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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

JONI MITCHELL....Coma or NO Coma Folks....What's the Truth?

found photo on Wikipedia/see link cc
Today, while looking for some news about music. I came across this post from VARIETY online. JONI MITCHELL's Official Website, and WIKIPEDIA [photo credit] denies that Joni Mitchell, 71, is in a coma....'B' ah..'B...But wait'...THEN, it gos on to say that.....quote, "  close friend Leslie Morris filed a petition to obtain conservatorship over the Grammy-winning artist."..
I may be kinda odd folks, but 'I' wouldn't do that just because...would you? Sounds like something serious is going on in that California Hospital to me. What's the truth, anyway?
I wrote that Joni collapsed last month, and was rushed to the hospital. [see MY story HERE] Every post that I read back then said ...don't worry, it was nothing serious, but it's been quite a long time now. what's really going on? I guess, we'll just have to wait and see.....I'll keep an eye out and post anymore info that I find here. O.K? Jan
There's more posts showing up already about this news....go HERE, HERE and HERE to read more.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

O. K., True Facts About The Octopus...Just in Case You're Ever Asked

A blue Octopus/see photo credit
Just trying to help out...what if someone asks you about OCTOPUSES?....What do you know about them? Well, I thought so, not much, so let me help you out.
 Steve was in a band once called THE BLUE OCTOBUS,.... STEPHEN K.. HICKS and HERE was the drummer, of course, he's also the owner of HOBBY STREET STUDIOS in Yelm. but that's all I can remember about the Blue Octopus Band right now,, except that they only had 1 [one] gig...CURTIS was also in the band?.....sooo, where was I?...Oh yea, that's where music comes into this amazing story and video. I found this video very informative. I now know the octopus very well. Enjoy. Jan
PHOTO CREDIT: Go HERE. Photo is of a 'perth' octopus.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Updated: RICHARD PRYOR Singing Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out

Richard Pryor/see photo credit
HEATHER JONES/vocals reminded me once again on her FACEBOOK page, that RICHARD PRYOR and HERE  started out as a singer, NOT a comic....I really love his style and voice. Listen and see what you think. Such a painful life...I'm gonna look up more about his life and post it here. O.K? But, while I look up more about his life...enjoy hearing him sing. Jan
O.K., I'm back, know, I loved Pryor's voice,,,,he reminds me of one of my favorite jazz musicians who also had a drug habit and hard life...namely CHET BAKER. Go HERE to read MY story about Chet Baker. Here's a video link of the album 'The Best of Chet Baker' [thanks Jazz n' Blues Experience].
Now, I'll find more about right back.....
I read about Pryor in .WIKIPEDIA..and, there's NO mention about his singing...BUT, it's so beautiful Lotsa stuff about his  adult humor, awards and comedy, which he is known for. He openly talked about his drug habit  on the videos I scanned on YOUTUBE. example: 'Richaed Pryor on the Johnny Carson Show, 1983' [thanks Sharon Schmidt].
 I remember when Pryor caught himself on fire in June of 1980 after drinking and freebasing cocaine. Rescue workers found him quote 'walking quietly about a mile and half from home', His daughter, stated that Pryor ' poured high-proof rum over his body and set himself ablaze in a bout of drug-induced psychosis' Later, he stated that he had tried to commit suicide.. Those burns covered over one half of his body and he was in the burn unit for six months.
In 1990 he was diagnosed with M. S.and started using a scooter to get around. He died in 2005 from a heart attack..
There was lotsa recognition for his support of civil rights over the years and his Black Comedy.... Kings of Black Comedy Heroes of Black Comedy, 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time., and in 2005 in the UK.. The Comedian's Comedian. 
He was awarded many Grammys etc. here's a quote: " Pryor won an Emmy Award (1973) and five Grammy Awards (1974, 1975, 1976, 1981, and 1982). In 1974, he also won two American Academy of Humor awards and the Writers Guild of America Award. The first ever Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for American Humor was presented to him in 1998. Pryor is listed at Number 1 on Comedy Central's list of all-time greatest stand-up comedians.[23]"
PHOTO CREDIT: Go HEREwww.eurweb.com384 × 216Search by image
Richard Pryor Was An Incredible Singer Too? (Look/Listen!)  

