The Video Onslaught Continues...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Yup... it's time for yet *another* video from yours truly. One again featuring shaky camerawork, questionable wardrobe choices, and ill-advised attempts at humor. Hmm... this sounds like a porn video, actually. Which, come to think of it, would do wonders for my view count... Anyway, that's an idea to set aside for another day. >=)

But for now, settle back and enjoy another installment of Cass's Coulda-Been-A-Blockbuster. :D


So my friend R was nice enough to braid my hair for me again on Friday, as I had plans later that evening. After arriving home I chatted with (who else?) April (no prizes for guessing that! lol) until nearly 3:00 AM. I watched an episode of Treme, which I'm FINALLY getting around to at long last, and then, at long last, prepared to go to bed.

I undid the braid, bent forward, and shook it loose. When I flipped it back up and looked in the mirror, I saw this... and burst out laughing - because this was what I saw!

(BTW, that was my attempt at the "Boston-tough-chick" look. I needed to apply at least one more tube of pink lip gloss and add hoop earrings to really pull it off though...)

I laughed and laughed (did I mention it was after 4:00 AM?), and was telling a friend today that I could walk onto the set of L.A. Law or Dynasty circa 1986 and no one would have batted an eye. We are talking BIG hair here!

I much prefer it pulled back off my face, but these were too funny not to share. Hope you got a kick out of them!


I've been listening to a lot of Bob Dylan, The Band, and The Byrds this week, what with the release of the latest Bootleg Series release of The Basement Tapes. These are the sessions Dylan held in the spring and summer of 1967 with what would soon become The Band, literally recorded in the basement of the home the band was renting near Woodstock New York. I thought I'd include a few songs from those sessions here.

First up, "Million Dollar Bash." The joy they were taking in simply playing for the joy of playing is infectious:

The Band's "I Shall Be Released," featuring Richard Manuel's haunted lead vocal:

And finally, The Byrds, doing a great live version of "This Wheel's On Fire," co-written by Dylan and Rick Danko:

The smokin' guitar solo was courtesy of the amazing Clarence White, one of the great guitarists of all time. He was killed by a drunk driver in 1973 while loading his gear following a show in 1973. He was 29 years old.

Here's one more, Nashville West," featuring White's mind-bending guitar technique.

Roger McGuinn - not exactly a slouch on guitar himself - would routinely introduce this song by saying, "Clarence is gonna pick one for you now. And I'm gonna try to keep up." You can see why here!


LL Cool Joe on November 16, 2014 at 9:31 AM said...

Hey it's great to finally hear you, as well as see you. You like to giggle a lot! That's good.

Cassidy on November 16, 2014 at 12:38 PM said...

Hi Joey!

Thank you. I guess I *do* giggle a lot, don't I? lol

A work friend told me recently that I'm *so* different in these videos than I am in the office. :) I seem a bit under wraps there, probably because everyone knew him too.

It isn't intentional; everyone, and I mean everyone, at the office has been absolutely wonderful without exception. I'm just a bit less at ease there.

But the videos are the real me. I'm discovering sooooo much about myself the past few weeks. I think I'm finally letting myself be me. And I like me. A lot. I can't wait to keep learning about myself! :D

Thank you again, Joey!


P.S. Loved your latest post! So upbeat. It made my morning! :)

Pat Scales on November 18, 2014 at 12:37 PM said...

The house where the Basement Tapes originated was known as Big Pink which was the debut album for the group that has long been my favorite. It was the rumored reunion of Dylan and The Band that was the impetus for the original Woodstock which took its name from the village which first approved and then cancelled the concert which moved an hour away to Yasgur's Farm. My wife wore out severl albums and then tapes of THe Brown Album. We never saw the original group but after a revised crew (Levon Helm, Rick Danki, Garth Hudson along with Richard Bell, Randy Chialarte and the great Jimmy Weider on guitar) got together in the 1990s after the Jericho Album (my favorite album by any artist) they toured all over the greater NY area and we saw that crew over 2 dozen times.

While I came by to check out the 'T' content I must thank you for the musical walk down memory lane.


Cassidy on November 20, 2014 at 10:31 PM said...

Hi Pat,

I've always adored The Band as well. The first two albums are as good as it gets, and Northern Lights/Southern Cross is nearly as good.

I saw the reconstituted group several times, both before and after Richard Manuel's tragic death. On one occasion they played the Newport Folk Festival, and Bruce Cockburn (another huge favorite of mine) sat in with them. And yes, Jim Weider is an amazing guitarist!

I was also fortunate enough to see Levon play a number of times in the final years of his life. He shared a bill with The Black Crowes in NYC, which is obviously known for audiences that are notoriously tough to please. Not Levon; his joy in playing was palpable. I'm so fortunate I had the chance to see him so often. (But two dozen times... I'm impressed!)

Thank you for the lovely comment, Pat! Have a great weekend!


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