I took the day off work and barely saw the morning.... so no traditional shuffle but I did run an errand earlier and shuffled a few tunes.... Plus I had some other things to share:
First off though, to me whether you are nuts for all things Christmas or a bit of a Scrooge, whether you are Christian or Pagan or whatever... I'd like to think the honest desire for true Peace is something all of us can agree on in principle. So, if there is one message of the season that the world needs as much if not more than ever, it is a message of Peace. Ear to the Ground favorites, The Tomas Doncker Band have just released a bit of Christmas card in the form of a fantastic cover of the Nick Lowe song made famous by Elvis Costello. "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding". Below is a link to the song. We have also included a video of the song at the beginning of our Video Playlist. If you Spotify, the song is also now streaming on that site.
Last night, I attended the Lockeland Springsteen Christmas show which served as a benefit for St. Jude's. It was a great show and a lot of fun. Music was provided by Boom Forest, Elenowen, Blackfoot Gypsies, Cory Branan, and Alanna Royale. Of course. I took pictures:
To the Shuffle:
"Frank is Gone" by David Olney
The Nashville Scene published a nice feature about the incredible guitar player Sergio Webb. The Video Playlist features a version of this song with David Olney and Sergio.
"Do Not Go Gently into that Good Night" by Dylan Thomas
Besides his amazing music, David Olney is known for his ability to offer amazing renditions of poetry. So it seems in good order to follow up, David Olney with Dylan Thomas reading one of his own poems. Plus that is what the shuffle decided to do.
"Lemonade" by Megan Palmer
Yesterday, I wrote a bit about Wednesdays at Fran's Eastside. Among the special guests who have appeared over the weeks I have been a regular attendee as been the amazing fiddle playing of Megan Palmer. Here is have a refreshingly tart treat from Ms. Palmer.
"Proud and Dangling" by Hugh Trimble
Hugh Trimble joins this abbreviated shuffle with a different version of the song that first turned me on to his music.
"Better Off Dead" by Stacy Mitchhart
And we close out the shuffle and the week with Nashville's own Stacy Mitchheart doing a cover of a Bill Withers song.