More video links of Richard Pryor below Could not find any more music from Pryor...Below, is his comic stuff....Adult language.

1.\] MUDBONE, by Richard Pryor by gregdeanness

DICK CAVETT'S VIETNAM: The First "Television War" | PBS TONIGHT.... 'War: What is it Good For?'

WAR,/see photo credit
Just now, I read on FACEBOOK that tonight at on PBS, DICK CAVETT and HERE  will be doing a Vietnam War special. Boy, never thought of war as special before,link on YOUTUBE...HERE [thanks PBS] This video brought back memories of the 60's and early '70s AND, EDWIN STARR and HERE' and his war song 'War' [thanksnnerMusicLove] : What is it Good For?..... NOTHING'.
 This is more from the PBS video page: " Published on Apr 27, 2015 This April, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon (April 30, 1975) and the end of America’s presence in Vietnam, Dick Cavett’s Vietnam examines the conflict and its impact on America through the prism of interviews conducted by the iconic host of “The Dick Cavett Show.” Dick Cavett’s Vietnam, airing nationally Monday, April 27, 2015 from 10-11 p.m. ET on PBS (check local listings), is part of a special block of programming related to the Vietnam War. “While I started out to do an entertaining talk show, you couldn’t keep Vietnam out of the conversation,” says Dick Cavett in a new interview in the documentary. Joining Cavett are a mix of actor/entertainers (Woody Allen, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Groucho Marx and Paul Newman), politicians (Senators Barry Goldwater, Wayne Morse, Edmund Muskie, and Vice President Hubert Humphrey), sports figures (Muhammad Ali) and more."
PHOTO CREDIT: Go HERE...." Is War Worth It?
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You can no more win a war than you can win an earthquake."
 Ijust gotta post Edwin Starr's 1970 song ...WAR below....telling it how it is. Thanks Mr. Starr. Jan

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Jamming iPad @ Stonegate

Bartlett last night by J.A.Rose-Baetlett cc
NOTE: Photo made by InstaPlace #instaplace #instaplaceapp #android #tacoma #wa #night #spring #wa

Here's some photos from last night at THE STONEGATE,where BOBBY HOFFMAN EXTREME JAM was going on with those SOUL SPIDERZ....BARTLETT ON BASS dong the basslines, and filling in for their regular bass guy.
Please understand and remember...I'm just learning my new iPad camera and stuff and still finding my way around...the iPad is hard for me to hold onto 'cause I only have one arm to hold the iPad, my hand and arm shakes,don't wanna drop it....[.don't's only temporary, I'm sure.]...Anyway...lotsa Rock and Roll last night. See ya, Jan
More photos from last night below...                          
Jan working iPad by J.A.Rose cc

Hoffman, Bartlett, Merriam by J.A.Rose cc
Ernie  on sax, iPad trying to shut by J.A.Rose cc

The Power of Music....'Did One of Your Favorite Songs Change Our World?'

the power of music/see photo credit
I read a post today from BBC NEWS about songs changing the world. That got me thinking about the power of music and using it with awareness....seeing how it can influence the choices of those listening to it. What is it [the song] saying? I would NOT choose a song about killing or dying for example I love life. [Jan] of course.
O.K., 'What came first,....the action or the thinking about that very action?' Well, I've seen over the years that songs seemed to make it all right...and, many times we have music playing and don't even think about what we are hearing....pretty soon...everybody's doing this or that, or buying a certain product. It's the 'IN' thing to do....or acceptable. How come? Could our brains hear it when we don't? Suddenly it sounds familiar AND we want it?....WOW.
Perhaps we think it's our free choice or idea...but, really it's our brain's programing.
The article from BBC was very interesting, and fun to read, click on the link above and enjoy yourself. Jan
PHOTO CREDIT: Go HERE The Power of Music « The Daily Perspective
It's all music. Music has the power to mess with your brain in every way possible. Many types of classical music can make you sad or angry.

