“The Immigrants”


WC’s buddy Ray Funk, a highly respected music scholar and writer (and another unsuccessfully retired lawyer), pointed WC to a timely, powerful Gaby Moreno cover of David Rudder’s 1998 song, “The Immigrants.” Here are the lyrics. An acoustic version of Moreno’s cover is below the lyrics. WC likes both the metaphors and the very clever…

The Grandfather of the Blues: Buddy Guy


Most (maybe all) of his contemporaries are dead. Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Howlin’ Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Albert King; all gone. Seven-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy is still standing. He’s 81 years old and can still rock the house down, make his guitar weep and make you laugh out loud. He’s the living spirit of…

R.I.P. Leonard Cohen, 1935-2016


In the late 1960s, Judy Collins, for whatever reason, came to Fairbanks, Alaska and did a performance at Patty Gym at the University of Alaska, the largest venue in Fairbanks at the time. The first song was her hit cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne.” After singing it, accompanying herself on the piano, she said, “I love Leonard…

Jackson Browne's Guitars, Vema Morrison Auditorium, Boise. Photo by Mrs. WC.

Jackson Browne in Boise


WC’s buddy, Joe, has a younger brother. We’ll call him A.D. WC was visiting Joe at his family’s home once, in 1969 or 1970, and A.D. had the headphones on. WC asked A.D. how it was going, and he answered, “Not so hot, but Jackson Browne makes it tolerable.” And there isn’t an idealistic, reflective…