Well, I’ve been rearranging my sleep schedule again. Yesterday I didn’t get to sleep until 4 pm, slept until half past midnight. The day before I got to sleep at Noon and slept until 8 pm. Another day or two of this and I’ll be on a regular schedule again.
I spent a lot of time tonight looking for music. I found a website that has TONS of downloadable MP3 files from my long-time favorite Judee Sill. The website is http://www.webnoir.com/bob/music/ . And you can do a Kazaa search until the cows come home and find not a single cut of her stuff; the music on the website above is the first my computer ever saw of her works.
If you’ve never heard OF Judee Sill, you’re not unusual. Her first album was the first ever on David Geffen’s Asylum Records; while it went nowhere, it was good enough for her to make another one, “Heart Food”, a couple years later. Both have been re-released on Rhino Handmade, in a run of 5,000 copies each… I hope I can get the money to buy them before they run out. Judee was a very different kind of person, she played guitar and piano, wrote her own stuff… nobody else could have written it, it was a very ecstatic, almost acid-based form of Christianity that made you love whatever god she was worshipping, even though you knew there was NO WAY she was singing about the same god you heard about in church. (Her “Jesus”, from a composite of her lyrics, is a vigilante cowboy coming to get the meek in a flying saucer…) On the other hand, her life as reported on the Internet was not filled with the love that her songs were. From her first album, some of you may remember all the airplay of “Jesus Was A Crossmaker”, produced by Graham Nash even… with all that air time, it still didn’t even make the charts. Go back and find this stuff, it will warm your heart and make you wish one more songwriter hadn’t been wasted.
I also found a lot of information on David Ackles, another of my most favorite singer/songwriters. That was a warmer recollection, his life was well-lived. His musical career, however, albeit filled with four excellent albums, went nowhere. If you’ve heard of him, you’re probably a very famous musician — he had definite impacts on the likes of Elvis Costello and Peter Gabriel, as well as being close friends with Bernie Taupin, but nobody bought the records. I’m proud to say that I have all four of them, including the little interview single that came with “Subway to the Country”. The first three, on Elektra, have been released to CD; Columbia is ignoring the fourth. Again, hoping I can come up with some money to get these.
OK, I have to put some clothes on and toddle off to the Asheville Homeless Network board meeting. If you haven’t looked at our website recently, go give it another shot; I’ve been working hard on this one. http://ashevillehomeless.org .
Guess that’s about it for now. Oh, and I LOVE YOU MY WILLOW!!!!!!!!