Sunday, November 29, 2009

Happy 40th Birthday!

I made this little "demotivator" with an online motivational poster generator, a stock photo, and a dash of malice.

Happy birthday- It's all about you! (you know who you are)

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Doug Kershaw

Born Douglas James Kershaw in Tiel Ridge, Cameron Parish, Louisiana, in an area known as Cajun country, he traces his ancestry to Acadians who were part of the Great Expulsion by the British authorities from their homeland in eastern Canada in 1755. He grew up surrounded by Cajun fiddle and accordion music, and as a 19-year-old, in 1955, he performed with his brother Rusty Kershaw on the Louisiana Hayride radio broadcast.

In June 1969, Kershaw made his first network television appearance on the debut of the Johnny Cash Show. He capped the year with a much-publicized, week-long engagement at the New York City's Fillmore East as opening act for Eric Clapton's Derek and the Dominos.

Singing in both French and English, Kershaw's stage performance is marked by his abundant energy. Simultaneously playing fiddle, singing, and dancing, it is not unusual for him to wear out several bows, sometimes during just one song. With more than 25 albums to his credit and a five-decade-long career, Doug Kershaw has a loyal following and continues to tour worldwide.

The son of an alligator hunter, Kershaw was the seventh child born to a family that eventually included five boys and four girls. Raised in a home where Cajun French was spoken, he didn't learn English until the age of eight. By that time, he had mastered the fiddle, which he played from the age of five, and was on his way to teaching himself to play an amazing 28 instruments. His first gig was at a local bar, the Bucket of Blood, where he was accompanied by his mother on guitar. After teaching his brother, Rusty (born Russell; February 2, 1938), to play guitar, he formed a band, the Continental Playboys, with Rusty and older brother, Peewee, in 1948.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Good Old Boys Like Me: Don Williams

Here is a song from when Nashville mainstream Country used to produce great lyrical songwriting.

There are some lines that really resonate in this one.

Nothing makes a sound in the night like the wind does
But you ain't afraid if you're washed in the blood like I was

When I was in school I ran with kid down the street
But I watched him burn himself up on bourbon and speed
But I was smarter than most and I could choose
Learned to talk like the man on the six o'clock news

Monday, November 16, 2009

Jimmy and Granddaughter

My friend Jimmy, the intrepid woodsman, birder, and photographer. Mary's first Canoe trip.

I love this photo.


Sometime on the afternoon of Dec 1st, I'll become the proud owner of a .43 acre mushy spot on top of a rock.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

It's All Happening!

Our friend is having her 40th Birthday this month and has rented out the DanielDay "DremMecca" gallery for the event.

The "e-vites" have been sent, and rumor has it "Our Man In Charleston", Scott Freeman will be there.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

"Ball Hawk"

I went golfing today. I rarely golf, and almost never bring my camera along, but am really glad I did.
I had a cool close encounter with a Red Tailed Hawk who perched on the flagstick and allowed me to get within 20 feet or so before he spooked.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Another Cool Image Generator

Image and video hosting by TinyPic This site apparently puts you in an Andy Warhol-type image and makes you look like Hitler.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Rock Star Next Door

This is pretty cool. The kid in "Wild Sweet Orange" lives next door to my brother. I saw them on the Letterman Show last year sometime.

I like the video as all the locations are so familiar, Vulcan, the boulder field, The Garage, Morris Avenue.