At the midnight hour, when 2011 fades into history ….

I imagine that in bars, clubs and living rooms all over the country — all over the world, for that matter — various versions of this much-loved song will be playing as the clock draws nigh to the midnight hour tomorrow. However, I don’t think any version will outrock this one by the Blues Boy hisself, Mr. BB King, who by the way graces the historic Fox Theater tonight. Don’t know if tickets are still available, but if you haven’t seen him in person, neither you nor Mr. King are getting any younger.

Enjoy, and happy new year, y’all.

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josef

December 30th, 2011
2:10 pm

YAY! FNM…downstairs was gettin nasty…

Redneck Convert (R---and proud of it)

December 30th, 2011
2:12 pm

Well, looks like this is where I get off of the Bookman blog. Happy New Year all you weird music lovers.

Back Seater

December 30th, 2011
2:15 pm

Happy New Year to all

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

0311/1811

December 30th, 2011
2:18 pm

Come midnight tomorrow ………….. millions of Americans on their knees asking God to bless this nation is what we really need.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z5hD38Bs8Y

liberalefty

December 30th, 2011
2:19 pm

0311

there is no god

getalife

December 30th, 2011
2:21 pm

Nasty?

Nah, just adults discussing American politics.

Good choice Jay.

Have fun on CNN.

Happier new year in 12.

Four more years.

carlosgvv

December 30th, 2011
2:22 pm

At the midnight hour, when 2011 fades into history, we will all get that warm fuzzy feeling that, somehow,things will be different this time and the new year will bring prosperity and gladness. When the new year turns into the old year, and it is about to fade into history, we will all get that warm fuzzy feeling that, somehow things will be different etc etc etc etc etc. However, a few of the existential persuason will have our usual despair as we realize it’s next to impossible that things will ever get any better and, if anything, will probably get worse. Is it better to see things as they really are or continue to live in a world of illusion and delusion?

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
2:23 pm

josef, LOL. Yep a strange brew. And even up here, the pious teeth gnashing goes on!

Clapton at his early rockin’ best.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_C3dyZ0jKfg

Adam

December 30th, 2011
2:25 pm

My first contribution to the music thread shall be based on the blog title.

In the midnight hour….

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

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:26 pm

liberal left

Stuff it! This is FNM…

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:27 pm

getaliffe

Adam’s playing your song! :-)

Adam

December 30th, 2011
2:28 pm

josef: Whaaaaaat? Billy Idol is awesome :D

getalife

December 30th, 2011
2:29 pm

Thank you Jay for keeping your blog open for us to enjoy our freedom of speech.

Your blog rocks like these guys:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNDi_aWbQ8Y&feature=results_video&playnext=1&list=PLBF351622DD9DB132

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:30 pm

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
2:32 pm

getalife, did you see the name of the bowl game going on right now?

The Armed Forces bowl. (Brought to you by your friends at Bell Helicopter!)

Adam, loved his sneer and those screams. Did you ever see that hysterical SNL skit?

Something decidedly less frenetic. I have never apologized for being a huge Fogelberg fan from the very beginning. And though this song was terribly overplayed, this heart breaker still demonstrates the genius he was…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIGiX-vc6M8

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:34 pm

ADAM

Big fan myself…that comment goes back to getalife’s Christmas wish to be a Rebel!

Granny Godzilla

December 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

getalife

December 30th, 2011
2:39 pm

AmVet,

So far the mic sponsored two bowl games.

