Okay, here goes nothing, Part 2 of Kenya Day: the dreaded Double Run.
And the pattern has been in previous Double Run’s to listen to a little Da Blues with Taj Mahal, and this evening the album I’m choosing to listen to over another hot and steamy 8.25k through Ridgeway cottage country is ‘Dancing the Blues‘.
Taj Mahal has always been a more inclusive, eclectic musician than even some admirers understand; his work was never simply or totally blues, even though that strain was at the center and seldom far from anything he performed either.
That’s the case with this newest collection, a 12-song set that includes splendid covers of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf tunes, but also equally respectful, striking renditions of soul standards such as ‘Mockingbird‘, with special guest Etta James, and ‘That’s How Strong My Love Is‘. And, oh, I think I also detected Wolfman Jack on one track. I might be wrong though. There are also strong Mahal originals like ‘Blues Ain’t Nothin’‘ and ‘Strut‘, with Mahal singing and playing in his wry, delicate, yet forceful way. Personally, I really dug the raunchy sexiness of ‘Blue Night Boogie‘.
Anyway, I’m pretty proud of today’s effort; 33.5 kilometers of running in total today and most of it felt like I was running through a Turkish bath.
The Big Suck, Parts 3 (long bike) and 4 (brick run).
Bring it on.