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Gone to the Dogs 16 August, 2011

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Spotlight on Jubee

Spotlight on Jubee

Friday, Aug. 12: Arf, arf, and arf. Oh, did I mention arf? This night’s theme’s bark was much milder than its bite. With dog days behind us on the calendar only, we invited pups from all over to help us lionize Man’s Beast Friend. Alas, Jubee was our only representative of any breed—but for that we didn’t brood. Our tongues wagged nonetheless, and the GM patrons told tales of hounds gone by.


My childhood curs, Rudy and Stanley, were mixed collie-terriers. They lived strictly outdoors. After coming to Austin and dwelling in a succession of dorms, apartments, duplexes, and houses, I lost dog appreciation and became a devoted cat person. Not until I met Lina did I rediscover canine charms. She owned the comical Fat Sammy (miss him) and Jubee (still with us), both inside-outside pets. As an aside, a string of felines owned us through the years, but we’re down to one cat, Sleeky Squirt. She will likely get her special theme party soon enough.


Faithfully following is the lineup of all the mongrel melodies I could locate in one day. I was surprised at the list’s lack of length. What could you add?


artist title

time

Patti Page How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?

2:07

Beatles Martha My Dear

2:28

Monkees Gonna Buy Me A Dog

2:44

Harry Nilsson Me and My Arrow

2:04

Henry Gross Shannon

3:48

Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog

2:48

Baha Men Who Let the Dogs Out?

3:14

Tom Waits Rain Dogs

2:51

Everly Brothers Bird Dog

2:12

Lobo Me and You and a Dog Named Boo

3:04

Rufus Thomas Walking the Dog

2:24

Laurie Anderson Walk the Dog

5:49

Cat Stevens Was Dog a Doughnut?

4:09

Nick Drake Black-Eyed Dog

3:31

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & Teddy Mr. Bojangles

5:02

Beatles Hey Bulldog

3:09

Led Zeppelin Black Dog

4:55

Underdog theme

1:11

David Bowie Diamond Dogs

6:07

Procol Harum A Salty Dog

5:33

Pink Floyd Dogs

9:48


 

Acoustic Punk 10 August, 2011

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The Second Opinion belts out the tunes.

The Second Opinion belts out tunes.

Friday, Aug. 5: Once again, the Backyard Theater filled the warm evening air with music and lyrics—this time from the four- and six-string guitars and voice of The Second Opinion, perhaps Central Texas’ only unamplified group that plays all your punk-rock favorites. Its personnel are Robyn Gammill and Alex Lewis, who have played together for several years. Robyn is also half of the duo known as Strategic Biscuit, the band that debuted our stage this past May.

In keeping with the expected Green Man merriment, we all relished the pot-luck feast and beverage selection everyone contributed. By 7:40 or so, the neighborhood shadows had helped mitigate the day’s record-shattering temperatures. A breeze through that shade made the evening quite tolerable.

Backyard Theater patrons

Backyard Theater patrons

The first set set the mood for the whole night, with Robyn’s rockin’ vocalizations and Alex’s steady bottom beat. The appreciative audience chimed in on several hits, granting an air of participation to this intimate gathering.

As day turned to dusk, other talents stepped up to the stage and added variety to the concert. In his second appearance at the BYT, Noah Hodge banged his melodious improvisations on a borrowed guitar. Noah’s childhood friend Courtney graced us with with several unaccompanied songs, then collaborated with young Hodge to crank out some blues.

No & Co

No and Co

But impromptu soul was by no means the extent of our musical diversity that fair Frigga’s. Ahead of The Second Opinion’s final offering was an even fresher act, the Barrett Lewis Experience. Younger brother to the bassist, this diminutive artist let us know what life’s like living with diabetes. Could this be the world’s first musical expression of that challenging condition?

SO with Barrett

SO with Barrett

Other stories too numerous to recount here contributed to a most enlightening and fun time. Don’t miss the next billing!

 

By the Numbers 7 August, 2011

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a One and a Two and a Three . . .

a One and a Two and a Three . . .

Fri, July 29: Another reason to celebrate this year’s seventh month was that it contained five (5) complete weekends of FridaySaturdaySundays—what better reason for hearing songs based on math. For the final July series, we asked our guests to bring their favorite quantities of something to share, so we got one keg of beer, two bowls of guacamole, three bags of chips, four calling birds, etc.

