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Audio Playlist of ABOUT TIME

1 Jan
ABOUT TIME, COVER

cover art, Alys McDaniel

Here’s a a play list of the songs on my album About Time, 12 of them, all originals. I recorded it a million years ago and just gave it a listen again the other day. I’m still happy with how it came out. Ah, maybe we got a little too exuberant with the instruments here and there, stepped on the vocals occasionally, but I like the album’s energy, and honestly, I think we were playing our butts off. I’m still proud of the songs, too; glad I got em all down on a recording. Check em out:

 

If any of the songs hit you where you live, the good news is they’re available about anywhere that sells music downloads. The CD of the album is available, too at http://www.cdbaby.com.

And check out the songs on my other album, Live at Custer Street here: https://dumbfoundingstories.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=456&action=edit

“Don’t Need No More Rahm” Revisited

2 Dec

10363719_10153110973214780_6162630724580670963_nI wrote the song below last March during Chicago’s mayoral runoff, but the title applies more than ever, far as I’m concerned. A week after Rahm’s election, Barbara Byrd Bennet, who he picked to run our schools, got indicted by the feds for corruption. Then a 14 month coverup of a policeman’s murder of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, comes to light. Oh, and remember when Rahm said to vote for him cause his opponent would raise taxes? How’s that working out?

 

 

 

Your Love Set Me Free

15 Aug
Dorothy at a show last spring.

Dorothy at a show last spring.

For some reason, I write few love songs, but “Your Love Set Me Free” is one. The best move I ever made was hooking up with Dorothy, my wife, and this one’s about her. You can click on the icon below to hear it. (It sounds way better through headphones) The lyrics are below, too.

 

Your Love Set Me Free

Chorus:

Your love set me Free. Your love set me free.

Up in the ozone, I was alone

Chorus

When you caught my eye, I felt my spirit fly

Chorus

You saw through my jive, made me be alive

Chorus

You made me a man and glad that I am

Chorus

Oh, my God, your lips, are worth all your trips

Chorus

Yeah, you knock me out. There’s not a shred of doubt.

Chorus

We  been together, always and forever

Chorus

You’re rain drifting down on a meadow,

and by now I think you know

Chorus

 

 

 

 

Big Jim

26 Jul

b.l.u.e.s.Posting “Big Jim” here, a song we just recorded. It’s blues. To give it a listen, click on the link below this paragraph.  The lyrics are under the recording, and there’s a paragraph below them about how I happened to write the song.

 

BIG JIM

FOLKS CALL HIM BIG JIM

HE’S GOOD TO ROCK ALL NIGHT

FOLKS CALL HIM BIG JIM

LORD, HE WAS BORN TO ROCK ALL NIGHT

ALL HE’S GOT IS THEM THERE BAD BLUES

HE SINGS ‘EM WITH ALL HIS MIGHT

HE GREW UP ON THE SOUTH SIDE

IT WAS TOO COLD TO HIM ROUND THERE

THE SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO

IT WAS TOO COLD TO HIM ROUND THERE

NOW HE LIVES IN JACKSON COUNTY

IT’S HIS HOME, HE DOES DECLARE

THEY GAVE JIM A GUN

AND SENT HIM OFF TO FIGHT

SENT HIM OFF TO NAM

TO BE PART OF THAT THERE FIGHT

THINGS THAT HE SAW THERE

STILL COME BACK TO HIM IN THE NIGHT

THE BLUES AND JACK DANIELS

ARE MUCH OK BY HIM

SINGIN’ THE BLUES AND OLE JACK DANIELS

ARE MUCH OK BY HIM

WHEN THE BAND’S IN THE ZONE

HE’S ALL DOWN WITH THE JAM

REPEAT FIRST VERSE

This New Years Eve my wife Dorothy and I went down to Cumberland State Park in Eastern Kentucky by the Tennessee border. They have a New Years Eve dance there every year and it’s a good one. New Years Day, we were riding back on Highway 61, which winds through miles and miles of farmland, woods, and little towns, and the lyrics to “Big Jim” came to me. We decided to stop in Indianapolis and spend the night; I wrote the lyrics down on some paper that was in our hotel room. When we got back to Chicago, I tossed the lyrics on my desk. Around March I decided to put them to music, and we recorded it this July. Don’t know why I move ahead on projects at the speed of glacier, I just do.