Saturday, April 25, 2015


from Steve Merriams facebook page/see link
First, let me tell ya there's a wonderful jam at STONEGATE tomorrow starts, 'round 8:30 pm, I guess, in's .called 'The Bobby Hoffman Jam'.....some very cool musicians are all meeting there for this EXTREME kinda jam.....usually featuring a know, like, for example, the Beatles, or Beach Boys ...and they aim for that kinda music for that jam. So, everybody's on the same page etc. But, of course, if you don't 'speak' Beatles or Beach Boys etc. they'll let you do what you do...and have a great time doing it.
I've seen BOBBY HOFFMAN/drummer run around directing traffic at his's sure fun to watch and listen to. Just get outta his way is all I'll say...and...'I' think he should wear a helmut too, when he slides onto that stage on his stomach and you find him at your feet, smiling and looking up at you with those wide eyed blue eyes of his. You know he likes you that's all, just keep playing, it's gonna be O.K..
Well, Steve BARTLETT ON BASS will be there tomorrow night Sunday,, April 26th playing bass. STEVE MERRIAM/guitar [photo link] asked him last night  AND, Steve's resting up for tomorrow night as I write this. Gotta be in shape for this kinda thing and he didn't get much time to get ready.
THE STONEGATE has good food, have a bite to eat, a few cold beers or hard drinks....bring your axe and join this Extreme Fun. Jan
Steve is working up 'Baby Blue' [thanks thesmallaxe5]by Badfinger.

WHERE: THE STONEGATE, jam starts bat 8:30 pm, gos 'til 'round midnight?
                 5419 South Tacoma Way...take 56th street exit off I-5, go west to South Tacoma Way
                  Tacoma, WA

Sunday, April 19, 2015

RINGO Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL of FAME, Last of the 'Fab Four' to be Inducted

THE BEATLES/see photo credit
Today, I saw that the last of the BEATLES.... and HERE  was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME, as a solo artist, for musical excellance....WOW.'really groovy...look at RINGO an dHERE  go.'. AND, not only THAT, but it was his buddy,, PAUL McCARTNEY  and HERE who did the honors, it was reported on THE ROLLING STONE. today.
Anyway,it seems that Ringo has to thank  McCartney for alot  more than the presentation of this awsesome honor....but, McCartney was the one who first started the ball -a-rolling about is long time friend being considered in the first place....Thank you, Paul.
Ringo and McCartney are the only two Beatles lrft. JOHN LENNON died on December 8th, 1980, and GEORGE HARRISON in November in 2001..
The Beattles were my first love way back in '64, my girl friend, Astrid and I, pretended we had 'English Accents, took a few guitar lessons [mainly so we could look cool and carry 'round guitarss wore 'go-go' boots'....Astrid called me...Mrs. Harrison, I called her Mrs. McCartney....we had fun, even though we were kinda goofy.
Congradulations Ringo. And again thanks Paul. 'Groovy', Jan
PHOTO CREDIT: Go HERE....s2smagazine.com533 × 337Search by image
the beatles

Friday, April 17, 2015

JONI MITCHELL and JACO PASTORIUS...Always Work Well Together

Mitchell and Pastorius/see photo credit
I remember, our friend and long time music buddy of Steve's...MIKE KARNES/guitar/bass telling us that one of BARTLETT's heros namely JACO PASTORIUS/bass did alotta stuff with JONI MITCHELL and HERE way back when. So, when HARVEY WICKLUND/bass from THE LINDA MYERS BAND posted this on Facebook, I just hada watch. Iloved it and will be on th elook out for more Mitchell/Pastorius stuff and let everyone knw what I find. O. K? Jan
Well, I found many stories that Joni Mitchell was hospitalized last month in L.A., Here's some links.....THE ROLLING STONE, HAUTE LIVING FOX NEWS, OC WEEKLY , and there's more too.. Jan

From the Joni Mitchell Discussion List The Life and Death of Jaco Pastorius

More related video links below...
1.] COYOTE, by Joni Mitchel, jaco Pastorius, by CARADEMASA
2.] JACO PASTORIUS SOLO W/JONI MITCHELL, by Jaco Pastorius, Joni Mitchell, by superunknown373

