In the mood for the blues, but not the Moody Blues

Man, I gotta tell ya, the first week back in the harness after a great vacation is a real … pain in the posterior, so to speak. That’s especially true in the blogging world, where you’re expected to be your own one-man band.

In other words, I’m in the mood for some blues tonight. And once I started a-thinkin’ and a-cogitatin’ — you know, the blues, one-man band, and all that — I realized that there was only one place to go to kick off tonight’s episode of Travelin’ Music.

So here’s Benjamin Tehoval, doing it all to bring us the classic, oft-covered “44 Blues.”

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Matti

August 27th, 2010
3:40 pm

Talk about the blues!!! It’s been 20 years since we lost this great one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA0dOOQ20D8

HDB

August 27th, 2010
3:43 pm

Jay….try “Bell Bottom Blues” by Eric Clapton…..

Bosch

August 27th, 2010
3:45 pm

Nice piece Jay, apparently, you owe me a steak dinner.

@@

August 27th, 2010
3:45 pm

I YIKE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bosch

August 27th, 2010
3:46 pm

Matti – 20 years? Surely not.

stands for decibels

August 27th, 2010
3:49 pm

Ray’s little brother performs “Milk Cow Blues” live. And you are there.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDLnTqT_b28

stands for decibels

August 27th, 2010
3:51 pm

damn damn damn DAMN.

I did not know this about Pete Quaife until now.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/26/arts/music/26quaife.html

just damn.

Scout

August 27th, 2010
3:52 pm

You’ll have the “real blues” come Novmeber.

Matti

August 27th, 2010
3:55 pm

Bosch,

I remember it well. “On August 26, 1990, a sold out concert of 30,000 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin, featured an encore jam with Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray. On August 27, shortly before 1 a.m., a helicopter carrying Vaughan en route to Chicago crashed within seconds after takeoff.” — wiki

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H7ZPMScX9-k

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
3:55 pm

Very nice, Jay. He’s a new one on this blues lover

And the cogitating teacher does his best to school his students.

stands,

Dmn that sucks. A lot of the early mods, rockers and punks are dying off.

But that amazing noise they made will live on forever in all of us…

Here’s wishing you the bluest sky…

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

@@

August 27th, 2010
3:56 pm

This one goes out to the Obama administration.

Goin’ Down Slow

Kamchak

August 27th, 2010
3:58 pm

@@

August 27th, 2010
4:00 pm

And for Hillbilly Deluxe?

Duane Allman’s “Goin’ Down Slow”

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

I’m putterin’ Hillbilly, but riding it out with a smile on my face.

@@

August 27th, 2010
4:00 pm

Granny Godzilla

August 27th, 2010
4:08 pm

Scout

August 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

Granny:

“What are the odds against going to heaven?”

Here you go …………..

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”

Matthew 7

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
4:14 pm

@@–Really, really enjoyed the photos from Russia. Thanks.

Per the not smiling during poses, I think it was considered proper decorum to put on a serious look back then. I have a few very old family photos from the 1920s, and no one was smiling either.

jt

August 27th, 2010
4:16 pm

Warning.
Bad language.

This was before Johnny Cash found the Lord.
I don’t think Hank 3 has yet.
I’m glad Mrs. Audrey don’t have to listen to it, but I like Hank 3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKRUsEH_ll4&feature=related

Mick

August 27th, 2010
4:19 pm

Very cool – thanks jay, here’s one people really can’t afford to do anymore-
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
4:19 pm

I hope Jay’s column title wasn’t a swipe at my musical offerings late last night. Whenever the discussion turns spiritual, the Moody Blues seem apropos, as does Carlos Santana.

“I gotta tell ya, the first week back in the harness after a great vacation is a real … pain in the posterior, so to speak.”

For me and the rest of the unemployed, that would be a pain I think I could live with.

Matti

August 27th, 2010
4:21 pm

This one’s for Marko H.

Big Nasty C popped a cap in him this week, and that makes me very blue. Bye Marko! Thanks for being a friend. You’ll be missed on “blues night” and so many more!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqB9gMqeTwk

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
4:22 pm

AmVet–After thinking it over, I think we need to meet down in L5P and duke it out for a while. Then we can go and enjoy the Jon Anderson show.

