Friday, August 17, 2012

A long, long time ago...

In a galaxy not so far away...

You can listen to it here.
There've been a coupla times on this blog when I've mentioned the band I played in during the 60s in New Orleans - The Better Half Dozen. I still exchange email with one or the other of those guys from time to time. Steve, our vocalist, just forwarded this message he got from The Oxford American magazine:

Hi, Steve,
My name is [redacted for privacy] for The Oxford American magazine, a non-profit publication that focuses on the culture and history of the American South. Each December we release a Southern Music Issue + compilation CD and, for the past 4 years, have been continuing our Southern State Series (which will eventually include an issue + CD for all 12 Southern states).
 This year, we're excited and proud to say that we're working on the Louisiana Music Issue, which is being guest edited by Alex Rawls. I'm reaching out to you now because we would like to include The Better Half Dozen’s “I’m Gonna Leave You” on the 2012 Music Compilation.
For each song there will be an accompanying article in the magazine -- we annually invite some of the best contemporary music writers and authors to contribute. I have attached a copy of an article from a previous issue for you to review, and you can read more articles from past issues on The OA website: Please note that the annual music issue is incredibly popular with everybody from music supervisors to legendary musicians, and each year it gains national and international recognition. In fact, one of Robert Plant’s recent hits was a Barbara Lynn song he found on the 2010 compilation.
As a nonprofit, The Oxford American relies on the generosity of its donors and supporters. We would greatly appreciate if you would grant The OA a gratis license to reproduce the master of the aforementioned songs on the compilation on up to 60,000 copies, which are distributed with the magazine. According to our research, you control the rights to the masters for each of the songs. Please let us know if this is not the case.
Thank you so much for your time and assistance on this ambitious project. I'm very much looking forward to hearing from you -- please let me know if you have any questions or comments.
Well, imagine my surprise. The past is always with us. Apparently.
That was a while ago!
That was not so long ago!

The last time I got an amusing out-of-the-past communique like this was a few years ago when Rickey, our drummer, sent me a link to eBay where a copy of this record sold for just shy of $1700.00. That decimal point IS in the correct place. Go figure.

So, if you're thinking you're getting a Christmas present from me this year, it just might be a compilation CD from The Oxford American magazine! (grin) Maybe you'd wanna add it to your Christmas purchase list. (wink) Here's a bit about the editor mentioned above.
Merry Christmas in August!
See ya at the big reunion gig (somehow, somewhere, somewhen),
P.S. FYI, aside from the magazine link itself in the message above, The OA also has a presence on Facebook if you wanna check it out there. I'm going to.


  1. Congratulations!!
    That's cool.
    You're history.

  2. I more often think of myself as mythology.

    (Apologies to the Genie from Disney's Alladin or stealing his line.)

  3. This is so cool! I think I have every Oxford music issue cd for the last 5-6 years. They're always great listening. And the magazine is excellent as well. Congratulations. It's never too late to get discovered.

  4. Ah, it's great to hear from somebody who's actually read the mag and listenend to the previous CDs. Thanks! I'm fascinated to see the December issue and excited to get a CD.