Have an absolutely beautiful rest of your life.
For the first time in many years I've had the opportunity to really take a break from what I do for a living, without dental reconstruction, illness or death/crisis in the family being the reason. Whew. These past five days are likely the longest consecutive stretch of time since February of 2001 that I have given my ears and brain a break on purpose. I rebooted. I needed it. We all do. That's not to say music wasn't played, quite the contrary since in my world music is as essential as air. But I only listened to exactly what I wanted to hear, without a thought of pleasing anyone but me. What a selfish twit, eh? Speaking of Twits, is it just me or is every day in the good ol' USA feeling more and more like it was written and directed by Rod Serling? I have never been more ashamed to be an American, or more afraid, and I came of age in the Nixon years.
This is some of the stuff played this week to calm my nerves and inspire a smile.
Can't believe I went more than a month without posting but I've been in dental reconstruction hell, as well as very busy at work. That said, here's a few new and old things that I've been cranking in the Basement Studio recently.
I recently hit a patch of extreme turbulence in my life which has kept me away from this page. Good friends Brian Carter and Pete Fornatale have passed away entirely too young and within days of each other, and as if that wasn't enough, my dog died suddenly in the middle of it all. I didn't want to miss an entire month so here's a few sounds that are helping me heal.
I seem to have been a major slacker here but sometimes simply run out of hours left in the day to post. Here's some things I've been listening to lately. First up is a track from this wonderful new Woody Guthrie project.
Here's some background on the project:
New music from Julian Cope is always welcome in the basement. One of my 10 favorite artists of all time every day of the week. His website is insanely great... click here.
I just have a feeling that Daughter could be a band to watch.
New Chuck Prophet album and a song that name checks the greatest ballplayer ever, #24 Willie Mays! How can you go wrong?
This might be my favorite song of the year when all is said and done, it's certainly my current fave!
Tommy Bolin was an amazing guitar player but like so many with "nasty habits" he left the planet entirely too soon. His playing on Billy Cobham's "Spectrum" album alone made him a very influential player. Read about this very cool new project here and listen to Warren Haynes and Tommy below on a song written by a very dear old friend of mine, Jeff Cook.
I've gained tremendous respect over the year for the people who can actually muster the discipline blog daily. I tried but failed miserably. Oh well... it was still fun and I promise to try and be a bit more regular going forward. That said, here's a sample of what I've been listening to at home and in the car recently.
A few rare favorites to get the weekend started right.
He's one of my favorite artists of all-time. There's no way to cover Julian in one post, so here's part one. I urge you to check out his amazing website http://www.headheritage.co.uk/
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