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Author Topic: MJH Makes Me Happy  (Read 5407 times)

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Offline Bluesygirl

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MJH Makes Me Happy
« on: January 13, 2005, 11:04:38 AM »
I just received a couple of MJH CDs I bought online ("MJH: The Complete Studio Recordings" on Vanguard and "Avalon Blues: Complete 1928 Okeh Recordings") and listening to his music puts me in such a good frame of mind that I can't stop playing his songs.  I imported the entire collection into my Mac and now I listen at my computer while writing my dissertation.  Excellent medicine for this activity. Bg

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2005, 11:23:34 AM »
Bluesygirl

You're most fortunate that you're able to do this.  The soundtrack for my dissertation was mostly Beethoven's String Quartets and Bach's Cello Suites.  Whenever I tried to listen to MJH and others, it made me stop writing and pick up my guitar.  I would never have finished. I'm glad you can resist. 

Jeff

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2005, 12:31:11 PM »
Hey Bluesygal - Here are some pics you might like:







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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2005, 12:50:03 PM »
These pictures make me even happier! Thanks Outfidel!  O0 Bg

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2005, 12:22:35 PM »
Thanks for posting the pictures, Michael.  You must have quite a collection.  The ones with John Hurt and Libba Cotten are great--he looks like a charter member of the Flirting Hall of Fame.
All best,
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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2005, 07:06:01 AM »
Bluesygal & John - Glad you liked 'em! Here is some memorabilia from MJH's career that I found in various places on the web -- if I had a time machine, I would transport myself to one of these shows:

from 1963 -- MJH's first concert in NYC following his "rediscovery":



from the mid-1960s:



inside flyer sent out ahead of the 1965 Newport Folk Festival -- not a bad lineup of musicians, heh?:



from 1965 or 1966 "American Folk Blues Festival" in Europe -- interestingly, MJH ended up missing this tour because he became sick:

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2005, 09:21:49 AM »
Terrific! Thanks for sharing.  What a line-up. Can you imagine . . . seeing all those greats for a couple of bucks? Bg

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2005, 05:25:46 PM »
Hey Bluesygal - Here are some pics you might like:




I like  them too. Took this one for my background.

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #8 on: January 17, 2005, 05:33:38 PM »
Yep its my desktop.  ;D Bg

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2005, 12:11:58 AM »
If my failing memory is right  ??? I think I went to that Bristol concert of the American Folk Blues mid 60s.

I've also certainly seen Otis Spann, Cousin Joe and others on similar concert type tours when they visited Bristol as it was on the mailine music circuits back then - it's along time now, must go and oil my zimmer :-X
(That's enough of that. Ed)

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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2005, 12:37:20 AM »
- it's along time now, must go and oil my zimmer :-X

Keep those ferrules dry.  ;D

Offline outfidel

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2005, 08:34:23 AM »
Yep its my desktop.

That one is my favorite solo picture of MJH -- I love the "man, I sound good!" look on his face.

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Offline Bluesymel

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2005, 11:24:38 AM »
Yep its my desktop.

That one is my favorite solo picture of MJH -- I love the "man, I sound good!" look on his face.

 :)

Yes the man sounded phenominal and according some video footage I saw of him he had very short and heavy fingers too.

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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2005, 12:36:05 PM »
Here's a couple more MJH pics I found on the web. It looks like a smiling Brownie McGhee is behind him on the right. Is Dave Van Ronk the guy in sunglasses on the left?

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Re: MJH Makes Me Happy
« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2005, 12:49:10 PM »
Great shots, yes that looks like a young Dave Van Ronk - listening very intently .

 


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