Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Tonight's ADWH Soundtrack

Greg Brown:

people meet somebody new & they leave the rest behind
we can have it all even though our lives are short
the kids they'll get used to it it happens all the time
no one is even surprised any more
'cept you and me babe 'cept you and me

i take my coffee black or with a little cream

i wake up every morning with the sun
i wanted to be your man that was nothing but a sweet dream
i always tell the truth to everyone
'cept you and me babe 'cept you and me

One of the things I love about Pandora is the new artists I'm exposed to.  Mr. Brown is new to me, kinda-sorta, in the sense I don't own any of his music and only became aware of him through Pandora.  But, that said, Mr. Brown is in heavy rotation during After Dinner Whiskey Hour and I like him... a lot.  He's kind of a cross between Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Tom Waits... which isn't as bad as that may sound.  As far as not owning any of his albums goes... I think we shall rectify that in the near future.


I've written about the birds at sunset before... and even tried to capture them on video flitting about during After Dinner Whiskey Hour, with marginal success.  Beautiful La Hacienda Trailer Park is the closest thing to a bird sanctuary as it gets in these parts, mainly because we have lotsa trees on the premises and trees are a rare commodity on The High Plains o' New Mexico.  So it follows that we would have a lot of birds... and we do.

We don't have many varieties of birds... we're limited to doves, grackles, the odd crow here and there, and LOTS of little sparrow-like birds of an indistinguishable genus... well, indistinguishable to ME, anyhoo.  When I say "lots" of little birds I mean lots as in a Numbered Air Force of birds.   Watching them wheel about the sky at sunset is most entertaining and they usually assemble in squadron proportions... which is to say multiple flights of eight birds or so.  Sometimes they'll get a Wing together and pass overhead in review, 20-something of them in formation and going god-only-knows-where.  But what's REALLY impressive is when the Bird-General calls for the entire complement of the Numbered Air Force to assemble and zoom around the AOR... several hundred birds strong.  That doesn't happen often but it's a magnificent sight when it does.

Keep in mind this is a nightly occurrence... be it squadron, wing, group, individual solos, or elements of two... and it always happens at sunset.  Sigh... this is just another thing I'm gonna miss when I leave BLHTP behind and move into town.  I'm sure there will be other things to take the place of the nightly air show.  Or at least I hope there will be.


  1. Don't look up and yawn!!!!
    Just sound advice.

  2. First I saw the photo of the birds and then the cartoon playing off the Twilight Zone - I thought you had some sort of sci-fi posts going.

    I'm not sure Mr. Brown would be my pick - maybe it's a mood thang.

  3. Ed: I keep a hand over my drink, too.

    Lou: I always have a sci-fi thang goin' on...

  4. A combination of Dylan, Cohen, and Waits sounds fine to me.

    I'll check Mr. Brown out; must admit that I had never heard of him.

  5. Do you have Cohen's "songs of Love and Hate" album, Buck? It's ALL good--especially "Dress Rehearsal Blues." Always liked his "The Good guys Lost" song too, and Concrete Blonds' cover of it as well..Dylan, well my God! I'd have to list almost everything, but one I especially like that most people don't know about is his song "The Monkey Man" on the Traveling Wilburys Album..

    Waits? Talk about 3am dive-bar or solo at-home-alone drinking music!

  6. J.R.: I hope ya like him. I hate to steer anyone wrong.

    Virgil: I don't have that particular album of Cohen's. I second your take on Dylan and Waits, too, Dylan especially. He's been in my B-rank of heroes since about 1964.

  7. PS: Are you familiar with the Swedish music web-site "spotify" Buck? Supposed to have a greater song portfolio. I'm not only a fan of Pandora, but even BIGGER fan of (huge selection of thematic radio stations) I'm goig to check spotify out--check the WiKi art. as well.

  8. I read all the hype about spotify when they came to the US last month but haven't dipped my toe in the water. I'm a "Pandora One" subscriber and am waaay-satisfied with their service. Not only that... but Pandora is American. Why would I abandon a perfectly good, nay, GREAT, service for some Scandinavian upstart? Let the Euro-weenies have spotify... I'll stick with Pandora.

  9. A well known eccentric gardener round here (since passed on) was often pestered by her visitors to identify the many birds amongst her plants. "What are those little birds?" someone would inevitably ask. "LBB's," she would reply knowledgeably. If someone were to have the audacity to ask what that meant she would shrug and say, "Little Brown Birds."

  10. Thanks for that link, Bec. It was a good read, even if Mrs. Miller was just a little bit eccentric, as you say.


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