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Machester OrchestraI caught Manchester Orchestra on David Letterman awhile back and my first thought was, "I should put these guys on the site." But then I hesitated. Then I checked my analytics and saw that I've had a few more unexpected visitors (yay!) and I decided I needed to keep posting so I have something new to share.

I like these guys. I like the song. I came to the conclusion that they are "page worthy" for a couple of reasons: the big furry lead singer is not the typical front man type, which in my book gives them a good dose of credibility; and the song has a couple of neat moments that elevate it slightly above the "good" range to "really good".

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Playing for Change
A friend sent me this video and I thought it cool enough to share. Cool, and also a worthy cause. Check out the Playing for Change website here and learn more about the project.


And as usual, check out the video on my music video page.
Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music.

The Playing For Change Community is a group of artists and inspired people who have come together to connect the world through music.
 
Roy Clark Rocks Vol 2
Roy ClarkObservant visitors to my site might notice a trend. My music video player is dominated by Roy Clark and guests on the Late Show with David Letterman. This is an easy explanation. I don't generally track down performances, I let them happen. I like Dave, and Hee Haw is sort of a guilty (nostalgic) pleasure of mine. As I've said before and will say again, "Roy Clark rocks." And Dave has the occasional page-worthy guest.

The newest addition to my video page is Roy Clark paying tribute to the great Duke Ellington. However, like a lot of great songs, "Caravan" is often erroneously attributed solely to The Duke. The music was actually penned by Duke Ellington and Juan Tizol, with words by Irving Mills. Let's give credit where credit is due. ("Take 5" is another classic mis-attribution. Ask most people who wrote it, and the easy answer is Dave Brubeck. It was actually written by Paul Desmond, saxophonist in the quartet.)

Check out the video on my music video page. Enjoy!
 
Yodeling Japanese
Some stuff is too cool or unusual to keep to myself. Today's exhibit of the bizarre, again courtesy of Hee Haw, is Japanese country singer/yodeler Eddie (Eddy) Fukano.

The first time I saw Eddie Fukano, I had one of those "double-take" moments. Let's face it, the world of country music is not exactly chock full of non-white Americans. Certainly, there are exceptions. Charlie Pride is the most notable and of course Ray Charles took his turn at singing country. I'm sure Eddie turned more than a few heads during his tenure as an American country artist.

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Goodnight, Irena
Right up front I'd like to say that I have decided to avoid any political or religious posts here. Not that I don't have anything to say, I just don't want to get controversial, and frankly I don't want to get worked up over nothing. Nobody cares what little ol' me has to say.

However, a friend sent me this video and I really want to share it. I'm not trying to make a point, I have no particular agenda. The video speaks for itself. What I will say is that I looked it up on snopes.com, and as far as we can know the statement is true. (According to snopes, non-winning nominees are kept secret for 50 years.)

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