My blog is on holiday today

Its that time of the year … I have a long flight today with a long drive from where I have been working this week to get to the airport and at the end of the various journeys will be a birthday cake (cue LC). The travel is to get me to where the cake will be. But the real reason I am not writing anything today is because I have too too many work commitments on the way to deal on top of the travel. So a birthday just seemed like a good excuse to send my blog on a little holiday for a day.


The number of candles on the cake represent a complex non-linear function of my age.

We will celebrate my shift into the next year with cake and then by watching the opening game of the AFL season where the mighty Dees (Melbourne) are playing Sydney.

A good night coming up.

Anyway, you can also enjoy this birthday music with me.

Music – Stop (Super Session)

This is what I have been listening to on the way to the airport this morning.

When I was still at high school I heard this record (1968) – Super Session – which showcased – Al Kooper – on keyboards and – Mike Bloomfield – on guitar on the first side and then – Stephen Stills – on the second side.

The standout track for me was this one – Stop – featuring the fabulous Hammond organ of Al Kooper and the guitar work of Mike Bloomfield.

It was really one of those tracks that marked the time for me – the sound, the intonation, the tone – perfect rebel music.

I bought the album in 1970 and still play it, scratches and all.

That is enough for today!

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This Post Has 12 Comments

  1. Happy birthday, Bill. I hope you didn’t lose too much time calculating the complex non-linear function 😉

  2. Many Happy Returns of the Day, Professor Mitchell.
    Please permit me to add as an observation that after yesterday’s budget day in the UK, I think many other sensible economists and economic commentators will also be seeking or enjoying a rest!

  3. Happy Birthday for yesterday Bill, bad luck the footy didn’t go your way! But thank you for the music – I am sure I will never hear enough of Mike Bloomfield’s exquisite guitar playing.

  4. Music? Heavens, yes! There was!
    Brings back that old question “How did Steve Cropper *do* that on _Green Onions_?” Damn.

    Hope you enjoyed a fine birthday.

  5. Super Session was one of the first LPs I ever bought. Back in 1968-69, it even got some radio airplay in the U.S., though that was mainly for the Stills-Kooper version of Donovan’s “Season of the Witch” on Side 2. My own favorite track was the first on the Bloomfield side of the album, “Albert’s Shuffle.” I can recall a wintry Saturday night in Rochester, NY. It must have been one of the first times after getting my driver’s license that my parents let me take the car out at night. In those days WKBW, a clear-channel, Top-40 AM radio station out of Buffalo, NY, had a Saturday night program called “Mixed Bag” where they permitted the DJ to play album cuts of his own selection — much like the “progressive rock” FM stations that were just then springing up. The jock put on Albert’s Shuffle just as I was approaching our house. I kept the motor running in the driveway till the track was complete.

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