Sunday, August 31, 2014

Notes From A (Very) Long Weekend

I can't not talk about music. I can't do it.

A few weeks ago I made an attempt to resurrect the "Song Of The Day" into something similar. I was missing this and needed an outlet.  I created a Facebook group that I had hoped would turn into a simple discussion with audience participation. A place where "like minds" could share a song or two and maybe learn something new. Within 12 hours, there was zero resemblance to what I had in mind. As one friend put it, "Sal's page was bogarted!"

So that was that!

Why create something new when Burning Wood already existed?

So, if you're still out there, so am I. I just needed to clear my head.


On September 3rd, Burning Wood will be 6 years old.

Also celebrating its six year anniversary is my membership to the website that hosts all the music files that I upload for your listening pleasure. Now there are plenty of sites who offer their hosting and storage services for free, but along with that free service comes more complications: time consuming downloads with passwords and wait times, limits, less space for me (and you), and more annoying pop-ups for massage therapy and Zoloft. Six years of zip files are still alive and waiting to be unzipped.

So it is with great humility that I ask this, if you like all the music that is posted- the "Weekend Mixes," and "Songs Of The Week"- and you feel like helping out, the donation button is halfway down the page, on the right.

Six years of this and I am still not comfortable pitching for donations. But after talking to some friends about this, they made me feel a little better about asking. I just can't afford it. NO amount is too small, not even nothing. I mean that.

Thank you again for all your support, your patience and your respect.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


Todd Rundgren doesn't look back at Nazz and probably not "Nazz Nazz" as fondly as he should, or as I do. Maybe you love this record or maybe you've never heard this record. I slapped it onto the turntable once again, but today I made it go to eleven. I was in the mood.

It might not be as essential as I think it is. But I bet it's a bit more essential than you think.

Monday, July 21, 2014

In November of 2008, Burning Wood was barely two months old and like most babies, had trouble walking, talking and keeping steady. It was after a series of supportive conversations with an old friend, that Burning Wood suddenly, for better or worse, took its first real steps.
Over the next few years, readership grew and support from all of you was at times, overwhelming. During this growth, that same old friend continued to inspire me, even through those occasional spells of early retirement. So thank you, all of you. And old friend, thank you. I owe you.

I apologize for Friday's ominous photo of a cowboy riding into the sunset. My other choices for a final post were the last scene from "Dr. Strangelove," with "We'll Meet Again" playing as Slim Pickens rides the bomb, a video of Emmett Kelly sweeping the spotlight away or simply nothing. As you might have gleaned by now, I am not a "simply nothing" kind of guy.

If my old friend is reading, I'm ready to be inspired again. I'm sorry if I let you down.

As for all of you, thank you for your indulgence and your time and attention.

I respectfully ask that we not talk about this any further. I'm not closing up shop for one last round of "Please don't gos," though I do appreciate all the kind words sent to me over the last few days. I just need to stop. I'm out.

Please enjoy the last 5 1/2 years of Burning Wood.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Yeah, So John Fullbright

I see the comments so far have been very positive. I must say, I went into this record with much skepticism. I can't help that. Let's chalk it up to experience. That, and being burned the majority of time by hype. But this Fullbright kid had me from the opener, "Gawd Above."

Six long days, seventh day He rested
Said, “There’s one sure way humans can be bested
Give em wine and song, fire and lust
When it all goes wrong I’m the man to trust
And they’ll be all my own, all mine together
They will sing my praise, sing my name forever
I am God Above, Lord God Almighty, mama

But thats not all, I got me a flame
And its a swinger’s ball if you don’t know my name
Oh well you think its hot down there in July
I got the means and a kitchen to fry
Then you’ll be on my own, all mine together
All my doubting children locked away forever
I am God Above, Lord God Almighty, mama

I made the heaven and earth, I made the stars above
Is it too much to ask for a little love?

So I’ll tip my hat to all of your creations
You can fly like birds, destroy entire nations
Go and curse my name with your last breath
‘Cause all I brought to your life was death
And now you’re all my own, all mine together
Well you sing my praise, sing my name forever
I am God Above, Lord God Almighty, mama

Damn, man! Now that's a song.

I made it through the whole shebang, thinking the opening trifecta, which includes "Jericho," the tune I posted Monday and "I Only Pray At Night," a dark ballad that left me frozen in my tracks, the best of the lot. But rather be the guy I berate so often, I went back immediately and did it all again. And then again.

John Fullbright might be the real deal. I say "might" because I haven't sliced open his new one yet, and I've been told by more than a few that while good, it's not like the debut, "From The Ground Up."

Still, if my broken record lament of "no songs" is to finally get silenced, Fullbright could be the man to do it.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Songs Of The Week 5.0: 6/28- 7/11

Across 110th Street- Bobby Womack
Lonely Teardrops- Blue Oyster Cult
I'm Only Sleeping- The Beatles
Lately I've Let Things Slide- Nick Lowe
Bad Girl Pt. 1- Lee Moses
Somebody To Love- Dwight Twilley
People Got To Be Free- The Rascals
It's All Over Now- Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Dr. John
Hold Me Tight- The Treasures
I See You- Adrian Belew
Quite Rightly So- Procol Harum
Careless Heart- Roy Orbison
Sick of Myself- Matthew Sweet
Drive All Night- Bruce Springsteen


Friday, July 11, 2014

The Weekend Mix, 7/11/14

Woke up this morning, with those Burning Wood Weekend Mix Blues
I said, I woke up this morning with those, Burning Wood Weekend Mix Blues
I've lost my inspiration, can't find the heart to choose the tunes

Said I woke up this morning with that, gots to blog heavy feeling
Said I woke up this morning with that, gots to blog heavy feeling
Well my mind is in Ho-Ho-Kus and my head's in Aberdeen

I put together a 6 hour folder of music at the request of a friend, that was to be played during a 4th of July party. It was never used. I was looking at it this morning, desperate for something to post today and extracted this slightly under an hour collection of tunes that seems remarkably coherent.

Hoping to have my mojo back soon, but my gut feeling is that it has packed a much bigger bag than usual.

Still, you can't go wrong with a mix that inlcudes Big Star and The Left Banke. And The Beatles. (and Zombies)