Saturday, December 08, 2007

Dallas With Snowflakes...

...On The Porch This Very Morning
Click on photo to enlarge - © 2007 jim otterstrom
Dallas, at 9:30 this morning, watching me from the porch with his chin resting on the lower railing.
Snow is falling lightly, Peggy is curled up on the couch downstairs reading Naomi Klein's 'Shock Doctrine', there's a warm glow coming from the woodstove and John Fahey is playing guitar on 'Robinhood Radio'.
I'm upstairs enjoying the peaceful ambiance of home on a Saturday morning while I sit at the computer restoring some ancient family photos in Photoshop and finishing up the Acorn Class post which will be on the blog sometime today!
Now David Lindley and El Rayo X are coming through the old Sansui with 'Tiki Torches At Twilight'.
Our 30 year old Sansui 9090DB receiver, and matching 1977 Sansui 5000A speakers, seem right at home with the nearly 13,000 hand-picked tunes playing through them by way of that new-fangled i-Pod gizmo hooked up to the system.
The songs below were also heard on our own homegrown Robinhood Radio today as the minutes ticked sweetly away...
Get Up, Stand Up - Bob Marley
Hip-Hugger - Booker T & The MGs
Dragalevska Ruchenitsa - Traicho Sinapov
There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris
Run Pete Run - Jimmy Martin
Raunchy - Bill Justis
Two Hearts - Chris Isaak
That Growling Baby Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
The Fool On The Hill - The Beatles
Ti-Pi-Tin - The Andrews Sisters
Prairie Lullabye - Jimmie Rodgers
Choo Choo Ch' Boogie - Asleep At The Wheel
Dancing In the Dark - Cannonball Adderly
Saucy Sailor - The Wailin' Jennys
Carry On - Crosby, Stills & Nash
C'est Un Mauvais Garcon - Baguette Quartette
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley
Blue Motel Room - Joni Mitchell
Ain't Enough - Guthrie Kennard
This Masquerade - George Benson
The Devil's Great Grandson - Sons Of The Pioneers
No Ordinary Love - Sade
In The Rhythms - Nobuko Miyamoto
Swanee River - Oscar Aleman
He's Funny That Way - Billie Holiday
Walk Between Raindrops - Donald Fagen
Spadella - Spade Cooley
Can't Feel At Home - The Carter Family
Come See About Me - The Supremes
Coal Creek March - Pete Seeger
Rock Island Blues - Lewis Black
When You Come Back Down - Nickel Creek
It Had To Be You - Billie Holiday
Mademoiselle Will Decide - Jools Holland's Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Mark Knopfler
Khar-Shabi - T. Fazylova
I Betcha My Heart I Love You - Bob Wills & The Texas Playboys
Abilene - Dave Alvin & The Guilty Men
That Nasty Swing - Cliff Carlisle
Rollin' & Tumblin' - Canned Heat
Working Class Hero - Beatle Jazz
People Are Strange - The Doors
Opus 57 - David Grisman
Truck Driver's Blues - Cliff Bruner & his Boys
And So It Goes - Graham Nash
Just Like Starting Over - John Lennon
Hobo's Lullaby - Arlo Guthrie
Disgusted - Lucinda Williams
Em Mi Viejo San Juan - Los Panchos & Noel Estrada
I Know That You Know - Lionel Hampton
Mistreated Blues - Jimmy Gordon
Cookie Man - The Jazz Crusaders
Blue Light Boogie - Taj Mahal
El Paso - Marty Robbins
My Uncle - The Flying Burrito Brothers
I'll Be Ready When The Great Day Comes - Teddy Bunn
Driftin' - Eric Clapton
Contemporary Blues - Barney Kessel
The Day You Came Along - Jimmy Rowles
Carmelita - Linda Ronstadt
Viavy Raoxy - Henry Kaiser & David Lindley
I Wish It Would Rain - The Temptations
Beautiful Delilah - The Kinks
Cryin' Shame - Lyle Lovett
Lookin' For A Leader - Neil Young
Chains Of Love - J.J. Cale
Just Waitin' - Hank Williams
Ain't Got No Home - Clarence 'Frogman' Henry
Follow Me Home - Dire Straits
Take A Whiff On Me - Woody Guthrie
One World - Dire Straits
Las Cuatro Milpas (Four Little Cornfields) - Mariachi Coculense de Cirilo Marmolejo
Vaseline Machine Gun - Leo Kottke
4 on 6 - Lee Ritenour
Lucky Thirteen Blues - Brother Yusef
Keep It Clean - Charley Jordan
When The Sun Goes Down - Leroy Carr
Cold Blooded Murder #2 - Bumble Bee Slim
Nocturno - Andrés Segovia
The Roundup In The Spring - Martin Roberts
Slow Walk - Bill Doggett And His Combo
Blue Flame - Elvin Bishop
Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Man In The Long Black Coat - Bob Dylan
Give Me One Reason - Tracy Chapman
Can't Put A Bridle On That Mule This Morning - Julius Daniels
I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me - Hot Club Of Cowtown
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor? - Lonnie Donegan
Mosadi - The Crusaders
With A Little Help From My Friends - The Beatles
Don't Get So Down On Yourself - Chris Isaak
Wrong Man Blues - Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
What'd I Say - Jerry Lee Lewis
Morning Train - John Prine
Muskadine Blues - Little Walter & Baby Face Leroy
Tralala - Mark Knopfler
Blue In Green - Miles Davis
Gotta Serve Somebody - Bob Dylan
Hattie & Janelle - Joe Craven & Rob Ickes
Love Is A Rose - Neil Young
Oh Carol - Chuck Berry
Creepin' In - Norah Jones
Dance Me To The End Of Love - Madeleine Peyroux
...and, there you have it.
Nearly an entire day of Robinhood Radio (at least what I remembered to write down) as presented by the iPod at Earth Home Garden while Jim caught up on computer stuff, and Peg finished her book.
Goodnight all, it is now 10:03 P.M.

