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What Happens When You Invite Some Friends Over For Dinner

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I discovered the other day I've been doing this little blog for just over 3 years now.....well, maybe 2 and a half, because it appears that I pretty much took this summer off.....and in going over some old posts, I see that I've recommended a lot of things. Artists, music streams and the like. Well, I've got another one for you, and it's a great source of what I'd almost call rock 'n' roll lounge music.

Let me explain. I'm not a great guitar player, but I've always enjoyed sitting around with good friends, a couple of beers and any number of guitars and jamming in the living room, or maybe a guitar pull at The Orondo, or whatever bar in whatever town I was living in. The music can rock in settings like this, but not really too loud or "harsh". It's just people sitting around having a good time. Well, Daryl Hall (yes, as in Hall and Oates) does the basically the same thing. Then tapes it. Then posts it on the web.

Two major differences between what Daryl does and what we did. First, it involves cooking. Our get togethers usually involved pizza. And his friends are better known (and better) than mine. Also, everyone appears to remain sober at the end, but that's a different story. But in any case,it's called "Live From Daryl's House" ( ), and the format is usually predictable. Darryl invites an artist or group over to his place. Some of the acts are classic, some are newer. What usually happens is that a couple songs by the artist are featured. For example, the current episode with Joe Walsh has a couple gems like....

...or this Nick Lowe classic.....

.....or this Average White Band stomper (You think Daryl's enjoying himself here?).....

Then there's usually a Hall And Oates song in there somewhere. A modest example....and watch how the song morphs into something else halfway through.


Maybe Mayer Hawthorne. I think it's Booker T. Jones on the B-3 here.

I don't really like Cee Lo Green, but love his take on this H&O classic.


But what really sets the sessions free is when Daryl and guests do something that isn't in either artist's setlist. Rumer, for example, excells on this William deVaughn 70's one shot...... does Train with this chestnut....

...and what happens when you put a couple of Philly kids (Daryl and Todd Rundgren) tie into a Gamble/Huff rocker, it's magical.

New shows come out about once every month or so, and you've got 60 some odd to choose from, so there's music for almost every taste, from Plain White T's (I can't resist this).... Keb Mo to Rob Thomas to Coolio to The Blind Boys From Alabama. Almost 5 years of some of the best music on the web. Wish the jams in my living room sounded so good.