Friday April 30th was the birthday of the Reverend Gary Davis and what better way to celebrate than with his live version at the Newport Folk Festival of the classic "Samson and Delilah," another example of litrock from the big book. For a man of the cloth, his incendiary performances were truly possessed, putting truth to many an adage about religion and the devil.
Speaking of devils, how's about a rock performance of the same song by the Grateful Dead? Here is a video of one of their better renditions of this little number. The dual drumming lead-in, Jerry's tasty licks, and a particularly fine vocal by Bob (I was afraid I wouldn't be able to find anything not embarrassing in comparison to the Reverend) make this well worth a view.
50 songs on the Sunday Service. Almost up to a year's worth. Who'd a thought? Has it been with the time and effort? Thanks to all for their suggestions. I've got a whole trunk full if I decide to keep it going. And I'm still offering the current two issues FREE for any song suggestions that make the cut.
Cluster of shooting stars
on a Spring creek.
Happy anniversary to David G. Lanoue, whose Haiku of Kobayshi Issa website celebrates it 10th anniversary this month. It is truly one of the web's most outstanding resources.
in cold water
sipping the stars...
translated by David G. Lanoue