I guess it is their way of giving back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WElvEZj0Ltw

getalife

December 30th, 2011
2:41 pm

Normal

December 30th, 2011
2:44 pm

Y’all talk about 2012 being better…well when it can’t get no worse, it’s got to get better…let me illustrate….At the turn of midnight from ‘68 into ‘69, Charlie decided to help us celebrate by mortaring our compound. They must have had inside knowledge because they were pretty accurate. Our standing orders were to get our boats out into the river to help protect our water side flanks, and repel any who tried to cross the river. I was headed that way when a group of rounds landed so close I felt the heat and heard the “bees” fly by. The slit trenches were between me and my boat and at the time, I felt that laying in sh*t as better than getting killed, so I dove in…as a great start to the new year of 1969, I landed on a Chief Petty Officer who had had the same idea and was quicker than me…Bottom line, ‘69 WAS better than ‘68, but not by much….all we can do is try to stay out of the sh*t…

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:45 pm

ZamVet

“I have never apologized for being a huge Fogelberg fan from the very beginning”

And no reason you should…had it pulled up and you just beat me to it…

one of the most beautiful songs ever written, imo

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

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:52 pm

getalife

be careful, you liable to be fatwah’d… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDT7GP9l1-I

josef

December 30th, 2011
2:53 pm

normal

Great story, well told and great moral…

philosopher

December 30th, 2011
3:04 pm

Ahhhh, YES!!! Thanks, and Happy New Year, Jay. I have certainly appreciated you supplying a forum for some sane musings amidst the typical con rantings.

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
3:04 pm

Like I wrote yesterday, Normal is one righteous dude!

I believe I heard that men and women in uniform get in to those games free, getalife.

Which reminds me of when I was stationed in Tampa. The Reds had their Single A team there and they had a deal if you showed up in uniform, you got in for free. I went a couple of times, once to see a spring training game between Cincy and the Yanks. Alas, I watched Catfish Hunter get lit up by the Big Red Machine. An omen of what was to come…(Oy!)

Speaking of what was to come, that song you linked jo, was the very first song on his very first album. Just an incredible talent.

From that same incredible Home Free LP, and my idea of country music…

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

OK, off to the liquor store. Think globally, drink locally.

josef

December 30th, 2011
3:04 pm

normal

Except, of course, Duk-sha-nee and Helen Thomas…

HAPPY NEW YEAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSiME_P-3zc

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:07 pm

Missed the new thread guys.

From below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h2WXszKpDLQ

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:08 pm

For the hell of it, josef, I’m going to arrange to have Helen Thomas deliver your eulogy.

Normal

December 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

I’m still here at work putzin’ around and conversin’ with the ghosts, so I can’t put up any music yet,
but when I get home I’ll check in. Like always, I get the holiday watches…

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

However, a few of the existential persuason will have our usual despair as we realize it’s next to impossible that things will ever get any better and, if anything, will probably get worse. Is it better to see things as they really are or continue to live in a world of illusion and delusion?

You might want to switch your guiding philosophy away from barren existentialism and look into some practically-based Zen Buddhism, carlos. Buddhism teaches that our primary source of suffering is excessive focus on self. Enlightenment can only occur when we turn our attention outward.

Either that or get a hold of some good smoke.

getalife

December 30th, 2011
3:12 pm

Great stuff Normal.

AmVet,

I was a catcher so Bench was my favorite player.

It is great to see the troops returning home to their families:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WAZ60xA9wo

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:14 pm

josef

December 30th, 2011
3:15 pm

BRUNO

From the looks of it, the old bat will outlive me!

josef

December 30th, 2011
3:17 pm

BRUNO

@ 3:12

Yeah, that’s the ticket…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUBNhdhHWU4

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:18 pm

From the looks of it, the old bat will outlive me!

Reminds me of my friend’s late grandfather. When he was about 76, he attracted a much younger woman who turned out to be a gold-digger. After 10 or so years of marriage, she divorced him due her frustration that he wasn’t dying fast enough. He ended up up making it to age 93. I was proud to be his pall bearer. My fellow pall bearers included Harry Norman and several other prominent industry leaders.

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:21 pm

I was a catcher so Bench was my favorite player.

I was a Phillies fan, so identified with Bob Boone. Southern Comfort was also a catcher, as was I.

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:24 pm

josef–I forwarded your 3:17 to PlatinumBlack. I’m sure she’ll love it!!

Normal

December 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

Ha! I just got up from my desk and set off the motion alarm. I got locked in! That is the bad part of having your repair shop in a corner of the warehouse…nobody checks on you. The good part of having your repair shop in the corner of the warehouse is that nobody checks on you. :D

Guess I’ll make a round then shut down myself.

