Well, here it is: the big Day 100.
That’s 100 days of planking, squatting, crunching, push-ups and other core stuff accomplished over a period of in 17 weeks (116 days) dating back to January 1st, 2017.
I’m not gonna lie…I’m pretty proud of that (click HERE).
Also significant today, is that today’s mat routine is set to the last of the John Mayall albums in my collection, ‘Notice to Appear‘.
I love this album primarily for one reason: ‘Hale to the Man Who Lives Alone‘.
That was my personal theme song for years and years and years.
And, yes, I know the word “hale” is spelled wrong but that’s just the way ‘ol Cranky John spelled it on the album cover so there.
I wouldn’t recommend you try to correct him either, believe me.
This album was released in 1976 and features rock n’ roll hall of famer Allan Toussaint who wrote most of this album (7 of 10 songs) and then joins John to perform. In fact, Toussaint’s signature is all over this album, specifically ‘Just Knowing You Is A Pleasure‘, ‘L’il Boogie In the Afternoon‘, and ‘Who’s Next, Who’s Now‘. As with so many great Toussaint compositions and arrangements, there’s nice, syncopated instrumental interplay to these songs, plus that insidious, repeated trilled riff that couldn’t be a better hook if it had a worm dangling on it (I will forgive him the cover the Beatles ‘A Hard Days Night‘ though).
Needless to say that it’s pretty hep, man.
It was probably not a big seller for the British blues legend, being another one of those ideas of getting a hot producer/songwriter to do your album that sounded better as a concept than in reality. Having said that, the arrangements are expectedly outstanding, as is the playing by some of Toussaint’s heavy-hitting regulars of Herman Ernest (drums), James Booker (keyboards), Steve Hughes (guitar), Tony Broussard (bass), and Kim Joseph (congas) who are featured on three tracks. and then there’s Mayall’s outstanding band at the time of Rick Vito, Larry Taylor (Canned Heat, Tom Waits, Phillip Walker), Don ‘Sugarcane’ Harris, Jay Spell (Tower of Power, Jimmy Buffett), Soko Richardson, and Dee McKinnie, backing vocals. Toussaint’s go-to horn section of Larry Bouin, Lon Price, and Nick Messina also come into play on a majority of the songs, as well.
So, yeah, despite it’s lack of commercial success at the time, this is a stellar fucking album!
A perfect soundtrack for my celebratory mat workout this afternoon.