Thursday, June 04, 2009

All Time Great Koko Taylor Has Passed At Age 80

For those that do not listen to the Blues Koko Taylor was a musical giant among the players because, first and foremost, she was a player, not a poser. Tough with a heart of gold and a voice of gravelly silk, Taylor stayed to her roots and matched the boys toe-to-toe with a passion for life and music that could be exhausting just to see and hear, much as it must have been to watch Mozart conduct.

Just wow. Absolutely wow. I got me some Blues to listen to to give my respect to the passing of this great singer.

Some history:

Born Cora Walton on a sharecropper’s farm just outside Memphis, TN, on September 28, 1928, Koko, nicknamed for her love of chocolate, fell in love with music at an early age. Inspired by gospel music and WDIA blues disc jockeys B.B. King and Rufus Thomas, Taylor began belting the blues with her five brothers and sisters, accompanying themselves on their homemade instruments. In 1952, Taylor and her soon-to-be-husband, the late Robert “Pops” Taylor, traveled to Chicago with nothing but, in Koko’s words, “thirty-five cents and a box of Ritz Crackers.”

In Chicago, “Pops” worked for a packing company, and Koko cleaned houses. Together they frequented the city’s blues clubs nightly. Encouraged by her husband, Koko began to sit in with the city’s top blues bands, and soon she was in demand as a guest artist. One evening in 1962 Koko was approached by arranger/composer Willie Dixon. Overwhelmed by Koko’s performance, Dixon landed Koko a Chess Records recording contract, where he produced her several singles, two albums and penned her million-selling 1965 hit “Wang Dang Doodle,” which would become Taylor’s signature song.

Koko Taylor was one of very few women who found success in the male-dominated blues world. She took her music from the tiny clubs of Chicago’s South Side to concert halls and major festivals all over the world. She shared stages with every major blues star, including Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, B.B. King, Junior Wells and Buddy Guy as well as rock icons Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

Taylor’s final performance was on May 7, 2009 in Memphis at the Blues Music Awards, where she sang “Wang Dang Doodle” after receiving her award for Traditional Blues Female Artist Of The Year.

One World Nuclear Weapons

In the Czech Republic in early April Obama said this;
The president said that the solutions will include preventing the production of more nuclear weapons, negotiating a new international treaty and strengthening the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

He warned that countries that break the rules will face immediate consequences, including automatic referral to the U.N. Security Council.

A few days ago our government 'accidentally' released the locations of our nuclear sites:
The federal government mistakenly made public a 266-page report, its pages marked “highly confidential,” that gives detailed information about hundreds of the nation’s civilian nuclear sites and programs, including maps showing the precise locations of stockpiles of fuel for nuclear weapons.

Now, Obama in a speech in Cairo stated:
No single nation should pick and choose which nations hold nuclear weapons. That is why I strongly reaffirmed America’s commitment to seek a world in which no nations hold nuclear weapons.

Who should choose? If no one nation holds nuclear weapons, who will? What is Obama describing here, possibly a super government that will have the right to pick and choose, IE govern, all nations? Who will rule this super government? Who will decide who will be this ruler? Who will fund the super bureaucracy which will own no soil, but rule all soil? How will there be recompense or opposition to such a super government?

Where, on this planet, will we find the Solomon wise enough and impartial enough to make decisions concerning life and death of nations or will it be a council of Solomons? How will this super government enforce its decrees? Will there be a council or congress given such power under Chapter MXCCVIII after endless sanctions fail or will there be swift and deadly action against transgressors of the peace?

Will the 'peace keepers' wear uniforms with a double thunder bolt, skull and cross bones or a rainbow insignia as they wield their nuclear weapons over the 'nations' of the world?

China, Russia, Korea and the countries of the Middle East and Africa have not earned the right to be part of such a super government.

Thank you for your international "I have a dream" speech Mr Obama, but I think we should retain our nuclear weapons and the decision whether to use them or not. You offer the world and our country good theater, but in the end it is just that, theater.

Homeless Risotto & Blackberrys

Recently Michelle Obama went to serve food to the homeless at a government funded soup kitchen.

Cost of a bowl of soup at homeless shelter: $0.00

Michelle Obama serving you soup: $0.00

Snapping a picture of a homeless person who is receiving government funded meal while taking a picture of the first lady using his $500 Black Berry cell phone: Priceless