Chapman chants, Sue sings Joe, Neil needs blood

Would someone turn off the lights already? It’s 3 am!!!

Oh yeah, it’s  the “I’m never gonna sleep again blues time” –again.  So, hey, some tunes are in order. Or maybe not? Aww what the heck, here’s a little trio that have been just been crying for connection like some rowdy kids wanting a sleep over in the back yard in the summer just so they can play with water balloons.  Ah, yeah, well so that’s a feeble comparison–but there it is. Summer and water balloons sound good about now. To me anyway. I know there are some snow worshippers out there–some where.  In Iceland?   So gathered here they be.   Tracy Chapman’s rich chant to the “Mother of us all” in “The Rape of the World”. Sue Jeffers strums through a rendition of Joe Jencks’ “Gasoline”.  First heard Jencks voice his ode to our “petroleum addiction” on KKFI. AS IF  any other radio station would ever give this song air time. Not happening. Just not happening in this universe of corporate personhood. Before I detour down the road of the joke of corporations being ‘persons’ –STOP!  Jeffers gives Jencks’ song an admirable go round in this video.  And then there’s the eternal “Vampire Blues” of a man with incredible musical staying power, Neil Young.  Eat your hearts out American Idol wanna be-s! Here’s the real deal–singer songwriters with more on their minds than scoring tv ratings.  Now here’s a thought–let’s have THESE songs sung on American Idol. Why not? Eh? Why not indeed???  Some real blood, sweat and tears for the enthralled ‘voters’.   

I wonder if insomnia was the reason Phillip K. Dick penned Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?  I rather doubt it, but . . . . Hey, what do you suppose ‘corporate persons’ dream about??? Serfs increasing their profit margins with cheap labor? Huh. Now there’s a rant in vitro….the serfs come marching one by one. Hurrah! Hurrah!

Oh please feel free to share your personal favorites of like-minded songs.  I’m always game for new musical adventures.  Almost always, but especially in the wee hours when I can hear the snowflakes beckoning….


  1. Melissa said,

    January 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Couple of friends of mine have the proud place of #12 on Neil Young’s current list of videos. Nanette Natal is the singer, Robert Pyzel the independent filmmaker. You can find the video on Neil’s site or on youtube.

    • January 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      YES! TEN big points for Melissa for sharing this music. If I could give you something less ephemeral than “10 pts”, Melissa, I surely would. How about a cup of gunpoweder green tea? Nanette’s pipes are most welcome. Oh yeah! “Howl” indeed.

      • January 23, 2011 at 5:49 pm

        I’m SO glad you enjoyed her! You can find her at Benyo Music (she has a lot of CDs and they’re all fabulous) and watch her on youtube. She and Roberta Pyzel are outstandingly creative.

      • January 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm

        Melissa, feel free to drop some more sweet music vibes here any time! Most welcome.

  2. slpmartin said,

    January 22, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Nice set of songs….’I got nothing” as they say. :-)

  3. ryeder said,

    January 22, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Some of our attempts at creativity is around 3am…..good music

    • January 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Oh yes, the wonders of creative insanity at 3 am, OOOO Ryder! What have you been listening to? Care to share?

  4. Artswebshow said,

    January 23, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I like that neil young song though it is rather simple.
    The video with the pics from the oil spills some of those are very harrowing the pic of the placard saying bp over life, that’s unfortunately true.
    And that woman i the last video is a cool guitarist, its like blues/folk fusion

    • January 24, 2011 at 5:15 pm

      LOL, simple Neil Young. Oh Richard, now i’m curious–which Neil Young song would you prefer? Hmm? Fess up!

  5. Joe Andrews said,

    January 25, 2011 at 4:27 am

    nice collection of tunes! awesome post-

  6. Samanthamj said,

    January 25, 2011 at 4:50 am

    hi there =). Good tunes. Thanks for sharing.
    I love having so many venues to get to hear new music these days, and love to find artists I might never have heard otherwise – but, I still love the classic deep tracks the best… =)

    snow flakes? yeah… got those… kids had a “cold” day today. Not a “snow day”… but, a “cold” day… was just too damn COLD to let them go out (-10 F, with -21 windchill this morning)… ugh…

  7. artistatexit0 said,

    January 25, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Wish I had more to contribute musically other than to say I have been a huge fan of Neil Young’s dedication to his art form. His willingness to try most anything is inspiring to me. I hope that sleep finds you soon.

  8. souldipper said,

    January 25, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I really love supporting “new” musicians – especially who are into blues:
    Matt Anderson:

    Also, not so “new” anymore – Harry Manx:

    May the blessings of Orpheus fall on you tonight. :D

  9. Yousei Hime said,

    February 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Love Tracy Chapman. Discovered her in grad school and have been a fan ever since. Thanks for sharing the others too.

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