From The Correspondence File:

Catterel – [] – and I were commiserating about our “lost” comments:  some essence of our work, collected on the blogs of others we’ve encountered around the blog- o-sphere .   She agreed that the ‘essence’ might make good fodder the us word-grazers.  Of course she suggested I NOT use the tempting “that would be utterly ridiculous”.  So instead I’ll just say that it would be like going from the ridiculous to the bovine.


To Tarot Man:  []


Here I’ll answer your questions.  The best thing about blogging is that, by exposing your ‘self’ to interesting others, you get to meet wonderful people along the road.

1. My full name is…still unknown to me.  It changes several times a day, as I evolve.

2. I AM a…a grandfather, husband, retired psychotherapist, wonderer.  Tomorrow?  Who knows!

3. I AM…heterosexual, but my sexuality only one part of  a me.

4. I live with…two cats.  A Calico named Keiko; but my wife & I have these meaningless arguments about whether its “Keiko”, “Kieko”, or”Kikko”.  She has no voice [The cat; not my wife!!]; a rare characteristic in Calicoes.  [Not rare at all in wives; although I’ve only had one so I shouldn’t generalize.]  And I’ve only two in all.  [Cats; I mean. There are two cats.]

These catty arguments have continued since 1964, when we got married, and have only gotten worse, no matter how many cats, or cat names, we have chosen.  We HAVE called each other various names in our 48 years of wedded bliss.  Isn’t it strange how “bliss” is so often rhymed with “hiss”.

My other, current cat is named Shaina: she is the worlds’ loudest cat.  At night she’s ofter mistaken for a coyote!!

5. I love reading…since I was not able to for years after my stroke.

6. I do not eat nearly enough cheesecake!  There’s a wonderful Portuguese bakery near me that serves with “natas”.

7, 8, 9.   I’m a puer aeternus.

10. Sleep is under-rated…I do it all the time.

11. Tito Puente, Poncho Sanchez, Horace Silver, and Dizzy Gillespie.  Okay?

12. I AM single…not forever, one hopes!!,

13. I AM an Ethical Witch…Glad to meet you.



Blue Hawk In Boston

Ted Hawkins

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Ted Hawkins

Ted Hawkins in a promotional photograph for his album The Next Hundred Years

Ted Hawkins (October 28, 1936 – January 1, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter. He was born in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States.[1]

Hawkins was an enigmatic figure through most of his career; he split his time between his adopted hometown of Venice Beach, California where he was a mostly anonymous street performer, and Europe, where he and his songs were better known and well received in clubs and small concert halls.

Life and career

Born into a poor family in Mississippi, Hawkins lived a difficult early life, ending up at a reform school by age 12, and drifting, hitching, and stealing his way across the country for the next dozen years, earning several stays in prison including a three-year stint for stealing a leather jacket as a teenager. Along the way, he picked up a love of music and a talent for the guitar. “I was sent to a school for bad boys called Oakley Training School in 1949”, he wrote in a brief piece of autobiography . “There I developed my voice by singing with a group that the superintendent’s wife had got together”. After reform school, he ended up in the state penitentiary and was released at 19. “Then I heard a singer whose name was Sam Cooke. His voice did something to me.” For the next ten years or so he drifted in and out of trouble around the country, living in Chicago, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and Newark. In the middle of the mid 1960s folk music boom Hawkins set out for California to try for a professional singing career. He recorded several tunes without commercial success, worked at odd jobs, and took up busking along the piers and storefronts of Venice Beach as a way to supplement his income. Hawkins made ends meet by developing a small following of locals and tourists who would come to hear this southern black man, sitting on an overturned milk-crate, play blues and folk standards as well as a few original tunes in his signature open guitar tuning and raspy vocal style. Hawkins claimed the rasp in his voice came from the damage done by years of singing in the sand and spray of the boardwalk.

