Happy Birthday Bluesday

Since today is B. B. King’s 89th birthday, here’s a YouTube clip of his song Happy Birthday Blues from the 1979 album Take It Home. And just because, here he is performing on his 85th birthday at the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival in September of 2010. The B. B. King/Eric Clapton collaboration Riding with […] Continue Reading»

The Bluesday Brothers

Thanks to Saturday Night Live and the comedy genius of both Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, my awareness of the blues increased with the release of the movie “The Blues Brothers” in 1980. While Jake and Elwood were on a mission from God to save the orphanage where they were raised, Belushi and Aykroyd were […] Continue Reading»

Tuesday Is Now Bluesday

The first blues album I ever owned was a gift from my aunt and uncle, way back in the day. It was called “The Anthology of British Blues: Me and the Devil” by Tony McPhee and Friends. It was way above my musical tastes at the time, and it wasn’t until recently that I started […] Continue Reading»

Christmas Time Is Here

I am a holiday traditionalist, which basically means that I am one of those curmudgeons that complains a lot when Christmas shows up early. You know what I mean. Stores start decorating and blasting Christmas music right around Halloween, radio stations go to 24/7 holiday music before Thanksgiving, the Christmas specials invade the cable channels […] Continue Reading»

Link-O-Matic #5

The 2013 Hugo Voter’s Packet has been released by Lone Star Con 3! Mark Twain filmed by Thomas Edison The origins of 12 famous Star Trek lines The Beatles unplugged The “Ferrari” of desktop computers, the NeXT Computer Every Noise at Once, a clickable musical genre map PBS: The Movie, starring Carl Sagan, Fred Rogers, […] Continue Reading»

First of May [NSFW]

Internet bard Jonathan Coulton has had this tribute to Spring in his repertoire for about a decade now. The history of this very Not Safe For Work ditty can be found on the “JoCopedia,” a wiki of all things Jonathan Coulton. In fact, you can even download the song for free at Jonathan Coulton’s music […] Continue Reading»