280: “Season of the Witch” by Stephen Stills, Al Kooper

Season of the TwitchAs a child, my grandparents’ and cousins’ houses were separated by a few fences and some pastureland. One of the fences was electrified.

The electric fence provided me, my brother, and my cousin with hours of entertainment. We experimented with all sorts of different conductive materials and creative dares. One day, we were simply rolling under the electric fence, in transit between houses (we were too small to jump it, around 9 and 10 years old). My cousin, Clay, was holding a golf club without its head that my Grandfather used to carry on walks, with which to whack aggressive dogs…

So, Clay rolled underneath the electric fence while holding the metal golf club. And he rolled in such a way that the club touched the fence while he was laying directly underneath it. It started shocking the crap out of him, but the golf club was SITTING ON HIS CHEST AND LEANING AGAINST the electric fence above him. He was shaking and gurgling as he writhed to try to get away from the electrified golf club. I wanted to help, but my stronger inclination was not to get shocked, so I yelled at him and the golf club. “AHHHHHHHHH!!!”

Clay shook and gurgled for what seemed like forever (it was probably 3 seconds). Eventually, he convulsed/wriggled until the club fell and lost contact with the fence.

When I realized he was okay I had a good laugh at his expense. Clay took a while to find his humor again.

Clay, I’m sorry I didn’t think to kick the club away. But you’ve had healthy kids and that twitch went away, so I guess no permanent damage was done.

This story has nothing at all to do with the music below, by Stephen Stills and Al Kooper from Super Session (1968).

Enjoy the energy in this track.

Song: Season of the Witch
Artist: Stephen Stills, Al Kooper & Mike Bloomfield
Album: Super Session
Label: Columbia / Legacy
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Listen: MOG | Spotify
Watch: YouTube

175: “Like It Is” by Yusef Lateef

Na na na na na na na na... Be the flute.Here’s a Calgon-take-me-away song by Yusef Lateef, the great jazz multi-instrumentalist, of the kind driven by breath. He’s still breathing today, at 90 years of age.

“Like It Is” can be found on The Blue Yusef Lateef (1968) and features Yusef on both sax and bamboo flute.  The voice he can get with that flute is really amazing.

Yusef Lateef was born as William Evans in Chattanooga, TN before moving to Detroit at the age of 5.  In his 30’s, he converted to Ahmadiyya, a flavor of Islam, due to the spiritual hole created in his life from 30 years of having a dull name.

Lateef is a man of deep thought.  From Wikipedia:

Autophysiopsychic Music, Lateef’s term, refers to music which comes from one’s physical, mental, and spiritual self. Lateef has written extensively on the topic and includes it in his book Method To Perform Autophsyiopsychic Music. In this view, it should be the goal of every musician to combine their theoretical knowledge with their life experience, and to offer to and accept knowledge from their personal source of strength, inspiration and knowledge.

I wonder if he finds time to watch television.  Here’s his current website.

Listen, and enjoy.

Song: Like It Is
Artist: Yusef Lateef
Album: The Blue Yusef Lateef
Label: Rhino Atlantic
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Watch: YouTube

109: “She Is Loaded” by Giles, Giles & Fripp

Cheerio, then.Yep, that’s Robert Fripp of pre-King Crimson fame on the right.

Here’s a ridiculous and catchy song called “She Is Loaded” that is full of the kind of wit, valor and sensibilities that ennoble humankind… from The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles & Fripp (1968).  Sentiments like…

Her kisses never get better.
They just get wetter and wetter.


Song: She Is Loaded
Artist: Giles, Giles & Fripp
Album: The Cheerful Insanity of Giles, Giles, & Fripp
Label: Esoteric UK/Zoom
Buy from: Amazon (Import CD Only)