What a way to go.
I close each of the two hours on my Tuesday night radio show, American Independence Hour, with the song Danny Boy. That version of the song is haunting. But the singer’s not well known, so a number of listeners have written to me to ask Who sang that song?
It was Eva Cassidy.
Here’s her story as portrayed by Nightline. Her story’s not about law. It’s not about economics or politics. But her story is about life–and it’s worth your time
Other than singing in the shower and occasionally whistling, I have no musical talent or education. However, I remember someone telling me around 45 years ago that “boogie-woogie” was simply a musical style where a piano (rather than a base guitar or some other musical instrument) carried the base.
This video sounds like boogie to me.
This guy’s good.
J.J. Cale passed on last week at the age of 74. Cale was a Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist. He was one of the originators of the “Tulsa Sound”–a loose genre drawing on blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz influences. He wrote a number of songs (“Cocaine,” “After Midnight”) that have been heard by millions. But, because Cale preferred to stay in the background, most Americans haven’t heard him perform. Even so, he had some stuff.
Here’s a brief studio recording of Cale playing in A.D. 1994. It’ll give you a taste of the soft power of J.J.’s music. The man could play a guitar. Watch him barely touch the strings. If you like what you hear, you can find many similar–and sometimes stronger–songs by searching YouTube for “J.J. Cale”.
• One more. JJ Cale and Eric Clapton. “After Midnight”.
• And one more: JJ Cale and Eric Clapton again. “The Breeze”