i listen to xm on my longish commute. i'm a fan: bob edwards, bluesville, bluegrass, old-time country, bbc, etc. but offhand i as a subscriber am not unhappy with the idea of the merger with sirius, for one reason: sirius has nfl. i want nfl. i'd be pretty happy however, if both these folks would stop throwing money at the likes of howard stern and the repulsive oprah.
btw i got to see prof a couple of times in the seventies, with my bro adam who was a huge fan. he was amazing, one of the best performers i've ever seen.
marion and i sat down over the weekend and watched spike lee's "when the levees broke," a very strong, good piece of work.
so, i've been pondering this global warming thing. let's say that the atmosphere is warming, that human activity is responsible, and that the results will be disastrous. (i am assuming, not asserting this.) and let's say, for example, that a radical reduction in hydrocarbon consumption could have a salutary effect. the problem is that no particular person, corporation, government, has any particular interst in reducing its own fuel consumption, especially if not everyone is doing likewise; whatever is motivating you to consume fuel will continue to do so. so: if we were to do something about this, it would require an amazing act of pure universal altruism: everyone giving up littlwe bits of this and that, without any self-interested motivation. maybe with sufficiently compelling documantaries, our species can be brought to this point, but the history is not particularly happy. presuming that we do not merely acquiesce, as perhaps we ought, in the destruction of our species, i'd pin my hopes on saleable technological fixes, bought by large governments with the power to tax.
ok i'm hitting you with one of my favorite songs: "til a tear becomes a rose." i first heard this in a transcendent version by keith whitley and lorrie morgan (who were married; i believe whitley had just died of an alcohol overdose when the thing was released: the thing is so sad and full of love), around 1990, when i was loving in nashville. you know how it is? when you can picture the corner you were driving by when the thing came on. i don't have that in an uploadable version: only lp and itunes. so i'm putting it up in a version by john and fiona prine. it's a lovely, rough-hewn version: i particularly like fiona's performance.
mike gravel: knocking them dead. oops they're already dead. but anyway, you can get the podcast.
"Given the extreme importance of any decision to go to war," he
continued, "and I am anguished to make this statement, that anyone who
voted for the war on October 11th based upon what president Bush
presented to them is not qualified to hold the office of the president
of the United States."
perhaps the most amazing thing is that they're *still* supporting the war; yapping in extreme opposition, but refusing to mess with the funding. people like hillary supported the war at the beginning, and support it now, unconditionally, while also firmly opposing it. i'd say people like that should not exist. it would be more accurate to say that they do not exist.
deep inside, black people are, it turns out, just white people: clean, articulate leaders of men. and black people are just as intelligent as white people, a devastating indictment of both races. at any rate, now that black people have achieved whiteness, our long national nightmare of racism has ended. that is official. par-tay!
many of you have asked. indeed i admired and will miss molly ivins, formerly a colleague at creators, and a sortof drinking buddy of my wife in the deeply decadent journalistic circles of austin, tx. there is a severe lack of creative liberal voices, or of liberal voices with flair or a light touch. this is because liberalism is an extremely solemn and dogmatic unanimity among the highly, indeed insufferably, educated. at any rate, molly rocked a couple of times a week for decades.
ok here's the blues box i produced for the younguns.
