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Ike’s Aftermath: Damn!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 13, 2008 by 30daysout

This (above) is what most of the structures along Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard looked like Saturday morning, after Hurricane Ike roared ashore in the middle of the night with 110 mph winds.  One of the buildings constructed on piers and set over the Gulf of Mexico was the world-famous Balinese Room, a 79-year-old nightclub that once hosted the likes of Frank Sinatra, George Burns, Bob Hope and the Marx Brothers.  ZZ Top wrote a song about the club, “Balinese,” in 1975.  Ike turned the Balinese into toothpicks on Saturday, nothing was left standing; above is a souvenir shop that was next to the club; photo at right is the Balinese in its heyday.

From Houston to Port Arthur, millions of people are without running water and electricity, thousands have serious damage to their homes and most are still shell-shocked from the events of Friday and Saturday – but thankfully there seem to be very few serious injuries or fatalities.  This part of the country is strong and stubborn; we’ll be back.  Thanks for your thoughts and prayers, America.

MP3: “Balinese” by ZZ Top

MP3: “Hurricane Jane” by the Black Kids

MP3: “Devil Wind” by Ribbonpigeon

MP3: “Mighty Storm” by the Duhks

MP3: “I Can See Clearly Now” by Jimmy Cliff

Hurricane Ike Is Here

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2008 by 30daysout

There are probably many things one could sensibly be doing as a major hurricane moves in to the neighborhood, but I’m writing this post for a music blog.  Hurricane Ike is poised to come onshore off the Texas coast within an hour or so.  Galveston, that fine city to our south, has apparently taken a major blow in the form of flooding and nasty winds.  In the days ahead we’ll count our losses.  But now is the time to hide from the wind – and listen to a few tunes.  If you are in a place where the wind is not blowing and the power is still flowing, count your blessings and dedicate your next beer to the good folks in Galveston. 

MP3: “Mighty Storm” by The Duhks

MP3: “Galveston” by Glen Campbell

MP3: “Catch The Wind” by Donovan

MP3: “Buckets Of Rain” by Neko Case

MP3: “Galveston” by Ezra Thomas

MP3: “Hurricane” by Mindy Smith

MP3: “Four Strong Winds” by Johnny Cash

MP3: “Galveston Bay” (live) by Bruce Springsteen

MP3: “Hurricanes Carla and Esther” by Lightnin’ Hopkins

MP3: “Blue Tarp Blues” by Sonny Landreth