Thursday, April 2, 2020

Have You Ever Seen the Rain

Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty) is today's #quarantinehootenanny (#16 of ???). It's not about the weather.

How You Doin? (vlog)

What are you doing to maintain your sanity during the Shelter-in-Place? Creating anything new? Catching up on some old show? I wanna know. We're supposed to practice "social distancing" but I think it should be about "physical distancing, social connecting." So, come on, and connect.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Honky Tonk Women (aka Country Honk)

The Rolling Stones' Honky Tonk Women (aka Country Honk, depending on version, Keith Richard, Mick Jagger) is today's #quarantinehootenanny (#15 of ???).

According to Keith Richard, this song was born in Brazil, where he, Mick, Marianne Faithfull, and Anita Pallenberg spent some time. "Mick and I were sitting on the porch of this ranch house and I started to play, basically fooling around with an old Hank Williams idea. 'Cause we really thought we were like real cowboys."

"On Let It Bleed, we put that other version of 'Honky Tonk Women' on because that's how the song was originally written, as a real Hank Williams/Jimmie Rodgers, '30s country song. And it got turned around to this other song by Mick Taylor, who got into a completely different feel, throwing it off the wall completely."

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)

I realize that the last two songs I did for #quarantinehootenanny had stories that involved George Harrison, so today (#14 of ???), I give you one of George's songs: Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).

George says, "Sometimes you open your mouth and you don't know what you are going to say, and whatever comes out is the starting point. If that happens and you are lucky, it can usually be turned into a song. This song is a prayer and personal statement between me, the Lord, and whoever likes it."

In the summer of 1973, Give Me Love made it to the top of the Billboard 100, knocking My Love by Paul McCartney & Wings out of the #1 slot. Cover versions have been recorded by Sting, James Taylor, Elton John, and (my favorite) Dave Davies.

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