Thursday, August 10, 2006

Left Coast Hiatus

Yet another long spell between posts. Finding time these days is difficult. We just returned from a trip to the Left Coast, and what a long strange trip it’s been. Here’s a few blurbs to sum it up: Body surfing at Venice Beach – Hollywood Wax Museum – the Baja Cantina, Marina Del Rey – Santa Monica Pier – the War of the Worlds plane crash movie set at Universal’s back lot (wow) – A hot pink Beach Bomb Hot Wheel that someone paid $70,000 for at the Petersen Auto Museum (see photo) – Highway 1 - UCLA – San Simeon – Monterey – Golden Gate Bridge (we think we saw Raven Simone here in a stretch Hummer limo. If you don’t know who that is, ask your kids) – Muir Woods – Fog City Diner – Alcatraz – Powell-Mason cable car (I got to cling to the outside rail) – the Metreon, where we played Hyperbowl – and finally, Napa. We did this all in 2 days. Just kidding. All I can say is I'm glad we're home and not faced with having to deal with the airports, which just went to hell in the last 48 hours.

On to some music. Two favorite early Who tracks were covers of songs by Mose Allison, a jazz/blues musician that appealed to the emerging 60’s rock scene, particularly in the UK. Having heard the Who versions innumerable times over the years I’ve often wondered what the originals were like. Thanks to e-music I picked them up for 49 cents each. Allow me to share them with you for a few days:

Eyesight To The Blind – Covered by the Who for the Tommy album, 1969. The song was actually written by Sonny Boy Williamson.

Young Man Blues – A concert staple for the Who in the late 60’s and early 70’s. The blistering version on Live At Leeds is what it’s all about.

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