Category Archives: Posts with Video

These posts contain embedded links to a YouTube video(s) with a musical soundtrack that is (somehow) related to the topic of the post.

Some Kind Of Smelling Salts: “Little Blue Number”

Some Kind Of Smelling Salts features songs from my personal playlist of musical stimulants and audio caffeine delivery systems; a distinct selection of creations and performances that I find to be deliciously intoxicating, undeniably invigorating and unapologetically addictive. Listening not … Continue reading

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Finding Covers – “Bootlegger’s Blues”

The Penguin Encyclopedia of Popular Music (Second Edition, 1989, edited by Donald Clarke) defines a tribute album as an album “of various artists paying tribute to another artist.” Given my fondness for a good cover, you’d think I would have … Continue reading

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“…beaten up, his guitar smashed…”

  “I want to tell you all about the way they treated me.” From: “If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day” by Robert Johnson   I’ve written about Robert Johnson before. I’ve written about the Mississippi Blues musician’s first recording … Continue reading

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No. 10

Today – April 18, 2020 – is the 10th anniversary of the day that I, with the able assistance of my always amazing daughter, launched this blog. Today is also the 22nd day here in New Hampshire of living under … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 4 – “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere”

My story with this song started in 1970. Back then, the New World Coffee House was largely the home to the music scene in Portsmouth, NH; the “big city” closest to Exeter, the small town (with no music scene) where … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 3 – “Hard Times Come Again No More”

“Hard Times Come Again No More” was written by Stephen Foster. Firth, Pond & Co., Foster’s publishing company at that time, registered the title page for copyright on December 16, 1854. They deposited the music for the complete song on … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 2 – “Worried Man Blues”

“Music is the best medicine.” That line is from “Best Medicine” – a 2014 song by Maya de Vitry when she was with the wonderful acoustic trio known as The Stray Birds. My thought behind this series is to offer … Continue reading

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A Song For Now, Verse 1 – “I Shall Be Released”

“Music is the best medicine.” That line is from “Best Medicine” – a 2014 song by Maya de Vitry when she was with the wonderful acoustic trio known as The Stray Birds. My thought behind this series is to offer … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: “Sweetheart Land” & “It’s A Low Down Dirty Shame” – Take 2

82 years ago. On March 1, 1938, singer/guitarist Big Bill Broonzy and singer/pianist Curtis Jones entered the NBC studios in Chicago, Illinois. Big Bill Broonzy (1903-1958) was a popular Chicago-based Blues musician and prolific recording artist who’d cut his first … Continue reading

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This Historic Day In Music: Sweet Baby James

In February of 1970, I was a high school student, a drummer and a passionate Led Zeppelin fan. (Led Zeppelin II had come out in October 1969!!) Come the Fall, I was in my senior year, teaching myself how to play … Continue reading

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