WE are where the answers lie, not a bunch of people that only care about some shortsighted power for themselves.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin...

March 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

So how many of you libs lied on your census form by telling them you were male?

yosef?

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
5:56 pm

DDR, you are the best! I was trying like to hell to come up with something that “summer” fine…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea0759BeJ2U

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
5:57 pm

of course, though, a visit here to the blog does put it all in proper perspective!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0uO5RKI-S8&feature=related

Normal

March 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

SOUTHERN ATL

March 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

Normal

March 19th, 2010
6:01 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: Impeach Drunken Fool, obozo! Just sayin…

March 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

Whiner, stuff it. Grab some music…

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

Pogo: “jt, unfortunately the “Matildas” and the “Finns” of the world would leave the government to solve their problems for them.” You know nothing of my problems or how I have solved them.

“It is sad that people think that anyone can relegate the all important resolution of their own problems to anyone other than themselves.” Actually, some problems affect multitudes of people, hence, a collective effort at resolution. D’OH!

“By doing so they are making themselves pretty much slaves to other peoples agendas.” Already am a slave to CORPORATE agendas. Would love to start my own business in the great entrepreneurial spirit of American individualism, but the Insurance companies told me to go scroo myself last time I attempted to PURCHASE a bare-bones medical policy between jobs. Now I’m stuck pushing the agenda of a FOREIGN holding company just to keep my coverage, (because I am a responsible parent), but thanks for caring.

“WE are where the answers lie, not a bunch of people that only care about some shortsighted power for themselves.” I agree!! Our government should represent US, not the shortsighted corporate executives who chose excess wealth for themselves over reasonable profits, good service, and honoring their commitments to the people of this nation, both contractual and otherwise.

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:02 pm

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
6:03 pm

Normal

March 19th, 2010
6:04 pm

Normal

March 19th, 2010
6:05 pm

jt

March 19th, 2010
6:05 pm

Pogo-

“jt, unfortunately the “Matildas” and the “Finns” of the world would leave the government to solve their problems for them.”

Don’t sweat it dude.
It has always been this way. As Koestler says, “it is but a trough in the wave”. If you listen, you will hear their swan song. The American majority is “fixin” to take their country back. And because we ARE exceptional, we will do it non-violently.

We will set an example to the world.

But first we have to get rid of the R & D party. Every last vestige.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7NP47UKeRE

TaxPayer

March 19th, 2010
6:06 pm

I hope y’all didn’t stay indoors all day long.

DebbieDoRight

March 19th, 2010
6:09 pm

Well Thanks AmVet!!! This one is from my favorite American Rock Bank (Besides Twisted Sister) and this one is another ode to summer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPwgDDwb_w8

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:10 pm

normal @ 6:59

Great minds…had it pulled up, and this was to follow…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxNEiZhpinY

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 19th, 2010
6:11 pm

Well, I ain’t got no song. But could all the people planning to leave the country after Sunday’s vote tell me where you live? I mean, no point in letting good furniture go to waste. I could have a yard sale nobody beleives.

Pogo

March 19th, 2010
6:12 pm

I Report, the bigger questions is, “how many of you libs even understand the questions stated in the census”? The real liberal “base” isn’t exactly big on proper English, now is it? It really is kind of ironic. A political ideology that prides itself on being “intellectual” but that actually relies upon its “base” being pretty much ignorant of what is really going on (or as described by Marx, the Proletariat). After all, they don’t know what is best for themselves and they leave it up to their government officials to determine what is really best for them. Goodbye to individualism. If you want this, you are a slave.

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:15 pm

normal, AmVet–
Great picks!

Matilda

March 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

Pogo, bless your heart. What part of ‘I can’t get coverage unless I’m a corporate slave’ is lost on you? A public option (that we’re NOT going to get) would free me from my foreign masters by giving me a place to buy insurance for my family independently of my job. Seems like YOU are the one who wants us to be slaves.

DebbieDoRight

March 19th, 2010
6:16 pm

DebbieDoRight

March 19th, 2010
6:18 pm

From Redneck: Well, I ain’t got no song. But could all the people planning to leave the country after Sunday’s vote tell me where you live? I mean, no point in letting good furniture go to waste. I could have a yard sale nobody beleives.

You are still the King!! :lol:

Paul

March 19th, 2010
6:18 pm

josef nix 5:40

oh yeahhhhhhh…………………

Hey Bosch

Just occurred to me – it’s Friday! I know, the music stuff shoulda been a clue, but when you work at home and don’t pay attention to a calendar except for deadlines some weeks out… anywho, today’s Caprica!

and Jay

If you didn’t catch it before, that bourbon was great. They were etching the bottles, woulda got one for ya but didn’t have an address and if I’d sent it to the newsroom, well, you know what they say about editors and bourbon. You’d have never known it had even been delivered.

And tonight they’re having a Balvenie scotch tasting. Free. I love that place.

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:19 pm

DDR–
I can always count on you to get me back on track….gettin’ there

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNOOdb5xPPc

Paul

March 19th, 2010
6:20 pm

josef nix

Feeling cloudy? You okay? Just so you’re not like this -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18Sua_QTDs0

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:23 pm

Paul

March 19th, 2010
6:27 pm

Hey DDR 5:49

Is that your new moniker? “Summertime”?

Or “Hot Fun”

:-)

Redneck

Good luck with that yard sale. Just be sure to get plenty of change the night before. ‘course, you’re gonna win at poker so it’s no problem. Just give’em plenty of beer and you’ll win every hand.

josef nix

you really should check out the 4:41 -

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:29 pm

Normal

March 19th, 2010
6:29 pm

When will Obama Care pass? The GOP hope…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9SFtiTWawc&feature=related

…and I bet many a young man and young woman lost their virginity because of this guy… ;)

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:33 pm

PAUL

It was your 4:41 that prompted my 6:57!

Paul

March 19th, 2010
6:33 pm

josef nix

Yeah, that’s a whole different mood.

Normal 6:29

Well, if that’s what they’re wishing for….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV-p51fvYLc

SOUTHERN ATL

March 19th, 2010
6:34 pm

Debbie@6:16 that was cool!!!

Paul

March 19th, 2010
6:35 pm

josef nix

Got it, LOL!

RW-(the original)

March 19th, 2010
6:38 pm

normal @ 6:59–josef

It was your 4:41 that prompted my 6:57!–josef

josef,

Did you spring forward one too many times?

DebbieDoRight

March 19th, 2010
6:39 pm

paul: Hey DDR 5:49 Is that your new moniker? “Summertime”? Or “Hot Fun”

Hey Paul!! A little of both would be soooooo god right about now!!! :wink:

josef if you’re feeling a little blue, dream about california and all that warm sunshine…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOfQKh7un6U

Please excuse the brief “commercial” at the beginning…….

AmVet

March 19th, 2010
6:40 pm

So much great stuff being played tonight!

Super sweet Stormy, Paul.

josef, clever comeback with the Bee Gees.

And yes, Redneck rules…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTgTHFS5CLo

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:42 pm

RW

Spring forward, you say? I was trying to find a handle for this one for the you-know-who this week
:-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZGp0hCxSg98

josef nix

March 19th, 2010
6:45 pm

DDR–

Great minds, again! Thanks…

Normal

March 19th, 2010
6:47 pm

DebbieDoRight

March 19th, 2010
6:49 pm

josef I’m gonna expound on your day dream theme…………..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XOAStfv-v0