As I said Friday, Blogger was down for a couple of days, so I released my Thursday blog Friday and this was to have been Friday's blog. Well, here it is now. Enjoy:
Someone posted this song, previously unknown to me, today on facebook and it got me thinking, what great tunes are out there, banned or unknown, just because they related or referred to something unacceptable by the Zeitgeist of the times?
The first one, mentioned above, is one on YouTube, performed by Cab Calloway, one of my favorite musicians of the past.
Smoking Reefers - Cab Calloway
Reefer man - Cab Calloway
This one, from the Harlem Experiment, with Taj Majal, is just too funny and anti-Bush (Jr.) so I had to include it - Reefer Man
Another, this one by a group I never heard of , but it's incredibly good.
Weed Smoker's Dream - Harlem Hamfats. According to the poster, MoleDFigg: " "
Sweet Marijuana Brown -
When I Get Low I Get High - Ella Fitzgerald with
"You gotta keep one thing in mind about those old
tunes by black folk, they almost always had double meanings, first one be
for white folk, the ordinary just what you hear, the second one would be the
black man's code for slamming the man [government], or whitey, or what or who
ever, and also lots about sex, a lot of it had sexual hidden references. Or as
Shrek would say, "the blues is like an onion, with many layers."
"You ever heard Henry Thomas doing Bull Doze blues? they be Playing it now on
the BB King Blues channel See if it sounds familiar: Bull Doze Blues by Henry
"This one might jog your brain if you didn't recognize Henry's tune revised
"Gotta love that You tube for preserving this kinda stuff."
And that was what my older brother had to say about it all.
the Legendary Jones Gang - Champagne and Reefer
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Buddy Guy's Champagne & Reefer
And the original Champagne Reefer by Muddy Waters.
Well, I could go on and on, deeper into the blues at this point, but I think you get the drift.
Have a great day!