Friday, December 31, 2010

The worst Christmas song.....EVER

So far, the worst Christmas songs ever, in my opinion, are "Last Christmas" including it's many, many covers and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". But now we have a new winner: "Shake Up Christmas" by Train. I was blissfully unaware of this, until I accidently heard it during the Holidays. I actually thought it was a joke. It's not and the joke's on us. Watch this video at your own risk:

'Nuff said

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oh, please..... Revised 12/31/2010

This is an attempted reply to the comments regarding this post: First of all to Bill Smith, sorry that my new posts don't quite meet your satisfaction. I feel that I'm allowed to rant about things I am frustrated or angry with, specifically the current, sad of the music business today. Yes, I'm "mid-aged" but I don't think that I'm a "whining sissy". Again, I'm extremely frustrated and angry at current performers getting gobs of unearned money, exposure, ticket and album sales thrown at them when the artists that I feel are better have to load up the car or van, drive several hundred miles to put on a show for a few hundred (or less) dedicated fans (like me) and then drive on to the next show or back home, only to start all over again. If I had talent (a big IF) and the ability to write and sing a song, I probably wouldn't last a year in the music business. Maybe, I am a bit thin-skinned after all. And a Happy New Year to you, ALSO. See, I'm not really such a bad guy after all!

And to our frequent reader and commentator, oldfolkie, thanks for calling our attention to 2 great artists, Shotgun Party and Leela & Ellie Grace. I'm already familiar with Shotgun Party. I have most of their stuff and I like them, a lot. I'll check out the Graces soon as I get a chance. I just "discovered" a group that I also like a lot, Christabel and The Jons. Good stuff! Again, thanks for your input. Always appreciated!

PS - One more rant coming up about some horrible Christmas music I heard over the holidays that just makes me shudder. Stay tuned!

Sorry, gang but I only made it to track 09 from the post below this one. How many times can you haer about "songs I wrote in my bedroom" and high school life and tween crushes and teeny-bop heartbreak and all the boys I dated who treated me badly so I wrote a song about them? Track 08 is some sort of interview of Tay-Tay with Oprah (maybe? I don't know and I don't want to know)

PLEASE, I gotta play some Eilen Jewell or Red Molly now (you know, grown-up and intelligent music)before I become physically ill.

Remember: “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” - H. L. Mencken. " A nation of sheep, 'nuff said.

Merry belated Christmas!

Taylor Swift March 4, 2010 St Pete Times Forum Tampa, Florida

Since we're between holidays, I thought I'd give you all a special treat. I found this at one of my "secret" sites and I JUST had to share it! I even listened to some of it just to see how bad it really is (for the same reason people watch car accidents and buildings on fire). Seriously, this is the stuff they should play at maximum security prisons, at the highest volume possible, to keep the prisoners in line ("We'll be good, just don't play THAT again"). Well, buckaroos and buckarettes , here it is:
track list
01 intro
02 You Belong With Me
03 Our Song
04 song intro
05 Tell Me Why
06 Teardrops On My Guitar
07 Fearless
08 song intro
09 Forever And Always
10 song intro
11 Hey Stephen
12 song intro
13 Fifteen
14 Tim McGraw
15 White Horse
16 Love Story
17 The Way I Loved You
18 You're Not Sorry/What Goes Around Comes Around
19 Picture To Burn

20 Today Was A Fairytale
21 Should've Said No

And if any of you suffer any adverse effects form this, don't blame me. You stand forewarned!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

"Happy XMas (War Is Over)"

So this is Christmas
And what have you done
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear ones
The old and the young

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas War is over
For weak and for strong If you want it
For rich and the poor ones War is over
The world is so wrong Now
And so Happy Christmas War is over
For black and for white If you want it
For yellow and red ones War is over
Let's stop all the fight Now

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas War is over
And what have we done If you want it
Another year over War is over
And a new one just begun Now
And so Happy Christmas War is over
I hope you have fun If you want it
The near and the dear one War is over
The old and the young Now

A very merry Christmas
And a happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

War is over if you want it
War is over now -
John Lennon

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Two Man Gentlemen Band

Prime Numbers

Button Up Your Overcoat

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Good Lovelies 'Lie Down' music video

Here's a comment from "Anonymous" that I received about The Good Lovelies and Red Molly (two of my absolute favorites (tied at #1 1/2) performing together. One of the things I hope to see in this lifetime is to see Red Molly and The Good Lovelies together. I can just imagine what that show would be like. I may have done "Anonymous" one better. I've already seen Red Molly from the front row, and, in about a month, I get to see The Good Lovelies also from the FRONT ROW. Can't wait! Go here for more info:

Anonymous said...
Oh yeah, As I was raving about Red Molly the other day, I forgot to mention this group the Good Lovelies. They played the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival along with RM and shared a lot of the same stages, sometimes together with RM. They are the Canadian version of Red Molly and every bit as good. They had a good time with RM and their rapport was awesome. Well worth listening to live and on their cds. Oh yeah, the 6 part mix of harmonies and instruments were just great when the groups were on stage together.

Monday, December 6, 2010

My number 1 1/2 - Red Molly

I have to squeeze Red Molly in between Eilen Jewell and a bunch of artists tied at number 2. I saw my second Red Molly show a few weeks ago and I got the pleasure of meeting the newest member, Molly Venter ("Molly Molly"). I still miss Carolann Solebello, though (it's only natural). Anyway, here's a few pics and I'll probably make a new Red Molly post tomorrow.

"May I Suggest" the highest point of a night of all high points

Another high moment was their cover of "Fever" (yes, the Peggy Lee "Fever")

More CDs

A few days ago, I received 2 CDs in the mail and today I received 4 more. I'm getting a pretty good assortment already. Here the latest batch:

Emily Elbert - signed & personalized "Proof" and "Bright Side"

Anne & Pete Sibley - signed & personalized "Think Of This River" and "Will You Walk With Me?"

Cats & The Fiddler - signed "Down The Fast Lane" and "Come Back To Me" (just released)

Lots of great music. Thanks to everyone!
More to come. Stay tuned!

Newgrass Generation - Fox on the Run

Saturday, December 4, 2010

DeaconBlues1103CW+ - No more!

The answer to my lamentations, cynicism's, bemoanings, etc. regarding the sorry state of popular music today (especially Country music) is so obvious that I looked right at it and didn't see it (the forest and the trees). This makes if official: I do NOT like Country music anymore (so there)! I should climb to the top of the highest mountain and shout it as loud as I can. There, I feel better already! The next thing to do is to change the above banner to something more generic. That's a shame, because someone in one of the forums that I used to participate in designed that banner for me. But all good thins must end, so here it goes. The words and initials Country, Country/Western, CW+ will no longer apply. I've found that in order to get the type of music that I prefer I have to go to Americana, Roots, Folk, Singer-songwriter, Alt-country and Bluegrass. You know, the REAL country music. I've listened to some really great music, and met some really nice people along the way. These people pour their heart and soul into every song, every note, every string that gets plucked, and I, for one, greatly appreciate their efforts. Otherwise, I'd have to listen to music that The Powers That Be tell me that I like. I'd rather decide for myself, thank you. Oh, enough ranting for now. I'm headed over to blogger to change my banner. See ya!