St. James Infirmary

It’s time for another St. James Infirmary post. We have a St. James Infirmary Compendium here at Bumbastories (look in the header). In case you haven’t heard, St. James Infirmary is one of the all-time great American folk songs. Bumba and Maybank are hooked on it, and here present yet another version recorded earlier this week. Sing along, play along. Listen to Louis Armstrong do … Continue reading St. James Infirmary

OH NO! It’s the Ides of March! Magazine!

Yes, the ides of March are upon us! “Beware the ides of March,” is what they say. People get jittery on March 15. Don’t ask me why. I think it’s Shakespeare’s fault. He eternalized the expression in Julius Caesar. Hundreds of years later, they made us read Julius Caesar in seventh grade. They (the teachers) used to force Shakespeare upon us when we were mere babes. I remember … Continue reading OH NO! It’s the Ides of March! Magazine!

Musical Sloth

I used to write (Check out Bumbabooks). I also used read more. Looking back, I have to conclude that my “level of functioning”, my “productivity”, has definitely declined. I suppose I could blame the computer age for some of that. But mostly I would have to credit my reduced literary output to one of my favorite cardinal sins: SLOTH. Yes, sloth. Good old laziness. Good … Continue reading Musical Sloth

Hurray for New Orleans

St. James Infirmary and House of the Rising Sun, two of the greatest of American folksongs. Both “happen” to come from that great city at the great delta of the Mississippi River, New Orleans. The mingling of different cultures seems to create good things. How ‘bout that? So here’s to the city of New Orleans. Reader, be warned! Both these songs are dirges, so be … Continue reading Hurray for New Orleans

OMG! It’s the Ides of March Again! Magazine

Yes, the ides of March are upon us! Again!! “Beware the ides of March,” is what they say. People get jittery on March 15. Don’t ask me why. I think it’s Shakespeare’s fault. He eternalized the expression in Julius Caesar. They made us read Julius Caesar in seventh grade. They (the teachers) used to force Shakespeare upon us when we were mere babes. I remember that Julius Caesar … Continue reading OMG! It’s the Ides of March Again! Magazine

OMG! It’s the Ides of March! Magazine

Yes, the ides of March are upon us! “Beware the ides of March,” is what they say. Actually Shakespeare said it.  Certainly to beware the Ides of March was good advice for Julius Caesar back in the day, but for the rest of us I think it’s quite sufficient to just keep our wits about us and to be approximately equally careful at all times of … Continue reading OMG! It’s the Ides of March! Magazine

St. James Infirmary

Please see below today’s entry for the St. James Infirmary Compendium. Contributions to the Compendium are welcome via the comments. I already have several Compendiums in my WordPress library, the St. James Infirmary Compendium being one of them. If you check out the St. James Infirmary Compendium (which is a subheading under Original Music and Songs), you’ll see a virtual compendium of posts about said … Continue reading St. James Infirmary

Another Visit to The St. James Infirmary

A dirge to cheer you on your way today. Wha? A sad song like St. James Infirmary provides a sense of perspective. Wha? It’ll have you whistling down the street. Wha? St. James Infirmary is a great, 150 year-old, minor key blues from the city of New Orleans course. Maybank and Bumba played it yesterday in Los Angeles, of course. Wha?   Continue reading Another Visit to The St. James Infirmary

St. James Infirmary Compendium

“What? Another Compendium? What’s with you, Bumba? OK, I get it. You like the word compendium. Good for you. And well, the Cement Elephant Compendium is an apt title, I suppose. And you also have the As I Sat On The Bus Compendium on this blog. Well, OK, that’s heavy too. Buses are heavy. Anyhoo, I checked out the Library – that box in the … Continue reading St. James Infirmary Compendium