P.S. I you don’t mind, my plan is to hire Southern Comfort to be my stand-in, at least for the fighting part. ;-)

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 27th, 2010
4:22 pm

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
4:24 pm

For Matti–

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4mMYqr__K0

I’m sure you’re still missing Sean like I am……

Mick

August 27th, 2010
4:26 pm

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
4:32 pm

stands, how brilliant. The Kinks AND the Blues. Loved that intentional feedback.

Kam, that Blue Wind was kicking. (Big surprise there, huh?)

And two sweet ones from @@. Who gets in a humorous smackdown of BHO! (nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)

Scout

August 27th, 2010
4:33 pm

Hummmm …………………..

(CNN) – “President Barack Obama gets his highest approval rating among religious groups from Muslims and his lowest from Mormons, according to a newly released national poll.”

Matti

August 27th, 2010
4:34 pm

Mick, awesome KWS…

Bruno, yep, still missing Sean. Good one.

Tommy Maddox

August 27th, 2010
4:35 pm

What was that line from the Bud Light commercial?

“Man – he’s so blue he makes everybody feel bad!”

Rockin…

Mick

August 27th, 2010
4:36 pm

scout

Can you take a friday breather already? We get it, you hate this president, relentlessly. Other than that, have a great weekend.

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
4:41 pm

In a state just overflowing with vast talent, Dallas born SRV is arguably the very best. Just my 1 cents worth. How heartbreaking that he’s been dead for two decades to the day. Great karma though, Matti…

I saw the sometimes jaw-dropping Costello a couple of times at that dive known as the Northside Tavern. Along with Bill Sheffield and Donnie “Chicken coop” McCormick. Rough, but killer stuff.

Scout

August 27th, 2010
4:44 pm

And another one ……. Obama is just not doing well with his generals. Earlier in the week it was the Commandant of the Marine Corps and now this !!!

“The national debt is the single biggest threat to national security, according to Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Tax payers will be paying around $600 billion in interest on the national debt by 2012, the chairman told students and local leaders in Detroit.”

Scout

August 27th, 2010
4:46 pm

Mick:

I know the truth is hard to take but it must come out.

I don’t hate “him” but I sure hate his policies that are destroying this Republic.

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

August 27th, 2010
4:51 pm

Blues is good but…..

HARD-CORE RAP! That’s the ticket! I love to hear about killing momma and f’ing the police. Memories, oh such lovely memories.

Later, play fair and often!

Paulo977

August 27th, 2010
4:52 pm

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
4:53 pm

“I saw the sometimes jaw-dropping Costello a couple of times at that dive known as the Northside Tavern.”

LOL, Am. One of my clients who was a musician was attacked in the parking lot after a show and had his guitar stolen. “Dive” is the right word. I saw Sean there as well a time or two….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJsfoLX4xt8&feature=related

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
4:57 pm

In Scout’s honor, I was thinking about playing “Blues For Allah” by the Grateful Dead, but it’s one of the few Dead songs that I don’t care for.

Scout

August 27th, 2010
4:59 pm

Bruno:

If we don’t soon do something that might wind up being the National Anthem for your granchildren.

Out of here for the evening ………. you all be nice.

Matti

August 27th, 2010
5:00 pm

In Scout’s honor, could somebody find the link to the STFU song? It’s blues time, and if he’s too shallow to harbor a spiritual side in what’s left of his damaged, fragmented, soul, then he should go stand on his head in his front yard, waving his saggy bare moon to cars that pass by, and leave the rest of us to feel something in peace.

getalife

August 27th, 2010
5:01 pm

The Tough Questions that no one Cares to Ask

August 27th, 2010
5:02 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 27th, 2010
5:04 pm

Hillbilly Deluxe

August 27th, 2010
5:08 pm

Palin fan

August 27th, 2010
5:08 pm

America the Beautiful never gets two old for me. I also like that Lady Gaga song!

