For a change of pace I’m fleshing out this post via Postach.io–a beta blogging platform that works off of Evernote. Since Evernote is where I create and curate my blog posts and related links (as many others do as well), makes sense that this might someday become a fleshed-out blogging medium. So here’s a little snippet of trivia, if you’re so inclined, for a drizzly Sunday: Sweetlips don’t take no crap from the likes of Jim Reeves (1960 country hit) and she did NOT …

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In light of the most recent evidence that we are a species capable of destruction and profound hatred, it seems more important than ever to reassert our potential to create and to love. In the end, the power of love and trust and the good will win. It’s going to be a long, hard struggle. And maybe not in this lifetime. And one force against the darkness is to hold up our better nature and the creations that come from it: creations in clay …

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No doubt, when it comes to an insider collective identity and an outsider cultural “brand” for Floyd, it is the music within the county and town boundaries that are at the top of the list of “what Floyd’s about.” When most people think of “music in Floyd” they have tended to call up either the Friday night Jamboree or other music at the Floyd Country Store (or DogTown, or Hotel Floyd Amphitheater, or other around-town venues) OR (especially for those from “off mountain”) they …

Musical Floyd: No, Not Just THAT Music! Read more »

Over the weekend, I had a reunion with the me of long ago. Having my room mate from 1966-68 bring his guitar to Goose Creek last week end, I realized how music had been the air we breathed back then. It came so naturally. And so it was both sad to realize how much we’d forgotten and encouraging to discover we could still find the right key eventually, know when a certain cord of “Here, There, and Everywhere” wasn’t exactly right, and ultimately get …

Rhythm, Harmony, Melody: The Musical Score of Life Read more »

I often listen to 181FM Classic Hits (from Waynesville NC) on TuneIn Radio (streaming via Droid in the car and iPad at home.) They play a nice and not-often-repeated slate of songs from the 50s and 60s, but one I’ve heard there several times lately is a plaintive melody and lyrics in counterpart to Oh My Papa is one I do not remember from when it was current in 1959 (when I was 11.) It is a song called “Mama” by Connie Francis. Her …

Lipstick On Your Collar: Connie Francis Read more »