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Monday, April 27, 2020

Intoxication Blues with Lindsay Hannon - April 27

Lindsay Hannon's weekly Monday night live stream session got off to a good start. For starters our vocalist was more or less on time (7:15). What's more the audio-visual was more or less in sync. No, truthfully, it wasn't so good. Then, as is Facebook's wont, the screen froze with Lindsay rendered motionless and mute. 

Much clicking, rebooting or whatever the tech geek term is, then, success! Back to the start, this time half an hour or so without too many glitches. Where were we? Ah, yes, Lindsay drinking, talking about intoxication (blues). Vera Hall's I Been Drinkin' (she sure had!) was all about drinkin' and drinkin'. Your reviewer had just opened a first bottle of Fuller's ESB. Cheers, Lindsay! 

Shakers in her left hand, shakers in her right, Lindsay seemed confused between left and right! Opting to shake it in her left, our live stream host promptly shook it in her right! What's that about I been drinkin'? Yes, we got Leadbelly's Take a Whiff on Me with right hand shaker rhythmic accompaniment.       

Prisoner Blues or I Been a Bad, Bad Girl went way back to 1930s' American penitentiaries as Lindsay sang one of only two known recorded tracks by Ozella Jones. Our host referred to Alan Lomax's field trip. On that occasion down in Florida the well-known archivist was assisted by Zora Neale Hurston. 

Our Monday evening blues session concluded with a Janis Joplin number, the subject, as throughout this half hour survey of women singing the blues...drinking. Lindsay hollered What Good Can Drinkin' Do? Don't ask me, guv'nor, I'm off to the kitchen to grab another Fuller's.   
Russell  

1 comment :

Lance said...

One of my favourite drinking numbers is Louis Jordan's "What's the Use of Getting Sober when You're Gonna Get Drunk Again? Maybe yet another list - this time of drinking songs - The Student Prince is excluded!

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