Tonight's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8 begins online for a spell because of Fordham basketball. But we'll herald this snowy Saturday night with all sorts of horns: trumpets, cornets, bugles, flugelhorns and other brassy things. I'll note the passing of Sam Andrew, the guitarist and founder of Big Brother and the Holding Company, one of the pivotal West Coast bands from the psychedelic era of the Sixties. Sam, who was 73 when he died, was the man who took band manager Chet Helms' advice and hired a young blues singer from Texas named Janis Joplin to front the band ... and Cheap Thrills soon abounded though the land!
Finally, the organization MusiCares gave its annual "Person Of The Year" award to Bob Dylan on February 6. Dylan's wild and mercurial acceptance speech touched on the very instructive subject of how the folk, blues and country songs he sang over and over again as a young man influenced him and directly led him to compose his own early songs.