I love Saturday nights. I've always associated it with music, dancing, parties, Saturday Night Live, Saturday Night Blues, Tom Waits' Heart of Saturday Night, homemade baked beans and brown bread, and a real nice soak in the tubby.
Now that all the Christmas and New Years is hub bub is pretty much over, it feels good to think about getting back into a usual routine again. However I don't take my decorations down until after the "Old Christmas" has arrived. It's just something I like to do, because it has had a personal meaning to me over the past 22 years.
I'm not one to take down the Christmas tree and all the ornies down right after Boxing Day. In spite of all the commercialism and the problems in the world, I still love the season, and the traditions that go along with it. It's a time for me to reflect on life, and those essential priorities that matter, like caring about others, and taking care of myself.
One of my long time traditions I have always associated with my late brother Ralph, is Saturday Night Blues. My brother being a real collector and a devoted blues man, he first introduced me to this great show, and listening to Saturday Night Blues, has been going on as far back as the Holger Peterson started his program on CBC Radio. I listen faithfully every Saturday night. I learn about new, and old blues musicians. It's always a musical education. Last night was no different. I learned about this great band I'd never heard of, Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats. Holger played this great track of theirs called Shake that I thought I'd share. It's not really rockin', but a whole lot o'soul. After doing a little more digging and listening I found this second youtube video, that I love even better. You just might agree.