Thursday, January 28, 2021

The Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival 1998 (May 09-10) *** Updated from 1/28/10

My brother and I, along with some friends from Delaware, attended the inaugural festival in 1998. Among the acts that performed were Buddy Guy, Little Feat and 17 yr.old Jonny Lang. I remember that the weather that day was frightful. However, 40 mph "sideways" winds and rain could not put a damper on such a great show. I recall meandering my way through 10,000 blues fans, right up to the stage, when Jonny Lang started playing. To my surprise, "Hose", from DE. was standing right next to me. We both got to witness this guitar prodigy for most of his set, until we were ushered away. Evidently, in an open air arena, Gen. Adm. doesn't mean you can go everywhere. This year's headliners are Buddy Guy(again) and Chuck Berry. I won't be there(the bridge thing), but I am sure that the show will be great. The best part is that ALL net proceeds go(again) to charity. My brother passed away 10 years later. In 2016, "Hose" aka Doug, who was one of my brother's best buddys, reconnected with me and Danny Ray to see Jonny Lang "all growed up" at The Bottle & Cork in Delaware. As per the usual, I was "right up to the stage". This time Gen. Adm. meant just that!

Saturday, January 23, 2021

Bob Dylan performs “All Along the Watchtower” at a concert on OCT 27, 1994???

Actually, two falsehoods here. This particular concert was the following year, at a R&R HOF induction. Second falsehood was that the show that I witnessed was on OCT 26, 1994. The ticket stub (I still have) shows the 7 written over with a 6 by a magic marker. The reason I post this video is because I really liked this speeded up version of AAtW he did in '94 and his band freaking nailed it!

Friday, January 22, 2021

Milo Hamilton calls Hank Aaron's historic 715th homer

The other #44 that day was Al Downing. Most baseball aficionados know him as the guy who threw the pitch that gave Hank Aaron the "All-time Homerun" lead over Babe Ruth's 714. Downing was also the first black to pitch for the NY Yankees in 1961. I first heard of him, right around that time. His aunt, Lucy Downing, worked for our family as a domestic/nanny. She was such a sweet lady and my memories of her are fond.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

"The one constant, through all the years, has been baseball"...

Constant(noun): a situation or state of affairs that does not change. Ex: history. There may be a few "family members" out there that may feel ashamed of their forefather's "history". Yes, some of my ancestors owned slaves. Am I ashamed of them? No. That's history. I had an ancestor that manumitted his slaves over 200 years ago. Am I proud of him? Yes. That's history. Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it... As far as my "family members" go, if not for baseball, you would not exist. My grandmother's brothers played in a semi-pro league with a guy named Leonard. They invited him home one day, thinking he might be interested in their older sister, Margaret. He was more interested in her younger sister, Marie. That's history!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Crosby, Stills & Nash (Live) - For What It's Worth

The original version of this song was up for voting as my "Class Song" in the early 70's. Everyone that I was familiar with at the time voted for this song. However, the winner was a milquetoast Chicago tune. I always believed that the administration squelched our choice. I'm afraid it was the same characters that squelch us today.

Monday, January 4, 2021


"When you're broke, nuthin's cheap. When you're old, nuthin's easy..."

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Mimi & Poohie's Bivalve house and cottage at one time

This popped up on my facebook feed today. Immediately, I thought of my sister. Sis loved the "Westside". In 1973, she shared a house with her friend "Schmitty" on the river in Nanticoke. In the late '70s, she worked on an oyster boat and bartended at the local watering hole in Tyaskin. I'm not sure, but I believe she resided in the small cottage shown in the video in 1981. When our dad suddenly passed away in late 1981, she moved back in with our mom "to take care of her". Truth be told, mom did not need to be "taken care of". Mom was fine; Sis not so much.