Saturday, May 09, 2009

Stephen Bruton, 1948-2009


Stephen Bruton was an immensely talented guitarist, singer and songwriter who was part of the Texas generation and milieu that produced Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Delbert McClinton and many other great musicians, including his close friend T-Bone Burnett, at whose house he died this morning. His music incorporated influences of blues, bluegrass, country, jazz, norteƱo and rockabilly.

The clip above shows him recording his song, "Getting Over You." This song was also recorded as a duet by Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, and released on Willie's album Across the Borderline.

Update: Here's an excellent memorial piece on austin360.

Friday, May 08, 2009

How are the (no longer Grateful) Dead like the Bank of America?

Michael Simmons gives the answer in this piece from LA Weekly.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

The Cascades, Chopin, Grace Jones and John Fogerty on rain.

After a short break, the rain that was the City's companion for the past four days has returned. One of my Facebook friends commented a couple of days ago that she was "listening to the rain." This prompted me to reply with a link to a pop chestnut from my senior year of high school, done by a group, the Cascades, who got started in the Navy, were named for a laundry detergent and, at the time this song was recorded, had Glen Campbell on guitar (clip by ksabond):



Another of my friend's friends remarked that Chopin wrote a piano piece inspired by listening to rain. Yet another friend identified it as Prelude No. 15 in D-flat major, opus 28. Here it is, played by the Chilean pianist Alfredo Perl (clip by TheGreatPerformers; TGP's commentary--double-click on the start arrow to read it while listening--includes a long quotation from Chopin's lover, the novelist George Sand (Aurore Dupuis), describing the circumstances under which the piece was written):



My friend responded with this Grace Jones number (clip by v1rtu050):



As the rain continues its seemingly endless plinking on my air conditioner, I can only think of this Creedence hit from my law school years, here in a post-Creedence version by John Fogerty (clip by masigon):

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Attila, lord of all he surveys.


Still, his sister got there first.

(Posted in response to my mother-in-law's request for more cat pix.)