To the Museum Robin

May 20, 2017


From ABC News

Virgil, quick, come see, there goes Robert E Lee. C’mon. We’re all thinking it.
From my memories of college radio:

The Band (original cut was from 1969)

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Must Be the Season

May 19, 2017


Q: Which hunt are we talking about?


Here it is in all its 1960s psychedelic glory. Nine minutes vs eight years. You decide.

Vanilla Fudge – Season of the Witch 1968
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For added folk-hippy pleasure, here is the earlier original cut written by Donovan Leitch and Shawn Phillips (with Jimmy Page on electric guitar no less).

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May 18, 2017

what is your mission?

Carry a Bigstock

When you pay good money for something, you want the whole experience to be positive. No matter the enormity of effort behind the scenes, your wish is to leave happy.

Some people, some corporations, some politicians and those working on our behalf subscribe to the classic mission statement: We’re not happy until you’re not happy.

I recently read this article about performance abilities by Schwilly Family Musicians dot com. It struck me that the principles apply equally whether you are the President of the United States, CEO of a major corporation, busker on a street corner or a parent.


In short, the article outlines a valuable blueprint to follow. And yes, if you “pretend” to own the stage, you will be revealed as a fraud.

Every junkie’s like the setting sun: How would I know that this could be my fate?
I sure don’t mind a change. Follow the light.

Chris Cornell was in town recently for a show: Rest well.

Soundgarden – Fell on Black Days

Liar Lawyer

May 17, 2017


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I had a friend whose first language was not English who told me “to my ears the word ‘liar’ and ‘lawyer’ sound exactly the same”. Exactly.

Problem #304 with government: too many liars and/or lawyers.

Speaking of Washington DC’t, those letters (DC) stand for something other than District of Crooks?… Den of Colonizers?…Deriliction of Commitment?…no these days DC stands for Damage Control, mainly due to habitual lying and blatant cover-ups. The Capitol building is in DC alright.

Speaking of blood suckers:

Wood ticks in these parts are “in season” and one sure fire way to remove them is by simply using a wet (h2o) Qtip and gently turning the tick’s body as it slowly pulls out of the skin (see video below). Apparently this must be done counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere…clockwise south of the equator.

If only it was so easy to get rid of our political vampires.


This Minnesota band had a big hit in the 60s that was also featured in the movie Good Morning Vietnam…they wouldn’t be inferring that there’s a relationship between deception and war …  would they?

I like how the lead guitarest (Robert Folschow?), after figuring out which side of his hollow body Rickenbacker to play, breaks into a sweat during his two note highlight. Life was tough.

The Castaways – Liar Lawyer 1965
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The Story

May 16, 2017

Every wood instrument…every guitar has a story. This one is particularly appealing.

And it helps that Wilcox has that laugh. One that reveals his pure joy and excitement to be playing a guitar of such pedigree.

We all have a particular sound and desired feel we are looking for in a guitar. This Olson SJ has a sound that makes my ears vibrate at my personal  desired frequency. But at prices that start at $15k I think I’ll have to let someone with more cash cut in line in front of me.

The keys to this story: growth rings, Adirondack, Olson, fossilized ivory, luthier, Olson SJ, simplicity.
Singer-Songwriter David Wilcox Plays (what was once his)  1996 Olson SJ
Acoustic Guitar Magazine

The song he sings is Deeper Still, which DW co-wrote with
Beth Nielsen Chapman
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In the tears you gave to me
I found a river to an ocean
Concrete sky and a stone cold sea
I came to where the emptiness cracked open
All my fears came crashing through
And met the fire of my sorrow
But I found my strength in forgiving you
I never even dreamed how far my heart could go
To give my life beyond each death
From a deeper well of trust
To know that when there’s nothing left
You will always have what you gave to love
In this life the love you give
Comes back around to be your treasure
What you lose will be what you win
A well that echoes down too deep to measure
A silver coin rings down that well
You can never spend too much
A diamond echoes deeper still
And you’ll always have what you gave to love
Songwriters: Beth Chapman / David Wilcox

Manito Ahbee

May 15, 2017


Image from Manito Ahbee. Check it here.


See you at the lighting of the sacred fire : Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 12:00pm
Oodena Circle at The Forks

Come on in now…before it’s too late. For all of us; yesterday’s gone. Leaves us breathless.

Here’s William Prince from the Junos:

Oodena Circle when I was there early last month:


Timeless Funk

May 13, 2017


This truncated clip from 1974 is so damn…funkified. And the lyrics, Mr. Wonder, are timeless. Unlike everything we know.
Lyin ‘n dyin: It’s the same old song and dance

Stevie Wonder – Higher Ground 1974

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Don’t let nobody bring you down. Cuz you’re headed for higher ground:
“Higher Ground”

People keep on learnin’
Soldiers keep on warrin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long

Powers keep on lyin’
While your people keep on dyin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long

I’m so darn glad he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground

Teachers keep on teachin’
Preachers keep on preachin’
World keep on turnin’
Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

Lovers keep on lovin’
Believers keep on believin’
Sleepers just stop sleepin’
Cause it won’t be too long
Oh no

I’m so glad that he let me try it again
Cause my last time on earth I lived a whole world of sin
I’m so glad that I know more than I knew then
Gonna keep on tryin’
Till I reach my highest ground…Whew!

Till I reach my highest ground
No one’s gonna bring me down
Oh no
Till I reach my highest ground
Don’t let nobody bring you down (they’ll sho ’nuff try)
God is gonna show you higher ground
He’s the only friend you have around

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