The Big Shut Up Is Available


My Novella, The Big Shut Upis  available as a Kindle app from Amazon.

By the way, in case  you didn’t know, you don’t need an actual Kindle device to read my books.  Amazon offers  free reading apps for other platforms and devices.  And, I want to thank all of those who have bought my books.   For more information, please check it out here.

7-11-16:  Most of The Big Shut Up came to me in various dreams.  Dreams come from that part of the symphony of the mind that lies beyond our conscious control.   As such, I claim no special powers, but the theme of the breakdown of law and values that came from the depths of my consciousness is now coming to a head almost one year later.

Update 8-23-17 I’m still experiencing some technical problems.  The WordPress update will not install for some reason.  Whether it’s at my end, You Tube, or WordPress, I don’t know yet.  Further Update:  My home network and telephone service crashed on Sunday Afternoon.  It turned out to be the backup battery, but I was unable to get a replacement battery until this afternoon.  Thank you for your patience.

Update 9-17-17: As of today, we now have over 6200 subscribers.  Thank you all very much!


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Johnny Hodges — Passion Flower

Thanks to Tim Gracyk

Johnny Hodges plays alto saxophone on this recording of Passion Flower and does so like no other player. He was a long time member of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Duke said of Johnny Hodges that he was never a showy player but rather a soft lyrical player, and among the best of the Swing Era Alto Sax players. Passion Flower was written by the great Billy Strayhorn. When I first heard this record on Don Brown’s Cobweb Corner, I had to have it. It was recorded in Hollywood, July 3, 1941. It confirms what I’ve always said about Duke Ellington and his musicians, that he was years ahead of everyone else. What this tune reminds me of are the film noir movies of the late 1940’s. I can just see Humphrey Bogart walking down a foggy street in a trench coat with its collar pulled up, a dark fedora hat, and smoking an unfiltered cigarette.

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Art Tatum — Just One Of Those Things

Thanks to bluesinorbit for the You Tube

Just One Of Those Things was released on Vol 4 Cut 9 on the Art Tatum Group Masterpieces Compact Disc Edition. Norman Granz recorded this session in 1956. This set featured Red Callender on bass, Jo Jones on drums, and of course Art Tatum on piano. Just One of Those Things was written by Cole Porter for the Musical Jubilee in 1935. It is part of the American Songbook recorded by all the heavyweights in popular music from that era.

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Fats on Friday — Two Sleepy People

Thanks to cdbpdx

Two Sleepy People was written by Frank Loesser and Hoagy Carmichael for the 1938 movie Thanks for the Memory with Bob Hope and Shirley Ross. Since it came from a Bob Hope comedy, it was a perfect for song for Fats Waller to do comic bits with the lyric. Fats and his Rhythm recorded it October 13, 1938 with all of his usual musicians on hand: Herman Autrey, trumpet; Al Casey, guitar; Cedric Wallace, bass; Slick Jones, drums; Gene Sedric, reeds; and Fats on piano and vocal.  This tune came out of a very good recording session for Fats.

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Update Re: “Your Socks Don’t Match;” Also the Hurricanes

I remembered on Saturday that  among the many high school and college general ed. courses I took were Biology and Psychology, I remember that Genetics and Chromosomes were part of both classes. Among the genetic differences between men and women…men have a higher chance of being colorblind. Men have less than a 10 per cent chance of being colorblind but women have less than a 1 per cent chance.

That said, the bigger difference among men and women who are not colorblind, is that most women care more about the details of how they look than most men.  That’s why that lyric struck me as being…..nonsense for want of a better word.


I don’t think I’ve seen anything worse than the Hurricanes hitting Houston and the Caribbean.  With more to come in Florida, this has gotten really, really bad.  I’ve  been through four earthquakes in Southern California and weather cold enough to freeze the motor oil in your car in Northern Minnesota. But none of that compares to this flooding.  Stay tough and hopefully this too will pass.

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Glen Campbell — Crying

Thanks to NotGeneWatsonSongs for the YouTube

Crying was a huge hit for its composer, Roy Orbison. Roy Orbison defied all the record bin categories.  He was a cross over talent with hits that were hits  on Pop, Rock and Roll, and Country charts.  I remember him primarily from late 1950’s early 1960’s Rock and Roll. Roy Orbison could sing the high notes in the correct key (I certainly can’t.) Here among his peers in Country Music, Glen Campbell showed that he could too. He had great range as a singer as well as being a great guitarist. He had this very knowledgeable audience of country music legends in the palm of his hand. There were several shots of Chet Atkins who was a major figure in Country music. The pictures made me sad. He did not look well. I’ll have to dig out some Chet Atkins You Tubes…he was a great guitarist as well.