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

josef–I’m starting to think that Matti and carlosgvv might be a match made in existential heaven. What do you think??

TaxPayer

December 30th, 2011
3:26 pm

Happy New Year, Jay. Good choice of song to close out the year with. Now what of the New Year. How about a little reminder of that oh so seductive past. Let’s not and say we did.

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:34 pm

josef

December 30th, 2011
3:35 pm

BRUNO

@ 3:26

Yeah! Here’s my song for them…though matti does do some good work for others…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFnOfpIJL0M&ob=av3e

Normal

December 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

OK, I’m outta here…In case I don’t “See” y’all before the end, Have a great New Year celebration and remember this…your mantra for 2012….When life comes at you with both fists…it’s legal to duck!

josef

December 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

Oh, yes…and tell PB I hope she likes that one…

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
3:45 pm

We’re going to a poker party on NYE. I figure if I’m going to drop a couple of hundred on going out, we might as well give ourselves a chance to get some back.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkfJ3zMIlO0

josef

December 30th, 2011
3:45 pm

wet wiccan

December 30th, 2011
3:56 pm

Well, I’ve seen a good number of new years eves, and alls I got to say is…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzzbX8N4zIM&ob=av2n

josef

December 30th, 2011
4:01 pm

BRUNO
@ 3:45

For my money consistenly the BEST rock and roller of them all…

Teenage crush on him then…bought the 45, set the record player (remember those) to where it would replay and replay…and still got it…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2aBOTNGWMY&feature=related

and he could still park his shoes under my bed anytime he wanted to…

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:08 pm

“and he could still park his shoes under my bed anytime he wanted to…”

Not sure how Bob would feel about that, but good selection. If you didn’t know, Seger’s out on tour right now, and I believe is going to be in Greenville, SC in a few months. He’s one of the few major acts I never saw in person.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TjWOVUZeJo&feature=related

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
4:12 pm

More good stuff so far, gang.

wiccan, no doubt! We weren’t rock stars but we tried to party like them.

jo, killer early vid of Seger.

I still remember it was autumn and the moon was shining
Our 60 Cadillac was roaring through Nebraska whining
Doing 120 man the fields was bending over
Heading out for the mountains knowing we was traveling further
All the fires were blazing and the spinning wheels were turning turning
Had my girl beside me, brother, brother, she was burning burning

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WWHdBuOC6Q

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:13 pm

I just checked, and here’s the ticket info. If I still lived in Atlanta, I’d go. From here it’s a little too far to drive.

BI-LO Center, Greenville, SC
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 08:00 PM
200
Row
K
Seats
3 – 4
Description
Price Level 1
UPPER LEVEL SEATING
FULL VIEW
Type
Full Price Tickets
Price
US $80.35 x 2
Price Details
SUBTOTAL*
US $160.70

moonbat betty

December 30th, 2011
4:15 pm

Happy New Year to all.

May 2012 bring good health and prosperity.

and remember…It’s better to burn out than to fade away

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O1v_7T6p8U

Broken Pope

December 30th, 2011
4:17 pm

I’ve seen BB King with the Stray Cats at the old Center Stage. Amazing! However, I saw Stevie Ray with Jeff Beck at the Omni, mind blowing!

Brosephus

December 30th, 2011
4:20 pm

I was a catcher so Bench was my favorite player.

I was a Phillies fan, so identified with Bob Boone. Southern Comfort was also a catcher, as was I.

Bruce Benedict is/was the best there ever was behind the plate!!! I can still hear the chant in old Fulton Co. Stadium. Brrrrrrrrrruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuccee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
4:21 pm

He’s one of the few major acts I never saw in person.

That is a shame, B.

I saw him in 1974 (open for the Kinks) and even then he was one helluva showman, though not all that well known yet. Hard to believe, considering in a year or so he would be at the very peak of rock and roll with that LP you just linked the title cut to.

