Where Is The Outrage?


Chiefs – 49ers SuperBowl LVIII

I don’t think that I have posted any NFL stuff this year. For those that don’t know, I’m a HUGE Dallas Cowboys fan. I grew up in the 70s when the Cowboys were winning all of the time. I was alway nervous about this year which is why I didn’t post (also, I was busy with my day job).

Anyway, this post is about the SuperBowl and the Chiefs/49ers. First, let me say that I thought the SuperBowl was going to be the Ravens and the Lions. I just knew that Lamar Jackson would figure out a way to beat Mahomes and company. I was wrong. I knew at halftime that the 49ers were done. I just knew that the Lions were going to cruise to victory. Well, I was 100% wrong about that one also.

So, with that track record, I think that the defense of the Chiefs will control the game. The 49ers have an explosive offense with McCaffrey (why did Carolina trade him again), Samuel, and Kittle (don’t forget Aiyuk). The 49er offensive line is all-world with Trent Williams holding down the left tackle position (why did the Commanders get rid of him again). They will have to pressure Brock Purdy who has shown some cracks in his otherwise flawless performances.

The 49ers have a strong defense with a great front four and great linebackers. Their secondary can be had. Look for the Chiefs to use short passes and Isiah Pacheco to control the game. They must stay away from 49er’s linebacker Fred Warner who is all-world. He does everything well.

Emotions are ridiculously high in the SuperBowl. Turnovers make a HUGE difference. The first team that turns the ball over should expect to lose.

Chiefs over the 49ers. 26 -13 (Notice how I got Taylor Swift’s number 13 in there. ) Let’s kick back and enjoy some good football.

By |2024-02-11T14:38:02-04:00February 11th, 2024|NFL|0 Comments

Grammy Winning Bassist Larry Fulcher – The Origins of Funk, Part 2

This was recorded in July 2009!

Part 2 of my interview – Larry Fulcher discusses how governments need to work on how to bring people together and not breaking us apart. 

We then talk about George Clinton and Parliament, Funkadelic.  I play “Theme from the Black Hole,” “Dr. Funkenstein” from Parliament, and “One Nation Under a Groove” from Funkadelic.  We end up coming full circle in this conservation.  We started by talking about how gospel music drove Funk in the early days.  Now, to find Funk, we went back to Gospel music.  Kirk Franklin – Stomp and Sounds of Blackness – Testify.  I mention how the bass line is being played by the synthesizer, and Larry adds Stevie Wonder’s great hit Livin’ for the City as probably the first tune that was really driven by the synthesizer.  Larry Fulcher leaves us with some words of wisdom about music and its lasting value.  George Duke takes us home with “Reach for it.”

Part 1 is here.

| Political Podcast & Blog | Asheville News & Sports | Errington Thompson
| Political Podcast & Blog | Asheville News & Sports | Errington Thompson
Grammy Winning Bassist Larry Fulcher - The Origins of Funk, Part 2
By |2024-02-06T11:24:03-04:00February 5th, 2024|Music, Podcasts|0 Comments

Grammy Winning Bassist Larry Fulcher – The Origins of Funk

This was recorded in July 2009.

(I’m trying to decide what to do with over 100 episodes of my old radio show. I uploaded most of them to this blog, years ago, but the podcasting app doesn’t work anymore. So, most of the episodes are not available to listen to. Finding the audio on my computer and uploading all of that content again for a radio show that is more than 10 years old sounds a bit nuts. I need to think about this some more.)

I interviewed Mike Finnigan from Crooks and Liars about six months ago.  Mike is a great piano/Hammond B-3 organ player, and we talked about Miles Davis and the 50th anniversary of Kind Of Blue.  After that interview, I asked Mike if we could chat about some other aspects of music.  He was very agreeable.  Unfortunately, when I decided to do a show on the origins of Funk, Mike was busy.  He told me he was touring with Joe Cocker!!!  He said that he had a friend in Texas, a bass player who would be perfect.  Mike was right. Larry Fulcher was/is perfect.  Larry has recorded with Smokey Robinson, Willie Nelson, Eric Clapton, and the Crusaders, just to name a few.  He has won two Grammys playing with Taj Mahal.

We begin the show by talking about the death of Michael Jackson and how very important he was to the music business.  Michael was truly loved worldwide. 

We then begin talking about Funk.  Funk is all about the bass and the drums.  Everything started with James Brown.  I play “Livin’ in America,” “Sex Machine” and “Cold Sweat” as examples of James’ music.  Sly and the Family Stone is next up.  Sly’s bassist was a man named Larry Graham.  Graham, like many of the bassists whom we talk about, came out of gospel music.  Wanting more of a percussive sound, he began playing the bass with his thumb since there was no drummer.  Larry did form his own group called Graham Central Station.  I play a tune called “Hair” that has one of the best bass lines I have ever heard.  We then go back to James Brown and talk about Bootsy Collins who started playing with James Brown when he was just a teenager.  Bootsy Collins became the sound that was Parliament, the group that is most associated with Funk. (!)  Part one ends with the Ohio Players and their tune “Skin Tight.”

This is a great interview.  This is part one, and part 2 is here.


| Political Podcast & Blog | Asheville News & Sports | Errington Thompson
| Political Podcast & Blog | Asheville News & Sports | Errington Thompson
Grammy Winning Bassist Larry Fulcher - The Origins of Funk
By |2024-02-05T23:55:14-04:00February 5th, 2024|Music, Podcasts|0 Comments
Go to Top