1 Robert Johnson: I Believe I'll Dust My Broom (1936): Mississippi Delta 2 Elmore James: (electrified; early fifties; Otis Spann, piano): Dust My Broom 3 Robert Johnson: Walkin Blues (1936) 4 Blind Lemon Jefferson: Black Snake Moan (1927/28) (Texas) 5 Blind Blake: West Coast Blues (1927) (Florida/Atlanta) 6 Robert Johnson: Crossroads Blues 7 Cream: Crossroads 8 Blind Willie Johnson: Soul of a Man (1928) (Texas) 9 Son House: Sun Goin' Down (Delta) 10 Skip James: Skip's Blues (1931)(Delta) 11 Lonnie Johnson and Eddie Lang: Hot Fingers (Delta) 12 Mississippi John Hurt: Corinna Corinna 13 Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee: Sonny's Thing (Carolinas; later recording) 14 Mississippi John Hurt: Stagolee 15 Taj Mahal: Stagolee 16 Taj Mahal: Ain't Nobody's Business 17 Robert Lockwood Jr.: Ramblin On My Mind ("Robert Johnson's Son-in-Law," recorded age 90) 18 Charley Patton: Spoonful (earliest recorded Delta Blues?: 1929 19 Lux Lewis (?): Boogie Woogie 20 Lightning Hopkins: Boogie (Texas) 21 Big Bill Broonzy: All By Myself (Mississippi/Chicago) 22 Big Bill Broonzy: Key to the Highway 23 Robert Johnson: Hellhound on My Trail
1 Muddy Waters: I Just Want to Make Love to You (Mississippi/Chicago) 2 Muddy Waters: Honey Bee 3 Muddy Waters (harp: Little Walter): I'm Ready 4 Muddy Waters: Walkin' Thru the Park 5 Muddy Waters: Champagne and Reefer 6 Muddy Waters: Got My Mojo Working 7 Sonny Boy Williasmson: Help Me (Arkansas/Chicago) 8 Sonny Boy Williamson: Checkin' Up on my Baby 9 Sonny Boy Williamson: Bring it on Home 10 Sonny Boy Williamson: One Way Out 11 Allman Brothers: One Way Out 12 Howlin Wolf: Howlin for My Baby 13 Howlin Wolf: Evil (Mississippi/Chicago) 14 Howlin Wolf: Killin' Floor 15 Howlin Wolf: Smokestack Lightning 16 Howlin' Wolf: Spoonful 17 Howlin Wolf: 300 Pounds of Joy 18 Little Walter: Juke (Louisiana/Chicago) 19 Little Walter: Roller Coaster 20 Junior Wells: Snatch it Back and Hold It
1 B.B. King: The Thrill is Gone (Memphis) 2 B.B. King: Sweet Little Angel 3 B.B. King: You Upset Me 4 T-Bone Walker: Tell Me What's the Reason (early fifties; Texas) 5 Lowell Fulson: Reconsider Baby (Texas) 6 Albert King: Born Under a Bad Sign (Mississippi/Memphis) 7 Albert King: Red House 8 Jimi Hendrix (at Woodstock): Red House 9 Magic Sam: Shake Your Moneymaker (Chicago) 10 Magic Sam: All Your Love 11 Magic Sam: Teeny Weeny Bit of Your Love 12 Freddie King: San-Ho-Zay (Texas) 13 Eric Clapton: I'm Tore Down 14 Albert Collins: I Ain't Drunk (Texas) 15 Otis Rush: Homework (Chicago) 16 J. Geils Band: Homework (Boston) 17 Derek and the Dominos (Eric Clapton and Duane Allman): Have You Ever Loved a Woman 18 John Lee Hooker: Tupelo Flood (Mississippi/Detroit)
1 Big Walter Horton: Walter's Boogie (Mississippi/Chicago) 2 Stevie Ray Vaughn: Pride and Joy (Texas) 3 Stevie Ray Vaughn: Cold Shot 4 Eric Clapton and B.B. King: Ridin With the King 5 Professor Longhair: She Walks Right In 6 Elvin Bishop: She Puts Me in the Mood 7 Jimmy Rogers (Rod Piazza, harp): You're Sweet 8 Rob Piazza (Jimmy Rogers, guitar): Harp Throb 9 Black Keys: I'll Be Your Man 10 Duke Robillard: Don't Leave Me Baby 11Yayhoos: Would it Kill You 12 Mark Hummel: Feel Like Rockin' 13 Robert Cray: Smoking Gun 14 Kim Wilson: She Moves Me 15 Nick Curran: Shot Down 16 Nick Curran: Drivin' Me Crazy 17 James Cotton: The Creeper 18 Roy Buchanan: Whiplash 19 Susan Tedeschi: Rock Me Right 20 Robert Johnson: Come On In My Kitchen