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Musical palate cleanser, in and out the valley edition

Back in the day when prog rock was a commercially viable thing, Yes ruled the roost.  Whatever you think of the genre – and for me, that’s a lot less now than it was back then – there’s no question Yes was a band with some incredibly talented musicians.

Sadly, word came this weekend that one of them, bassist Chris Squire, passed away.

Here’s a live version from 1973 of one of the group’s biggest hits, “Roundabout”.

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Musical palate cleanser, because he dared me edition

Bo Bounds is my muse today.  Which makes this pick obvious.

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Musical palate cleanser, catch ’em while you can edition

The Rolling Stones play Atlanta next Tuesday.

Charlie Watts turned seventy four yesterday.

Just sayin’.

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You can’t always get what you want.

From the Rolling Stones concert in Ohio last night…

Mick, about that show coming up in Bobby Dodd Stadium:  don’t make me hate you.

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It’s only rock ‘n’ roll, but we like it.

Pretty cool look at big concerts in college football stadiums over the years here.

(via Michael Goldman)

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Musical palate cleanser, the King is gone edition

Ah, hell.

B. B. King, whose world-weary voice and wailing guitar lifted him from the cotton fields of Mississippi to a global stage and the apex of American blues, died Thursday in Las Vegas. He was 89.

His death was reported early Friday by The Associated Press, citing his lawyer, Brent Bryson, and by CNN, citing his daughter, Patty King.

Mr. King married country blues to big-city rhythms and created a sound instantly recognizable to millions: a stinging guitar with a shimmering vibrato, notes that coiled and leapt like an animal, and a voice that groaned and bent with the weight of lust, longing and lost love.

“I wanted to connect my guitar to human emotions,” Mr. King said in his autobiography, “Blues All Around Me” (1996), written with David Ritz.

He did that.

I’d heard he’d been placed in a hospice, so the news of his passing doesn’t come as a complete shock.  And what a legacy!  His greatest work, in my humble opinion, is Live at the Regal, but there is so much more you ought to listen to out there.

I’ll leave you with a couple of clips for a taste.  First, check out this remarkable performance from 1972, at Sing Sing Prison:

And here he is performing his greatest hit, “The Thrill Is Gone”, in Montreux, Switzerland.  The year is 1993.

The last word, from his AP obit

In a June 2006 interview, King said there are plenty of great musicians now performing who will keep the blues alive.

“I could name so many that I think that you won’t miss me at all when I’m not around. You’ll maybe miss seeing my face, but the music will go on,” he said.

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UPDATE:  King talked about his guitar here.  It’s pretty cool.

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Musical palate cleanser, theme song edition

Theme song for college football, that is.

You’ve probably heard the Cyndi Lauper cover of this, but I’ve always been partial to the local group’s original.

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