Sunday night karaoke at Sonny’s Tavern will be here soon and I’m going through my usual ritual of deep breathing, flexibility and stretching exercises and listening to the songs I’m going to sing over and over and over again on YouTube, making sure I know the lyrics so I won’t have to look at the monitor.
One of my favorite blues/rock songs is a cover by The Animals. It’s Smoke Stack Lighting, but the company the DJ works for doesn’t have Smoke Stack Lighting by The Animals in its files. It has Smoke Stack Lighting by Howlin’ Wolf who performed the song before The Animals, but the DJ doesn’t have the song by The Animals. And I can’t do Howlin’ Wolf. I can do Eric Burdon, but not Howlin’ Wolf. I’ve been trying to imitate Eric Burdon since I was a kid. I’m really ashamed to say that Howlin’ Wolf is relatively new to me. I grew up with classic rock. Only recently have I discovered the old blues masters. I mean of course I knew about them, but I never studied them the way I studied rock ‘n’ roll. As far as the blues is concerned, I’m trying to make up for lost time.
Anyway, here’s the YouTube link to the song Smoke Stack Lighting by The Animals and be sure to come back and explore my little blog of culture for adults only.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.