Song Of The Day – The Raconteurs – Steady, As She Goes


English: Jack White of the Raconteurs performi...
English: Jack White of the Raconteurs performing at the Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver B.C in April of 2008. Photo shot by Kris Krug. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Jack White, repeat after me, Jack White just can’t make a mistake.  The Raconteurs are one of his multitude of projects.  This tune comes from the vault, 2006 I believe.  Jack is the vocalist and guitarist in this song.  “Steady, As She Goes” pretty much sums up his style.  The band is still active, but, as member Brendan Benson said in a 2010 interview, they are ambiguous.  No matter, it is the music that counts and this band has a great sound.  Besides White and Benson, the other members are Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler.  All have a pedigree within the music world, all are outstanding musicians.  Time to rock.  Check out the links for more.


The Raconteurs Home


The Raconteurs on iTunes


The Raconteurs on Last FM




Dubrovnik, Croatia Through My Favourite Travel Blog’s Eyes

Dubrovnik (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Dean and Laynni say hi from Croatia.  A new post from an excellent blogger.  Check it out.

Song of the Day – The Avett Brothers – Live and Die


English: The Avett Brothers at Pickathon 2006
English: The Avett Brothers at Pickathon 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Great new song from North Carolina indie-rock/folk band The Avett Brothers.  Catchy chorus, well-played.  The band has been around in various forms and names (around the 2 brothers, Scott and Seth) since the 1990’s, formally becoming The Avett Brothers in 2000.


They have released 7 albums, 3 live albums 4 EP’s since 2000,  This tune is off their latest album, 2012’s “The Carpenter”.


The Avett Brothers Home Page


The Avett Brothers on Twitter


The Avett Brothers on Facebook – oops, forgot, its Facebook, who cares


The Avett Brothers on iTunes


Live And Die



Remembering Pete Cosey

Miles Davis
Miles Davis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pete Cosey, guitarist extraordinaire, passed away on May 30, 2012.  He was 68.  He was a session guitar player at Chess Records until 1973, playing on recordings by Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters, among many others.  In 1973, he joined the Miles Davis Band and played with them until 1975.  When the band broke up in 1975, he pretty much disappeared, surfacing from time to time to play on someone’s record.  He resurfaced somewhat in 2001, forming a band, The Children of Agharta.  Check out the clips I have included.  The guy was amazing.

Pete Cosey Jamming

Calypso Frelimo

Music Trivia – It’s Answer Day – September 23, 2012


Welcome to the bestowing of the coveted “I won the Music Trivia Question for the Day, I tried  to make a speech, to shut me up they gave me this award” Award.


The question was:


Who’s real name was Frederick Bulsara?


The answer:


Freddie Mercury


Freddie Mercury: Queen live in Hannover, Germa...
Freddie Mercury: Queen live in Hannover, Germany 1979 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Freddie was born in 1946 as Farrokh (Frederick) Bulsara.  He was born in Zanzibar and grew up there and in India until his teens, when he moved to the UK.  The rest is history.


Here is vintage Queen from 1973, a live version of “Keep Yourself Alive” taken from their first album.


Keep Yourself Alive



I say bestowing as the answer was given in about 18 seconds to El Guapo


Perchance this was too easy of a question, or perhaps El Guapo is a musical genius.  This of course means that A Gripping Life had a short but, interesting reign as the goddess of music trivia.  Congratulations El G, you have a chance to consolidate your kingdom on Wednesday.


To the new champ, El Guapo,his first win!


The Week on The Real Canadian Music Blog – September 22, 2012

Over on the The Real Canadian Music Blog this week:

We listened to:

Sarah Vaughan

Thievery Corporation

Father John Misty

We paid tribute to the lives of :

Roy Wilson

Toni Arden

Doc Watson

We explored Canada’s music heritage:

Canada’s Best Music – 5 Songs At A Time – Part 27

To Sail Or Not To Sail – Now What

As I noted in the earlier post, To Sail Or Not To Sail – What we Did On Our Summer Vacation, we have made the decision to explore the feasibility of retiring on a sailboat.  Having made that choice, we hit the first hurdle, which is simply put as “Now What”.

Our first step was to visit a sailing shop of some sort.  These are fairly rare when you live in an area without access to your typical sailing venues.  We are kind of landlocked with no big lakes close by, which is not really a good thing.  We did find a shop (Glenmore Sailboats) in Calgary and popped in for a visit.  Very friendly place and very willing to discuss sailing and live-aboard.  As first moves go, this turned out pretty well.  We asked questions, he answered.  We asked where people sailed in the area and he listed off 4 places.  These are Chestermere Lake, Glenmore Reservoir, Ghost Lake and Newell Lake, Alberta.  We now had some places to check out.  We asked about lessons and he recommended the sailing school at Glenmore Reservoir.  We asked about live-aboard and if people actually do what we were thinking.  The answer was a resounding yes.  He knew of many people who do it.  Some succeed, some don’t, which makes complete sense.  Preparation is key.

We left feeling pretty good about things, other than the answers creating even more questions.  I’ll leave that to later and concentrate on our next moves.  Lori arranged lessons on the reservoir through the Calgary Sailing School.  These were to start on June 1 and were on Lasers.  I’ll leave that experience for the next post.

Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary
Glenmore Reservoir in Calgary (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At this point, we now know that we are going to seriously look at this, that it is doable as people do it all the time.  We immediately went into lala land and started casing out costs and boats.  I was shocked.  Check this one out.

Pretty impressive living space.  The pricing is amazing to.  Sailboats in this class can go for anywhere from $75-125,000.  The other part we looked at was living costs including maintenance.  This is where it gets hairy.  We have read that you can do this for anywhere between 500 and 5,000 a month.  Both ends I see as extreme and the most common number I see is 3,000.  The idea suddenly becomes a bit less crazy.

I’ll leave off here and take you to our adventures on Glenmore Reservoir on my next post.

Song Of The Day – Father John Misty – I'm Writing A Novel


Father John Misty at Capitol Hill Block Party ...
Father John Misty at Capitol Hill Block Party – Day 1 at Capitol Hill – Seattle, WA on 2012-07-20 – _DSC6544.NEF (Photo credit: laviddichterman)


Been heavy on the older tunes lately.  Time to hit up some new music, and another shout out to CBC2 without which I would likely never hear a lot of very good music.


Father John Misty (real name Joshua Tillman) has a new album out, “Fear Fun”.  This tune is a smoking live take of “I’m Writing A Novel”.  I think the word smoking might just be an understatement.  The Father is better known as a member of Fleet Foxes and Saxon Shore.  Just a wee bit of a pedigree.


Father John Misty Home


Father John Misty on Twitter


Father John Misty on iTunes


I’m Writing A Novel



Music Trivia – September 21, 2012



A day late, but I can’t post while drinking, way too many typos.

This is what is up for grabs.

A Gripping Life is the current champ.

The question for today is:

Who’s real name was Frederick Bulsara?

The answer will be up on Sunday.


Remembering Doc Watson


English: From Flickr: Doc Watson, 86 years old...
English: From Flickr: Doc Watson, 86 years old, plays to the crowd at another fantastic Sugar Grove Music Fest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


May 29 was a very sad day for me.  Doc Watson passed away.  What a player!!  Nothing to say, just listen.


Deep River Blues




Windy and Warm




Sitting On Top Of The World




What a talent, and a connection to the old blues and folk singers of the 20’s, 30’s and beyond.  Greatly missed.


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