I always adored this one…

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

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:22 pm

Hey moonbat betty, you think Obama has a kindler, gentler machine gun than Bush??

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdiCJUysIT0

Broken Pope

December 30th, 2011
4:23 pm

However one of the most amazing performances is:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15eu7ar5EKM

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:24 pm

Brosephus–Benedict was gritty, though Javy Lopez is likely the Braves most productive catcher. You gotta like McCann currently.

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
4:27 pm

OK, you catchers, baseball it is.

Who is the best left handed pitcher of our era?

I vote for Glavine, just barely beating out Carlton.

(BTW wasn’t Glenn Frey’s solo work on that song I just linked, magnificent?)

Pope, did you see the Texas Tornado when he was at the Roxy a few years back?

From that same Austin City Limits show, this jawdropping cover of Jimi…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjKonZQb5AY

josef

December 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

wiccan

Yeah, me, too!

And as for that Segar fantasy…het, we had our crushes, too you know!

And best New Year’s Eve? 1967-68

JV, looking up at ya, and thanks for everything…it’s been one helluva ride down here…so, thinking of ya, and here’s “our song…”

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

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:31 pm

The thing about Seger is his catalog goes on and on, all great stuff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsnZMee16lk&feature=related

Ooooooooooooh, blame it on midnight

Ooooooooooooh, blame it on the moon

Normal

December 30th, 2011
4:31 pm

Normal

December 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:34 pm

I vote for Glavine, just barely beating out Carlton.

Am–In 1972, Carlton won 27 games for the Phillies, who won 59 games total that year. Never before, or since, has anyone done so much with so little. Only one name deserves consideration.

josef

December 30th, 2011
4:39 pm

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:41 pm

However one of the most amazing performances is:

Broken Pope–I feel the same way about guitarists like Johnson as I do about the jazz greats. While I can recognize the technical excellence, I don’t feel much of an emotional connection. By contrast, Seger’s guitar work here is musically simple, but makes you feel something.

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:42 pm

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:51 pm

josef @ 4:39: I’ve been stowing away so much time, I had to start renting storage space last year. ;-)

Steely Dan is one of the few jazz/rock bands that makes you feel something IMO. Elliot Randall’s solo is fantastic in “Reeling in the Years”, maybe the best SD solo of all time. This one’s pretty hot also by famed Larry Carlton:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zmX6_ujBN0

Oops, Wrong Planet

December 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

I just want to make sure everyone noticed in Jay’s original video that B.B. gave Stevie Ray Vaughan the first solo.

Grace and generosity.

josef

December 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

Speaking of New Year’s Eve memories…Unmentionable says, “…remember 1976-77 (our first) and what was playing?”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5AztWseIdU

Yeah, I know it’s the long version…so? :-)

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

I watched him pitch against inferior hitting in bigger parks then too, B. He was untouchable, no doubt, and at times, probably did have better stuff. But he also went 13 -20 the next season. And the Braves ONLY title happened because Glavine tossed a shutout against a power hitting Tribe team.

I still give Tommy the overall nod…

And too bad that Greenville show isn’t after Obama is reelected, buddy. Road trip! And you’re paying! (huge sh*teating grin here)

Funny, how after hearing your 4:34, Normal, I’m struck by the comparison of Randy Meisner to George Harrison. Over shadowed by the duo of Glenn and Frey in the roles of Paul and John.

And arguably, Stairway is still the greatest eight minutes in rock history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8C7bupfY9s

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
4:56 pm

Make that Henley and Frey.

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
4:57 pm

Guitar solo on this one courtesy of Jay Graydon:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz8AJh7_mKc

Weren’t the 70s the greatest decade???

Normal

December 30th, 2011
5:00 pm

Bruno @ 4:42,

Man, that brings back memories…a young sailor, San Diego… a blonde, blue eyed hippie chick…Main Street…thanks! Had to call my wife in so we both could go back…

wet wiccan

December 30th, 2011
5:00 pm

new years eve 1986, the fabulous fox theater…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4npjNErlQSo

I was there, did anybody else see this show?

