Sunday, January 21, 2018

Abner Dalrymple -- January 21, 2018

Spalding's Base Ball Guide and Official League Book for 1879
Abner Dalrymple was one of the great hitters in the early National League.  He played for the Chicago White Stockings from 1879 to 1886.  He played left field.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Pacifica Sunset -- January 20, 2018

As we left 5 o'clock mass at Good Shepherd, I had to stop to take a photo of the sunset.  Then we bought sandwiches and parked at Rockaway Beach to watch the waves.  It was very cold.

Edwin Hawkins, RIP -- January 20, 2017
Edwin Hawkins died.  He was born in Oakland. Everyone remembers him and the Singers for "Oh Happy Day."

Friday, January 19, 2018

Janis Joplin 75 -- January 19, 2018
Janis Joplin would have been 75 years old today.  She was born on 19-January-1943.  I remember when she died in 1970.  I always looked forward to hearing her music on the radio.

Years later I read an article that said she had auditioned for San Francisco traditional jazz band leader Turk Murphy.  He liked her voice but he didn't want to hire a "beatnik."  It would have been interesting.  This is not the original article, but it has some nice details about Janis singing some songs with Dick Oxtot.  Oxtot recommended her to Turk Murphy:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Who Gets To Be An American? -- January 17, 2018

Time, 10-April-2006
This 2006 issue of Time featured a stern Statue of Liberty and the question "Who Gets To Be An American?"  This question seems right in light of our so-called president's reference to many countries as "s*t holes."  When my ancestors came here from Ireland and Italy, some Americans considered those countries to be "s*t holes."

Monday, January 15, 2018

Happy Birthday, Dr King, 2018 -- January 15, 2018
We need more extremists like Jesus and Dr King.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison -- January 13, 2018
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me."  (Matthew 35:36)

Fifty years ago today, on 13-January-1968, Johnny Cash and his band visited Folsom Prison in California and recorded one of the greatest live albums.
When Cash was in the Air Force, he saw the 1951 film Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison, directed by Crane Wilbur. He was inspired to write "Folsom Prison Blues," which combined two great genres of folk song, railroad songs and prison songs.  He recorded it for Sun Records in 1955 and had a hit.

After his career took a dive because of drug use, Cash cleaned up and made a comeback.  In 1968, he played two shows at the prison.  The album was a hit.
In 2008, Bestor Cram and Michael Streissguth produced a documentary about the recording.