Saluting Silly Songs — The Song Butchers

Several years ago I began a new feature called Saluting Silly Songs, a series of posts that spotlighted goofy songs and the talented artists who performed them. To name just a few; Weird Al Yankovic, Spike Jones, and Commander Cody come to mind. Today's featured duo built their career on a collection of hilarious parodies … Continue reading Saluting Silly Songs — The Song Butchers

Sight For Sore Eyes

In addition to being the title of a song by Aerosmith, Tom Waits, Vince Gill and a few others, "Sight For Sore Eyes" sort of relates to what's about to happen to me. Tomorrow morning I'll be undergoing the first of my cataract surgeries, beginning with my left eye -- the weaker of the two. … Continue reading Sight For Sore Eyes

Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man

I remember Hank Snow's "I've Been Everywhere" from back in the early Sixties when it was a number-one hit for him. It's all about a travelin' man who has been all over the map, and he  proceeds to rapidly list all the places he's been, many of them with colorful or odd names. But it … Continue reading Saluting Silly Songs – A Travelin’ Man

Jukeboxes I Have Known

(Note: this is the last post I had ready to go before my hospital adventure. From now on I'll have to come up with some new ones, so wish me luck! BG) A good friend of mine, who has been gone for many years now, had a working vintage jukebox in his living room. But … Continue reading Jukeboxes I Have Known

About Those Sore Aching Knees

Something a little different today, but it's in a good cause and I promise to close with some appropriate music. (Although this is a tough subject to find music videos about!) I read an interesting article recently that was critical of how some of the biggest health insurance companies will not pay for a cheaper … Continue reading About Those Sore Aching Knees

Politician + Con Artist = Super Showman

Your first thought when reading the title of this post might be: wait -- aren't all politicians con artists? Well of course they are, but today we're going to get specific and tell the story of Dudley Joseph LeBlanc (aka 'Coozan Dud'), a huckster who became a Louisiana legislator and then made a fortune selling … Continue reading Politician + Con Artist = Super Showman

In Search Of Bigfoot

I have a confession to make. I have big feet. REALLY big feet, as in size 15EEE shoes. Of course I'm used to them by now because I'm pretty sure I always had big feet, but I don't remember when they first began to attract notice. My dad wore a size 12 so there were … Continue reading In Search Of Bigfoot

Connecting The Dots With Johnny Tillotson

  It always tickles me when I discover a surprising connection between two completely different types of musical artists. Johnny Tillotson, the subject of today's post, has been entertaining fans for more than a half-century as a successful country/pop singer, but I think he'd be the first to agree that a lot of his early … Continue reading Connecting The Dots With Johnny Tillotson

A Tip Of The Hat To The Chieftains

Here's a question for you, but I have to warn you that it's a really long one, so feel free to skim through to the end. What do Jackson Browne, Rosanne Cash, Ry Cooder, Elvis Costello, Roger Daltrey, Marianne Faithfull, Bela Fleck, James Galway, Art Garfunkel, Emmylou Harris, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Madonna, Ziggy Marley, … Continue reading A Tip Of The Hat To The Chieftains

Country Catalyst – Back To The Teepee

We're overdue for another edition of Country Catalyst, the Special Feature that offers a classic country song while hoping to open a few ears and make some new fans. As it happens, today's song is another one with an American Indian theme, sort of like our previous post, but this one has quite a pedigree. … Continue reading Country Catalyst – Back To The Teepee