Somewhere in The Carolinas – Halloween is coming to life, especially out front on this porch. Here come the kitschy decorations, a couple of records and a portable turntable. Applying the faux spider webbing to the awning, brick pillars and leafy green hedges is one of my areas of decorative expertise. Such joy.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Four on the floor on this amazingly lovely day.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – Something funky is trapped in my soul. Sunday music listening to ease inner-tensions then maybe later a long drive through the country.
Sustenance is most important when out digging for secondhand vinyl. On this particular day, the hot wax cost two bucks a piece and lunch consisted of a grilled cheese sandwich and an order of french fries. Really, could life get any better?
Make Your Bird A Star [Pet/ 1983] – voiced by Jim Mac George – is a top contender in my record collection for strangest lp. What knocks it out of the rankings is that this lp is in fact an education tool for a talking bird. Each track repeating a legendary zinger from an assortment of early 20th century comedians.
Catch Me [I’m Falling] [Virgin/ 1987] by Pretty Poison was on the soundtrack for the Jon Cryer flick, Hiding Out, in which Cryer [if I’m correct – I have never seen the film] plays a banker or maybe a stock broker who has gone undercover as a high school student. Dumb. Anyhow, this song is Pretty Poison’s one hit. A freestyle dance cut, real funky, lots of synths. I’ve been in love with the song since I first heard it. The same goes for Dan Hartman’s contribution to the Streets of Fire soundtrack – I Can Dream About You 
The Holy Bible Exposes Jesus Christ Superstar [Diadem/ 1971] lp I honestly have not had the time to listen to just yet. I seems loony enough.
Each of these lps are new editions to my record collection. Each of these artists I am a fan of. All of these lps were found digging secondhand on a recent visit to Virginia. What great investments.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – A few vinyl offerings as birthday gifts from MWF.
I was not familiar with the artist Siffre. So cool as I will now dive into his work.
Stevie Wonder, long a favorite artist, his vinyl I actually didn’t have in my growing collection until now. So pleased about owning Talking Book .
Silver Convention, a cheesy euro-disco, pre-packaged trio who I have long been a fan of was in the mix with their 1975 lp – Save Me.
Sonny Clark’s l.p. – Cool Struttin’  is a jazz lp I’ve never heard. It’s cover is pretty iconic though.
All together – much joy.
Somewhere in The Carolinas – It has been a month and a half since I began taking Chantix to stop smoking [The taste of cigarettes is now not pleasant to me if I picked one up] and six months or so since I quit drinking morning, noon and night [I will drink socially among friends and acquaintances, which I see rarely, which means I hardly drink anymore]. My nerves are jangled and I am chronically in a mood as my body is finding its’ normal again. There is far less nerve pain which strikes but just less often.
I present to you my Friday night stay-at-home music to kick off the afternoon and evening. James Ingram I nabbed for Yah Mo Be There . That song is so good it gives me phantom period cramps. Same goes for Michel’le’s helium-filled hit, No More Lies  and Jazzy B’s Soul II Soul with Keep On Movin’ . I am working on getting my R & B/ Soul/ Hip-hop of the 70s through the ’90s pulled all the way together right now. It’s about time and the feeling is good.