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 27th, 2010
5:13 pm

If I were a dummycrat, I’d be blubbering too right about now, just sayin…

But I’m not so-

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

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:22 pm

LOL @ Matti–

If you so desire, there actually ARE some youtube links for the STFU song. In a rare moment of good taste and discretion, I’m not going to put any up here though.

BTW, I though you went for the military type…….

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
5:22 pm

B, sounds good. Looking forward to it. I saw Yes but one time. Lakeland, Florida. 1974. Relayer tour.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn5pRggtZpc

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:26 pm

HD–Enjoyed the Blind Willie McTell selection. Back at ya with some Blind Willie Johnson, with a nod to Reporter, our resident LZ fan:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SW1SRJrNZZw&feature=related

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
5:28 pm

About the same time I saw Mahavishnu John McLaughlin and “Devadip”. (”The lamp, light and eye of God.”) Like yourself and many others of us, musical is spiritual and can be a sacrament.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn5pRggtZpc

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:31 pm

“B, sounds good. Looking forward to it. I saw Yes but one time. Lakeland, Florida. 1974. Relayer tour.”

I’ve seen them a few times here in Atlanta, both the 90125 tour and later at Chastain. It’s going to be great to see Jon again, though I’m going to really miss seeing Chris Squire.

From the Drama album, sans JA:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL68VE-Qi7Y

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:33 pm

Psssst Am, your 5:28 = your 5:22.

Of course, there’s no such thing as too much YES……

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
5:34 pm

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
5:36 pm

Hillbilly

Some nice choices…when it comes to blues and jazz, I’m something of a purist…

Matti

August 27th, 2010
5:41 pm

Have also seen Yes numerous times, and would also miss Chris Squire — my FAVE!!!

While I usually go for the lead guitarist (”real” women do…heh..), CS is the most amazing bass player EVER, hence, making my way up front and planting myself squarely in front of him during a show.

Bruno,
Military men, like civilians, vary greatly in their appeal. The BDU’s and disciplined strength are totally hot… until something hateful and nasty comes out of the mouth. Then it’s time to move on.

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
5:44 pm

Tough Questions, every one in awhile I’m kinda embarrassed that I’ve liked CCR as much as I have. But that Feelin’ Blue makes me feel a whole lot better ’bout things. Thanks.

The blues is in a whole lot of us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlbvF1wMlBQ

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:47 pm

“with no further comment…”

????!!?!?!?!?!?

Quick, someone take josef’s pulse and temperature, I think he must not be feeling well.

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
5:48 pm

JAY

In case you check in, we were talking about Hawaiian music…are you familiar with this fellow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1bFr2SWP1I&feature=related

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
5:49 pm

Bruno

Well, it IS Friday! And really I am under the weather today…

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 27th, 2010
5:54 pm

The priorities of this administration are rather interesting. Instead of focusing on the crisis at hand, Obama wants to focus on the crisis from five years ago, no doubt to reinforce his PR strategy of if-you-think-I’m-bad-remember-who-I-replaced. In the very next step, Obama will take credit from his predecessor, who handed the withdrawal date and plan to Obama (who at least had the wisdom not to blow it). And while the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is important, it’s hardly the highest priority for most Americans, especially those struggling to keep jobs and homes.

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

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:55 pm

“CS is the most amazing bass player EVER”

A lot of people like to claim that Jaco Pastorius is the greatest electric bass player ever, but if I only had enough money to see one or the other of them, I would see Chris. Tony Levin deserves honorable mention as well.

Jaco was know to go to bars and barge his way on stage, demanding that the bass player give up his spot. He ultimately was killed following one such confrontation in Florida.

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:57 pm

Oops, small correction on Jaco’s death:

“After sneaking onstage at a Carlos Santana concert September 11, 1987, and being ejected from the premises, Jaco made his way to the Midnight Bottle Club in Wilton Manors, Florida.[23] After reportedly kicking in a glass door after being refused entrance to the club, he was engaged in a violent confrontation with the club bouncer, Luc Havan. Pastorius was hospitalized for multiple facial fractures and damage to his right eye and left arm, and had sustained irreversible brain damage.”

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
5:59 pm

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
5:59 pm

“Well, it IS Friday!”