Notice at one point while Glen Campbell was singing, he was able to hit an unexpectedly high note. Crystal Gayle was sitting next to him. Crystal Gayle is a well established star of Country Music with her own stack of gold records, most famously Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue. I don’t think Crystal Gayle expected Glen Campbell to hit a high note at one point in the song. Notice her reaction: she found it deeply satisfying.

These clips from this TNN were fascinating to me.  My primary interest in music is early jazz, but I enjoy all kinds of music as I was exposed to in my early childhood.

I want to remember Glen Campbell as he was in these videos. Glen Campbell, R.I.P.

Let me also note that this day is the anniversary of the 9-11-01 attack on the Twin Towers in New York City. I will  never forget those who perished on that day.

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Louis Armstrong — Weather Bird July 12, 1928

Thanks to Heinz Becker for the You Tube

The tune is called Weather Bird composed by Louis Armstrong. The recording is his  duet with Earl Hines.  Earl Hines had been his pianist on his Hot Fives and Hot Sevens records made in Chicago, after Armstrong’s wife, Lil Hardin, stopped playing piano with the group. This recording was made after the music scene had moved to New York, in 1928. The YouTube might be a little choppy in parts, but this is a recording not to miss  made by two of the most enduring jazz musicians of the 20th Century. Louis Armstrong had the purest tone, the greatest sound, and he could play the highest notes on that trumpet. Louis Armstrong’s personal story is also the  remarkable  rising out of an extremely  deprived childhood as a “colored orphan” in New Orleans.

Louis Armstrong had many imitators. So did Earl Hines. Hines had developed his own unique style of piano, which he described as “trumpet style.” Hines style proved more influential than that of the stride players, especially in the post World War II era.

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Art Tatum — When Your Lover Has Gone

Thanks again to gullivior for the Youtube

When Your Lover Has Gone was recorded in Hollywood on January 19, 1955. It is part of Norman Granz’s Art Tatum Complete Solo Masterpieces on Pablo Compact disc, Disc 6, Cut 18.  Art Tatum has an unusually upbeat, jaunty take on the music, which works surprisingly well unburdened by the sad lyrics.

When Your Lover Has Gone  was composed by Einar Aaron Swan in 1931 for the movie Blonde Crazy starring Jimmy Cagney. The best known vocal version was by Frank Sinatra on the Wee Small Hours LP, with Nelson Riddle, released in 1955.  What a difference the lyric makes.  Here it is:

Thanks to Mr 1001Discos for the Youtube


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Fats on Friday — Your Socks Don’t Match

Thanks to reubenroo for the Youtube

The song Your Socks Don’t Match was written by Carr and Cordray. The recording session was held in New York City, on December 28, 1941 with Herman Autrey, trumpet; Al Casey, guitar; Charles Turner, bass; Arthur Trapper, drums; Gene Sedric, reeds; and Fats on piano and vocal. This must have been a grim recording session coming twenty one days after Pearl Harbor. Musicians were like all other men beginning to get World War II draft notices. Another song recorded in this session was Cash For Your Trash, referring to the patriotic war drives of World War II for scrap metal and other recyclable items.

I couldn’t find much information on the song, so I assume it was a Tin Pan Alley song plugger’s novelty or comic song. Some thought it was a follow up to another Fats Waller novelty song, Your Feet’s Too Big. I could find only one other recording of this song as a duet by Bing Crosby and Louis Jordan, In that version, they sing the song as an overheard conversation between a girl talking to her boyfriend. That lyric makes more sense to me than the lyric in this version, I don’t think it’s any secret that men are far more likely to carelessly wear mismatched socks than women. Most women wouldn’t be “caught dead” doing so. Never. So, I guess this was a song written to cheer people up at a tough moment in our history. Who knows?  Nevertheless, the intro piano solo by Fats is very tasty indeed.

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Glen Campbell — Gentle On My Mind

Thanks to jimmy cee

In the last Glen Campbell clip, By The Time I Get To Phoenix,  I claimed  he was an accomplished guitar player, but the posted video  didn’t really show that.  So,  I thought I would post this video to back it up.  He is singing another of his big hits, Gentle On My Mind, written by John Hartford. This was a clip originally from a television show on the Cable TV network TNN with a who’s who among Country musicians. Glen Campbell, R.I.P.

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