Well…just can’t get over the fact that Walter died….and I thought I needed to write more about it today…so, I will…Donald and Walter have been such a big part of my musical life since the 70′s that this is going to leave a hole there…I know the music will still be there but it’s like when John Entwhistle died the week before I was to see the Who here in GR…there’s just something less in the world knowing they’re gone…knowing that I’ll never again be surprised when I take the wrapper off a new SD disc and some new theme or lyric makes me smile….whenever I need to be soothed, whenever I need music to help quiet my brain when things aren’t going exactly right, I put on my SD playlists that I have heard a thousand times and I always feel better…Whenever I hear Doctor Wu and the emotions of loss and despair get replaced by elation by the end of the song, I am there waiting for Katy…that is the magic of Donald and Walter to me…that I can still be transported to other worlds with their story songs…and I grieve that there will not be any more of them…a sad, sad, day….
Damn…this is one that I never wanted to do…Walter Becker, half of Steely Dan, died last night at the age of 67. I am still catching my breath about this…the Dan has been my favorite group for decades now and the plan was to see them for the 7th time in October here in GR. I knew there was something seriously wrong with him when he missed most of their concerts this year, and he didn’t look well at all in the youtube video of a concert from May….but his death still hit me like a ton of bricks, to use the old cliche….the Fagen/Becker partnership has given us some of the best, snarky and literate music that was really hard to describe…but the themes of old guys and young women, of outsiders that really liked being outsiders, and yearning for pasts that never were still resonate to me…and always will….RIP Walter…I’m going to miss you….
Well…just a shorty in response to some tweets I’ve been seeing today that have said that since Texas is a red state and run by repubs, they can just go to hell and don’t deserve help from the blue states…now, I really don’t care much for repub lawmakers who do nothing but make the country worse for most of us, but these folks losing everything in Texas are Americans and all of us on the left and right have a duty to help anyway we can….and to say because you have different political views you deserve to die is just one of the most sick things I have ever heard….and I reject anyone saying this crap….we’re better than that…at least I hope we are….geez….
Well..with the tragedy that happened off Japan the other day with one of our destroyers colliding with a container ship resulting in the death of 7 American sailors, I have one question: how the heck did the collision happen? The modern American destroyer has one of the worlds most powerful radars on it that can track hundreds of targets at once…how did they miss something as huge as a modern container ship? There has to be more to this story that I won’t speculate on until the investigation is over….just curious, I guess….
Well…almost forgot to do this one…while I was watching the Roger Waters concert this afternoon, guess what was on the left hand side of the stage? I think you can guess….a Hammond B-3….so add another one to the B-3 count….
Well…this one could turn into a rant if I let it…but, I’m not sure if I should…with it being memorial day, I just watched a film about a couple of volunteer nurses that worked with a military doctor in the town of Bastogne during the battle of the bulge and I am just struck by the bravery and sacrifice these two women made…and their dignity doing it…one of them was killed taking care of wounded American soldiers when the Germans bombed the makeshift hospital where she was working and the other was gravely wounded…but she was back on the line the next day, working with the only doctor for the entire division that was defending the town…I see this kind of bravery is still being shown by our military to this day and it makes me howl with anger at the bloated monster who sits in the WH….who thinks he is worthy of being their commander in chief…they deserve better…we deserve better and the world deserves better….impeach….
Well…another one of these that I hate to do…Gregg Allman died today at the age of 69….He lived a pretty hard life…maybe not hard but the life of a blues man…with all that comes with that….I first came to listen to the Allman brothers on their album “Brothers and Sisters” that I still have a vinyl copy of, but it was the album “Live at the Fillmore East” that showed what they were really about….Gregg on the Hammond B-3 and his brother Duane on guitar along with Dickie Betts and Barry Oakley…..it is still one of my favorite albums and I still listen to songs from it every day on my bike rides….their live version of “Stormy Monday” on that album is still one of the best I’ve ever heard…capturing the new southern blues rock sound that was theirs and others only copied…my favorite from that album, though, is “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” a 12 minute instrumental that went through every genre from rock to blues to jazz, all captured in that one song that showcases the two drummers that the band uses to great effect….I think I’ll have to play that right now…RIP Gregg…..
Well….if you’ve been here before, you’ve seen the long running series on musicians who use the Hammond B-3 organ in their bands…haven’t seen any new ones in a while but I just turned on PBS and they have a Joe Bonamassa concert on and on the stage there is a B-3…so…add another one to the B-3 count….
Well…no big stuff in the news today so I think I just put down some random thoughts that have been running into and out of my head all day today….3.76 billion dollars…that is the estimated cost cost of the “bathroom bill” or HB2 that was passed to discriminate against transgender people in North Carolina…I wonder if the folks that voted for these repub idiots wanted to pay that much to discriminate…yeah, probably some of them did…13 golf trips…in two months…and the idiot trump went on and on about Obama golfing…and, at 3 million per trip, that’s almost 40 million dollars the taxpayers have already had to foot the bill for…oh, and it took Obama two years to golf that many times…and trump promised to “never leave the White House”…..I did get a bike ride in today….but it was damn cold and I had no energy….need to eat more today…was even dizzy at times so the blood sugar must have been low….or I still have the little bug I had…okay…I’ll blame it on that…more later…
Well…forgot to do this one yesterday…if you haven’t heard, Chuck Berry died yesterday…I’m sure some of you youngsters don’t even know who Chuck was but he was a pioneer of rock and roll whose influence was wide and deep…I remember the first time I heard “Mabelline” and the drive and pace of that song was something to hear and was different than anything else out there at the time….haven’t listened to much Chuck lately but I think I’ll have to make a day of it today…RIP Chuck….