Sure, sure. We all know your trouble-making rep on Fridays, josef. ;-)

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
6:00 pm

Andy, nice Cars selection.

And just to pile on; a terse jonix???

Maybe this will get you up and boogeying, brother…

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

And BroB and Matti, you are so damn right.

One of my very favorites…

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

Bud Wiser

August 27th, 2010
6:07 pm

Boooooorinnnggggggg…

Should have gone with Moody Blues, better suits your mood.

Bud Wiser

August 27th, 2010
6:11 pm

On second thought, blues better suits the sorry state of this nation ever since Obozo took office.

Only morons like those currently in power try to make a biscuit out of a cow chip…. just look at how they spin the continuing dreadful economic and job news.

Of course, according to the ultimate dimwit, Nancy p., handing out jobless benefits actually adds more jobs to the economy than anything else.

Only in stupid-land could an idiot ever utter such insanity, and I guess since a majority of morons, ACORN notwithstanding, elected this fool and his party mates, America is the grand booby prize winner.

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:11 pm

AmVet
@ 5:44

When Dvorak was queried as to why he had used only two “American” melodies in his “Symphony from the New World, one Indian and the other the spiritual “Swing Low…” he said the “Negro spiritual is the only truly American form and only from it would there grow anything of value in American music…he was right…

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
6:15 pm

“Should have gone with Moody Blues, better suits your mood.”

Ask, and you shall receive, Bud:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl_3oT1Up8o

When I was married, this was “our” song. Got choked up for many years later whenever I heard it.

Maybe one of these Fridays, we can have an “our song” theme. Then Matti can pull up the STFU song. (j/k)

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:17 pm

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
6:17 pm

josef, very cool. I’ve heard of course, but will have to revisit it.

http://video.nytimes.com/video/2010/02/15/arts/music/1247467034254/bernstein-on-the-blues.html

Bud, great call.

No reason to hide from what’s true.
Then we have got nothing to lose.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJopR2KCYJk

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
6:19 pm

I’ve heard *it* of course…

Bud Wiser

August 27th, 2010
6:21 pm

Lotsa “Negro spirituals” being sung in and around the French Quarter celebrating the anniversary of Katrina, eh Josef, that what you hinting?

Beggars still looking for handouts – - – - the Japanese rebuilt Hiroshima in TWO years, and we all (at least those with an education outside public schools) know what happened there circa 1945.

By comparison, the whiners will probably still be looking for the ‘govt help’ 65 years from now, and bleeders will still be airing “retrospectives”, if they can find a non-defunct media outlet by then; kinda like the dead Kennedy retros we’ll be getting (again) this coming election season.

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:22 pm

BRUNO

Was waiting for somebody to go Moody…yours is my favorite…but…Halcyon Days of Youth Gone By…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EP2oo3lwZgc

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
6:24 pm

BTW, josef, that first selection was superb.

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

C’mon, Bud! Play something for us. (Please.)

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

August 27th, 2010
6:27 pm

We’re SAVED!

Obama, Bloomberg talk about brutal economy — over golf game…

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

August 27th, 2010
6:28 pm

Obama, Dems got 88% of employee contributions from ABC CBS NBC..

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:29 pm

BUD

Try it, you might like it! A little mocha chocolata… et laissez les bontemps rouler….

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

@@

August 27th, 2010
6:29 pm

Awwhhhhh, it’s Angus in his little knee pants. He’s so cute.

Andy, when you first brought AC/DC here, ^^^ that was my initial thought.

Then, I’m pulling up AC/DC videos and I see him performing a solo (he’s very good) where he rips his shirt off and does this thing, with it (his shirt) between his legs, and I thought….

Oh My, Angus!!!!! Go sit in the naughty chair.

(ISH)

I'm Here From The Government And I'm Here To Help

August 27th, 2010
6:29 pm

Jerry Springer: Obama is an excellent president…

Bruno

August 27th, 2010
6:32 pm

josef–I don’t think I ever heard a “bad” Moody Blues song. “Question” is just as relevant today as back in the 70s, maybe even more so today with all of the economic suffering going on.

