Daily Archives: May 19, 2010

Thursday Night Music Byte

Boston's Robert Ellis Orrall

Let’s continue our week long visit to the Boston music scene of days gone by. Robert Ellis Orrall (born May 4, 1955 in Winthrop, Massachusetts) is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Signed to RCA Records in 1980, Orrall debuted that year with the album “Fixation”. His first Top 40 single was “I Couldn’t Say No”, a duet with Carlene Carter. By 1990, Orrall had found success as a songwriter, having penned Number One singles for Shenandoah and Clay Walker. He returned to RCA in 1991 and charted the singles “Boom! It Was Over” and “A Little Bit of Her Love”, from his first country music album, Flying Colors. Orrall then joined frequent songwriting partner Curtis Wright in the CMA-nomonated duo Orrall & Wright, recording one more album and charting two singles. They split up in 1994, however, and Orrall returned to his solo career, writing singles for Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, and Lindsay Lohan, as well as producing records for Swift, be your own PET, and Love and Theft. He also performs and records as an indie rock musician in the band Monkey Bowl.

Please enjoy this music video of Robert Ellis Orrall and Carlene Carter performing 1980’s   “I Couldn’t Say No“.

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Wednesday Night Music Byte

James Cotton

Lynnrockets will be attending a concert in Greater Boston this Friday evening titled, “Boston legends: A Tribute To James Cotton“. The show will feature  Michael Carabello of Santana, former Boston member Sib Hashian, David Hull of The Joe Perry Project, Jon Butcher of Jon Butcher Axis, Magic Dick of the J. Geils Band with the James Montgomery Band, Billy Squire (“The Stroke” and “Everybody Wants You”) and The Uptown Horns (known for performing with the Rolling Stones and the J. Geils Band). James Cotton will be in attendance and may, or may not, perform.

The Lynn Item reports, “As the youngest child in a large family, James Cotton grew up in cotton fields in Tunica, MS where he worked alongside his parents. His father Mose was a Baptist preacher.

Cotton says some of his earliest memories are of his mother playing chicken and train sounds on her harmonica and for a few years he thought those were the only sounds the harmonica could make. That idea evaporated quickly when Cotton received a 15 cent harmonica for Christmas one year. Cotton said when he heard the harmonica legend Sonny Boy Williamson (Rice Miller) playing on the radio, his love affair with the harmonica started.

At age 9, Cotton lost both his parents and an uncle introduced him to Williamson.

Cotton said he immediately started playing Williamson’s radio show theme song.

“I walked up and played it for him,” he said. “And I played it note for note. And he looked at that. He had to pay attention.”

The two were inseparable for years following that encounter and Cotton, who was too young to go into the juke joints where Williamson performed, would stay outside and play for tips. In 1954, Cotton got a break when Muddy Waters hired him to play harp in his band. You would be hard pressed to find a blues performer Cotton has not played with over the years. This year marks Cotton’s 66th year in the entertainment business and the show at Lynn City Hall is a fitting tribute to the Grammy Award winner, who has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Smithsonian Institution.”

Please enjoy these video clips of James Cotton. The first is vintage Cotton playing “Slow Blues” and the second is Cotton and J. Geils of the J. Geils Band performing together in 2008 at The Roxy in Boston. Please enjoy. We will report on the concert later.

Beck Being Buried By Bolting Believers?

The first fallout from Glenn Beck’s public descent into televised insanity was the massive advertiser boycott of his show when he called President Obama a “racist” with a “deep seated hatred of white people”. That remark caused at least 62 businesses to pull advertising and it cost Fox News millions of dollars. It also cost him just about every audience member that was a person of color. Next, the unhinged entertainer lost every single one of the advertisers on his United Kingdom broadcasts. That was followed by a Christian boycott of Beck as a consequence of his urging audience members to leave their churches if they promote “social justice”. Beck told them that the term “social justice” was simply a code word which indicates that their church supports socialism or communism or Nazism. Beck’s words? “Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

With the loss of church goers to go along with the loss of people of color and mainstream sponsors, Beck was left only with an audience of flash in the pan fanatical Tea-Baggers. He held onto those spelling challenged, violence inciting crackpots by constantly promoting their cause and by posing as their political science professor. On a nightly basis Beck would lecture to them about the dangers posed by all the socialists, communists and Nazis within the Obama administration. In an attempt to appear professorial and to make the Tea-Baggers feel at home, Beck used a chalkboard upon which he often misspelled words.

But then something strange suddenly happened on the way to the Neilsens. Now even the Tea-Baggers are abandoning Beck’s comedy show. His viewership ratings have been dropping since the beginning of 2010. By last Friday, Beck’s television show hit an all-time low with only 1.7 million viewers. That is a drop of over 50% from his peak of 3.4 million viewers back in late 2009. Beck’s average number of viewers is now only 2 million which is a solid 1 million daily viewers less than last year.

This begs the question, how long will Fox endure a show that brings in virtually zero advertising revenue while losing at least 1 million viewers per day? Will Glenn Beck’s darling free market capitalism actually be the cause of his ultimate demise? Let’s hope so.

Please click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along to the parody. Have fun, fellow Rocketeers.

Desperado song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8vtYBbhINM

Desperado

(sung to the Eagles song “Desperado”)

Desperado, you better come to your senses
Your racist offenses, so public now
Oh, you’re a hard one
But this will be your last season
The Fox boys are teasin’ you
Your show’s all done now

After your unseemly cryin’, boy
We knew you were unstable
We have all seen you fall apart on your set

Now it seems to me, you don’t bring
One sane sentence to the table
But what could one expect from crazy Glenn Beck

Desperado, you better fetch that old plunger
You’ll soon be flushed under that porcelain throne
Your kingdom, your kingdom fell and it’s not all that shocking
You just kept on talking till you were all alone

Will your deep dark soul hibernate in slime?
Your name, Glenn Beck, constitutes a crime
As does most everything that you say
Your sponsors all fleeing your show
Ain’t it funny as we watch them go away?

Desperado, You’ve shown us all what nonsense is
The prevailing sense is, you only hate
Your tears are rainin’, cuz you know nobody loves you
The Lord in Heaven up above you
(heaven up above you)
The Lord in Heaven up above you will decide your fate