I’d like to dedicate this one to Tawl Pawl, Billy Desmond, and Big Larry. Long may they rock.  And to the memory of my brother Doug and the memory of Big Twist.

“Big Jim” copyright 2015 by Donald Kent McDaniel

A Super Reverb

Hash’s Faves (Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison”}

19 Jul

Hash’s Faves

Johnny_Cash-2This week’s fave is some old-school country music, from back before country music became rock with cowboy hats. It’s the Johnny Cash classic ”Folsom Prison Blues.”This is the original version, from Cash’s 1957 debut album ”Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar”; a “live” version, actually recorded at Folsom,
is also accepted as an iconic and official version. The backstory there is that the cheers of the prisoners reacting to the line “But I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die” was added in post-production; the prisoners were careful not to cheer any lines referring to lawlessness lest they invite retaliation from the guards, who were probably a little nervous about the show anyway.

I assume that the players on the session are Cash’s long-standing band (they also played on the live version), guitarist Luther Perkins, bassist Marshall Grant and drummer W.S. Holland. The record was the first LP issued by Sun Records; the legendary Sam Phillips produced, and I assume it was recorded at the Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

Cash wrote the song while stationed with the U.S. Air Force in West Germany, in the 1950’s. He had seen a movie ”Inside The Walls Of Folsom Prison” (a dramatic film, not a documentary; he came up with “I shot a man in Reno” line and “borrowed” a melody and some of the lyrics from a song by Gordon Jenkins, “Crescent City Blues,” which in turn was based on a song by blues singer/pianist Little Brother Montgomery. The Jenkins song was on a “concept album” called ”Seven Dreams,” which was released in 1953. Jenkins is the author of one of the most beautiful jazz ballads, ”Goodbye,” which was Benny Goodman’s sign-off tune for his radio show, and also arranged Frank Sinatra’s “September Of My Years” album. The singer on Jenkins’ “Crescent City Blues” was Beverly Mahr. Jenkins sued Cash in the 70’s and was paid a settlement of $75,000; it’s unclear if Montgomery was ever paid any money (Montgomery spent a lot of time here in Chicago and I wonder if any of you mugs out there knows anything about this?).

The song became one of Cash’s signature tunes, and helped forge his image as an outlaw, although, unlike Merle Haggard, he was never in prison. He did spend a lot of his early years living a wild life on the margins of the law, along with room-mate Waylon Jennings. He was a notorious drug user, but finally cleaned himself up in the 1990’s.

Cash was an activist; he continued to do prison concerts throughout his career, and was an early fighter for Native American rights – he recorded the song ”The Ballad Of Ira Hayes” in 1964. Hayes was one of the U.S. Marines who raised the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on Iwo Jima; he was a member of the Pima tribe, and on his return to the United States he descended into alcoholism and died of exposure in 1955. The Clint Eastwood film ”Flags Of Our Fathers” is a moving account of his story. Cash also shook up country music circles when he recorded ”Girl From The North Country” with Bob Dylan in 1969 (it became the leadoff track on Dylan’s album ”Nashville Skyline,” which also shook up the rock world), and his invitation to Dylan to appear on his television show arguably opened the gates to all subsequent country/rock/folk collaborations.

Cash died in 2003, after experiencing a career rejuvenation at the hands of producer Rick Rubin.

You can listen to it here:
http://www.tekstowo.pl/piosenka,johnny_cash,folsom_prison_blues.html

This post is reprinted from News From The Trenches, a weekly newsletter of commentary from the viewpoint of a working musician published by Chicago bassist Steve Hashimoto. If you’d like to start receiving it, just let him know by emailing him at steven.hashimoto@sbcglobal.net.

Don’t Need No More Rahm–Song/Slide Show

20 Mar

I coupled the song “Don’t need No More Rahm” with a slide show, and I’m posting it below. When the video’s running, if you click on the share arrow in the upper left hand corner, you can download the video.

