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Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Lester Young, Sun Ra, Keith Jarrett, McCoy Tyner, Roland Kirk, Sam & Dave, Wilson Pickett, James Brown, Tower Of Power, The Five Original Blind Boys From Alabama, Ray Charles, Koko Taylor, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter, Jack Bruce, John McLaughlin, Tony Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Albert Ayler, Curtis Mayfield, The Persuasions, Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention, The Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, Django Reinhardt, Steve Miller, Laura Nyro, Steve Winwood, Charles Mingus, The Kinks...   
ElLagarto ElLagarto
56-60, M
19 Responses Jul 11, 2007

Right on both counts.

Trust me, he doesn't mind. He can be quite the little threadjacker himself... ;)

Black & Blue<br />
<br />
They can’t tell I’m white inside<br />
They don’t see the bruise<br />
Black and blue<br />
Billie’s first profession was the oldest<br />
Long before she purred and cooed<br />
Soft and smooth as satin<br />
Badass Bird soared high above<br />
Icarus-like, swooping down he<br />
Came to rest, on a spike<br />
Trane’s blazing fury summoned our creator <br />
The brief incandescence of a meteor<br />
If genius is a blessing<br />
It is bittersweet at best<br />
Even in a perfect world<br />
Where Dolphy plays the flute<br />
A world where Billie won’t recoil<br />
Discovering strange fruit<br />
<br />
Alistair McHarg

I yield to no man when it comes to worshiping Zappa - he's not just a genius, he is one of our most important modern composers. But the KINKS are arguably the most underrated band of all time. Track down the anthology CD - The Kink Kronikles - their writing is incredibly smart and sophisticated, the music is complex and interesting, and there is a sly wit that smiles throughout all their work. Waterloo Sunset is heaven itself. Go Ray Davies!

He's english... ;-B

I never got The Kinks, Brut. It's one of my husband's favorite bands, though. I think Ray"s voice sounds "whiny."<br />
<br />
Bring on the Zappa.

There is this great Kinks song called "Misfits", have you heard it?

It's okay, El.<br />
Maybe you need some sparkly, blingy things, like the squirrelly one?

Heck, I can't do that - and I'm a writer! Now I'm feeling insecure and defensive.

See what I mean...she can scribblescribe.

Lilt: It is certainly true that POE can do many an amazing thing - heaven only knows what is BEYOND her reach.

"..Perhaps she wrote in braille?"<br />
<br />
When I realized that each one of them was willing to tell me a story {as I had seen in a dream}...I had to borrow a pen ....and also cocktail napkins to scribblescribe.

"POE - it was a joke - they're blind."<br />
<br />
I know El....I laughed!<br />
<br />
Then meandered on down the path of memories...

I don't know , El. POE can do a lot of amazing things. Perhaps she wrote in braille?

POE - it was a joke - they're blind.

"That's okay, they probably wouldn't have read it anyway."<br />
<br />
Perhaps not,but they DID enjoy the soft spoken star struck lady who wrote their words on cocktail napkins.<br />
{I still have the napkins}<br />
They are after all....Legends.<br />
I was the only person back stage,how I came to be threre is a story for another day.

That's okay, they probably wouldn't have read it anyway.

"The Five Original Blind Boys From Alabama"<br />
<br />
I interviewed these Grammy winners and have to say it was a great honor...<br />
They each told me a story as I sat near their feet in the pavillion back stage.<br />
They were my first interview. <br />
I wrote part of the story....but it got lost in the mists.

Great list. You are DEFINITELY a fellow traveler! I saw John Mayall at The Filmore East, he had Mick Taylor with him. Just listening to James Moody the other day. Nice to see Solomon Burke's name. Bravo!