I’m So Confused

December 20, 2008

During my journey through the past on youtube tonight, I came across

I’ve been a fan of Richman since his Roadrunner days in the Seventies. But I was surprised when my love interest in another place and time asked if I wrote this song for Richman. When I asked her why, she said “have you met yourself?? That ‘I have to sigh now’ is so you. And you do think too much.”

I suspect that the Richman dancing in the video made her think that perhaps Richman was dancing like me since I’m not a very good dancer.

The Original Mariolla

December 20, 2008

I recently posted about Sliny Kazik’s cover of “Mariolla” here’s an audio of the original on youtube.

Nothing But the Truth

December 13, 2008

For my birthday, the Boss Mom and the Boss Dad (the lovely Lettuce’s parents) gave me an Ion usb turntable.  We haven’t had a working turntable in the house since around the time we moved to Buffalo.  The plan is to digitalise the 800 or so l.p.’s we have. And in case anyone was wondering, the turntable is plug and play in Linux

Tonight I rediscovered one of my favie albums – “Nothing But the Truth” by  Ruben Blades. Although Blades is mostly known for his Spanish language music (mostly Afro-Cuban and jazz),
this album was in English and more rock-oriented.

If my memory serves me correctly, I think I became aware of “Nothing But the Truth” because of Lou Reed’s contributions to the album. He co-wrote and produced several songs. My favorite of the Blades/Reed songs is “Letters To the Vatican” with one of my favie Lou Reed lyrics “Dear Pope, send me some hope or a rope to do me in”

Oh, yeah, Elvis Costello is another of Blade’s songwriting partners.

Tomatoes From the Garden

December 9, 2008

I am amazed that we still have a few tomatoes from our garden in our kitchen.. I picked several pounds of unripe tomatoes before the first deep frost in mid-November and over 80% actually ripened to an edible state.

2008 was a great year for tomato growing in the garden.