Archive for the ‘blues’ Category


Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

A friend of mine joined facebook because his significant other is gravely ill with cancer. He uses his wall to keep friends and family informed. It is very sad. He moved her into a hospice last week and then married her in a bedside ceremony. They have been living together for about 30 years, but they decided to make it official.

At first, I thought that it was not a good idea to make things so public, but I think it saves him from having to repeat sad news to dozens of people, and so makes a hard time a little easier. I am painfully aware that I have no idea how to express something comforting. I am very afraid that I will do or say something wrong (even this post is probably a bad idea). He is mostly an internet acquaintance and I’ve only met him a few times face to face, but we have many good friends in common. I  met his wife once at a Blues concert.

So, Glenn and Brenda, I am thinking of you.

Jason Ricci

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Friday Night I went down to see Jason Ricci play. He is a punk rocker who plays harmonica and does some blues. He is a unique player that does stuff nobody else can do. He is currently at the cutting edge of harmonica using techniques that are impossible to most of us. Here is a very short clip from the end of one of his songs. I can tell you that the notes he is playing don’t exist on my harps. It sounds like simple arpeggios, but it if you know harp there are two notes there that can only be played if you have a strangely shaped tongue, and a devious mind.

New York Skyline

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

Larry and I went down to Weehawken, which is on the Jersey side of the Hudson, across from about 34th street. You can see the Empire State Building, the Chrysler Building and other buildings in the Skyline. It was a fantastic night with good music and great weather. The views were terrific and I took some at night just before we left.

This was the view that I saw every day for a couple of years when used to drive down to Weehawken and take the ferry around the tip of Manhattan to Wall Street.

I used the little Nikon camera that I got at a garage sale, but I am not happy with it. I should have brought a better camera. The pictures are pretty good because of the subject, not the photographer or camera.

You can go over to my harmonica site to see some pictures from the free James Cotton concert. It was a great concert, although not many people turned out to see Cotton.

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