So the guy who created the facebook page for Terre Haute's Headstone Friends said he would kiss the front step if he reached 1,000 fans this week ... and he did! In fact, I think he has something like 1,400 people following the page right now. My brothers, nephew and I happened to be in town for a graduation (congrats Rob!) and so we made sure we were there to see all the action.
I frequented Headstone from 1971 on and have taken my kids there for music and posters over the years. They love it, too ...
The guy on the far left is our facebook buddy. At right is Robert, Rob and Mike.
REO played many street dances on the Indiana State University campus when I was there back in the '70s. Oddly enough, on our way to Terre Haute this week, a couple stations were playing REO and made me think of this great song.
How am I going to be able to keep posting my songs of the week when the YouTube deputies keep taking down the video? Why does the music industry insist on irritating their most loyal customers? Wouldn't posting Since I've Been Loving You possibly make you want to go purchase Led Zep III? I DO spend $ on music ... all the time. At least let us have an online listen. I'm only linking, not downloading!
And while I'm on a rant, was that Sly from Sly and the Family Stone I saw on a cooking show the other day? The Food Network or something? I almost fell off the sofa. That's just not right.
Sneaking into and out of Cromwell Hall after hours. Burning sticks of incense. Candles. Living all week with no money. Black light posters. Granny glasses. Chuck's quadraphonic stereo. Waffle House at midnight.
Another fine performance by Cincinnati's favorite band, Jake Speed and the Freddies. Pay particular attention to my son, the group's guest drummer for the Rivertown Breakdown show. He has a drum solo around 2:30. As their bio says, the music of Jake Speed and the Freddies "leaps right out of Depression-era freight trains and right into Ohio River steamboats" much to the delight of their enthusiastic fans. And most of all, it was fun to see Rory pick up the sticks for this show!
Seeing Quest for Fire something like two decades ago illustrated the harsh conditions that our caveman ancestors faced as they tried to eek out their daily existence. Now we learn that they did indeed have a little magic in their lives because if music isn't magic, I don't know what is. According to this NPR piece, archaeologists have found the world's oldest musical instruments, flutes fashioned from vulture bone and mammoth tusks, on the floor of a German cave. I find it pretty amazing and a testament to the human need for the emotional pull of music that cave people would take the time and trouble to carefully craft these flutes.
Are these THE FIRST musical instruments, though? I recall a bit by Little Jimmy Dickens way, way back when Hee Haw was on the air, where he claimed he could play the world's first musical instrument ... a leaf! He whipped out this leaf, placed it horizontally between his lips and proceeded to get all sorts of music out of it. Since cave people were all consumed with finding food and staying safe, I'll bet the very first music was indeed made with things like leaves, sticks and people's voices. Sure wish we could hear it. I'll bet it was absolutely beautiful.