Monday, October 19, 2009

This One's For You, Coffee Cigar Donut man.

I know you've been having some heavy duty stuff going on lately, and I miss your musings.

In other posts I've written about one of my favorite guitarists, Rory Gallagher. The irish muse that fueled his playing and songs is very powerful to me.

I had a friend named Joyce who passed several years ago with a brain tumor. Like so many of my friends, she was about 10 years older than I was. I played in her band in Houston for a year or so, and we remained good friends thereafter. She was a marvelous singer, songwriter and guitarist, and like me she loved some of them well-played heart wrenching guitar blues.

I remember a time when my dear friend Joyce said, while introducing a sad epic of a blues tune called "Reconsider Baby", that listening to the sad old blues could make you happy, for some strange reason. The power of song.

So here's some links to some heartache music to cure that heartbreak, or at least make it better.

Sending postive vibes your way, dude. Here's a tune I listened to today on the BBC 2 disc set of Rory Gallagher, a tune called "What in the world". I hope it has a curative effect. This is a nice live version from 1982 with great sound.

There are two other songs that even holds a candle to this masterpiece of Rory's for heart breaking blues.

One is the Led Zeppelin classic "Since I've been loving you" with Jimmy Page sending out riffs of heartache and heartbreak. Here's a version from 1973 with ok sound.

The other song that for sure belongs in this catagory is Jeff Beck's "Cause we've ended as lovers". Although the killer version on the "Blow by Blow" album is hard to beat, here's a version 30+ years after the original with the stellar band consisting of young Australian bass virtuoso Tal Wilkenfeld, the imcomparable Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and Jason Rebello on keys.


  1. Thank you I appreciate it. I'll be okay eventually. I've also been listening to Jimmy Cliff. Very inspirational.

  2. You're very much welcome. I look forward to the time when I can continue beginning my day with a cup of home brewed Starbucks or Ruta Maya coffee reading the paper and my favorite blogs. You're a bro, bro, and don't forget that you are appreciated and that your loyal readers miss you.