 

 

To download an mp3 of the song click here: Don’t_Need_No_More_Rahm_3_5_15

 

Lyrics:

 

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CLOSES DOWN OUR SCHOOLS

TREATS US LIKE FOOLS

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CRIME’S UP IN OUR TOWN

ELSEWHERE IT’S GOING DOWN

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CAMERAS AT THE RED LIGHTS

HIS FACE ON TV EVERY NIGHT

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

GIVES TAX BREAKS TO RICH GUYS

GIVES US A PACK OF LIES

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

A BIG PAL OF RAUNER,

HE WINS, CHI’S A GONER

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CUSSES OUT LADIES

HE’S LIKE A DOG WITH RABIES

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

TAXES OUR iPHONES

NEXT HE’LL TAX OUR DIAL TONES

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

HE’S GOT THE BEST FRIENDS A BUCK CAN BUY

AND THAT’S THE REASON WHY WE

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

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Don’t Need No More Rahm

8 Mar

The title above is also the title of a song I just recorded, which I’m streaming in this post along with the lyrics.

 

 

Click on this link to download the mp3: Don’t_Need_No_More_Rahm_3_5_15

 

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CLOSES DOWN OUR SCHOOLS

TREATS US LIKE FOOLS

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CRIME’S UP IN OUR TOWN

ELSEWHERE IT’S GOING DOWN

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CAMERAS AT THE RED LIGHTS

HIS FACE ON TV EVERY NIGHT

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

GIVES TAX BREAKS TO RICH GUYS

GIVES US A PACK OF LIES

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

A BIG PAL OF RAUNER,

HE WINS, CHI’S A GONER

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

CUSSES OUT LADIES

HE’S LIKE A DOG WITH RABIES

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

TAXES OUR iPHONES

NEXT HE’LL TAX OUR DIAL TONES

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

HE’S GOT THE BEST FRIENDS A BUCK CAN BUY

AND THAT’S THE REASON WHY WE

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

DON’T NEED NO MORE RAHM

rahm

The News (Live)

8 Feb

The video below is Dorothy, Vic Varjan, and I playing “The News” at Custer Street Fair in Evanston, Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

ME

 

 

The video’s music is on our Live At Custer Street album.

 

 

Recorded at Custer Street Fair in Evanston, Illinois

Video from April, 2014

5 Jan

kentmcdanielwrites

I’m posting six videos here from a recent gig at Silvies on Chicago’s north side. We had a Zoom Recorder going that night and captured these songs live, among others. Personnel on the songs are Dorothy McDaniel – bass, Alpha Stewart – percussion, John Temmerman – sax, Me – guitar. Numbers 1, 3, 5, & 6 are originals. Numbers 2 & 4 are covers.

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Locked on the Groove

22 Dec


ds bacoverI Wrote “Jimmy Stu” for all the cosmic cowboys who never thought they’d end up on the daily grind–but did. I’m posting a video of the song, from a show at the Heartland Cafe back when they used to book bands, a performance of it I especially like. For one thing, that  night everybody seemed to lock onto the groove. For another, though I always thought of the tune as southern rock/rockabilly, Rudy Negrete soloed on it like a Chicago bluesman, and it worked just fine. If your computer speakers are as lame as mine, I hope you use headphones when you watch this:

Here are the lyrics.

Jimmy Stu (What’s with You?)

You used to live in the country

up in the ozone, one with the wind and sun

Now you live in the city, and man, it’s a pity

how you run

Jimmy Stu, what’s with you?

Yeah, you used to walk slow

You used to talk slow, taking life by the days

Now you get up early, you push you shove,

mind on the future always

Jimmy Stu, what’s with you?

Well, it only goes to show

that you don’t know

what somebody might do

Who thought that you’d get caught?

How’d that happen to you?

“Jimmy Stu” is on the CDs Live at Custer Street by The Kent McDaniel Band and About Timeby Kent McDaniel, both of which are available at www.cdbaby.com. Downloads of the song are available at www.amazon.com and just about everywhere else downloads are sold.