The Mix Tape on the passing of the legendary Allen Toussaint. Hopefully you’ve heard of him. You have certainly heard him, even if you didn’t know you were listening.
It’s only a small exaggeration to say that everyone covered Toussaint’s songs. Any decent record collection that includes a representative sampling of releases from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s will include songs written or produced by Toussaint.
Heard that former REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath has passed away. Way too young at 65, he’s certainly had his demons. Well before the HiInfidelity ballad days REO was a decent band with roots playing the bars in Southern Illinois.
I always thought that Gary was a talent that maybe didn’t get the recognition he deserved as REO gained fame for the more pop flavored tunes.
I’d sure have loved to see him play some more bluesy stuff on that Les Paul but here’s a song / solo that showcases him fairly well.
I was saddened to wake up this morning to the news that Chris Squire has passed. The only constant member of Yes, Chris was famous for his intricate bass lines, all expertly played on that ubiquitous Rickenbacker.
There will be no shortage of videos posted today displaying his work with Yes, I thought I would share something different and give you a couple favorites from his 1975 solo album A Fish Out of Water.
I’ve felt him literally shake stadiums, the world definitely lost some thunder today. You will be missed Chris.
I’m only writing this because I sensed a fatalism in some of the replies I received from people, suggesting they believe that some folks are destined to OD and die. Fuck that. Fuck you if you think that.
Please read the rest, and please do get help if you need it.
Richard Matheson always struck me as an author’s author. Revered for his stories – be they short, novels, for television or movie, he has always been a favorite of mine. I have a sense that many may not know the name, but they know the work. I encourage you to connect the two if you haven’t. You can’t go wrong starting with I Am Legend (the book, not the movies) which was years ahead of its time.
We lost a great one yesterday – Bobby “Blue” Bland passed away at the age of 83. My Twitter feed was full of other musicians passing along their respect, a sure sign of how much he influenced so many others who carry on the tradition of his music.