Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Coldest Days --- The Chi Lites

It took me almost two months to come up with a song that would even come close to my feelings when I lost another sister.

She was our special sister; the oldest one of four; the strongest one, too. She was deaf and never able to hear a beautiful guitar or a voice that reaches into the deepest recess of the soul.

Nevertheless, she was able to see the joy and infatuation music can bring, watching us, her sisters. She used to call us crazy when we danced and sang along to our favorite songs ... We made her laugh.

She would put her hand on the radio to feel the vibrations -- and she felt them. So, I guess that is what could be called the true sound of silence.

She left us on April 9th, 2017. And yes there were all the signs of springtime around when she died: birds sang. But the sun was fighting with the winter cold that was still winning the battle.

When I stood at her grave site, it was snowing. The cream colored flowers were frozen. But nothing felt as icy as the stinging pain inside of me.

So, here are the candles for my special sister, Ute. 

August 28, 1943 - April 9, 2017

Friday, May 26, 2017

Howlin' Wolf - Evil (Is Going On)

It's been a gorgeous day in San Antonio.

Funny. Each time I sit outside on my patio, I think of my blog. Must be the birdssong and the sound of nature that makes me want to share some beatiful music with anyone who cares to listen.

My last post was for x-mas, and since then life has been kind of not so kind. I won't bother you all with the details, but some things take the music right out of one's life.

Nevertheless, the music returns at some point; life gets back to normal and the aches and pains of living will be integrated in one's days as nothing more than a nuisance.

Do I sound like having experienced a period of the blues? Defintely!

So, when I listened to some Howling Wolf today, I thought I should post some of his music. And here it is.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

The most beautiful guitar sound ever ...

I was just listening to Percy Sledge's Take Time To Know Her. And as I always do when that song plays, I turned the volume up the minute I hear the soft, sweet, soul soothing guitar. Its magic takes me on a trip to the place where life is simple and plain old good. That dancing, dreamy sound takes over, and I forget whatever keeps me from being happy without any restraint ... I lose myself in the world of music.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Soultaker's Treasure Chest 11-27-2016

Posted by Soultaker

This will be the last post I do for the foreseeable future.  I have a lot going on that needs my attention.  Hope everyone is well and enjoy.

1.  California Dreaming  -Lee Moses - Maple Records
2.  Shut-Up!!! - Sweet Inspirations - Atlantic
3.  Til The Morning Comes - Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - SSS International
4.  Don't Make The Good Girls Go Bad - Della Humphrey - Arctic
5.  You Use Me Baby - Willie Hightower - Fame
6.  Sayin' It And Doin' It Are Two Different Things - Bobby Bryd - Brownstone
7.  Tokuta - Jungle Fire - Colemine
8.  Grounded Part 1 - Gloria Taylor - Sliver Fox
9.  The Popcorn - The Soul Believers - King
10.  You Are My Sunshine - Dyke And The Blazers - Original Sound
11.  Give The Baby Anything The Baby Wants - Joe Tex - Dial/Mercury
12.  So Glad To Have You - Shirley Brown - Truth Records
13.  Just Kissed My Baby -The Meters - Reprise/Warner Bros.
14.  A Funky Song - Ripple - GRC
15.  Hang On In There - The Stovall Sisters - Reprise Records
16.  You Can't Hide Love - Creative Source - Sussex
17.  Liquid Love - Roy Ayers - Mukatsuku Records
18.  Easy Does It - Willie Hutch - Whitfield Records
19.  All Night Long - Curtis Mayfield - Curtom
20.  If This World Were Mine - Zuluma - Sussex
21.  In All My Wildest Dreams - Joe Sample - ABC Records


Saturday, November 19, 2016

RIP Sharon Jones

Time for another candle. I am so sorry to hear that Sharon Jones of the Dap Kings has died. According to the news, she suffered from pancreatic cancer.

After a long illness, she finally rests in peace.

Sharon Jones 1956 - 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Fall has arrived, and life is slowing down around here. So, there's time again to post some of my favorites. This post leans a bit towards the Deep Soul side. Looks like the older I get, the more I favor  the Deepies.


The Whispers  -- You’re  What’s Been Missing From My Life
The Flamingos – Straighten It Up
Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson – Til The Morning Comes
Eddie Houston – That’s How Much I Love You
The Mad Lads – Destination
McKinley Travis – Baby, Is There Something On Your Mind
Sam Moore – Audience For My Pain
Gay Meadows and  The The Yobyalps – Only One
Rayfield Reid and The Magnificents – Our Alibi