Born on this day: March 10, 1903 - Jazz music icon Bix Beiderbecke (born Leon Bismark Beiderbecke in Davenport, IA). Happy Birthday to this legendary jazz cornetist, and one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, born 114 years ago today, and taken far too young at the age of 28 on August 6, 1931.

Sweet Little Angel
B.B. King
Sweet Little Angel

SATURDAY BLUES REVIEW: Sweet Little Angel by B.B. King - It is rare that I attend weddings anymore.  Most people I know at my age are either happily married with kids, happily divorced with joint custody, or miserably single as they Tinder away in the hopes of finding love.  But my friend Doug whom I foisted upon pretty much every dating site and app I came across did find love and two years later is getting married to a truly awesome lady today.

Sweet Little Angel was a neat track to dig out of the vaults.  It was a blues standard known as Black Angel Blues or Sweet Black Angel.  When B.B. King recorded it, we changed the title to remove the reference to black (it was not a popular word to use apparently) and added a horn section.  It turned out to be a huge hit for B.B. King.  So here’s to my buddy Doug and his lady Joanna to a long and happy marriage!

Higgs Boson Blues
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Higgs Boson Blues

Song of the Day 6/9/14

Higgs Boson Blues - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Can’t remember anything at all

Flame trees line the streets

Can’t remember anything at all

But I’m driving my car down to Geneva

I’ve been sitting in my basement patio

Aye, it was hot

Up above, girls walk past, the roses all in bloom

Have you ever heard about the Higgs Boson blues

I’m goin’ down to Geneva baby, gonna teach it to you

Who cares, who cares what the future brings?

Black road long and I drove and drove

I came upon a crossroad

The night was hot and black

I see Robert Johnson,

With a ten dollar guitar strapped to his back,

Lookin’ for a tune

Well here comes Lucifer,

With his canon law,

And a hundred black babies runnin’ from his genocidal jaw

He got the real killer groove

Robert Johnson and the devil man

Don’t know who’s gonna rip off who

Driving my car, flame trees on fire

Sitting and singin’ the Higgs Boson blues,

I’m tired, I’m lookin’ for a spot to drop

All the clocks have stopped in Memphis now

In the Lorraine Motel, it’s hot, it’s hot

That’s why they call it the Hot Spot

I take a room with a view

Hear a man preaching in a language that’s completely new, yea

Making the hot cocks in the flophouse bleed

While the cleaning ladies sob into their mops

And a bellhop hops and bops

A shot rings out to a spiritual groove

Everybody bleeding to that Higgs Boson Blues

If I die tonight, bury me

In my favorite yellow patent leather shoes

With a mummified cat and a cone-like hat

That the caliphate forced on the Jews

Can you feel my heartbeat?

Can you feel my heartbeat?

Hannah Montana does the African Savannah

As the simulated rainy season begins

She curses the queue at the Zulus

And moves on to Amazonia

And cries with the dolphins

Mama ate the pygmy

The pygmy ate the monkey

The monkey has a gift that he is sending back to you

Look here comes the missionary

With his smallpox and flu

He’s saving them savages

With his Higgs Boson Blues

I’m driving my car down to Geneva

I’m driving my car down to Geneva

Oh let the damn day break

The rainy days always make me sad

Miley Cyrus floats in a swimming pool in Toluca Lake

And you’re the best girl I’ve ever had

Can’t remember anything at all


MotherFunky Musical Mashup

“They Don’t Want Music” | The Black Eyed Peas feat. James Brown

Video Edit: Joseph Catté

Featuring “All That Jazz”, “Chicago”, “Fame”, “Grease”, “Hair”, “Hairspray”, “Singin’ in the Rain”, “The Blues Brothers, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “West Side Story”

Singin' the Blues
Bix Beiderbecke & Frankie Trumbauer
Singin' the Blues

In honor of Jazz Appreciation month, the music that changed my life, I have decided to start what I call “Thirty Days of Jazz” and post some of my favorites as well as some songs that I've discovered from recent listening. I am already a day behind but I will start with one of my favorite jazz tunes as well as my favorite jazz musician, Bix Beiderbecke.

Day 1: Singin’ the Blues | Bix Beiderbecke & Frankie Trumbauer

Once upon a time…

Algy and his assistant met to discuss the production of his long-awaited series of fluffy children’s books, Tales from The Adventures of Algy.

There was just one wee problem: publishing projects cost money, and money is something which is very rarely seen in the West Highlands of Scotland… They agreed that it was essential to find some cash somewhere, to pay for the up-front costs. And so they decided to launch a special kind of rewards-based crowdfunding campaign, which will also act as Algy’s 2014 Christmas Gifts Market.

Algy is just waiting for the campaign to receive moderator approval, and then he will publish the link, so that you can buy his beautiful 2015 calendars, children’s jigsaw puzzles and mugs, as well as the more usual kind of “rewards” associated with funding a publishing project, such as signed copies of books and prints of the illustrations.

In the meantime, here is a sneak preview of Algy’s campaign video…

Algy is terrifically excited about all this, as he has never done anything like it before! He hopes that you will all share in his excitement :-)))

And if you haven’t got any money - or don’t want to spend it - please just wish Algy luck in this exciting new venture. Thank you xoxoxo

[The music included on Algy’s video soundtrack is the first two minutes of the famous Singin’ The Blues, recorded on the 78rpm Okeh label in 1927 by Frankie Trumbauer and his Orchestra, and featuring Bix Beiderbecke. The song was originally composed in 1920 or earlier, with the first known recordings released in 1920.]