You can always count on Green Man to produce an entertaining evening, so what follows is that night’s list of melodies, played in numerical order:

artist title

time

Len Barry 1, 2, 3

2:27

Carole King One Fine Day

2:29

1910 Fruitgum Company 1, 2, 3 Red Light

2:06

Beatles One After 909

2:55

Bob Dylan One More Night

2:24

Three Dog Night One Is the Loneliest Number

2:55

Spinners One of a Kind (Love Affair)

3:19

Captain and Tenille Do That to Me One More Time

4:10

Another One Bites the Dust Queen

3:33

Grover Washington Jr. featuring Bill Withers Just the Two of Us

7:25

Beatles Two of Us

3:19

King Crimson Three of a Perfect Pair

4:13

Tony Orlando and Dawn Knock Three Times

3:28

Dave Dudley Six Days on the Road

2:23

Jimi Hendrix If 6 Was 9

5:33

Eagles Seven Bridges Road

3:00

Frazier Chorus Cloud 8

3:31

Beatles Eight Days a Week

2:41

Dolly Parton 9 to 5

2:38

Ray Price Heartaches By the Number

2:56

Searchers Love Potion No. 9

1:58

Beatles Revolution 9

8:21

John Lennon No. 9 Dream

4:40

karaoke style Ten Little Indians

0:26

Bruce Springsteen Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

2:59

Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons

2:33

Ringo Starr You’re 16 (You’re Beautiful & You’re Mine)

2:43

Crests Sixteen Candles

2:52

Chuck Berry Sweet Little 16

3:01

Janis Ian At Seventeen

3:57

Frank Sinatra When I Was Seventeen, It Was A Very Good Year

4:29

Cat Stevens 18th Avenue

4:14

Rolling Stones 19th Nervous Breakdown

4:00

Steely Dan Hey, Nineteen

2:10

Chicago 25 or 6 to 4

4:54

Humble Pie 30 Days in the Hole

3:53

Paul Simon 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover

3:15

Elton John Sixty Years On

4:36

Music Man cast Seventy-Six Trombones

3:02

Question Mark & the Mysterians 96 Tears

3:00

Beach Boys 409

2:00

David Bowie 1984

3:19

Spirit 1984

3:35

Peter, Paul and Mary 500 Miles

2:42

Proclaimers 500 Miles

3:37

Cannibal and the Headhunters Land of 1000 dances

2:04

Rolling Stones 2000 Light Years From Home

4:51

Zager & Evans In The Year 2525

3:14

 

. . . and the Moon was Full

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Full of Moon

Full of Moon

Fri, July 15: Following up on the previous week’s schizoid songs, we turned to a related theme, that of the Full Moon herself. Again, in all my years of music programming, I hadn’t done one on Moon themes. Many, many more will likely come to the reader’s mind. Please feel free to post your own suggestions via the comments feature here on the blog.

Meanwhile, I promise you the Moon:

artist title

time

JPGR (Beatles) Mr. Moonlight

2:41

Grateful Dead Mountains of the Moon

4:07

Nick Drake Pink Moon

4:04

Don Franks, Petula Clark Old Devil Moon

4:04

Billie Holiday East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)

2:56

Willie Nelson Moonlight in Vermont

3:23

Harry Nilsson Moonbeam Song

3:22

Debussey Clair de Lune

4:42

Fats Waller By the Light of the Silvery Moon

3:10

Kate Smith When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain

3:04

Ella Fitzgerald It’s Only a Paper Moon

2:45

Julie London Fly Me to the Moon

2:33

Frank Sinatra Full Moon and Empty Arms

3:10

Dorothy Lamour Moon of Manakoora

2:46

Barbra Streisand Woman In The Moon

2:24

Beach Boys Surfer Moon

2:14

Rolling Stones Moonlight Mile

5:56

Cat Stevens Moon Shadow

2:46

Fred Mitchim Shoot for the Moon

3:16

King Crimson Moonchild

2:30

Fun Boy Three The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum

3:14

Jerry Wallace In the Misty Moonlight

2:57

Les Paul & Mary Ford How High the Moon

2:02

Hank Williams Howlin’ at the Moon

2:44

Elvis Presley Blue Moon of Kentucky

2:01

Red Rider Lunatic Fringe

4:23

Pink Floyd Brain Damage/Eclipse

4:52

R.E.M Man on the Moon

4:40

George Harrison Here Comes the Moon

3:58

Jonathan King Everyone’s Gone to the Moon

2:20

Gale Storm Dark Moon

2:27

Credence Clearwater Revival Bad Moon Rising

2:20

k.d. lang & The Reclines Full Moon Full of Love

2:49

Neil Young Harvest Moon

4:54

Beethoven Moonlight Sonata

5:40

Henry Mancini Moon River

2:44

Michael Nesmith & First National Band Silver Moon

3:11

Old & In The Way Midnight Moonlight

6:12

Marcels Blue Moon

2:13

Van Morrison Moondance

4:39

Neville Brothers Yellow Moon

3:58

 

Crazed Night

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First Quarter, Half-Lit, Totally Insane

First Quarter, Half-Lit, Totally Insane

Fri, July 8: Somehow, in all my previous party-hosting experience, I never thought to lose my mind with insane music. That deficit is finally, fully overcome with this, my newest music collection.

