See below arrows, either of which when pressed or clicked will treat the reader/listener to a stirring rendition of St. James Infirmary, one played by Bumba alone yesterday, and the other played by Bumba and Maybank last week. We always play that song because it’s such fun. St. James Infirmary is a great song to play and sing. Please sing along. Now how, you ask, can a blunt and … Continue reading St James Infirmary, Sadness, Laughter, and Louis Armstrong
I was watching a video recording of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings the other day. They are wonderful by the way if you’re not familiar with them. In a brief interview after the concert sweet Gillian comments about her music: “I just love sad songs”. I think we all do. Many of the great songs are very sad. So many tell tales of woe. Anyhow, … Continue reading St. James Infirmary Compendium
Dear Bumbastories, We believe you have taken this blogging self-indulgence a bit too far. This posting and re-posting of the St. James Infirmary, while initially kind of cute, has gone too far. Unless you desist from the constant recording and re-recording of this admittedly excellent song, we will be forced to take legal action! Signed, Some of the followers ***************************************************** Dear Beautiful Followers, I wish … Continue reading Another St. James Infirmary, What????
It’s time for another St. James Infirmary post. If you haven’t heard, St. James Infirmary is one of the great American folk songs. Bumba and Maybank are hooked on it and here present another version recorded earlier this week. Sing along, play along. Listen to Louis Armstrong do it. Meanwhile you can check out our latest go at it. What more to say about St. … Continue reading St. James Infirmary
Last night I heard the Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform this song on the public channel’s Austin City Limits show. It’s such a great song that I played it again today especially for this blog. I think it’s one of the great classics of American folk music, so here it is again in hopes that others will pick up on it and play and sing … Continue reading St. James Infirmary
Two days in a row the St. James Infirmary! Back to back St. James Infirmaries?? How low can you go, Bumba? I mean, just because it’s a sad, sad song doesn’t mean you have to keep on doing it. We’re not all masochists here. OK, OK. This time you’re closer to the standard version, I’ll grant you that. And it does tell a great story. … Continue reading St. James Infirmary Again
This is another version of the St. James Infirmary theme. A different tune, and a different sort of story. Sad of course, but in a different way. In this case the narrator happens to be walking past the St.James hospital and “spies an old cowboy “- “an old cowboy as cold as the clay”. The dying cowboy then proceeds to prop himself up on one … Continue reading St. James Infirmary