SASS Is On Their Way to UNCLE THURM's TONIGHT For The Good Stuff

Bartlett on the upright bass, by J.A. Rose-Bartlett cc
Oh.....WOW..UNCLE THURM's FINGER LICKIN RIBs AND CHICKEN tonight.This is our lucky day, you and I, today's there's awesome music from SASS,, well, more than just any ol' music, it's a fantastic kinda music.... BLUZZZ and a lot of it AND,some amazing chow know, Uncle Thurm's and Linda's very famous soul food. That's yummy BBQed stuff, like ribs. with all the trimmings too.
That's SASS with that Queen of BLUZZZ, Ms. SHELLY ELY on vocals..and .the whole SASS gang's gonna be there with SHELL...singer/song writer STEVE MERRIAM/guitar/vocals, ANDRE THOMAS/drums/vocals and STEVE BARTLETT ON BASS/vocals too.
My Steve's bringing his upright looks so cool...up there on stage. He's getting ready to do his thing with the upright, as well as that growl-ly electric bass we all love. I'll post a photo that I took this past week of Steve and his upright bass, with my iPad camera...forgive;s kinda blurry. As you can see....I'm just learning.
It'll be a great gig with lotsa original music by STEVE MERRIAM, a few original tunes by JHO BLENIS thrown in, that are all being recorded tonight by STEVE COX.... Shelly sassing Thurm and Thurm sassing back, wonderful smells of delicious food, cooked and served by Thurm, Linda and the family.
Relax, have a cold one and a bite to eat, dance around those tables a little if you want...there's no pressure. Just have a great time. Jan

               3709 'G' Street, take 38th East off I-5
                Tacoma, WA.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Willie Jones - X Factor (funny and talented Boy)

I found this on HEATHER JONES Facebok know the amazing singer of HEATHER JONES AND THE GROOVE MASTERS. We're seeing her and her wonderful hubby DONNY JONES/guitar/vocals all over the place. STEVE BARTLETT/bass, of course, is so honored to be playing with them....Next gig is at UNCLE THURM's the first Friday of May [May 1st]. Well, when I heard this young man WILLIE JONES sing, well I was stunned and delighted at the same time...then noticed his name....'JONES'?....could he be related to Heather and Donny? Maybe? I'll check it out. Then, I began to look online for more from Willie Jones. He has videos on YOUTUBE...I'll post links. O.K? He was only 17 at the time of this video. His voice is soooo cool...deep and yummy. Asked Steve to learn this song just for ME. love it. I'll post whatever I find 'bout Willie here. Jan

Here'svideo links that I found of Willie Jones below.

1.] NOBODY KNOWS, by Willie Jones, by OfficialWillieJones
2.] REDEMPTION SONG, by Willie Jones, by Lucas Viegas
3.] EASY, by Willie Jones, by 710 KEEL News
4.] SURE BE COOL IF YOU DID, by Willie Jones, by OfficialWillieJones 


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

BOB DYLAN- BBC Tonight Show- With God on Our Side (1964)

Well, O.K. BOB DYLAN and HERE is one of my Heros...this sounds like a tune I've heard before. Jan

Monday, April 13, 2015

Making it BIG TIME at Those Music Festivals..' Money, Money, Money Makes the World Go Around'

TEDDY LEE HOOKER by J.A Rose-Bartlett cc
O.K., we just had a great time in Tacoma, WA. at THE GRAY SKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL [we paid only a $10.00 cover at the Swiss after 3 pm,]...So, this post caught my eye today...about the type of BIG? money that's being made in all those Music Festivals. This is what I read in the HUFFINGTON POST.
Well, I have many personel experiances with these these kinda things..'cause, I know that...well frankly most, musicians just are NOT paid enough. Not even minanum wage,....even way below, not counting, all the time rehearsing, and the practice that goes into putting on a show.
 Remember, those musicians are doing a JOB and need to get paid just like you do from your's not 'party-time' for them,..only for you, their job is to make you relax and have a good time.  This just goes to show, once again, that musicians are just plain amazing people that must do it for the love of music and their hope of making it big someday [or even a decent living]. Most musicians have a 'day job' too, besides their music.They end up giving up all those evenings, and staying up late many nights for thei music andr dream. And, I don't see many 'rich' musicians around. Seems like more and more Clubss are hurting, and they include meals as part of the wage, some include a drink or two as well.
Now, those 'Music Festivals' that do pay more than Music Clubs, by the way...but, NOT really a hugh amount more, they seem to be  sought out by everyone and a prize for sure...first,.they have to be found, and if hired by the Festival, it may take a wait of up to a year for that chance to play. many of them [festivals] are out of town, and a hotel or motor home is needed..
In the '70s, Steve played at least, 6 nights a week, in town and got $50.00 a night...EVERY WEEK. Now days,  A good musician has one gig a week...WOW, He may make 550.00 or more ,get some tips and food with 2 drinks. the 'wife' pays for her own meal etc.
The Huffington Post post says that those festivals are a reminder of those 'hippie' days of the '60s ....BUT, where's the money the musicians used to get? They don't see it. Festivals usually last no more than a few days too.  Musician's gotta eat and live all year long. One or two Festivals a year ain't gonna do it. heard that County Fairs are profitable....BUT, along wait time to get in the 'circult' [years]. Once you get one wants to leave and give a new guy their spot...of course, I understand. Who would?.
Casinos are going more and more to D.Js. but, that seems to still hold the dream for many musicians.
This is my opinion, but, it seems more and more difficult for musicians to find steady jobs, they have to play with several bands at once to get opprtunity to play regularly [spell?]. People don't seem to be going out as much as they use to. Many Clubs are shutting down, going to D.Js and trying to make ends meet in other creative ways...Bingo,...anyone?
O.K., I'm gonna say one more thing that I see. Many great musicians and Club owners too start drinking too much after awhile and get into trouble. Maybe part of this problem is because of this kinda stuff. Jan
To readmore about this topic, from THE GUARDIAN.
ABOUT PHOTO: I took this photo at THE GRAY SKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL in Tacoma, WA. April 11th, 2015. .