Normal

December 30th, 2011
5:03 pm

Josef,
You wanna go back? This is for all you cavemen out there…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sz6IpmmYSXA

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:07 pm

And the Braves ONLY title happened because Glavine tossed a shutout against a power hitting Tribe team.

As a single moment in time, and as far as importance to Braves history, I can’t disagree with you. But, the comparisons end there. Carlton had 329 wins with 4,136 strikeouts and a 3.22 lifetime ERA, while Glavine had 305 wins with 2,607 strikeouts and a 3.54 lifetime ERA. Not even close in my book.

Old Timer

December 30th, 2011
5:09 pm

Weren’t the 70s the greatest decade???

In music? Yep—for me at least. I keep my Sirius/XM tuned to channel 7. When a Seger tune comes on, that volume goes wayyyyy up.

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:09 pm

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:13 pm

BTW

That @ 5:09…Dobie or Seger…you decide! :-)

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

I think Dobie would approve

I’m sure, because that’s Dobie singing, josef. Nice try though.

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

Oops, Wrong Planet, nice name.

Some serious boogy woogy…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d7-KZvSE5E

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:15 pm

Speaking of the 70s, this ranks high on my list of favs:

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

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:18 pm

Maybe if we can get Jay really, really drunk on NYE, he’ll slip up and tell us what his wedding song was. It must be pretty wimpy if he’s still embarrassed all these years later. ;-)

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:19 pm

Normal
@ 5:03

Sure that one isn’t for Jay tomorrow… :-)

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:21 pm

Here’s a super-wimpy song fom the 70s, but I kind of like it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KoXcRw9gJCA&feature=related

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:23 pm

BRUNO
@ 5:14

Nice try…but see my 4:13…channeling K’chak are you, sport! :-) Gotcha!

AmVet

December 30th, 2011
5:24 pm

Glavine pitched in the era where hitting was supreme, Carlton did not.

Ha, and it turns out we don’t know crap, B!

I checked a couple of sites and they have the Big Unit ahead of both of them!

This is a good party song…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpTOfr5TeOQ

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:27 pm

The seventies…transition from the 60s to the 80s…the two greatest decades, imo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOil_ht0khI

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:29 pm

One for our departed pal HD from Loggins and Messina:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfMK3i7WNI4

stands for decibels

December 30th, 2011
5:29 pm

Pop a few black beauties (or pound a coupla cups of espresso) and hang on for this version of Midnight Hour…

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

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:34 pm

In case y’all haven’t caught Newtie’s latest drag show performance…the Orange Man ain’t got nuthin on you!

Here’s one for ya from the 70s… :-)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_KP1kJfmUo&feature=fvst

Brosephus

December 30th, 2011
5:35 pm

Bruno

I’m with AmVet… In “MY” era, it’s Glavine, hands down. Carlton happened before I was born, so he’s technically disqualified from my perspective. :)

I like McCann, and Javy was good, but from my lifetime, I think the two best teams the Braves have ever had was ‘82 and ‘91 in that order. I think both of those teams were better than the 95 Championship team.

Brosephus

December 30th, 2011
5:38 pm

AmVet

Randy Johnson’s just lucky that “The Eck” was a rightie, or else it would be a moot point altogether. ;)

Jay

December 30th, 2011
5:39 pm

Glavine benefited greatly from the Eric Gregg era. Carlton, on the other hand, could tell you what and where he was going to throw and still dare you to hit it.

josef

December 30th, 2011
5:40 pm

BRUIN

Okay, Buddy Ro, what IS the song gonna be in your head tomorrow! :-)

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

Alright, thanks for the backup, Jay. These young whippersnappers don’t know what they’re talking about.

Nice late 70s pop song from Kenny Loggins:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7-e6Yhu5SU

Soothsayer

December 30th, 2011
5:43 pm

“millions of Americans on their knees . . . “

Huggin’ commodes!

Bruno

December 30th, 2011
5:53 pm

josef–Back at your 5:34. BTW, not you:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYwKAg0owHU