Sunday, May 31, 2020

80 Videos in 75 Days - Enough Already!

This is my 80th new video since mid-March - 80 videos in 75 days! I think it's time to take a short break...

71 "Quarantine Hootenanny" songs (including one original)
8 Old School Vlogs (including this one)
1 Photo Vlog

Thank you for watching!

Saturday, May 30, 2020

For What It's Worth

For What It's Worth (Stephen Stills) by Buffalo Springfield is #quarantinehootenanny #71 of ???

Friday, May 29, 2020

My Man

The Eagles' My Man (Bernie Leadon), about the passing of Gram Parsons. (Parsons and Leadon had been in The Flying Burrito Brothers together.) #quarantinehootenanny #70 of ???

Thursday, May 28, 2020

San Francisco Bay Blues

The San Francisco Bay Blues by Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller has become something of a standard blues tune covered by everybody from Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Bob Dylan to Eric Clapton and Sir Paul McCartney - #quarantinehootenanny #69 of ???

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Dirty Water

The Standells' Dirty Water (Ed Cobb) is a little story about the number one place, the town where I was born, a long long time ago. #quarantinehootenanny #68 of ???

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Science Fiction/Double Feature

More rock movie music: Science Fiction/Double Feature (Richard O'Brien) from the Rocky Horror (Picture) Show, #quarantinehootenanny #67 of ???

Monday, May 25, 2020


HAiR! (Gerome Ragni/James Rado/Galt MacDermot), from the rock musical of the same name (and as covered by the Cowsills), #quarantinehootenanny #66 of ???

Sunday, May 24, 2020

If I Needed Someone

If I Needed Someone (George Harrison), from the Beatles, #quarantinehootenanny #65 of ???

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Friday, May 22, 2020

My Best Friend (Courtship Of Eddie's Father Theme)

A TV theme song? Well, yes. But it's much more than that. In 1968, when John Lennon was asked what American artists he was listening to, Beatle John replied, "Harry Nilsson." The other day I maligned Harry's over-blown cover (IMHO) of Badfinger's Without You, but this simple little song shows why I agree with John's admiration of Nilsson. It perfectly and memorably captures the playfulness, love, and range of emotion of the series in barely a minute. This song is also probably the first time I was a fan of a Harry Nilsson song, as I loved the show when it aired, and sang along with it each week. #quarantinehootenanny #63 of ??? is My Best Friend (Nilsson), aka The Courtship Of Eddie's Father Theme Song.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Somebody to Love

When the truth is found to be lies, don't you want Somebody to Love (Darby Slick), the Jefferson Airplane, #quarantinehootenanny #62 of ???

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Without You

Another Badfinger song today, Without You (Pete Ham/Tom Evans). It was Pete Ham’s girlfriend who gave up a date night so he could go back to the studio and work that inspired the verses, but Pete didn’t have a good chorus. And then Tom Evans had a near breakup with his future wife, and wrote the chorus that brought the song together and gave it a title.

Paul McCartney called Without You as “the killer song of all time,” and I find it hard to disagree with Sir Paul’s assessment. It’s been covered literally hundreds of times, and the first massive hit with it, by Harry Nilsson, set the pattern for how it would be interpreted. I love Nilsson, and his vocal range is amazing, but frankly, I always found his version (and most of the versions since) to be a bit schmaltzy and over-produced. For me, the song is beautiful and powerful enough to work in a more restrained and simple arrangement, and nobody can ever top Badfinger’s original. #quarantinehootenanny #61 of ???

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Licks Off Of Records

This is #quarantinehootenanny #60 of ???, and they've all just been Licks Off Of Records that I've learned. Specifically, this one is from a record by Martin Mull (and his Fabulous Furniture). I'd actually forgotten about this song many years ago. Then this week comic actor Fred Willard died. I first remember seeing Willard when he played Martin Mull's sidekick on Fernwood Tonight. One link led to another, and here we are.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Stone Wisdom

During shelter-in-place, the local kids have been painting positive messages and pictures on small stones and "hiding" them around the neighborhood to be discovered by folks walking by. Photos set to original music.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Scare Easy

A rainy Sunday sheltering-in-place seemed to call for something from Tom Petty's other band, Mudcrutch: Scare Easy #quarantinehootenanny #59 of ???

