Let’s Explore The Blues – Tampa Red


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Tampa Red was born in 1904, passing in 1981.  His real name was Hudson Woolridge.  Born in Georgia, his parents died when he was young and he moved to Tampa, Florida to live with his grandparents.  He the took their surname and became Hudson Whitaker.

Red moved to Chicago in the 20’s, taking his silky smooth bottleneck guitar style with him.  He went on to influence a generation of Chicago Blues players.  He teamed up with Georgia Tom, creating most of his music with him.  I will be doing a piece on Georgia Tom next week.  Although they were best known as a team. they were the sum of 2 distinct parts.  Each was a giant.   To continue Red’s story, he kicked around the Chicago scene until he started recording in 1928.  His first recording was “It’s Tight Like That”.  In recording this song,, he started (created) a style…

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Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 20


Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 20

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With this post, we now have covered 100 songs of the list I am working from.  Only 400 more to go.  This particular set is a really good one.  A bit of hip-hop, mixed in with some exceptional classic tunes.

1. Bryan Adams

“Straight From the Heart”

A further entry from one of Canada’s premier singer-songwriters.  The man has the knack for writing the big hits, and this is one of them.  Great video, the man, a guitar and an adoring audience singing every word

2.k-os

” Crabbuckit”

K-os came out with this tune several years ago and it became an instant sing-a-long song that is very hard to get out of your head once you have heard it.

3.Neil Young & Crazy Horse

” Cortez the Killer”

After CSN&Y there was Crazy Horse.  Nothing to say, except enjoy the master and his friends in this…

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Stanley Cup – Round 1 Prediction – Was I Psychic?


Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic celebrates w...
Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic celebrates with the Stanley Cup after his team's Game 7 win against the Vancouver Canucks on June 15, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lets see how I did and then predict the second round.

Eastern Conference

New York Rangers vs Ottawa Senators

I called Rangers in 5.  The series went seven and I came away impressed with the Senators.  I think  they are back and must be considered a budding force in the future.

Boston Bruins vs Washington Capitals

Once again the Bruins were Drydened.  Braden Holtby, a 22-year-old rookie goalie, picked up the Capitals, put them on his back and defeated the reigning cup champs in 7 games.  A notable event, all 7 games were decided by 1 goal, the first time that has ever happened.  The Bruins lost with class, the Caps won with class.  Kudos t both teams for an entertaining series.

Florida Panthers vs New Jersey Devils

Florida wasn’t a mirage.  They extended the devils to 7 games before losing to a better team.  The devils move on.

Philadelphia Flyers vs Pittsburgh Penguins

It was the best series. A wild one with records set for goals scored and both teams showed a complete lack of defense.  Not to mention the obvious dislike between the teams.  I call Pittsburgh in 6, I was close.  Philadelphia won in 6.

Western Conference

Vancouver Canucks vs Los Angeles Kings

I am happy to report that, as I expected, the Kings easily won this series.  The Canucks are a team in complete disarray.  And for those Canuck fans clinging to the skilled team getting beat up by the inferior team, I have 3 things to refute that.  How many “skilled”  players are on the team.  I count 2.  LA won because they could roll 4 lines, the Canucks, on any night, had 1, maybe 2 decent lines.  Their depth on the skill side does not exist.  Second, in last years playoffs, they were the 2nd most penalized team in the league, following Anaheim, who only played 6 games.  In the series against LA, Vancouver averaged 18.8 penalty minutes per game, whereas LA only had 10.6.  One of two conclusions, they are as dirty as I say, or the refs hate them too.  Expect Vancouver to be gutted in the off-season.

St Louis Blues vs San Jose Sharks

Gooaltending was the difference as the Blues cruised into the 2nd round, and they did so with number 2 goalie Brian Elliott.  Number 1, Halak went down with an injury.  He will be back in round 2.

Phoenix Coyotes vs Chicago Blackhawks

Phoenix defeated the Hawks in a close series.  The Coyotes are in the second round for the first time in their post-Winnipeg history.

Nashville Predators vs Detroit Red Wings

Nashville moves on as expected.  The Predators could go all the way this year.

Now for the second round predictions.

Washington Capitals vs New York Rangers

If Holtby continues his magic, the Capitals will win.  If the Rangers solve him early, the it could be a sweep for New York.  I think Holtby is for real, the Caps will win in a tough 6 game series.

Philadelphia Flyers vs New Jersey Devils

I pulled a number out of my hat and Philadelphia will win in 5.

Phoenix Coyotes vs Nashville Predators

Despite last nights loss, the Predators will prove to much for the Coyotes.  It will go 6 games.

St Louis Blues vs Los Angeles Kings

Potentially a great series.  I am picking the Kings only because I want to thank them for taking down the Canuckleheads.

Remembering Andrew Love


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April 12 saw the passing of sax player Andrew Love.  He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 71.  Andrew was an artist that we have all heard at one point in our life.  He and trumpet player Wayne Jackson did session work at (anything that had horns in it was him)  Records.  They played on recordings by Otis Redding, Isaac Hayes and Sam and Dave among others.  Wayne and Andrew formed The Memphis Horns and began freelancing for sessions.  In this period they recorded with Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Al Green, U2 and Dusty Springfield.  They also hooked up on tours by the Doobie Brothers, Jimmy Buffet and Robert Cray.

