Daily Archives: July 20, 2010

Tuesday Night Music Byte

Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…

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Snooks Eaglin – “Rock Island Line” (1959)

Snooks Eaglin, born Fird Eaglin, Jr. (January 21, 1936 – February 18, 2009), was a guitarist and singer in New Orleans. He was also referred to as Blind Snooks Eaglin in his early years. Eaglin lost his sight not long after his first birthday after being stricken with glaucoma, and spent several years in the hospital with other ailments. Around the age of five Eaglin received a guitar from his father; he taught himself to play by listening to and playing along with the radio. A mischievous youngster, he was given the nickname “Snooks” after a radio character named Baby Snooks.

His vocal style is reminiscent of Ray Charles; indeed, in the 1950s, when he was in his late teens, he would sometimes bill himself as “Little Ray Charles”. Generally regarded as a New Orleans R&B artist, he played a wide range of music: blues, rock and roll, jazz, country, and Latin. In his early years, he also played some straight-ahead acoustic blues.

His ability to play a wide range of songs and make them his own earned him the nickname “the human jukebox.” Eaglin claimed in interviews that his musical repertoire included some 2,500 songs.

At live shows, he did not usually prepare set lists, and was unpredictable, even to his bandmates. He played songs that come to his head, and he also took requests from the audience.

Eaglin died of a heart attack at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans on February 18, 2009. He had been diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2008 and had been hospitalized for treatment. He was scheduled to make a comeback appearance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in Spring of 2009.

Please enjoy.

The following is some amateur film footage of Snooks Eaglin’s New Orleans jazz funeral:

Tea Party Brews With Tea(ming) Dissent

Non-Racist Tea-Baggers

Tea Party Nation has circled the wagons and commenced firing. At itself! Lynnrockets’ Blast-Off believes that few things are more satisfying to behold than Tea-Baggers eating their young. Luckily for us, that is precisely what is happening regarding the Tea Party Express and the Tea Party Federation.

On Sunday, Blast-Off reported on Tea Party Express leader Mark Williams and his racist blog posting (it has now been deleted). Williams was so upset at the NAACP’s call for the Tea Party to denounce racism amongst its members, that he penned a letter allegedly from NAACP president Benjamin Jealous to the late President Abraham Lincoln and posted it in his blog. “Dear Mr. Lincoln,” the blog post read, “We [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People have taken a vote and decided that we don’t cotton to that whole emancipation thing. Freedom means having to work for real, think for ourselves, and take consequences along with the rewards. That is just far too much to ask of us [National Association for the Advancement of] Colored People and we demand that it stop!” Williams made several modifications to his blog post after its initial posting, including removing references to bailouts as “big money welfare” that should handed “directly to us coloreds” and Tea Party demands for lower taxes preventing black Americans from getting “a wide-screen TV in every room.”

Not surprisingly, Williams’ racist blog posting infuriated a lot of people, liberal and conservative alike. Not expected however, was the declaration of civil war between factions within the Tea Party movement. The National Tea Party Federation, an organization that seeks to represent the Tea Party political movement around the country, has expelled Williams and his Tea Party Express organization because of the inflammatory blog. Federation spokesperson David Webb said on Sunday afternoon that the blog entry was “clearly offensive” and he added,

We, in the last 24 hours, have expelled Tea Party Express and Mark Williams from the National Tea Party Federation because of the letter that he wrote.

Yesterday, Joe Wierzbicki, coordinator for the Tea Party Express, issued the following statement in response to the Tea Party Federation’s disassociation with the Tea Party Express:

The Tea Party Express with over 400,000 members is by far larger than the Tea Party Federation’s entire membership. Most rank-and-file tea party activists think we’re talking about Star Trek when we try to explain who the “Federation” is. Given the absurdity of the actions by the “Federation,” this is quite fitting, since their conduct is alien to our membership.

Groups trying to say who can or can’t be ‘expelled’ from the tea party movement is arrogant and preposterous. Perhaps this explains why so many tea party groups have left the “Federation” during the past few months. Whatever the reason, most tea party activists are focused on taking back their country and the upcoming 2010 elections and not silly power games being played by individuals such as those in the “Federation.”

To add to the absurdity of the “Federation” they have also informed us that our members can’t participate in something called their “basecamp” communication network, which makes us think that the individuals involved in the “Federation” spend a bit too much time watching science fiction movies and cartoons. We here at the Tea Party Express prefer a focus that is more grounded in the Constitution and electing tea party conservatives to offices of import in these 2010 elections.

Oh, MEOW!!!

Please remember to click on the song link below to familiarize yourselves with the tune and to have more fun singing along with today’s topical song parody.

Tea For Two song link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y0zc7x434Aw

TEA PARTY FOR TWO

(sung to the Doris Day version of the song “Tea For Two”)

So funny
Wanna see insanity?
We have no clue, the Tea Party
Its she ‘gin you and you ‘gin me, Marone!
Please don’t get near us, if you do, you’ll fear us
Our friends and relations
Now want vaccinations
They won’t have it known, dear
That we are one of their own, dear.

Vows we’ll take to get a tax break
Spelling mistakes in signs we make
For you to take for Fox nation to see.
One Tea-Bagger family,
Just one branch is our family tree,
All because we inbreed frequently.

(We are few, we’re not many)
(Tea for two and two for tea)
(Me for you and you for me, alone)
(Everyone jeers us, they simply won’t hear us)
(We are a creation of the Fox News station)
(We’re all Glenn Beck clones, dear)
(Brains on loan from Fred Flintstone, dear)

Will day break and bring us awake?
Will we forsake all our mistakes?
Do we partake in more insanity?
We are one crazed family
And devoted fans of Hannity
Oh, can’t you see we hate democracy
(We hate democracy)

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