Monday, April 7, 2014

Music Monday ~ "Summertime" (Charmaine Neville)

A few months after Hurricane Katrina, David and I ventured back into the city we love, unsure of what we would find. It was a mixed bag but there were some shining moments. One of those was the opportunity to see Charmaine Neville at Snug Harbor. This was the first time we'd seen her and we were utterly charmed.

We were there for the 8 p.m. show but since tourists were few and far between, Charmaine invited the audience to stay for the second show, too, which we did. While eating dinner before the show we had heard police sirens but hadn't paid much attention. We later learned that there had been a shooting out on the street where we had walked just a few minutes prior. Several clubs on Frenchmen Street closed down for the night and some of the musicians wandered into Snug Harbor where they joined Charmaine for an impromptu jam session during the second show. It was one of those experiences that cannot be recreated and we felt lucky to have been there.

Since then we've seen Charmaine's show at Snug Harbor another time or two, as well as a performance at French Quarter Fest a couple of years ago. She was then diagnosed with a very serious hereditary disease and I wasn't sure we'd ever get to see her perform again but I just read that she is doing better and will be performing at French Quarter Fest this weekend. I can't wait to see her again. She is not only a talented singer but she puts on an amazing show.


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sunday Soul ~ "Bilgewater" (Brown Bird)

Several months ago our dear friends of Rowdy Folk sang this song at one of their local shows thus introducing us to Brown Bird and the "darker side of American folk". We've enjoyed the music of Brown Bird since then and were saddened to hear of the passing of David Lamb yesterday.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Saturday B.S. Roundup - Temporarily on Hiatus

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You may have noticed that I haven't done a B.S. Roundup post in quite awhile. There are a couple of reasons for that. First, I've been busy with the business David and I have recently started (more about that later). But more importantly, I made the decision to greatly decrease my intake of politics, news and negativity for Lent. I made a list of people and pages which are generally positive and have focused on reading those on Facebook rather than the general Newsfeed. It's been a much-needed respite and I'm not entirely certain I'm anywhere near ready to give it up.

Today someone posted a link to a false story on Facebook asking if this particular thing were still being done (it never was in the first place).  I normally ignore most of this stuff but since the person was actually asking if it were true I shared the Snopes link which debunked it. I should have known better. It wasn't long before someone trotted out the old "Snopes isn't reliable" canard. That's when I knew any further discussion would be a waste of my time.

Now I find myself rethinking this blog feature. It's been popular with my friends and followers who share my passion for truth but they aren't the ones who are spreading the false stories. And the ones who are often taken in by the lies and distortions of fact aren't likely to be reading The Well-Groomed Hippie in the first place. So I'm asking myself, "What's the point?". I'm preaching to the choir here, right?

I do occasionally see friends share these posts when they encounter one of the examples of b.s. I've covered here and that is gratifying. But I'm not sure how often they've managed to convince anyone of the truth. As hard as it is for me to understand, many people believe exactly what they want to believe, despite mountains of evidence to the contrary.

I don't know whether I'll continue Saturday B.S. Roundup posts in the future but for now I'm enjoying the vacation from craziness. Spring has arrived here on Apple Tree Farm and I'm loving the warm sunshine, chirping birds, blooming trees and wildflowers. After a long, dark, cold winter I need light and warmth and peace. Spending time writing posts about stupid stuff just doesn't seem right for now. Instead, I will be taking longer walks with Shiloh, planting flowers, listening to music and enjoying porch time. Springtime is too short to waste on anything less.

"Increase the peace." ~ James Rountree 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Music Monday ~ "Pearl of the Quarter" (Steely Dan)

Just ten more days until we leave for New Orleans. Cannot wait! In the meantime here is a Steely Dan song about my favorite place.



Last night I was sipping tea and listening to Steely Dan on the turntable:

Sunday night - #SteelyDan on the #turntable #vinyl

Monday, March 24, 2014

Music Monday ~ "Feels Like Rain" (John Hiatt)

My son has been in New Orleans the past few days and while I'm very happy for him, it also increased my longing for the city. Just three more weeks!

Monday, March 17, 2014