Song of the Day – “Hallelujah I Love Her So” – Peter Frampton

My wife would never forgive me if I didn’t include Peter Frampton playing this instrumental he used to play back in his Humble Pie days. The performance dates from 1986, the year she became my wife.


Song of the Day – “More Than Rain” – Tom Waits

Tom Waits has appeared a number of times on both the NBC and CBS shows. I always felt like Dave “got” Tom, and allowed him free rein in what song to perform.

This video is both an interview and a song, with “More Than Rain” starting about four minutes in with the wheezing, broken-down organ.

It’s more than rain that falls on our parade tonight
it’s more than thunder it’s more than thunder
it’s more than a swindle this crooked card game
it’s more than sad times it’s more than sad times
none of our pockets are filled with gold
nobody’s caught the bouquet
there are no dead presidents we can fold
nothing is going our way
and it’s more than goodbye I have to say to you
it’s more than woe-be-gotten grey skies now

Song of the Day – “An Eluardian Instance” – of Montreal

The relentlessly odd band from Athens had an appearance or two at the Ed Sullivan Theater. This was in support of “their” 2008 album, Skeletal Lamping.

“Their” is in quotes because Kevin Barnes handles all of the studio work for the “band”.)

Song of the Day – “Locomotion/One Fine Day” – Carole King

You know, we lost a lot when David Letterman retired last week. Not only did we lose his goofy sense of humor – we lost a champion of all kinds of music.

You’ve got to believe that in over 6000 shows, he easily hosted over a thousand musical acts. Most of them were backed on the show by the World’s Most Dangerous Band/the CBS Orchestra, with Paul Shaffer and Will Lee appearing for all 33 years. I want to show you a few of these musical acts strutting their stuff for Dave over the next week.

In this video from 1982, Hiram Bullock (later replaced by Sid McGinnis) was still on guitar, and Steve Jordan (later, Anton Figg) was on drums to help Carole King with a couple of songs she wrote before becoming a performer.

iPhoneography Apps – Chalkspiration and Fold Defy: Decent solutions for obscure needs

If I had a nickel for every time I thought, “Boy, this image would look great if I could put it on folded paper” or “Look at the neat art on that restaurant chalkboard! Wonder if I could do that on my iPad?”, then I probably would still be penniless. I certainly wouldn’t have enough to pay for these two apps from Jixipix, Chalkspiration and Fold Defy. (Both are available in normal iPhone and HD iPad versions. They are not universal and require separate purchase.)

Let’s face it – they’re not horribly done (although Chalkspiration did crash on me). Jixipix does not release horrible apps. For someone like me, who looks forward to their apps and owns all of them, these two are particularly…well, useless.

Perhaps you have a need for creases or chalky flourishes. So let’s take a look at the apps and how you maneuver in them, starting with Chalkspiration.


This app turns the edges of your image into chalk lines, and also allows you to add flourishes and text. That’s pretty much it. The conversion to a chalk drawing is fairly static, and you can’t erase parts of your image.


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Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Something in the Dark” – JD Souther

You may not know the name, but you know his music. “You’re Only Lonely” was his big hit, but he wrote dozens of songs others have performed, including “Simple Man, Simple Dream” and “White Rhythm and Blues” by Linda Ronstadt.

Not many performers can come back from a 24-year hiatus, but Souther did just that in 2008. This is from his third comeback album, Tenderness, released on May 12.

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

Tori Amos – Red Rockers

Piano girl of the nineties, Amos was never content to sit around. (Just watch a concert video of her at and over her piano, and you’ll see that.) This is a lush track from her 1992 debut, Little Earthquakes.


Fine early-eighties power pop from a New Orleans band. They released three albums before breaking up; this is from the middle one, 1983’s Good as Gold.