Can't Get It Outta My Head








                A Baby Boomer


       Muses on The Music

A Wider Shade of Song

Courtesy of a couple more pleasant evenings on the deck — hey, for once, or twice, it didn’t rain — I’ve spent some time recently listening to Procol Harum. That U.K.-originating band is one of many groups marking its 50th anniversary this year, testimony to what a watershed year 1967 was in regard to The Music. But that’s a matter for another post, in a week or two. My evening al fresco audio excursions covered three of PH’s original albums, and one greatest hits compilation. The last of those features some of the band’s earliest, and most memorable, recordings. Chief among those is “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” the band’s first Top 40 hit in the U.S. But it was more than a successful single —

Down on the Flood

Can’t Get It is late coming Outta My Head this week, and therefore abbreviated, because of Mother Nature. Part of CGIOMH World HQ is way too close to the floodplain, and the heavy rains of Tuesday and Wednesday pushed the river too close to the top of the levee. If the Trempealeau tops said levee, historically we usually get 20 inches or so of brown water in our basement garage. Not good, especially after 25 years of stuff accumulating therein. So, instead of pondering what I Can’t Get Outta My Head those days, I was thinking about how to move things to higher ground. But I did think about songs about floods, while I was lifting and carrying, pushing and pulling, etc. — when the worrying and

Traffic Jam, in a Mason Jar

Last evening, my early-spring session on the deck — augmented by a good (Goose Island, if perhaps past its sell-by date) IPA and a nice single malt (Glen Moray) — started, musically, with an album that, for some reason, undeservedly, I listen to rarely. Dave Mason’s “Headkeeper” is an LP that I’ve owned since the mid-1970s, and was one of the early efforts in my Continuing Digitization Project. It is an interesting sample of the career of an artist who had a semi-significant impact on The Music. David Thomas Mason was born 71 years ago this week, in Worcester, U.K. Unlike a lot of the early Makers of The Music, Wikipedia doesn’t have much about his early life, or musical influences. I’ve alw

“Eight Days” Isn’t Weak

A month or so ago, while at my daughter’s house, in one of my first forays into on-demand television, I stumbled across Ron Howard’s 2016 Beatles documentary “Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years.” It was an hour and 45-minutes well spent, very entertaining — how could it not be, for someone who turned 14 the year that the Fab Four exploded on the American scene? But it only teased me, and within a couple days I was thinking about getting the DVD so I could spend more time with the movie (and also write about it in this space, of course). And the availability of a deluxe package — including paperback book and a second DVD of special features — sealed the deal. Howard, of course, is the child

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