"but some say she wrecked and she rides these rails Hopin' one day that she'll get it right Others say she roams out picking up lost souls Carryin 'em down to Carolina So if you're ever out on the old Suffolk Road And you see this strangest of sights She's the Ghost of Virginia bound from Raleigh up to Richmond And you'd best stay out of her line" - Justin Townes Earle
This is for Kaci (littlegoo). I was gonna post Leave My Girl Alone for ya but as I was crawlin my music library I came across this blues jewel (and it’s one of my all time top ten Buddy Guy favorites) so I’m postin it instead.
Garbage Man Blues, Buddy Guy
Enjoy, ~redjeep (BB is the King but Buddy is the Crown Prince)
You Need Love The Hollies (from the 1967 LP Evolution)
I’m a member of a Facebook group dedicated to discussions of rock and roll music, primarily from the 1950s through 1970s, with occasional detours farther back and farther ahead (Simon Reynolds would be horrified - oops, there goes my credibility. Bye, credibility!). Yesterday, the subject of the Hollies came up - were they heavyweights, or lightweights in the British Invasion? I really don’t measure music by weight, and being musically “lightweight” can be just fine by me, sometimes, whatever that means (sure, Herman’s Hermits made soft music, and I like some of it, but Frank Sinatra’s album with Anton Carlos Jobim is pretty soft, too, and it’s a hell of a record). Anyway, I defended the Hollies, who sound to me like the English beat boom’s own Everly Brothers (and/or, Buddy, their inspiration and namesake), and that’s something that matters to me. And I named this song as an exhibit for the defense. It’s not just a top-notch pop song, but has a great horn arrangement and is pretty good stab at psychedelia coming from musicians that didn’t pursue that genre much (and probably never dropped a tab of LSD among them, either). Also, if you think the Hollies were “lightweight,” talk to Bob Mould, who is a big fan.
(Ancillary question that came up in the discussion - were the Hollies and good after Graham Nash unwisely left? My answer - occasionally. I can’t say no to Long Cool Woman or The Air That I Breathe, killer hit singles that they are, but there’s plenty of album dross, too).
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”—J.R.R. Tolkien (via wordpainting)
“Have you ever lost someone you love and wanted one more conversation, one more chance to make up for the time when you thought they would be here forever? If so, then you know you can go your whole life collecting days, and none will outweigh the one you wish you had back.”—