I’m a son of a sea cook, and a cook in a trader
I can dance, I can sing, I can reef the main boom
I can handle a jigger, and cuts a big figure
Whenever I gets in a boat’s standing room.
Maritime adaptation of Spanish Ladies
Mad props to @mgershovich for turning on his #ds106radio mic Feb 4 and Feb 5 while he was romping around NOLA for #eli2014. #ds106radio listeners were treated to fantastic live sets from various NOLA clubs.
He provided something that was a really big part of my family and culture from whence I came – Saturday night sinning and Sunday morning redemption. They go hand in hand. It’s that Scots-Irish thing … that’s what Hank William’s music sounded like to me.
When Hank Williams was found dead in the back of a Cadillac, he had in his possession a brown leather briefcase containing four notebooks filled with song ideas. The books were put in the possession of Williams’ publisher. They remained hidden away in a vault for decades. When Acuff-Rose was bought by Sony Music Publishing in 2002, the unpublished Williams material was transferred.
Sony Music asked Bob Dylan to put music to some of the lyrics. Dylan brought other contributors on board: Merle Haggard, Lucinda Williams, Levon Helm, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Jack White,Vince Gill and Rodney Crowell, Patty Loveless, Jakob Dylan,Sheryl Crow and Holly Williams.
The Levon Helm and Jack White adaptations are bang on.
I decline to discuss, under compulsion, where I have sung, and who has sung my songs, and who else has sung with me, and the people I have known. I love my country very dearly, and I greatly resent this implication that some of the places that I have sung and some of the people that I have known, and some of my opinions, whether they are religious or philosophical, or I might be a vegetarian, make me any less of an American. I will tell you about my songs, but I am not interested in telling you who wrote them, and I will tell you about my songs, and I am not interested in who listened to them.
“Once upon a time, wasn’t singing a part of everyday life as much as talking, physical exercise, and religion? Our distant ancestors, wherever they were in this world, sang while pounding grain, paddling canoes, or walking long journeys. Can we begin to make our lives once more all of a piece? Finding the right songs and singing them over and over is a way to start. And when one person taps out a beat, while another leads into the melody, or when three people discover a harmony they never knew existed, or a crowd joins in on a chorus as though to raise the ceiling a few feet higher, then they also know there is hope for the world.” ~ Pete Seeger