Dover Police DashCam Confessional (Shake it Off)...Laugh for Today

Found this singing police video today on YOUTUBE LOL.....well, it's been a hard shift.. he's.just trying to unwind and keep alert for any trouble Jan

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Teddy Lee Hooker You Looked Good Last Night

Heard TEDDY LEE HOOKER do this tune at THE GREY SKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL on April 11th, 2015 in Tacoma, WA.. I loved it. My story HERE. Jan

Thanks Sweetheart

Found this on FACEBOOK, at Being Mommy. LOL. Jan


TEDY LEE HOOKER by J. A. Rose cc
Well, I'm learning that iPad thing on the go...yesterday, for example,  we were at THE GRAY SKY BLUES MUSIC FESTIVAL,  in Tacoma, WA.
Look, I got a photo of TEDDY LEE HOOKER from the iPad camera, I know, it's kinda blurry...don't know how to fix that yet...but_ will soon.
Anyway, the photo was taken @ THE SWISS.
Later, in the evenong, we were off to  THE B SHARP, where we had heard that THE DEAN REICHER BAND were playing.  Boy, I've heard all good things about that band and wanted to listen. ANDRE THOMAS/drums for SASS is also the drummer for the Dean Reicher Band...the band was awesome...check them out. [they're at THE SWISS/see link above, on April 22nd, Wednesday, this month ] AND, Teddy Lee Hooker was there too at the B Sharp...WOW! We gotta hear him twice.
The food ( we had pizza) was great at the B Sharp, and at a wonderful price. So, I'd really recommend eating there, while listening to some amazing music. O. K...I'll post the address below.
We saw alotta cool musicians at the whole day music's just a few that I recognized, it was crowded,...  JEFF HAYES/drums, singer/song writer STEVE MERRIAM/guitar/vocals, DOUG SKOOG/keys/vocals, 'MOJO' TRIHOLM/vocals, KIM ARCHER/guitar/vocals. Jan

                 1904 South Jefferson
                  Tacoma, WA

                B SHARP COFFEE HOUSE
                706 Opera Alley [Court C]
                 Tacoma, WA../

Here's a funny, cool song we heard last night, posted on YOUTUBE called 'YOU LOOKED GOOD LAST NIGHT' byJohn Flores...... thanks.
Here's a better photo from yesterday....
TEDDY LEE HOOKER by J.A. Rose-Bartlett cc

Saturday, April 11, 2015

BARTLETT With Upright This Morning

This morning, just like every morning, my hubby jumps out ta bed and does what he loves best....MUSIC. I'm learning the iPad AND doing what I love best...posting and listening to my BARTLETT. Jsn

Friday, April 10, 2015

It All Went Down The Drain - Boz Scaggs.wmv...BARTLETT On Vocals

SHELLT ELY/vocals feom SASS thinks my Steve sounds like BOZ SCAGGS and HERE, do you? Jan

