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About music maven

This blog is to talk about music. That's it. Who cares who I am? Ok. Ok. I'm a good ole Cajun girl livin' in the re-surging city of Mobile, Alabama. I'm known in some circles as Double D. I love music, golf, LSU football and Mr. D. I have a college-boy, Dave, and I'm speeding toward retirement hoping the Popo doesn't catch me with his radar. I work hard for the money, bring home the bacon and fry it up in a pan, but looking forward to rollin' on the river -- SOON.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

There are few who impact humanity in such a way that the world is literally changed by their contributions. Einstein, the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford — they all pale in comparison to the impact that Steve Jobs has had on society, world wide.

Jobs and Apple have certainly been a game changer and will continue to shape the way we live and learn well into this new millenium. But, Jobs’ contribution was not just iTunes, iPods, iPhones and iPads; he also exemplified the entreprenurial spirit and showed that vision coupled with determination brings innovation — and you don’t need a PhD to achieve it.

His commencement address to Stanford leaves a wonderful message for all of us…

Find what you love and DO IT! No matter how crazy, unconventional, out of the norm, or against other’s wishes…do what you love, love what you do.

Funny, but it seems that the apple is the one fruit that has a dramatic effect on the world…
* Eve’s bite of the first
* Newton’s noggin’ with the second
* Birth of The Beatles with the third
* and, the wonderful world of Steve Jobs with the fourth

Seems fitting…

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in apple, inspiration, iPhone, ipod, iTunes, memorials

 

Waiting on an Angel…

Patience…it IS a virtue.

Ben Harper. An angel.

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2011 in navel gazing

 

“Let ‘er goooo, boys”…

The King of Blue Grass, Bill Monroe, would be 100 years old today. Probably no other artist in the 20th century impacted Country and Blue Grass than mandolinist supreme, William Smith Monroe. His love of music was evident in his performances and in his impact on other artists. Consider “Blue Moon of Kentucky“, likely his most recognizable hit.

And, renditions by some folks you may be more familiar with:

The King of Rock & Roll

The Queen of Country Music

A Few Lads

While they all went up tempo, I still prefer Bill’s original version. Bluegrass is such a guttural genre. It is hurtful, introspective and joyous, all at the same time. Bill Monroe almost single-handedly brought Bluegrass out of the mountain hamlets to the masses. Other “disciples”, like Barbara Mandrell, would continue the message through the years but perhaps the best known is a young boy who first got to play with Monroe on stage at age six:


While this performance is with Flatt & Scruggs (part of Monroe’s original “Bluegrass Boys”), Ricky talks about his first experience of playing with “the man” hisself here:

Likely my favorite, Bill Monroe tune in Uncle Pen, a song, that ironically, became a #1 hit for Ricky Skaggs many years later:

Bill Monroe. A true American icon, lover of music and consemate mentor. Happy Birthday, old boy.

 
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Posted by on September 13, 2011 in birthdays, Country, Influences, music legends

 

A Moment of Silence

9/11.

Synonymous with tragedy, evil, sacrifice, loss, love and hope.

10 years ago, I was working at a large bank in Memphis and driving into the parking lot when I first “heard”. Never thought that we’d have that Pearl Harbor “moment” in my lifetime, but here it was and of course, I remember.

I actually spent my Sunday on the water in the boat with my husband and it was a glorious day. I just couldn’t watch the whole funeral again. However, this morning I saw this…

For me, THIS was the PERFECT tribute. Funny how a song written nearly 50 years ago in the wake of a different tragedy could so amply provide comfort all these years later and be so relevant. That’s what music is, no? A talisman that provides clarity of the emotion that allows people from all walks of life to experience the intention of the writer at the moment of hearing it.

Extrememly fitting that New Yorker Paul Simon delivered the most inspiring moment of “The Rememberance.” Carrie Fisher must be proud.

 
 

Otis at 70!

The great “Love Man”, Otis Redding would have been 70 yesterday. Killed in a plane crash in December of 1967 at the age of 26, Otis left a relatively small but extremely powerful portfolio of work. His mercuric, yet oh so abbreviated three year run shaped music for the next 40 years. Just recently, Kanye West and Jay-Z collaborated on Otis:

As for me, I’ll stick with the REAL Otis…

Just goes to show that extreme talent and passion endures…

 
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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in birthdays, music legends, Otis Redding

 

Quack! Quack!

Aw, yeah.

LSU 40, Oregon 27

It’s going to be a GOOD year! At least defensively, LSU is looking like Championship form.

After surviving the “Lee” chinese water torture of the first week of College Football season, I had six wins on the annual deClouet Football pool. Just pacing myself…I’ll take 60% at the end of the season.

Oh, and for the record…LSU was voted the LOUDEST College Football stadium in America by The Sporting News. But, we knew that, right?

To quote the LATE, great Bear Bryant, “Tiger Stadium was the worst place in the world to be a visiting team. It’s like being inside a drum.”

Death Valley welcomes Northwestern State on Saturday.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2011 in lsu football

 

Goodnight, Irene…

Here’s hoping minimal damage and decent night’s sleep to my Northern friends….

Godspeed.

 
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Posted by on August 27, 2011 in hurricane

 
 
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