Friday, May 26, 2006


Today I am grateful for Sam Lightnin' Hopkins. This man had the blues hardwired into his DNA. Alongside Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell, he's one of my favorite blues guitarists from the early days. I'm listening to the Complete Aladdin Recordings right now, most of which was recorded after WWII, but the songs were created much earlier, often spontaneously in live performances -- what was called "air music." (John Lee Hooker was the other master of air music.) If you've never heard Hopkins play, you're missing one of the masters of American roots music.

I'm also grateful for humming birds. Amazing creatures.

And life would not be complete without nag champa incense.

For what are you grateful?

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