sounds of Austin
Blaze Foley (aka Michael David Fuller, 1949-1989), “If I Could Only Fly” (B. Foley), live (Duct Tape Messiah, 2011)
Merle Haggard, live (TV show, performance starts at 1:15), 1986
What makes this song work? As is often the case, it comes down to small sonic details. Listen, for instance, to the first line of the hook (also the title): “If I could only fly . . .” Repeated f’s (“If,” “fly”), echoing vowels (“I,” “fly”): so much repetition in so few words, yet it sounds so natural. Listen, too, to the small step up, melodically, from the first to the second syllable of “only,” enacting what it would have felt like to fly—”if . . . only.”
yesterday, Chicago (Columbus Park)
sounds of Nashville
Marty Stuart (1958-, vocals, mandolin, guitar), Vince Gill (1957-, vocals, guitar), Brad Paisley (1972-, vocals, guitar), live, Nashville (Grand Ole Opry), 3/21/20
other day, outside Chicago (Prairie Path, Bellwood)
That’s being lonely. Lying here. Head and feet not knowing where they’ve come to.
—Eimear McBride (1976-), A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing
Rosanne Cash and Ry Cooder (with John Leventhal [guitar], Joachim Cooder [drums], et al.), live, last night, Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
“Long Black Veil” (Danny Dill, Marijohn Wilkin)
“Ring of Fire” (June Carter Cash, Merle Kilgore)
Let’s celebrate by remembering three giants.
Ralph Stanley, singer, banjo player, February 25, 1927-June 23, 2016
“Little Maggie,” live (TV show), Austin, Tx., 1980
Bernie Worrell, keyboard player, April 19, 1944-June 24, 2016
Live (with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic), Switzerland (Montreux Jazz Festival), 2004
Scotty Moore, guitar player, December 27, 1931-June 28, 2016
“Blue Suede Shoes” (with Elvis Presley), live, 1956
Today, Louis Armstrong’s adopted birthday, it’s all Louis all day at WKCR (Columbia University).
Merle Haggard, singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, April 6, 1937-April 6, 2016
Today, remembering him, we revisit a few favorites.
“I’m a Lonesome Fugitive” (L. Anderson, C. Anderson), live (TV show), 1966
“Working Man Blues” (M. Haggard), live (TV show), 1978
“Today I Started Loving You Again” (M. Haggard, B. Owens), with Tammy Wynette, live, England (Wemberly), 1988