Gee....It's BLUZZZ Tonight With SASS, of Course @ UNCLE THURM's on 'G' Street

from UNCLE THURM's FACEBOOK page/see link
O.K....It's Friday again, and that means great music at UNCLE THURM's FINGER LICKEN RIBs AND CHICKEN[photo link] on 'G' Street in Tacoma, WA. Friday night is the only night Thurm has music, except on very special Mothers Day. So, I love it on Fridays at Uncle Thurm's, there's always great live music and delicious soul food.
Tonight, Frday, April 10th, get ready to hear some SASS with SHELLY ELY/vocals and all the know, singer/song writer STEVE MERRIAM/guitar/vocals, ANDRE THOMAS/drums/vocals and STEVE BARTLETT on bass/vocal too. It all starts 'round 7:30 well, really right at 7:30 pm sharp.
I'll be ordering MY soul food and getting ready to chow down with gusto  and perhaps have a  dance or me 'twinkle toes' will ya?...AND just watch you didn't think 'I' could do THAT, did ya? Well,...'I' can 'specially with lotta soul food in me and soul music on stage. See you tonight. P.S., bring your dance shoes along. Jan

                 3709 'G' Street
                  Tacoma, WA.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Tomorrow...SASS's at UNCLE THURM's...Giving Him Alotta Sass, Of Course

SASS, used with permission, I'm not crazy, see photo credit
You know, Uncle Thurm can take it...he's even got his very own portable mic with him at all times, just in case he wants  to give it back to SASS and especially to Ms.SHELLY ELY' with her very sassy stuff. I just get outta the way and SMILE. It can be a BIG surprise....what comes outta her mouth with all that cool,powerful BLUZZZ, that is. So, get ready for UNCLE THURM's FINGER LICKIN RIBs AND CHICKEN or SOUL FOOD,you know, down on 'G' Street in Tacoma 'round 7:30 tomorrow. Bring a bib...don't miss all that very delicious, saucy soul food cooked  up fresh by Linda and Thurm themselves...just for ALL of us....'Gee thanks,you guys' I love BLUZZZ or JAZZ with MY soul food, don't you?. See you around 7:30. O.K? Jan
PHOTO CREDIT: The photo was taken by MERRI PETERSON SUTTON in Tacoma, WA. of this group [early Sept. 2014]. Used by permission from SASS, link  S. Merriam', you know, I'm gonna get permission for a new photo, just kinda scared. Jan

WHERE: UNCLE THURM's FINGER LICKIN RIBs AND CHICKEN or SOUL FOOD, Friday, April 10th, 'round 7:30 til Shelly's done...about 9:30 or10 pm, I'd guess
                 3709 'G' 38th, of course
                  Tacoma, WA.

EEEEWWWW...Ickie...Accidentlly Slept With A Bass Player

Look what I found on FACEBOOK this morning...this very sad, tragic story. It was posted by Brian Haner . LOL, Jan

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

LOU RAWLS - Tobacco Road (1963)...Check This Out, Will Ya?

LOU RAWLS, see photo credit
Steve's ol' music buddy from High School... MIKE KARNES sent us this video link of 'Tobacco Road' [thanks Dániel Görög]] by LOU  RAWLS and HERE from 1963...we loved it. I'll check out Rawls today and post what I find. O.K? Jan
AND, here's what I found....
Rawls was a awesome vocalist, FRANK SINATRA said [ a quote from WIKIPEDIA, "]  that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". O.K., now, that's from Sinatra who knows what he's talking about.
Rawls won three [3] GRAMMYS, for his voice. He was a 'voice actor', I'd guess that means he did...???   I'll check, it must be something very cool. .he wrote and produced songs too. Well, Rawls was an actor and had a cool voice...could that be a 'voice actor'? Maybe.
When he was a young man, Rawls was friends with SAM COOKE and CURTIS MAYFIELD in Chicago.
In 1958 he was pronounced dead from a car crash, stayed in a coma for three days, then took over a year....WOW...amazing.
He did some vocal/harmonies for his buddy Sam Cooke, on Cooke's recordings  of "Bring It On Home to Me" and "That's Where It's At,"  In '62, he made a jazz album with LES McCANN and the recording of 'Tabacco Road' below, he was  put into the National 'lime light' and became very well known in our country. Jan
For more on the song 'Tobacco Road' click here.