Back in a while……

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:32 pm

Moody Blues fans…

Another one we don’t always think of when we say them…

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

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 27th, 2010
6:40 pm

@@- They already kicked Angus out of school, so chill, girlfriend.

Enjoy the riffs. :-)

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:42 pm

AmVet

“MacBeth Blues,” eh? I had an English teacher back in high school, long ago and far away, who taught us iambic pentameter using blues…!!!

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
6:44 pm

Maybe he saw that Bernstein, jo! How funny to even consider it, no?

Fill circle…

The Moody Blues were offered a deal to make a rock and roll version of Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony that would promote the company’s new Deramic Stereo Sound (DSS) audio format in return for which the group would be forgiven its debt.

So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8jGFu7ys64

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
6:53 pm

AmVet
Thanks for the Collins…one of my favorites…and, yes, there’s time for it all…(psst…they’s some of them Muslims in this one…)

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

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
7:00 pm

And how funny those dancing Strigiformes set to Neil Diamond music. They are revered in many cultures, of course…

Unlike this bird. (Some great “Hillbilly” stuff in this one, to be sure.)

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

And this first song from his first album when he was but 21 gives you a hint of what’s to come. His first seven albums, and for my money, not one a bad song in the bunch. Incredible…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xymE1qEHrl4

getalife

August 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

“Restoring Honor” ?

I had no idea it was missing.

Where did it go?

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

MmVet

BTW that teacher was a she…was my Latin and French teacher, too…She was one tough cookie…was a woman marine in WWII..fell out of an air control tower onto a concrete apron, got up and walked away…she considered Paul Simon the greatest American poet of the 20th Century and taught him to us…we were having a peace rally once and the administration was trying to close us down, she came in in her uniform and led the march! She was Pennsylvania Dutch and fell in love with Mississippi stationed there during the war and decided to stay…one of the most important people in my life (came to my defense on gay, too, but that’s a long story!)

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
7:08 pm

AmVet

“To the Morning” is my second favorite of his

my favorite

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Dy5qslsUQo

And that blues thingie of his…great!

@@

August 27th, 2010
7:13 pm

Andy:

They already kicked Angus out of school…

That may be true, but I need to be eased into these things slowly. My GAWD!

From this

TO THIS?????????

My eyes! OMG…….MY EYES!!!!!!!!

I’ll never be the same.

You wouldn’t understand, it’s a woman thing. I’ve convinced myself that Mathias kept his legs. I’ve gotta hold on to something.

@@

August 27th, 2010
7:18 pm

HEY!!!! That’s not Mathias…it was mixed in with his pics. It’s Eddie Van Halen.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’m good.

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
7:19 pm

getalife, niice! I was thinking the same thing earlier today!

Just more claptrap for the paranoid.

josef, awesome LaBelle. Gitchee gitchee yah yah yah yah…

I’ve often wondered how many amazing stories you have. I never presumed to ask, but that is a wonderful one.

We all need mentors, and if we’re lucky like you and me, we’ve had some great ones. And if we’re really lucky, we get to be one.

Yet, so sad. Some of us will always be a…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rsCAy9ErdKY

(Forces of evil on a bozo nightmare…)

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
7:25 pm

AmVet
@ 7:14

now, that’s a BECK I can listen to!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uwvBizKAwc

@@

August 27th, 2010
7:31 pm

And here, I thought politics weren’t allowed on music night.

Uh huh…

The Tough Questions that no one Cares to Ask

August 27th, 2010
7:33 pm

getalife

August 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

August 27th, 2010
7:36 pm

We all now know why Valerie left Eddie, just sayin…

He wasn’t strummin anymore.

Don't forget

August 27th, 2010
7:39 pm

AmVet

August 27th, 2010
7:40 pm

As was thoroughly discussed some time ago, we know who the best Beck is.

Pysche! On that Beatles cover.

Like Rundgren’s “Just One Victory”, this was Dan’s spectacular anthem and finale.

I saw this at the old Omni in the early 80’s. Stunning…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=srNvp7w341I&p=7AFD76067E27C714&playnext=1&index=16

josef nix

August 27th, 2010
7:41 pm

Tough questions

Great minds! But that one is amazing, isn’t it!