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Blogger Linda Navroth said...

Hi Jim & Peg,

Dallas is a such a handsome lad--and he looks so sweet, too. And on the enlarged photo you can actually see the tiny snowflakes--that is so cool for a flatlander to see.

I noticed your 'classic' sound system in the previous post & was wondering what it was. They made them good back in the day. But I have to say that I LOVE my iPod & what it can do. I have almost all my old & new favorites loaded up on it.

Sounds like you two are having a nice mellow Saturday--enjoy!


2:18 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Thanks, we agree, Dallas is a handsome fella...

And, did you notice that between the old Sansui receiver & the Pioneer turntable, is the iPod that runs Robinhood Radio?

We actually have a little broadcasting unit for the iPod so we can play Robinhood Radio for our nearest neighbors, upon their request of course, who can pick it up on a pre-designated FM channel on their radios.

Did you ever imagine that one day we'd be able to put our entire music collections into something the size of a deck of cards, and broadcast from it???

10:17 PM  
Blogger Val said...

I tagged you for a meme on my blog. I hope you can find the time to play. Id love to know more about your good selves and earth home garden.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Linda Navroth said...


Yes--I did notice the Pod. I love mine. I have a Nano. This thing does all the stuff I always dreamed about as far as putting music at my fingertips. I was outraged when CDs started replacing vinyl, but I embraced the IPod with open arms!


5:57 PM  
Blogger David Edward said...

Dallas looks good in every season

6:13 PM  
Blogger clairesgarden said...

'does your chewing gum lose its flavour'? thats one I'll have to look up!
Dallas is precious.

8:37 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


I'll try to get to that meme when I get some time.


Yeah, iPods & digital cameras, two technologies I'm hooked on.


Yup, he's an all-season dog alright!


Yes he is!!!

And 'Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It's Flavor (On The Bedpost Overnight)?' was a big hit for, Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group, back in 1961 when I was 15 years old. Loved it then, love it now!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the photo of Dallas. He looks like a sweet spirit. I also enjoyed the list of music. I'm not familiar with some of the artists and/or titles, so you've given me something to do! I'll have to look up the unfamiliar stuff. Bright blessings to you two. Kathy in Kentucky

8:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to tell you I liked the photo of Dallas so much I set is as the background on my computer monitor.

Rosemary (Oregon)

10:25 PM  
Blogger Jim said...


Dallas has the sweetest spirit a dog could have. He's 100% love.

Good luck with your research on some of those more obscure tunes. It's taken me a lifetime of listening to find and collect that stuff.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Jim said...


I read your comment to Dallas last night as he sat here looking at me with those soulful brown eyes and a big smile on his face.

I'm honored that you liked the photo and my sweet dog enough to make him the background on a computer screen somewhere in Oregon.

8:00 AM  

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