<![CDATA[​James Hooker - Home]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 08:51:39 +0200Weebly<![CDATA[One More Run.]]>Thu, 29 Jun 2017 07:28:42 GMThttp://jameshooker.net/home/one-more-runIt's been 154 years since Absalom made this "Run" at 21 years of age.  
​He made it back to Sarah Jane and died in his sleep in 1926.
ONE MORE RUN
James Hooker
Copyright 2017, TipJarMusic/ASCAP

One more morning in this world
One more thought to the old folks back home
One more dream of Sarah Jane
Damn this Cause
Damn this fight

One more run through the meadow
One more run through the Valley Of The Shadow
One more run up that hill
One more run, Lord willin’ we’ll be done

And if it’s fight we must, we will
Cause it’s a long long way back to Georgia
If it’s fight I must, I will
It’s a long long way back to Sarah Jane
One more run
We got one more run
One more, and Lord willin’ we’ll be done.
Lord willin’, one more run

In ’61, I rode with Cobb
In ’63, I rode with Longstreet
In ’65, half froze, half starved, my horse eats better
Word comes down, “Boys, one more run!”

So if it’s fight we must, we will
Cause it’s a long long way back to Georgia
If it’s fight I must, I will
It’s a long long way back to Sarah Jane
One more run
We got one more run
One more, and Lord willin’ we’ll be done.

Never thought I’d live to see the day my world burned down
And here I am, helpin’ to fan the flames

But if it’s fight I must, I will
It’s a long long way back to Georgia
If it’s fight I must, you know I will
It’s a long long way back to Sarah Jane
One more run, we got one more run
One more and we’ll be done
Lord Willin’, one more run
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<![CDATA[Turn The Radio Up!]]>Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:10:26 GMThttp://jameshooker.net/home/turn-the-radio-up
Well it's Friday night and I ain't got a nickel
What am I gonna do?
Got a little beer and a radio and a little bitty girl named You
Turn on the radio
We can dance to the radio

Got a livin' room rug gon' cut it up
Don't care what the neighbors think
They can blow their top, call the cops
If they think I'm gonna care, I ain't
Turn on the radio
Gotta have my radio
I'm sick and tired of watchin' that damned old CNN
Turn on the radio

Turn the radio up!

Well I'm sick and tired of politics and the crisis of the day
Sick and tired of talk shows tellin' me what to think

I'm a hundred million zillion miles from Memphis Tennessee
And if I never go back, there's always you and me and the radio
We can dance to the radio
I'm sick and tired of watchin' the same ol' DVD's
​Turn on the radio

Turn the radio up

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<![CDATA[Sweet Spot.]]>Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:16:30 GMThttp://jameshooker.net/home/its-hard-work-being-a-toyboy-really-you-try-itComplaints of misogyny in 5...4....3....2...           
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<![CDATA[We were young, dumb and full of....... you know the rest.]]>Fri, 27 Jan 2017 23:53:41 GMThttp://jameshooker.net/home/we-were-young-and-dumband-you-know-the-restPicture
                                                                                                        
​                              Memphis
                              1967-68
A famous producer introduces himself:  "Hi kid, I'm the greatest thing since God".  I believed him because producers, in their own way, are gods. they sense an idiot when said idiot is in full idiot mode.  "I'll make you a star", says he, and I just knew he would because he said so.  After all, He's God;  a god in a business that never has, and never will, give two shits.  

Memphis was a city full of beautiful women who would latch onto you in the certainty that you would rise to the top of your profession and take them with you.  You're full throttle, hole in the head mode now - you believe every fucking word they tell you.  

But, the music in Memphis then was world class, weapons grade good!  And I was good at what I did. Kinda lucky too.

"Life's a bitch, and then you gotta die
Screamin' and kickin' from the womb they drag you
And never say why
Throw you out on a cold dark road
​No signpost in site
But you're a clever boy

​You're a Renaissance Man"


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<![CDATA[Race Music]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:28 GMThttp://jameshooker.net/home/race-music
When I was 14 years old (1962) my dad would drive me to what we called the "Black Bottom" section of town at 9:00 PM a couple of nights a week. He dropped me off in front of radio Station WOIC. Inside was "Charlie".  

Charles Derrick was a coal black man with a loud, but smooth voice, who came in over my transistor radio - every night, and talked to me, and many other people in Columbia, but to me, it was a personal link-up.  I discovered Charlie after becoming ill at the thought of listening to Pat Boone sing another note.  I found him after I started, what we called then, 'fanning the band', which is the act of desperately searching for anything other than Pat Boone. Charlie caught my ear late one night, and I locked on to the static emitted by that strange AM Shangri-La.  It wasn't Pat Boone.  It wasn't Annette and Paul.  I had discovered Race Music!  His show was broadcast, if memory serves, from 8 to 11 PM, and then, the whole station went off the air until the next morning.  

​Race Music!  That, kiddies, was a real term.

I would sit there in that cramped control booth while my dad waited (probably asleep) in the car - just me and Charlie, and the sounds of quite the mixture of Rhythm and Blues, Jazz, soul, gospel - if Charlie liked it, Charlie played it.  I don't recall him liking Pat Boone.  Poor Pat, maybe I should lighten up.

​Charlie taught me a lot about life in that booth.  During commercials, we would discuss many things, one of which was the subject of race.  I was taught, by my elders, to listen to my elders, and learn from my elders.  Charlie taught me a lot, and it stood me in good stead later in my carrier as I found myself playing Hammond B3 and electric piano with many of the artists I first heard in that control booth.
Charlie's gone now, but I think of him often when, even on a rotten day, his memory can fetch a smile to my face.  Thank you Charlie Derrick, b.1923 d.2006.  You inspired this song.
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