Let’s Take A Moment Day 536

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

blog Sept 2021

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

I really enjoy finding out about childhood friends who both loved music and turned those passions into successful careers. One of my favorites involves Boz Scaggs and Steve Miller. The two young guitarists & singers met as students attending the same prep school in Texas. In 1959 a 15 year old Scaggs became the lead singer of Miller’s band, The Marksmen.

The two men attended the same college together in Wisconsin before Scaggs left to go to London to explore the music culture there. When he returned to the States in 1967 he joined The Steve Miller Band and played on the group’s first two albums before he signed with Atlantic Records as a solo artist a year later. By 1971 He moved to the Columbia label.

Miller’s band first achieved commercial success in 1973 with the album The Joker while Scaggs’ broke through in 1976 with the album, Silk Degrees. It has always been one of my favorites.

Lido be runnin’ havin’ great big fun
Until he got the note
Saying ‘Tow the line or blow it’
And that was all she wrote
“.

scaggs 1967

Silk degrees

Top: Steve Miller (L) and Boz Scaggs (R) circa 1967. Bottom: Scaggs’ 1976 album, Silk Degrees. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Boz Scaggs: “Lido Shuffle” (1976, written by David Patch & Boz Scaggs).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.

Let’s Take A Moment Day 452

Hi everyone.  Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing.  But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?

June 2021 blog

(Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

I know we are still facing a serious situation but a new year gives us hope for the new days, seasons, opportunities & moments ahead. Still, music is something that will never change for me. It is my refuge, the most comforting part of my life & the one thing I consistently count on. So until a more normal semblance of life returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.

William Royce “Boz” Scaggs was born June 8, 1944 in Ohio. He was raised in Texas & learned to play the guitar when he was 12. By 1959 he met guitarist Steve Miller & became the singer for his band, The Marksmen. By college Scaggs quit school to tour the European music scene. When he returned to the states in the late 1960’s, he played on The Steve Miller Band’s first two albums before Scaggs signed a record deal of his own.

By the beginning of the 1970’s, he was signed to a different label where he found success after being paired with Motown producer Johnny Bristol,. The more soulful bluesy sound of 1976’s Silk Degrees was a smash, as the album reached the #2 spot in the country. It contained the hits “Lowdown” (Day 39), “Lido Shuffle” & “We’re All Alone” and made Scaggs a star. As much as I loved that album, I fell head over heels in love with today’s song from the moment I heard it in the 1980 movie, “Urban Cowboy”. Happy 77th birthday & 100 more, Boz Scaggs.

Hope they never end this song
This could take us all night long
I looked at the moon and I felt blue
Then I looked again and I saw you
“.

Scaggs

Boz Scaggs circa 2000. (Image found online.  Original source unknown.)

Boz Scaggs: “Look What You’ve Done To Me” (1980, written by David Foster and Boz Scaggs).

I do not own the rights to anything.  I am just sharing what I love and how I am coping with you.

Stay well.