This video is part interview (with Ann Peebles).

This is a great live performance of Satisfaction by Otis Redding, with the Memphis Horns supplying the brass.

As a unit…

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I Just Realized, I’m ONE YEAR OLD


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I have been taking (and giving) a break this week.  Then I realized that I put up my first post a year ago yesterday.  What a year.  From my very first post, until today’s number 546,  I have had nothing but positive experiences.  I have met some terrific people, (you know who you are) from all over the world.  We have had some great chats, and shared some great humour.  I have managed to gather, over the course of these 546 posts, 89 followers, 15637 hits, from 98 countries, 1301 comments, 2187 spam, 4 versatile blogger awards, 1 liebster, a William Shatner, and, my personal favourite, a Glitter E. Yaynus Award.  I have learned about Friday Fooolishness.  I’ve learned how to write inappropriate love letters.  I’ve found excellent music. I have discovered far to many blogs and friend to even mention.  My favourites are all on my blogroll.  Just know that each of you on that list have become important to me in your own way.  I know that every day, one, or more likely, many of you will post something that will make me think or laugh or just feel good.  Give yourselves The Golden Shatner Award.

 

 

Thanks, and Happy Birthday to me.  Regular blogging will resume at some point this weekend.

 

 

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 19


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This grouping is very heavy on the classic rock, with the inclusion of a classic country star and a present day Canadian icon.

 

1. Hank Snow

 

“I Don’t Hurt Anymore”

 

The venerable Hank Snow.  What can you say.  The man is simply an icon in traditional country music.

 

 

2. BTO

 

“Let it Ride”

 

The band, to me, was a mixture of very good songs. like this one, and Nickelback.  Very popular band, and, for Randy Bachman, proved that there is life after being in a mega-group.

 

 

 

 

3. The Guess Who

 

“Albert Flasher”

Another classic tune from the original Canadian superstars.  This song showcases Burton Cummings and his vocals.  The piano is not to shabby either.

 

 

4. The Tragically Hip

 

“Little Bones”

One could say this is classic rock as it was recorded in 1991. …

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Time to Tidy Up The Place and Humbly Accept Awards


Hello everybody. I have some stuff hanging out there and want to tidy up a bit.

1. Hope you are having a great Earth Day.  Now that I have deleted the 37 emails about Earth Day posts, I now have time to go get my space heater and put it in the freezer for the day. (just kidding).  I don’t celebrate Earth Day, I choose to celebrate Earth Everyday.  That way the pontificating gets spread out over the year instead of being inundated with guilt on 1 day and 1 hour each year.

Enough on that topic.  And seriously, do your thing today.  We only have one planet to call home.

2. Second on the agenda is the following link.  Do yourself and your computer a favour and hit the link.  I had no idea.  You may have a virus that the US Government has protected you from.  They have routed the bot to their safe servers, but are ending the project in July and you may lose access to the net in July.

THE LINK

3. Next, a big shout out to A Gripping Life for nominating me for the Liebster Award.  I liked this one because it is so simple.  All I need to do is nominate 5 blogs with less than 200 followers that I feel deserve it.  Here goes:

I'm not going to lie, I like this award.

Pictures And Plane Tickets is a blog I just started following.  A mix of humour and travel (sounds familiar somehow), I have enjoyed this one since I found it.

Random Deviations is another recent follow.  Chris writes some pretty entertaining stuff and is a fine addition to your reading pleasure.

The Music Court is a blog I love to follow.  A Gripping Life nominated Matt’s blog at the same time she tagged mine, but, I feel that more people need to know about this one.  Great writing style and great taste in music.

The Blog Of Funny Names is a blog that caught me by the funny bone.  Material is limitless.  Kind of wish I’d thought of that.

Words You Can’t Unsay is nuts, and terribly funny.

Please take a peek at these, you may find something you really like.

4. John The Aussie was awarded a great award by Writing, Reading, Working, Living that I thought was ubercool and very easy.  Post it and award it to all of your followers.  It is The William Shatner Award.  I hereby pass this award on to all of you.

5. Edward Hotspur has been on about Nickelback (a Canadian national embarrassment to most) and I wanted to acknowledge this with a chart that expresses graphically their talents.

Remembering Richie Teeter


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Former Twisted Sister and Dictators drummer, Richie Teeter passed away on April 10 at the age of 61.  He was battling esophageal cancer.  He was with Twisted Sister in the late 70’s and early 80’s.  He was with the Dictators prior to that, playing on their second album, “Manifest Destiny“.  This period for the Dictators was a very influential point in the punk scene and many consider this album a classic of the genre.

Search and Destroy – The Dictators

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Friday Funnies – Answering Spam


Spam Portion Guide!
Spam Portion Guide! (Photo credit: applez)

This weeks winner??

“Hello , if you want relevant content about how to stop email spam filter, you can go here (link was here, but I don’t want anyone to accidentally press it)

My answer:

Unbelievable!!!  I am rifling through my spam captures and the answer to all my problems are right here, caught up in the spam filter.  Whoda thunk that a wonderful piece of real commentary ends up there instead of on my post.  I am also surprised that you placed a comment like this on here in the first place,  How did you ever know that I was being inundated with all this crapola.  Please forward me more info to my contact information here.

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