Song of the Day – “Evil Ways” – Santana

Back in the day, it was said that the band “laid down a fat groove”. It’s a concept that was carried over from jazz, where the rhythm section would build a bedrock foundation sturdy enough for the lead musician to improvise freely over it.

You aren’t going to find a fatter groove than the one in “Evil Ways”, even though Carlos Santana’s guitar solo at Woodstock (44 years ago – yikes!) isn’t up to his usual standards.


Song of the Day – “Celestion” – The Swimming Pool Q’s

The Q’s were an Atlanta band fronted by Jeff Calder and Anne Richmond Boston. The video of this song from their 1984 debut is not too great, but beggars can’t be choosers – their video output is miniscule.

Their sound is big on this and on the other song I’ve played – “The Bells Ring”. Nice to hear that their voices have held up.

Song of the Day – “Thanksgiving” – George Winston

Continuing the tradition for the fifth time, here’s a live version of George Winston’s “Thanksgiving”. Have a happy and safe year, everyone!

iPhoneography Apps – Deco Sketch Part 2

In Part 1 of the Deco Sketch tutorial, we were working with a blank canvas, creating abstract techno images. In Part 2 we’ll see how you can add the lines and shapes from Deco Sketch to a photo, giving those photos an entirely different feel.

But before we start mucking up our photos, there are a couple of features that I promised to explain more thoroughly than I was able in Part 1. First is the Continuous Line Brush and the Dot Lines Echo setting. In the screenshot below, I have done a tap-drag-release to commit the first segment of the continuous line. With Dot Lines Echo off, the next time I do a tap-drag, one other line would continue from where the first left off.


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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Caught in the Briars” – Iron and Wine

Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) has grown more confident in his singing over the years, using his full voice rather than the whisper he used in earlier tracks like “Jesus the Mexican Boy”.

This track from his newest effort, Ghost on Ghost, actually uses horns and female backing vocals – but they’re not in evidence in this acoustic video version.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Change”

Fishbone – Tracy Chapman

Fishbone were known for their reggae-tinged, upbeat numbers like “Everyday Sunshine” and “Ma and Pa”, but this is a beautiful ballad from 1988’s Truth and Soul.


How bad does it need to get?

How bad how good does it need to get?
How many losses how much regret?
What chain reaction
What cause and effect
Makes you turn around
Makes you try to explain
Makes you forgive and forget
Makes you change

From 2005’s Where You Live.

Song of the Day – “Barbarella” – The Bongos

In 1983 The Bongos, headed by Richard Barone, put out a terrific album called Numbers with Wings. This is the third song I’ve posted from the album, but the first to feature – what, Bill Nighy?!? – on bongos.

I’ll throw a party and I’m invited
I’m catching a bridge to somewhere
Gonna wash my hands of this whole mess
Barbarella, you get the picture

Barbarella may get the picture, but I’m not sure I do.