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Esperanza Spalding Esperanza Spalding, my newest favorite musician, appeared on David Letterman's show again to promote her new album Chamber Music Society. The song is called Winter Sun.

One of the first articles I posted to my site was about her performing Precious from her then new album Esperanza. Actually, it wasn't much of an article, just a few sentences to accompany the video. That video is still one of my all-time favorites and the one I watch the most.

She is nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist along with other such "talents" as Justin Bieber and Drake. I am not familiar with any of the other artists nominated in that category, but according to my understanding of the word "best", I'd bet a good sum that Esperanza deserves to win. Too bad she probably won't. "Best" seems to mean "most popular" when it comes to award shows.

Click the image to watch Esperanza's performance or visit my Music Video page and watch it along with gobs more cool videos.

Update: She won! Yay!
 
Star Spangled Soul
I ran across this clip this morning and I silently cursed myself for not posting this a long time ago. I am clearly not doing a very good job here.

The first time I saw Marvin Gaye performing The Star Spangled Banner at the 1983 NBA All Star Game I thought it was pretty amazing. It was a fantastically cool version but I was a little shocked that he did that to THAT song. It was incredible, not unlike Hendrix's rendition at Woodstock. It wasn't until much later that I learned about Jose Feliciano's "controversial" version.

I find it a little disturbing that anybody would find these performances anything but emphatically patriotic and heartfelt. These guys are pouring out their soul for goodness sake! What is more honorable than that?

Click here to read more about Marvin, Jimi, Jose, and a slew of other controversial versions of The Star Spangled Banner. Click the image to watch Marvin Gaye's performance in a pop up window or visit my Music Video Page to watch it, and gobs more cool music videos, in the big video player.
 
Eddie Broke a String
The Renegade Clowns are back for part two in our ongoing series of madness and mayhem...

Today's Renegade Clowns performance is called The New One. I couldn't remember the title and had to look it up from the mix down session recordings. It's been a long time since I listened to this stuff. It's shocking how completely different the song is with Buddy's vocals.

I first met Eddie (guitarist) and Buddy (bassist/vocalist) back in high school. I've known Eric (percussionist) since we were in elementary school together, but it wasn't until we all started hanging out in high school that we became good friends.

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Further Fukano
Another fantastic Eddy Fukano fan has written me with another sighting to report. The Eddy Fukano saga continues...
Hi... I was thrilled to see my Eddy again.  I knew of him from his performances at the Wagon lounge in Portland, Oregon about 40 years ago.  I have his Eastside Westside album and I, too, am amazed at his yodeling.  I am glad to see he is back in the northwest, in the Seattle area.  He used to fake a guitar problem and state -- "No wonder -- Made in USA!"  He is a charmer and so talented.   Thanks for the video.  It brought back memories for me.
Many thanks to dear visitor "S" for taking the time to share her memories. And in case you want to catch up with the previous episodes in the Eddy Fukano saga, click here.
 
Roy's Guitar
Roy's Guitar I wanted to share today's video for a few reasons. First and foremost is Charlie McCoy's brilliant harmonica playing. Second is Roy Clark's fast-picking string-bending twelve-string playing performance. Third is Roy's guitar itself. Plus, I really like the song.

I love Roy's Baldwin Double Six. There's something about the too-wrong shade of green, the multitude of pick guards, and the old-timey vintage knobs that just speak to me.

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