May 2011

Can’t let Gil Scott-Heron’s passing go by without saying goodbye. What a powerful influence he was on me. I was a white boy teenager up in Maine totally moved by his sound and message; “Winter in America.”
His first album was spoken word with drums, and though he was sometimes called “The Godfather of Rap” he didn’t want that title. It was jazz he listened to, he said. I had a long way to go, but that half sung/half spoken sound over blues/RnB music is basically the format I’m still working in.
RIP Gil Scott-Heron

Saw Pegi Young at The Hotel Cafe in Hollywood on Tuesday night. Really fun. Killer show with the legendary Spooner Oldham on keyboards and another Muscle Shoals player Kelvin Holly, tearing it up on his Telecaster. If the band all looks like they’ve been around the block a few times, you could still see the childlike excitement on their faces. Don’t know who wrote the songs but some stand outs were “Blue Sunday” and her gorgeous cover of “I Dont Wanna Talk About It.” Gave me goosebumps. Cool ending with a song called “In the Doghouse.” Funky! Smoking band, great crowd, tour bus parked out front. Cool!