Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Memorial Day div

I originally wrote this when I was living and working in the Washington, DC area. The feelings remain true to this day.

When I was growing up, Memorial Day fell on the same day every year; the 30th of May. We would huddle around the radio and listen to that famous command; "Gentlemen, start your engines." The Offenhauser's would roar and the Indy 500 would commence.

It was a single day, not the three (or four - -  or if traffic around the Great White Theme Park was any indication on Thursday, five day "celebration"). 

Thursday evening I drove past the now shuttered Walter Reed Army Medical Center and was surprised (as I am since its closing) not to see the young men (and the occasional woman) exercising their shattered bodies in the shaded grounds bordering 16th Street NW. I most recall one young man, seemingly more steel and modern technology than flesh, jogging jerkily (yet upright and proud) along the footpath - I slowed down, honked and gave him a "thumbs up." He raised his remaining appendage and pumped his only fist in acknowledgement. I'll never forget that.

Jon Talton had an excellent post yesterday. I won't repeat his disgust at the commercialization of such a solemn day of remembrance. Suffice it to say, I won't be shopping.

I'll always remember the ceremony that accompanied Remembrence Day when I lived in England. It wasn't just the ceremony at the Centopath in London's Whitehall, but what took place in almost every town and village that had a memorial to it's fallen.

 Although this was written by an Australian, sung by an Irishman and about a war so long ago, I can't think of a better piece of music to symbolize what Memorial Day really means.


                 They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
                 Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
                 At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
                                    We will remember them.

Ode of Rememberance

Monday, May 29, 2023

Geography Div (Moving Van subsection)

 We know about this here in North Mississippi (otherwise referred to as South Dakota). Folks moving here to relive the 20th century and have FREEDUMB.

Housing prices going out of sight and property taxes skyrocketing. Oh well ......

Highest proportion of π—Άπ—»π—―π—Όπ˜‚π—»π—± migration:

  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • South Carolina
  • Texas
  • South Dakota

Highest proportion of π—Όπ˜‚π˜π—―π—Όπ˜‚π—»π—± migration:

  • New York
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • West Virginia
  • Hawaii

Saturday, May 27, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Covering Gord subsection)

Gordon Lightfoot's Alberta Bound From the Special Consensus' new album Great Blue North

Greg Cahill on banjo, Dan Eubanks on bass, Greg Blake on guitar, and Michael Prewitt on mandolin.
Guests - - Ray Legere on fiddle, plus John Reischman and Trisha Gagnon from The Jaybirds, Pharis & Jason Romero, and Claire Lynch on vocals, rotating across the many verses. That’s in addition to the regular members of the band: Greg Cahill on banjo, Dan Eubanks on bass, Greg Blake on guitar, and Michael Prewitt on mandolin.

Monday, May 22, 2023

Saturday, May 20, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Funny how things work out subsection)

Last week, Jimmy Martin doing The Grand Ole Opry Song came across on the Bluegrass satellite.
The song was written by Hylo Brown, but Martin's rendition is probably the best known.
What's ironic is that Martin was never made a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Believe this video is from a 1990 Austin City Limits production. Along with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are Vassar Clements and Martin  himself. In the background can also be seen a young Jerry Douglas on Dobro and Sam Bush.

Monday, May 15, 2023

Geography Div (Taxi Tipping subsection)

 I spent six years of my life "Driving for $$." It always seemed that those who made the biggest deal of how well off they were were lousy tippers. The worst were the attendees of the annual CPAC extravaganza in DC. Oh well ......... 

Saturday, May 13, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass Div (Remembering Tony subsection)

Mighty Poplar doing Tony Rice's Tipper.

Andrew Marlin - Mandolin, Noam Pikelny - Banjo, Chris Eldridge - Guitar, Greg Garrison - Bass, and Alex Hargreaves - Fiddle

Sunday, May 7, 2023

Sunday Remembrance

Gordon Lightfoot passed away on May 1st from natural causes, he was 84 years old. I've listened to him and performed some of his songs back in my "folkie" days of the 60s.

Bluegrass Today has an excellent obituary that contains videos of many of the bluegrass artists that have covered his work over the years.

My personal favorite line of his poetic genius is from I'm Not Supposed To Care:

                             I wish you good spaces in the faraway places you go,

                             if it rains or it snows,

                              May you be safe and warm,

                               and never grow old.

R.I.P., Gordon Lightfoot 

Saturday, May 6, 2023

A Little Saturday Nite Bluegrass (been r'round a long time subsection)

Leftover Salmon has been around in one form or another for over 30 years. Here's Blue Railroad Train with Billy Strings joining them

Vince Herman - Guitar, Drew Emmitt - Mandolin, Greg Garrison - Bass, Andy Thorn - Banjo,
Alwyn Robinson - Drums, Jay Starling - Dobro and Billy Strings - Guitar

Monday, May 1, 2023