Category: Folk

Books, Folk

Finally I Decide on My 2018 Reading Challenges

I Think These Reading Challenges Will Lead to a Great Year of Reading! Ok so I think that I may have my 2018 Reading Challenges set up.  In total I want to read 65 books. The is 5 over my 2017 of 6o books, but only two morethan I actually read in 2017. This year though I have set up my challenges a little differently.Fina My biggest challenge this year is to read books that I already have, i.e. books that are either on my Kindle or on my bookshelves. Based on the chart shown below I plan to read...

Americana, Blues, Folk

Late Summer and Fall 2017 Playlist – Americana and Blues

A  Six Pack Playlist of Americana/Folk and Blues and More I may never be able to catch up writing about the various albums I have been listening to over the last three to four months.  So I have decided to make a few playlists that will group the tracks roughly by genre. Here;'s what's on the first one.... Americana - Folk       Lew Jetton & 61 South - Palestine Blues  I started listening to this album, when we spent a week at the Jersey Shore back in August. It was the soundtrack for a couple of the runs...

Folk, Music

Morning Music: Phil Ochs and the States of Nixon and Trump

Phil Ochs and "Here's to the State of Mississippi " As I have watched the unfolding of the events surrounding the President over the last few weeks the similarities to Trump and Nixon get stronger every day. These similarities led me to the songs of Phil Ochs. Well at least to one song "Here's to the State of Mississippi" Way back in the mid-60s during the height of the Civil Rights struggle many people were aghast at the actions of the people of Mississippi. Folksinger Phil Ochs responded through song and wrote the classic "Here's to the State of Mississippi"....

Folk

A Night for Musical Poetry from Phi Ochs “The Highway Man” and “Changes”!!

So tonight I'm in the mood for a little poetry and that means Phil Ochs' version of "The Highwayman"!! Here's a short post from about a year ago! Here  are  two Phil Ochs' songs. The first is "The Highwayman" based on the poem by Alfred Noyes, from the program "Come, Read to Me a Poem" which appeared on April 12, 1967. This sad and beautiful poem has always been a favorite, Phil did a great job putting the music to the poem and creating a captivating and sad song! The second is Phil's own composition "Changes" and it showcases his...

Folk

Morning Music – “One Day” – Batdorf and Rodney – don’t we wish!

So for today's morning music I was going to use the Jefferson Airplane's cover of Fred Neil's "The Other Side of this Life" but after my half sun salutations and a nice quiet yoga set on the 21 Day Yoga Challenge I thought it didn't feel quite right! If you want, you can watch it here Here's a post I did a while back about the role of Batdorf and Rodney in my musical journey..... So sometime in 1971 or 72, I was walking through the  Graham Area lobby at the University of Florida and two guys were playing guitars...

Americana, Folk

Folk from the Texas Hill Country – Possessed by Paul James – There Will Be Nights When I’m Lonely

Now maybe if I had caught this quote in No Depression back in 2010 "If I were to make a list of the 20 most important singer/songwriters of our time, Konrad Wert / Possessed by Paul James, would undoubtedly be among those at the very top." or this one from The Onion ??? back in 2007..... "One-man band Konrad Wert grew up in a Mennonite family, raised by preacher father and a piano player mother, which accounts for both the baptized-in-fire-soul and musical versatility heard in his gritty Old World music. Wert's mix of blues and vintage folk howls with...