Category Archives: Music

A Maestro on the Fender Stratocaster

We went to see Billy Hector play last night, a New Jersey blues guitar legend. His guitar-playing is out of this world, and his guitar was vintage, battered, well-used, gorgeous. His playing ranges from dreamy, his fingers sliding up and … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Millie Kirkham

Millie Kirkham had an unearthly high soprano voice, and recorded with some of the biggest stars of her era (and other eras and ours). Perhaps most famously, she provided the swoopy woozy soprano part on Elvis’ original recording of “Blue … Continue reading

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Merry “Crimmus” From Elvis

As Elvis joked in his 1968 television special, “‘Crimmus’ is Southern for Christmas.” He recorded a lot of Christmas music, some traditional, some totally not, some religious, some secular, and here are some of my favorites.

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Chet Atkins & Mark Knopfler: “House of the Rising Sun”

Chet Atkins: “I used to sing this when I was 8 years old and I didn’t know what it was about.” [Pause.] “What IS it about?” Mark Knopfler: “It’s one of them titty bars, don’t ya know.” Chet Atkins: “I … Continue reading

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December iPod Shuffle

I’ve been very sick. Nursing myself back to health and it’s slow-going. Thursday was a three-movie day: went to Hobbit screening in the a.m., then went to Birdman matinee, and then met up with Charlie for The Passionate Thief. Went … Continue reading

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Legends Together

Jerry Lee Lewis, Jackie Wilson, Carl Perkins, and Linda Gail Lewis, performing “This Is Your Land” from the pilot of the never-produced Jerry Lee Lewis Show. Watching this has made my morning.

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Jerry Reed & Glen Campbell: Guitar Men playing “Guitar Man”

Nothing I love more than men doing duets. Something so interesting comes out, and it’s so rare nowadays (thank you, Robbie Williams, for carrying the torch!). (Check out the Youtube clip here for a truly transcendent example. And check out … Continue reading

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One Of My Favorite Clips

Bobby Darin on The Judy Garland Show, singing “Michael Row Your Boat Ashore”. My friends and I have memorized this entire performance. Every gesture, every hand-clap, every jaw-tighten, and, of course, the ferocious “MICHAEL” that closes it out. The random … Continue reading

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Windy Weekend iPod Shuffle

Trick or treating on a misty chilly night. That’s my niece, the pumpkin, with her friend, the princess. We went around with a huge crowd of kids and parents. Super fun. Driving around New England. Seeing family, friends. Trick-or-treating with … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley’s 2nd Ed Sullivan Appearance: October 28, 1956

58 years ago today, Elvis Presley made his second historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. A re-post. On September 9, 1956, Elvis Presley appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show for the first time. He had been booked for 3 … Continue reading

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