Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Business As Usual

I used the Cease and Desist post to clean the creative pipes and, though unclogged, they haven't filled up with those creative juices that we all know and love.

Happy National Poetry Month!

Happy birthday McKinley Morganfield! Who the hell is McKinley Morganfield? Why Muddy Waters, of course. Best know for his songs "Mannish Boy" and "I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man," here's some more interesting trivia from his wikipedia entry:

"The Rolling Stones named themselves after his 1950 song, "Rollin' Stone," also known as "Catfish Blues." One of Led Zeppelin's biggest hits, "Whole Lotta Love," is based upon the Muddy Waters hit, "You Need Love," which was written by Willie Dixon. Dixon wrote some of Muddy Waters' most famous songs, including "I Just Want to Make Love to You" (a big radio hit for the '70s rock band Foghat), "Hoochie Coochie Man," and "I'm Ready." Angus Young has cited Waters as one of his influences, shown in AC/DC's cover of "Baby Please Don't Go"."

Muddy Waters makes 5 song appearances on the BilliPod, the aforementioned "Rollin' Stone," "Hoochie Coochie Man," "Mannish Boy," "Got My Mojo Workin' " and "You Can't Lose What You Ain't Never Had." That last song is off of a great blues box set from the PBS special by Martin Scorsese: Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey. You can check out the set at amazon here. If you don't want to shell out the bucks, you can probably find a copy at your local library.

Shifting gears, I strongly recommend the following exercise of meaningless internet participation: Band Madness, a March-madness type head-to-head tournament with voters choosing between, say, Bon Jovi versus Rusted Root. There's four brackets, and bracket A is currently open. Go vote! Help Weird Al Yankovic get past Maroon 5. Please.

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