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Don't Let us Get Sick

A little prayer for us all, from Warren Zevon: Don't Let us Get Sick. #quarantinehootenanny #58 of ???

Friday, May 15, 2020

The Story in Your Eyes

The Story in Your Eyes is from the Moody Blues' Every Good Boy Deserves Favour and is another classic written by Justin Hayward - #quarantinehootenanny #57 of ???

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Rock & Roll

"'Rock and Roll' is about me. If I hadn't heard rock and roll on the radio, I would have had no idea there was life on this planet. Which would have been devastating - to think that everything, everywhere was like it was where I come from. That would have been profoundly discouraging. Movies didn't do it for me. TV didn't do it for me. It was the radio that did it." - Lou Reed

Rock and Roll (Lou Reed) was the b-side Sweet Jane, from the Velvet Underground. #quarantinehootenanny #56 of ???

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Living On A Thin Line

Another Kinks song, Living On A Thin Line (Dave Davies), for #quarantinehootenanny #55 of ???

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

As Tears Go

One of the first songs written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (along with manager/producer Andrew Loog Oldham), As Tears Go By was first recorded by Marianne Faithfull (who recently survived COVID-19 associated pneumonia). Also, one of the first songs I ever learned to play on guitar. #quarantinehootenanny #54 of ???

Monday, May 11, 2020

It's Different for Girls

Don't you know, It's Different for Girls? Joe Jackson does. #quarantinehootenanny #53 of ???

Sunday, May 10, 2020

To Love Somebody

Reaching way back to 1967 for To Love Somebody (B and R Gibb) from Bee Gees First, which was, oddly, their third album (the first two were only available down under). Even more odd, although I've been listening to this song nearly my whole life, I never thought to try to play it until this morning. #quarantinehootenanny #52 of ???

Saturday, May 9, 2020

It's Too Late

Carole King was already an extremely successful composer (with ex-husband, lyricist Gerry Goffin) when she embarked on her solo recording career. Tapestry, her second LP, became one of the best selling records of all time. This song, It's Too Late (King/Stern), is about lyricist Toni Stern's breakup with James Taylor. #quarantinehootenanny #51 of ??? #quarantunes

Friday, May 8, 2020

Vlogging By Gaslight

An update on how we're doing with complying with the shelter-in-place order, mask wearing, etc., including dealing with the gaslighting from non-believers. How are you doing?

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Love My Way

I can't believe I've done this 50 days in a row! #quarantinehootenanny #50 of ??? is The Psychedelic Furs' Love My Way (Ashton/Butler/Butler/Ely). Trivia: Todd Rundgren produced and played the marimba on the original.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

El Amor de Mi Vida

I've played several Warren Zevon songs over the last 49 days, but today I want to focus on Warren's good friend and frequent collaborator, Jorge Calderon. Jorge's wife, Yvonne, passed away this last weekend from "complications of COVID-19." Jorge is also sick, but still fighting. This is a song from Warren's last album, The Wind, called El Amor de Mi Vida (Zevon/Calderon) for #quarantinehootenanny #49 of ???

The 8 O'clock Howl

Since the shelter-in-place started up, about 50 days ago, it's been the same here every evening 8pm...

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Love's A Mystery

The Pretenders' Love's A Mystery (Chrissie Hynde) for today's #quarantinehootenanny #48 of ???

Monday, May 4, 2020

Geronimo's Cadillac

Michael Murphey just wanted to take a ride in Geronimo's Cadillac (C. Quarto/M. Murphey) #quarantinehootenanny #47 of ???

Sunday, May 3, 2020

One More Time

It's a Ray Davies song, One More Time, for #quarantinehootenanny #46 of ??? Let's sing for the old country, come on, one more time.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Play That Funky Music Uke Boy

First it was not easy, changin' rock and roll and minds... Now I just Play That Funky Music (Rob Parissi) by Wild Cherry - #quarantinehootenanny #45 of ???

Friday, May 1, 2020

Mohammed's Radio

Another Warren Zevon classic, Mohammed's Radio, what else needs to be said? #quarantinehootenanny #44 of ???

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