Tuesday, December 13, 2005

The Coming of Winter

The thermometer on the back porch is dipping well below this old man's comfort zone tonight. Winter is just around the corner. I don't mind cold nights like this, as long as I can enjoy it through the window with a hot buttered rum.

Shep Cooke was a member of Linda Ronstadt's Stone Poneys, and has shared his voice and guitar on recordings by Tom Waits and others. For all this, he is most remembered for his 'Concert Tour of Mars' which was presented to the world by Dr. Demento.

Shep Cooke - New England Winter


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Concert Tour of Mars is the only
thing that I had heard of his
before this, I like it very much


December 14, 2005 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I caught up with your bus about a week ago. I asked about patriotic music and got a "no politics, no religion on this site" response. That's a good idea, one I practice myself. I never equated proud patriotism with the stink of politics, but I do equate Christmas songs with religion. Hey, it's your blog.

December 14, 2005 12:20 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

You’ve got me there, friend. After I replied to your comment I realized I may have sounded snide. I do apologize, I meant no offence. I’m an opinionated SOB, but I usually try to keep it off the ‘Bus. You caught me at a bad moment. Truth be told, I was a bit ashamed of forgetting Dec 7th. Hell, I was wed on the 4th of July (but that was just to assure some fireworks in my marriage).
You are absolutely right about the distinction between patriotic music and politics. From that perspective, there are many people who join in on the Sunday morning gospel jams at festivals, not for religious reasons, but purely for the love of the music. It is my belief that the best music is written from the heart, by people who care very deeply about an issue, be it patriotism, religion, civil rights, clean rivers… whatever. The Christmas posts make no reference to religion on my part. Again, I apologize for my off-the-cuff and out-of-line reply to your earlier inquiry.
The focus here on the ‘Bus is the music, and the only message I intend is that there is a world of good music that doesn’t get the exposure it deserves.

December 14, 2005 2:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will have to agree with you on the religious over tones in Boogie Woogie Santa Claus
Sorry Ed I just couldnt help


December 14, 2005 2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wasn't offended, just confused. Heartfelt music is the best. I love the music of the Christmas season, be it boogie-woogie or Stille Nacht. Thanks for the nice speech. Here endeth my comments.

December 14, 2005 3:34 PM  
Anonymous nap said...

... ok everybody, back on the bus, head out the window, tail wagging and tongue slapping the side!

December 14, 2005 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading some of these comments is verrrrry interesting, but off the road. I agree with nap, back on the bus where the next stop will offer nothing but good music, food and drink. With all due respect to the confused carroler.

December 14, 2005 6:01 PM  
Blogger Ed said...

I'll drink to that!

December 14, 2005 9:32 PM  
Anonymous nap said...

That's the sprit boys and girls (countrygrrl)! Set the sail and put her in the wind Ed!

December 15, 2005 8:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Winter is the best time of them all. A small corner of my heart is reserved for those who never know the joy and pain of it; cold cheeks in bright sun/the sharp punch of a frozen puck on an unprotected body part.

Mr. Beer N. Hockey

December 15, 2005 5:33 PM  
Blogger Ed said...


December 15, 2005 11:58 PM  

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