Greetings, Music Fans

So, then, we arrived up at our mountain vacation home a coupla hours ago, in Arnold, CA; and, I think we’re gonna go do sumthin’.  We’ve decided to head down to Murphy’s, CA, just 15 minutes down the road, to Ironstone Vinyard’s amphitheater.

The Moody Blues, with Dave Mason, on tap for tonight.

Of all their songs I like (yea, Nights in White Satin, too), I can just never get over Blue Guitar. It’s only too short.

P.S. When sining of “New Hope,” I doubt they were being ridiculously or obtusely audacious

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  1. Sara on July 24, 2009 at 19:22

    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don’t know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


  2. Bryan - oz4caster on July 24, 2009 at 20:07

    Music is good for health. I like some of the old Moody Blues too: Backward to the Future

    “Questions” and “Eyes of a Child” are my favorites.

  3. pjnoir on July 25, 2009 at 15:22

    I think you’d like Zappa’s Watermelon In Easter Hay- might be the bluesiest blues ever recorded. There is a yahoo tube version:

    song is one one of the Joe’s Garage albums


    • Richard Nikoley on July 25, 2009 at 16:01

      Thanks for that. Zappa is someone that has only peripherally been on my radar from time to time.

      I loved that.

      I’m going to have to do some digging. My library is quite eclectic and I find his bluesiness quite unique.

  4. Owen Leahy on July 25, 2009 at 09:39

    Dave Mason is there? The man is top notch!
    Also, if you make it down to Murphy’s, try to check out Domaine Becquet on main street. They have the most divine chocolate port….

    • Richard Nikoley on July 25, 2009 at 10:17

      Yea, Dave Mason was there and put on an excellent performance. Thought he might even overshadow The Moody Blues, but not quite. They were awesome.

      Last Summer at Ironstone, we saw Charlie Musselwhite, then Buddy Guy, and I thought Buddy clearly overshadowed the headliner, George Thorogood, but perhaps only because George has been so thoroughly overplayed for years and years. Also, three shows in a sitting is a bit much. My wife loved George, however, as she’s more of a soul fan and was discovering the bluesy roots of rock & roll.

      Eric Clapton has called Buddy Guy the best living blues guitarist and I believe it. In addition to his own style, he can mimic anyone, from Clapton to Hendrix to BB and beyond. If you ever get a chance, don’t miss it.

      Been to Murphy’s many times, but don’t recall Domaine Becquet. Is it one of the tasting rooms? I’ve been to all or most of those, so perhaps the name just isn’t ringing a bell.

      Of course, my usual preference is the saloon in Murphy’s hotel for a scotch…

      • William on July 25, 2009 at 19:10

        Buddy Guy is on my list of celebrities I wouldn’t mind having as a next door neighbor (trust me, there are very few.) He’s a force of nature and that big smiley face of his can cure the blues.

  5. Julie on July 25, 2009 at 11:03

    The Moody Blues are great. I just saw Yes last week. Still pretty amazing!

  6. TrailGrrl on July 27, 2009 at 16:52

    Hubby’s band covers a lot of Moody Blues. Music to the Story, Tuesday Afternoon, and Nights in White Satin of course. And Dave Mason in a roundabout way… Only You Know and I Know (the 60’s Delaney and Bonnie version). They were gonna learn Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band, but I don’t know what happened there.

    I know your protein pain. I’ve been sick and eating a lot of carbs. Now I’ve got the meat craving back.


  7. shel on September 8, 2009 at 17:42

    hey Richard, it seems like you're on the verge of being a prog fan! if you're interested in some ear candy, check out some mainstream stuff like Gentle Giant, Yes, King Crimson, Early Genesis, ELP, Vander Graff Generator.

    if you want to dig down into the underground, check out the Canterbury scene (Hatfield and the North, Gong, Soft Machine) and some others from Europe and Canada like PFM, Amon duul II, Maneige; and some recent stuff like Spock's beard and Porcupine Tree.

    i drive my gf a bit nuts with my musical nerdism, but man it's visual stuff…

    • Richard Nikoley on September 8, 2009 at 19:49

      Already a big fan of Yes & early Genesis. I'll check out some of the


      • shel on September 8, 2009 at 23:37

        “progressive rock”

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