The GOP debates and campaign in South Carolina have not shone the most flattering light on the South but there are truly great folks and communities down there. As an antidote to some of the negative things we’ve seen recently, this weekend’s music theme is a tribute to the goodness and compassion of many of our fellow Americans in the South.

Southern Accents – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Sugar Magnolia – Grateful Dead

Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan

Georgia on My Mind – Ray Charles

Carolina in My Mind – James Taylor

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Khirad
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Nirek
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Mittens theme song.

kesmarn
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Totally, Nirek! And somehow that falsetto really fits, too.

SueInCa
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Is Texas the south?
Freddie Fender
Before The Next Teardrop Falls
https://youtu.be/f4fSS2wUb38

Wasted Days and Wasted Nights
https://youtu.be/TUVgkXVDkBA

Selena
I could Fall In Love
https://youtu.be/_MPN8bqteUI

Como La Flor (As The Flower)
https://youtu.be/yIjwAqdBrOM

KillgoreTrout
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Linda Ronstadt–Blue Bayou;

SueInCa
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I love that song and especially by her. See what I mean? You could listen forever and prob never get tired.

SueInCa
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This is for Kalima. She always gives us the best R&B

Gladys Knight a great woman from Georgia

https://youtu.be/XsNzC6tOFrI
The Best Thing That Ever Happened

https://youtu.be/C4Vfxq7Hs_I
Midnight Train to Georgia

Kalima
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Oh Sue, thank you. I love Gladys Knight, I’m touched. 😳

I don’t know where many artists/singers come from, but if we are talking about Georgia, here is Lady Day.

Georgia on My Mind – Billie Holiday.

KillgoreTrout
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Kalima, Lady Day had no equal when it came to song and style. She always sang about 1/8th behind the beat. That is what made her sound so unique, that and the sheer soul that came from the heart of her. She gave her all to the songs she sang. I have an undying respect for her. I place her right along side of Charlie Parker as one of America’s jazz greats. Jazz is a truly an American art form.

Kalima
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I couldn’t agree more KT, and I consider myself lucky to have heard all the greats as a young child listening to AFR-American Forces Radio.

According to my family, I could dance before I could walk. My first trip to a jazz club was when I was 15, and I never wanted to leave.

SueInCa
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I love Billie Holiday. Diana Ross did a great job in the movie Lady Sings The Blues. Strange Fruit was the activist song of the day in the 30’s, it gave a name to racism and the deep seated hatred that makes men do such terrible things. Things I still cannot wrap my head around.

We are listening to Marvin Gaye now. It is hubby’s Motown night.

Kalima
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Saw the film with Diana Ross, and came out with tears running down my cheeks.

Can never have too much of Marvin Gaye. My hubby is off for his nap, and our felines are hiding under warm blankets. I’m listening to the BBC’s Friday Comedy Hour because I miss the Brit humour so much.

SueInCa
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I know we both like the R&B so i thought I would beat you to it and leave you a present. You have left so many that I enjoyed.

Kalima
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Much appreciated Sue, have been a bit busy to join in today, will share some more next time. Happy that you enjoy them.

KillgoreTrout
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The Allman Bros–Jessica;

SueInCa
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I loved them and Marshall Tucker at the same time. Jessica is one of my favorites. There is so much good music you could probably listen 24 hours a day and still not get through it all in a year.

KillgoreTrout
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Music is so much the antidote for the souless politics that can dominate our thoughts. The world is complex and to focus too long on the drudgery that is politics is not healthy for the soul. What an existence this would be without art and music!

SueInCa
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I hear that. I love to work on my jewlery and listen to music. I can work all day with few breaks. Once I get in to the mood, I can crank out some really nice pieces, then I give them away as gifts lol.

kesmarn
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Beautiful stuff, BFF. Thanks so much.

kesmarn
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‘Scuse me for barging in here, Sue, but those beads are absolutely gorgeous. I’d buy those earrings in a heartbeat.

And think of the fun of being able to make them!

SueInCa
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PS I do work with polymer clay. Here are some pieces made with polymer clay so you can get an idea what a finished product would look like:

http://www.katopolyclay.com/gallery.html

SueInCa
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BFF
You are never a Barger, you are always welcome. He is one of the best at making glass or dichroic beads. His designs really come to life. I told KT I saw a bracelet out of some rainbow beads he made and when you turn the bracelet around it is almost like the colors are shooting around the bracelet. I have been following him for years. I work with ready made beads but would love to be able to afford a kiln to get into glass beds.

KillgoreTrout
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For sure! I used to crank up the music when I was blowing glass. It just seemed to aid my creativity and boost my endurance to the heat of molten glass. Over 2,000 degrees when liquid.

SueInCa
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You could make dichroic glass, you already know how to work with it youjust need a kiln………..my friend and I are thinking about sharing the cost of one to make glass beads. There is a guy Bruce Maher and he makes the most beautiful beads. I saw a rainbow bracelet made from his beads and it looked like the light was shooting around the bracelet. here is some of his work

http://www.maherglass.com/present_art.html

http://www.maherglass.com/previous_art.html

jjgravitas
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Three from the Squirrel Nut Zippers (a ’30’s-ish jazz-punk band from North Carolina, with a lot of Crescent City influence). You’ll never hear these guys at a GOP convention.

“The Suits Are Picking Up The Bill”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ar6YHaH3zs

“Put A Lid On It”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdAt4qWvz_8

“The Ghost of Stephen Foster”

kesmarn
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Soooooo cool! Thanks for introducing us to this group, jjgravitas. I had never heard of them. Fantastic!

jjgravitas
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jjgravitas

Yeah, I’m a big fan of the Zippers, have all their records up through their breakup around 2000 (I was so disappointed). But I hear they are reforming and have a new live album (which I haven’t heard or seen yet). I hope to hear more from the SQZ.

#;^)

Oh, by the way — if you like them, do the right thing and buy their CDs. Although the SQZ are too eccentric for your mainstream record store, their stuff is available online at Amazon.com. It’s worth it, believe me 😉

kesmarn
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Me too, jj. I’m hooked.

I just found this one on YouTube, and I love it.

“Baby Wants a Diamond Ring”:

KillgoreTrout
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The Ghost of Stephen Foster was awesome. These guys a great.

KillgoreTrout
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jj, their name alone is awesome. Great stuff.

LFer
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The Blessing – Delta Rain
https://youtu.be/HMNlQesC7Mk

KillgoreTrout
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Little Feat–Dixie Chicken;

LFer
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John Hiatt – Memphis In The Meantime
https://youtu.be/lOKEQ1GtviI

John Hiatt – Drive South
https://youtu.be/t7ruuydWOY4

KillgoreTrout
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Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen–Hot Rod Lincoln;

jjgravitas
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jjgravitas

John Fred and his Playboy Band – Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) (1968)

jjgravitas
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jjgravitas

Johnny Rivers – Secret Agent Man (1966)

KillgoreTrout
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Hoyt Axton/John Hartford–The Yellow Rose of Texas;

KillgoreTrout
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CCR–Down On The Corner;