Tomorrow, Wendy

Not much baseball in this song, but I was revising a passage in Going, Going, Gone where M.E. talks about this song. So here it is.

Obviously he’s not doing so well at this point.

He also alludes to semi-crushing on singer Johnette Napolitano. Yeah, she’s twenty years older (not that that should stop […]

Detroit or Buffalo

Barbara Keith’s old song Detroit or Buffalo sums up spring training for me.

Am I going to make the club come April, or will I get sent back to a minor-league town?

I don’t mean to knock Buffalo, but in baseball it’s not the show. In reality, it’s more like the distance between the […]

Music in an Alternate Universe

Artist Dan Piraro, author of Bizarro, has tunneled his way into an alternate universe where Chuck Berry did not play the guitar.

No, this isn’t some white-guy-shows-black-guy-how-to-play-his-own-music a la the scene in Back to the Future. (Being funny and good-hearted – and the scene is both – doesn’t excuse the casual un-self-aware racism underlying it.)

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Baseball Music: Help

Baseball is a team game, and there is no song that cries “team” more than the Beatles’ Help (a John Lennon song).

Here’s a great live version from 1965, complete with John’s snarky intro and some great singing from “the lads.”

 

Baseball Season

‘Bout time it got here!

I have to say that I like the new rule about avoiding plate collisions. Yeah, I know, some folks have called it a bit wussy… but it’s not their bodies and careers on the line. Baseball may be a contact sport of sorts, but it is not, in Vince Lombardi’s […]

Pete Seeger

I knew Pete and had the chance to swap songs with him around… well, around a campfire might be traditional, but it was actually around these tureens of soup his wife used to make.

Who says one man can’t change the world? And change it with a song?

Miss you, Pete.

“The Professor, and Mary Anne”

The Professor, Russell Johnson, has died at age 89.

Yeah, that Professor. From Gilligan’s Island. For many of us, the only professor who actually mattered, who proved you could do the impossible with a couple of coconuts and some random stuff purloined from Mrs. Howell’s impossibly large steamer trunk.

I also know why he couldn’t […]

Best News of the Winter While Waiting for “Pitcher and Catchers Report”

News reports suggest that the neighborhood play will not be reviewable.

The “neighborhood play” in baseball occurs on a double play attempt when the pivot man – shortstop or second baseman – takes the throw “in the neighborhood” of the base, drags his foot somewhere near or over (or on) the base, and completes the […]

Mystery Song of the Day: Richard Thompson

Once again, I’m forced to return to the great mystery of Who Knows Where the Time Goes.

The late Sandy Denny wrote it, recorded it with The Strawbs in 1967, and then rerecorded it with Fairport Convention (featuring guitarist/writer/misogynist extraordinaire Richard Thompson) in 1969. Here’s Richard Thompson solo playing it live somewhere.

He throws […]

Mystery Song of the Day: Nina Simone

Had to hit another version of Sandy Denny’s Who Knows Where the Time Goes – because isn’t that the biggest of the mysteries?

Who better to cover it than the spectacular Nina Simone:

Great song, great artist. That’s a mystery, too, how the magic flows into people like Sandy Denny and Nina Simone. Apologies […]