A series of record producers and promoters would “discover” Hawkins over the years, only to be thwarted by circumstance and Hawkins’ unconventional approach to life. The first of these was musicologist and blues producer Bruce Bromberg who approached Hawkins about a recording contract in the early 1970s. Hawkins tentatively agreed and recorded some dozen songs for Bromberg but again got into trouble and spent much of the next decade in jail and addicted to heroin. Bromberg lost contact until 1982, when he re-located Hawkins and got him to agree to release the previously-recorded songs as an album, Watch Your Step, which was released on Rounder Records. This debut album was a commercial failure but received rave reviews (notably a rare 5-star rating in Rolling Stone). Following the release of the album, Hawkins dropped out of sight again for a time, re-uniting with Bromberg in 1985 for a second album, entitled Happy Hour. This album featured more original tunes from Hawkins and was again ignored in the U.S.; however it won acclaim and sales in Europe. Andy Kershaw encouraged Hawkins to come to the United Kingdom, and he moved to Bridlington in 1986 and enjoyed his first taste of real musical success, touring Europe and Asia.

During this period Hawkins stayed largely out of trouble and refined his musical style: a mixture of folk, country, deep southern spirituals, and soul music. Hawkins’ music was informed by but did not resemble blues music (Hawkins himself claimed he could not play the blues because his damaged fretting hand—he wore a leather glove to protect his fingers—would not allow him to bend notes).

In 1987, documentary film-maker Nick Shaw approached Hawkins to produce a profile of his life and times. Shaw followed Hawkins closely for the next two years. Eventually, this documentary was taken up by the Arts Council of Great Britain, but has not been released; however, some of this footage was eventually featured in the film “Amazing Grace” produced by David Geffen.

Despite his recognition and fame in Europe, Hawkins was restless and moved back to California in the early 1990s and again took on the role of a street performer. Several musicians and promoters encouraged Hawkins to record, but he did so only on occasion and without much enthusiasm, until he agreed to record a full album for Geffen Records and producer Tony Berg. For this first major-label release, titled The Next Hundred Years, Berg added session musicians to Hawkins’ typical solo guitar-and-vocal arrangmements for the first time, and brought national attention and respectable sales to Hawkins (though Hawkins, in typically contrary fashion, claimed to dislike the result, preferring his unaccompanied versions). Hawkins began to tour on the basis of this success, commenting that he had finally reached an age where he was glad to be able to sing indoors, out of the weather, and for an appreciative crowd. Hawkins, however, died of a stroke at the age of 58, just a few months after the release of his breakthrough recording.

His widow, Elizabeth Hawkins, sold the rights for a film version of Hawkins’ life story.

Hawkins is the subject of Mick Thomas‘s song “57 Years”. A concert by Hawkins in Glasgow, Scotland is the event which brings the fictional Graham and Linda together in the novel The Island (2010) by R J Price (better-known as the poet Richard Price).


Date Title Label Charted Certification Catalog Number
1982 Watch Your Step Rounder
1985 Happy Hour Rounder UK
1986 On the Boardwalk at Venice Beach[2] Thorp Minister
1989 I Love You Too PT Records
1994 The Next Hundred Years Geffen
1995 Songs from Venice Beach Evidence
1998 Love You Most of All – More Songs from Venice Beach Evidence
1998 The Final Tour (live 1994) Evidence
2000 The Kershaw Sessions: Live at the BBC (1986–1989) Varese Sarabande
2/2001 The Unstoppable Ted Hawkins (live in London, 1988) Catfish Records
10/2001 Nowhere To Run Catfish Records
1998 The Ted Hawkins Story: Suffer No More Rhino
2009 Cold and Bitter Tears Rounder
1996 Just Say Noël Geffen

…Some Other Peanuts


Salt Peanuts” is a bebop tune reportedly composed by Dizzy Gillespie in 1943, credited “with the collaboration of” bebop drummer Kenny Clarke. It is also cited as Charlie Parker‘s.[1]

In fact, while the verbal exhortation “Salt Peanuts, Salt Peanuts!” is closely identified with Dizzy Gillespie, the musical motif upon which it is based actually predates Gillespie/Clarke by at least several months, as it appears as a repeated six-note instrumental phrase played on piano by Count Basie on his July 2, 1941 recording of “Basie Boogie” for the Columbia/OKeh label. Basie also played it in a recorded live performance at Cafe Society later that year.[2]

“Salt Peanuts” was most famously recorded by Dizzy Gillespie and His All-Stars on May 11, 1945 in New York City for Guild Records. The lineup was Dizzy Gillespie (trumpet), Charlie Parker (alto sax), Al Haig (piano), Curley Russell (bass), and Sid Catlett (drums)

A few notes of the song are used in “Tiger in a Spotlight” by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.


