Monthly Archives: December 2010


I’ve been listening to my new Donald Byrd album – Off to the Races. Also, I’ve found myself putting on a lot of Lee Morgan lately – especially Search for the New Land, The Cooker, Candy, and the albums he … Continue reading

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Ticket to Sled

Billy and Dad just got back from sledding . . .

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Jingle Bells

Dad and Mom sneaked into the halls of Hoover, and suddenly children were flooding out and singing! Like everything else in life, it was somehow captured on video. Merry Christmas…

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Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

Just saw the Coen brothers’ True Grit, their best film in years and a great piece of filmmaking. Obviously people think of the John Wayne picture in relation to it. But the movie I kept thinking of was Night of … Continue reading

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Upright Guitar

Billy was just monkeying around on a guitar and started playing it like an upright bass. He said, “People should play guitar like this!” Well, people do, particularly the eccentric great Scottish guitarist Paul Galbraith. He developed this 8-string guitar, … Continue reading

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Capital Songs

I just learned all the state capitals for school. So Dad and I decided to see how many songs we could come up with that mention them. What are we missing? Des Moines, Iowa Joni Mitchell, The Dry Cleaner from … Continue reading

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Big Maybelle

Currently Dad is loving Big Maybelle, especially her version of “I Don’t Want to Cry” and “Candy.” She also has a nice version of “Silent Night.” Here she is in all her glory:

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