February 27, 2013

Free music courses!

Berklee College of Music is doing some free online courses in Songwriting, Intro to Guitar, and Audio Production:

February 21, 2013

February 20, 2013

All I've Got To Do

Last one for today, love singing this one in the car:

One of my favorite songs of all time

I've probably posted it before, too, and I don't care.  It's a great song.  An effing great song.

Reach Out (I'll Be There)

Good Lord, I love the Four Tops!

Better Shop Around

February 18, 2013

Living Vicariously

Through this awesome blog on Opal Creek:  http://wheelsandwater.blogspot.com/2013/02/opal-gorge-or-21013.html
Be sure to watch the video, it's gorgeous in there.

February 17, 2013

Stacey's Red Beans and Rice recipe

Check it out!  My friend Stacey, whose family is from New Orleans/Metarie, blogged a red beans and rice recipe she has passed down from her great-grandmother Mimi.  While you're at it, check out her artisan hand-painted yarns.


haters gonna hate!

February 16, 2013

Great Song, Great Singer

Home Brewing Bill

Alabama has an antiquated law that makes home-brewing of beer or wine illegal.   Some fine folks have scripted a bill that would change this law; their site is here:


Abc33/40 ran a story about the bill going to legislature:
If you are on a computer instead of your phone, be sure to click the Featured Video so you can watch the five minute segment.

Here's a page with some more info, especially for those not on facebook:

February 15, 2013

No words necessary

Art Nouveau Guitar

Really nice blog about Art Nouveau design as the inspiration for the Luna Guitars Art Nouveau Guitar.  This blog is worth investigating even if you don't play an instrument, for the many photos of interesting examples of Art Nouveau, including this:

and this:

February 12, 2013

Quick Random Thoughts for Feb 12 2013

1.  My nephew had the heads done on my old Subaru Forester, which he bought from me last year, and he informs me that it runs very well at 100mph.   I got upset!  What is he doing to my car!  My baby!  Do you think he was pulling my leg?  ;-)

2.  Never got myself a birthday present.  Should I get a new boat, an old amplifier, or both?

3.  This is good news: http://blog.al.com/wire/2013/02/alabamas_bald_eagles_are_back.html#incart_hbx#incart_best-of

4.  I love that sweet soul music.   http://youtu.be/sp3JOzcpBds

5.  Stoked about going here next month: http://www.skisolitude.com/mountain/web_cam.php

6.  My knee still hurts.

Arthur Alexander

Scott sent me another cool music post I am going to quote verbatim:

"What songwriter's songs have appeared on albums by the Beatles, Dylan AND the Rolling Stones?
Why, Alabama's own Arthur Alexander.  He is the writer of "Anna, Go To Him" (as well as "You Better Move On", "Sally Sue Brown", Elvis' "Burning Love" (co-writer) and bunches of other '60s/'70s songs -- also wrote, amazingly, Dr. Hook's schmaltzy "Sharing the Night Together" which I heard all the time on the radio as a kid).  Paul McCartney has said in interviews that the Beatles tried mainly to sound like him.
He either washed up or voluntarily retired in the late '70s, and ended up in Cleveland driving a bus that carried disadvantaged children around from place to place.  He survived long enough to be inducted into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and had just started doing music again in the early '90s when he died at 53."

I found out about Mr. Alexander through the Beatles "Live at the BBC" recordings, including "Soldier of Love" which I think Pearl Jam also covered a few decades later.
Here's another one of Arthur's tunes that the Beatles covered...

Here's the Beatles' Version from "Live at the BBC":

February 10, 2013

February 9, 2013

Cool site

I have to share:

His swords are quite reasonably priced, as well.   Beautiful.

Been laughing at this one on FB

Yes, we've seen it already but it's *funny*