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Anyone reading, please be aware that the Moodies have been nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is the first time, and fans have been begging for this for years. Please vote once a day. Yes your vote counts, we have risen from #3 to #2 now. Let's make it all the way to the top!
Some background for those who don't follow such things.
This IS a good group..... and I can see how they would connect with the audience and get the votes they did.
I'd forgotten how much I liked that video..... yea that's the way you do it!
In fact they are so good, they get TWO posts
In one of Justin's interviews, he was asked what he might play. I thought he should do "IKYOTS" a la Cars, as in that video serving as evidence of Justin's testimony in that awful court case. I had no clue Justin was influenced by Nina Simone.
As for the induction, I'm not whelmed. I maintain music is its own reward.
Nina was big in the civil rights movement I guess. I found some recordings with her which were really low energy... then I found one I really liked... some of her videos seem to be, perhaps like Billie Holiday, she may have turned to substance abuse toward the end. Not what you want to call perky videos. I was voting for Nina and for Rosetta Tharpe both, because they seemed like underdogs, and I really liked that picture of the gal with the guitar.
Soul and Blues I sorta have to be in the mood for, it tends to be depressing after a while, far TOO emotional. As aforementioned, I do really love Billie Holiday, always have. My mom turned me on to her, played the songs on the piano and made me sing them. I have a photo somewhere, before it was politically incorrect, of my mum in "blackface" and a gardenia in her hair, singing (in nightclub dress etc.) so I guess she performed as Billie somewhere in her past. (Mum was pretty dark herself.... Native American) I'll find that photo someday, it's sorta lovely. She had the voice for it too.
Nina and Sister Tharpe have both "walked on" as we say.
Newest Justin interview does not sound optimistic for Ray or Mike showing up, and ditto for the Moodies staying together. Hope this isn't the swan song, but if it is, it is I guess. I just hope John tours his solo band near me next year.
I enjoyed the last Justin interview. I was in trance, and, as always happened, it ended. "Why do these interviews always have to end?" I demanded.
I'll roll with the punches. It's a bummer Justin's people are going to be playing so far away again. From what Justin's said in other interviews, I get the impression he wants to keep playing no matter how ridiculous it gets. I want to keep going to see him even though it got ridiculous long ago. I'm toying with the idea of kidnapping The EVO! for my next concert series.
I don't see the point of dark music. My parents listened to AM radio and classical composers, so I have no nostalgia with the blues. I liked soul-lite, as one would hear in jazz fusion/pop songs, though. I liked to imitate the guys, but there are very few female vocalists I really enjoy. Nina Simone's bio reminds me a lot of Bettye LaVette's. I'm familiar with some of her works, but I never knew it was her. For the longest time, I just assumed she was a local character - like nobody outside Detroit has heard of Bob Seger.
My posts on the board today echo, "A wise man speaks because he has something to say. A fool speaks because he has to say something." So, I'll quit while I'm behind.
How odd, I took a bathroom break, opened my Almanac I keep in there and turned right to a story about jazz singers... Ella Fitzgerald among them Ella was marvelous, I got to see her live once with Roger Miller, one of those odd events where a bunch of us theater majors drove from Cal Poly into Hollywood and went to one of the television shows (Dinah Shore) Ella was well received by all, she was advanced in years, and so gentle and nice (sweet). She and Roger did a little scatting... very fun stuff!!! Roger was hilarious. My family was pretty red-necked, but Mom liked ALL music styles (she sang operetta for Christmas programs) ... we got classical too. Katchaturia and Billie Holiday, and Bob Wills, that was our family music. If you've ever seen *The Color Purple*, there is a wonderful Honky tonk scene in there... that stuff was for real, and my uncle used to take his guitar and play in places like that. Very back woods.
The Blues.... it's for sad days. Your loved one just dumped you sort of music, emo, early Goth I suppose. Your race is on the bottom rung, sort of sad music. The music of injustice and tragedy. Marvelous music IMHO. I think in America, the youth HERE took that sound and jazzed it up (Hendrix called it the "Chitlin' Circuit") added the wild dancing. In England, it was the music of rebellion, the poor kids in inner cities related to the sadness of the Blues, Sonny Boy Williams, all that. From "Johnney B. Goode" in 1955 to the Beatles in 1963, is a strange set of years... all mixed up, sad moaning blues, and jiggling dancing, early hip hop ... all from soul music, blues, jazz. Many soul singers were more popular in the UK than in America.
Sister Rosetta.... WOW could she play the guitar! She was quite a performer, I was impressed to find her.
Here's one of my early memories, this guy Lloyd Thaxton came on after my favorite cartoon show (I was pretty young) this was like very early 60s. Anyway I remember the guy's theme song, and it was very Blues. Los Angeles had their own Blues movement.... our own signature sound. But the *Lloyd Thaxton Hop* actually had some good bands on there, some were soul. A bit of history from that "mixed up period". The open rebellion of youth hadn't started happening yet. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lloyd_Thaxton
Happy Solstice! I just found something out.... I knew on the Winter Solstice, the sun rises in a certain part of my yard, behind this double trunk pine tree. It turns out, if you stand in the front door and look toward that tree, the sun comes up right behind it. I have my very own wood henge!
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