Mississippi John Hurt

In this rare [less than 10k views] Mississippi John Hurt is being interviewed by an uncredited interviewer…   …   …Pete Seeger!  Uncredited?  Pete Seeger!  The father or, at least, uncle of American folk music, with Woody Guthrie.  Maybe the original kinescope is in the Open Library collection.  I was astonished to find it!

Listen to the humor in his style, laughing with the catgut.  I wish I could write like he plays.  Tickling the notes.  An unpretentious legend.

Listen to another…   …   …

Continuing To Overcome: From Folk To Rock

One thing leads to another and here I am writing several pieces on Pete Seeger, who orchestrated “We Shall Overcome“; a slow, sad, and redolent-of-the-old-south hymn, and made it into the ultimate protest song.

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For another take on “protest”, watch the “Galeej Gurus”, from Bangalore, India, perform “We Shall Overcome” in their own way; as a rock-n-roll anthem.
From “Rolling Stone”, India
“Galeej Gurus is an alternative/indie rock band from Bangalore. Since their formation in 2000 the Gurus have played over 450 gigs all over the country
June 17, 2011
Galeej Gurus is an alternative/indie rock band from Bangalore. Since their formation in 2000 the Gurus have played over 450 gigs all over the country and are the winners of SHAMAL (Battle of the Bands at Dubai Desert Rock Festival). The band has a number of original compositions and is working on their debut album.
The band’s music has been classified by critics as Indie, along with a host of other genres such as Progressive Rock, Funk, and Blues-Rock. Their influences are Led Zeppelin, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Clapton, Steve Vai and Deep Purple.
The voice of the band, Nathan was the Galeej Gurus’ original drummer. After juggling between the sticks and his vocal chords for nearly six years, he made the decision to drop the drums and concentrate on singing, and fronting the band – since a frontman was often missed on stage. He says he does not regret having chosen to quit beating the skins, but given a choice, he would still prefer the drums over singing – but as his luck would have it, good vocalists are harder to find than anything else – so he is now the vocalist of the band – as well as being the premier lyricist.
Nathan’s twin and thoroughly experimental bassist, Matthew has been teasing the lower octaves for around 10 years now, and is the backbone of the band. Being a fan of modern guitar funk, most of the Galeej riffs and runs originate from him and his constant concern is finding new ways to present Galeej compositions.
Along with Nathan and Matthew, Ananth Menon is the band’s third founding member. He has been playing the six strings for more than 8 years, and is particularly fascinated with the blues. He considers himself a student of Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan – Ekalavya style. Possibly the most retro of all the band members, he has to frequently be reminded that we live in the 21st Century. He listens to all sorts of music, and has even been involved with commercial cinema music, albeit briefly. He has decided that for him, where he is heading with the Galeej is more fulfilling than commercial music.
Generally acknowledged as the most technically proficient and savvy musician in the band, Naveen has played with the popular Chennai band Molotov Cocktail and Bangalore- based Parousia. He was Ananth’s replacement when Ananth took a break from the band to pursue commercial film music, and is the other guitarist in the band now. He has taken the Galeej sound to harder territory, and has brought in a sense of discipline in the band thanks to his rigorous approach to his instrument.
Kishen has been on the music scene for roughly 3 1/2 years and has progressed and grown as a drummer. He has been part of local acts like ‘Caesar’s Palace’ ‘Extinct reflections’ and ‘Soup for the Day’. His influences primarily stem from contemporary Jazz with his favourite artists being Pat Metheny, Shaun Rhineheart, John Mcloughlin and L.Shankar.”galeej_gurus

Theme Song For The Taxi Dog Life

Jazz; And Patriotism

Wish I Was There!



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