I'll put some related video links below.

1.] YOU'LL NEVER FIND ANOTHER LOVE LIKE MINE, by Lou Rawls, by maxwelldangelo.
2.] LADY LOVE, by Lou Rawls, by john ebags
3.] LOU RAWLS IN CONCERT, by Lou Rawls, by James Jacob.
4.] AT LAST, by Lou Rawls, Dianne Reeves, by Eclissi di Luna
5.] STORY MONDAY, by Lou Rawls, Standly Turntine, by paris0820

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

SASS Doing THE GLOW By BONNIE RAITT on the Upright Bass...All Grown Up AND JAZZY

upright bass see photo credit
O.K. Here's something new and kinda outta the box for SHELLY ELY/vocals and the rest of SASS. Sounds like it's a 'grown up' song ..'specially with that upright bass.
Here's 'The Glow' [thanks nismans] by Bonnie Raitt. I'm gonna find out more about BONNIE RAITT and HERE and post it below tomorrow, gotta go for now. Jan
AND, this is what I found..she's a really good guitarist...rated number 86 in ROLLING STONE's '100 Greatest Guitarists of all Time'. Well, of course she is. I found out Raitt's older than I am by a year...let's see...hum, what else? We can ALL see that she's really pretty, has red hair. You know, it seemed that today everything I read seemed to place her value on such silly things like if her music that was a 'commercial success' [spell?] or not. Who cares if it made a penny or not or what everybody else thinks? Her music always 'touched ME' it talked MY language. I love her stuff, that's what's impordant [looks funny..spelll?] to me. Check her out on YOUTUBE  O.K? Jan

Monday, April 06, 2015

UNCLE THURM's Cooking Up 'ah, 'er' Kinda 'Swedish Smorgasborg' of Fun for Your Mom...See?

UNCLE THURM, see photo credit
What!?..HEATHER JONES, SHELLY ELY, and even more too...WOW...We'll see you on the second Saturday and Sunday of May @ UNCLE THURM's FINGER LICKIN RIBs AND CHICKEN, that's for two [2] days of fun for Mother's Day. See you with your Mom for a day or two of amazing music and some delicious, fine Soul Food by Thurm and Linda. Yep..They're doing it again....A BIG Celebration for Mom... Stay tuned for more. . Jan
PHOTO CREDIT: Found this photo on Uncle Thurm's FACEBOOK page; many of Thurm's photos were taken by MARVIN PATTERSON. see link above.

WHERE: UNCLE THURM's SOUL FOOD or FINGER LICKIN RIBs AND CHICKEN, Mother's Day week end, Saturday and Sunday, May 9th and 10th, 2015
                 3709 'G' Street
                 Tacoma, WA.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Cool Photo Of 'SASS-Y' SHELLY and STEVE...

probably by Larry Collier
Taken on March 13th, 2015 @ UNCLE THURM's.It's SASS's SHELLY ELY/vocals and my Steve....Found this on SASS's FACEBOOK Page. I'll find more on the know, like who took it. I'll post it here. Jan

Whoops, was 'I' wrong...this photo was taken @ THE STONEGATE..looks like on March 21st, 2015 Well, it IS a cool picture for sure. probably by LARRY COLLIER.  I'll check around for more. I see that 'striped thing' is STEVE MERRIAM''s arm....forgive me Steve. I don't see ANDRE THOMAS in the photo, you?  Jan

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I [T. Jan] share and review web sites with music, recipes and gardening information. I have been a mother, wife, nurse, apartment manager, chimney sweep, long distance runner, musician, artist, organic gardener and, A student of the GREAT WORK at R.S.E. Jan does the computer, Steve plays the bass and doesn't speak computer....but Jan doesn't speak, this works out well for us...Jan writes about music news, and this area's music events. The postings are all mine., . We share ideas about posts. Jan loves to create beautiful blogs to share ideas and keep my brain active, recovering from M.S. and other things. Jan always operate the computer, ..AND, all posts signed by Steve are in his exact words, and All our Sites licensed under Creative Commons. T. Jan.... Steve says..." I love animals, gardening, kids, music, nature and fishing.. A student of R.S.E. Really like being in nature and living simply. Enjoy teaching electric bass. Enjoy our sites." Steve.