How many bonker songs can you remember? Here’s the program I put together:
three
two
three
three
three
2.5
three
three
three
three
three
three
three
three
three

artist tune time
Pink Floyd Shine On You Crazy Diamond 3:36
Alanis Morissette Crazy 3:40
Helen Reddy Angie Baby 3:21
Count Five Psychotic Reaction 3:04
Dr. Feelgood Crazy About Girls 3:10
Alan Parsons Project Doctor Tarr & Professor Fether 4:15
Fun Boy Three The Lunatics Have Taken Over the Asylum 3:14
Judy Collins Marat/Sade 5:32
Gnarles Barkley Crazy 2:58
Heart Crazy On You 4:53
Hot Chocolate Girl Crazy 3:19
Huey Lewis & The News Give Me The Keys (I’ll Drive You Crazy) 3:50
Fine Young Cannibals She Drives Me Crazy 3:44
Ivory Joe Hunter I Almost Lost My Mind 3:16
King Crimson 21st Century Schizoid Man 6:53
Lindsey Buckingham Go Insane 4:31
Madonna Crazy For You 3:58
Magnetic Fields Crazy For You But Not That Crazy 2:18
Napoleon XIV They’re Coming to Take Me Away 2:12
Patsy Cline Crazy 2:59
Dwight Yoakam Crazy Little Thing Called Love 2:06
Bill Haley Crazy Man Crazy 2:40
Paul Simon Still Crazy After All These Years 3:22
Pink Floyd Brain Damage/Eclipse 4:52
Ramones Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment 1:39
Little Anthony & The Imperials Going Out Of My Head 2:30
Red Rider Lunatic Fringe 4:23
Reefer Madness Opening Song 3:01
Arthur Brown Time/Confusion 5:09
Robbie Robertson Somewhere Down The Crazy River 4:51
Seal Crazy 4:30
Slade Mama Weer All Crazee Now 3:42
Steven Fromholz I’d Have To Be Crazy 4:30
Talking Heads Psycho Killer 4:18
The Doors People Are Strange 2:12
The Who Happy Jack 2:07
Sergio Mendez & Brazil 66 Going Out of My Head 3:05
Warren Zevon Excitable Boy 2:36
Napoleon XIV Split-Level Head 2:05
Willie Nelson Crazy 3:31
Joni Mitchell Twisted 2:21
Elton John Madman Across the Water 5:57
 

Midsummer Night 11 July, 2011

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Fairy Friend

Fairy Friend

Inspired by Cedar Stevens’s annual showing of the 1935 film A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this GM offering happened on St. John’s Day, June 24. It featured many classic summer and sun songs, plus extended quotes from the play and music by Felix Mendelssohn. Several of us wore wings, but our friend Lee’s handmade papier-mâché ones took first place. The mood was jovial and the snacks saporous. Surely the wood nymphs and flitting sprights worked their magic that evening.

 

QTN Graces GM 16 May, 2011

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QTN Sings

QTN Sings

The Green Man backyard theater harmonically resounded Friday the 13th, when troubadour Brian Cutean shared his ballads and six-string virtuosity with an intimate audience.  It was a picture-perfect, cool evening, with folks from the neighborhood and beyond marveling at the space, sampling the potluck cuisine, and digging the sounds.

The event marked the second presentation in as many months on the still-new Shed Stage. Music we heard varied from deep stories to mental dance tunes. Brian stands firmly in the tradition of wandering minstrel, and his lyrics reflect a creative life of purposeful travel and clever commentary. Clad in his tie-dyed splendor and ruffled hat, he’s a joy to behold.

From the Stage

From the Stage

Formerly an Austinite through most of the 1980s, Brian now lives in Oregon. He comes to Texas every spring for the Kerrville Folk Festival, which begins May 26. He pitches his tent directly next to Camp Patchouli and lovingly tends the Crow’s Nest fire circle.

For more information, visit QTN on his website.