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Back to My Hippie Days... Mr Bojangles

 I guess I was much more of a hippie way back then. Back in my school-teaching days... 1965 to 1973. Well... maybe that isn't quite right. Perhaps I have always been a "hippie" at heart. Even now. That's prolly a big part of the reason why I occasionally write such "stir the pot" political posts. Uh huh... still a hippie.

 Teaching school back in what I felt was the "golden age of hippie-dom"... living my little piece of it. Teaching in straight shoulder-length hair, often seen with my guitar... sitting on top of my classroom desk... playing for the kids as we all sang along.

Those were the days. And I guess they still ARE the days. One of my favorite hippie singer/songwriters back then was David Bromberg. I just read a post by Ruthmarie Hicks in which she posted some upcoming events in and near the Westchester, NY area where she lives. One was a David Bromberg concert on December 5th.

Seeing that reminded me of when I was living in Alexandria, Virginia from 1987 to 1993. There was a "music" club... a very "intimate" venue... named The Birchmere in Arlington, I think. It's still there... chuggin' away. It was a place where I spent many a night. One night I was lucky enough to see David Bromberg there. I just couldn't believe he was going to appear there, so when I heard about it, I immediately drove to the club and bought tickets. What a great concert... as I remember it.

So, Ruthmarie, thanks for listing him in your post. It tickled my memory, and brought me to YouTube. I tried and tried to find an old video of David... way back when... but just about anything I found... was not the same "David Bromberg" I remembered. Apparently, dear Mr Bromberg has gone more than a little crazy... and has taken a long step "off the deep end." Things change. He changed. But, then again... so did I.

So... I continued my search... and found a version of Mr Bojangles sung by a fellow named Jacques Mees. I had never heard of him before, but on YouTube he does "covers" of a lot of the "old" folk tunes from my "hippie days." I think he does just a really great job on a great old tune. NOTE: This is NOT David Bromberg.

So... unfortunately my search was in vain, but as so often happens when one embarks on a search for something... "Serendipity" occurs. So... please allow me to share this wonderful version of Mr. Bojangles... by Mr Jacques Mees. Enjoy !

Comment balloon 40 commentsKaren Anne Stone • November 22 2010 03:20AM

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Oops:  I just re-played this video... and right at the beginning, it says it is being sung by someone named "Jacques Mees."  I am not sure what is true... but I will research it... and comment back.  This guy really looks like I remember David Bromberg looking... long-haired and hippie'ish... but that was twenty years ago.

Anyway... rather than pull the post... I will let it sit.  If anyone is really familiar with Bromberg, and can identify this dude... I would appreciate it.  Or... the same about Jacques Mees.  Right now, who knows ?  LOL.  It's late, and I'm afraid my brain is even foggier than it normally is.

So... if anyone has a clue... please comment.  Otherwise... enjoy.  The worst it can be is this fellow Jacques Mees singing Mr Bojangles just like I remember David Bromberg doing it way back when.  Nighty Night.

PLEASE NOTE:  It is not David Bromberg, but IS Jacques Mees.  So, silly me.  Rather than delete the post... because this version of Mr Bojangles is SO good... I re-wrote the post... and wove in, around, and through it... to share my memories of my old hippie days when I used to teach school.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Karen, you are not going to believe me, but he just played here in Orange County last month and a girlfriend that I fly with was his opening act. She likes to say, "fly in the sky by day, songstress by night". I will post a blog on her soon... Anyway, Bromberg's fans would freak out IF you even whispered to your friend! "quiet!" OMG@! I have never been to place where you go to hear music and people shut you up!

OH! AND FOR THE RECORD! "SUPER BO-JANGLES.........."

Posted by Lauren Selinsky Broker CRS, "Your California Real Estate Broker" TM #oclauren (California Coastal Estates) about 7 years ago

Oh cool.  I live right near Ruthmarie Hicks so I'll go check out her post.  You're such a rebel.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 7 years ago

Lauren:  Do you currently "fly ?"  And, with whom ?  Anyway... I researched and researched, and this is NOT Bromberg, but a fellow named Jacques Mees.  But, I re-wrote the post, and left this version of Mr Bojangles there.  I think this performance of Bojangles is just excellent.

And... The Birchmere in Alexandria is exactly like you describe.  QUIET.  It is truly a music-lovers venue.  Honestly, you could hear a pin drop... as they say.

Anyhoo... I remember Bromberg from more than twenty years ago... and the current recordings I found... were just ummm... crazy.  So, I stuck with the above version by Jacques Mees... and just wove it around and through my "memories" post above.  Hope nobody minds that it isn't Bromberg.  But Ruthmarie's mention of him in her post is what tickled my memory, and inspired this post.

I would love to hear some of your girlfriends stuff.  What is her name ?  I would be some of her songs are on YouTube.

Take care... have a Great Thanksgiving.  And... even IF... you are having turkey for Thanksgiving... do not "gobble" your food.  <ducking>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Debbie:  What a great new picture.  Not that your other one was not.  I loved your other picture as well.  It had that "come hither" look to it.  Your eyes in it... were "spell-binding."

Anyways... you live near Ruthmarie ?  She is so cool.  Do you know her well ?  She is a rebel, as well.  That is one of the many things I like about her.  Hope you enjoyed the tune. 

And yes... I am a rebel.  Always have been... in my own quiet way.  Just an old "blue liberal" being held captive in an all-too-red state.  I call it "The Peoples Republic of Texas."

Take care... have a Great Thanksgiving.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne, I knew you were a hippie at heart, kindred spirits for sure. I have memories of a place called the Great Southeastern Music Hall in Atlanta, I saw so many singers, even comedy acts there. Very intimate, very cool, very good memories. The list of the greats I saw is long, some of them fade from memory at the moment, but oh it was great!

Love this version of Bojangels!

PS, I am laughing at your reply above..."Just a "blue liberal" being held captive in an all-too-red state"

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Oh geeze. I guess you can call me a baby hippie since I was born in 1965, lol. Loved reading your post Karen!

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) about 7 years ago
Karen, Thanks for the post on Bromberg. I'm glad to see he still has a lot of support. Always loved his humor!
Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) about 7 years ago

Karen-The Birchmere is still going strong.  Loyal fans know that you can find great music and famous names have launched careers there.  A serious music venue.  No screaming fans just enthusiastic music lovers.

Posted by Cindy Jones, Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News (Integrity Real Estate Group) about 7 years ago

Karen, Great post. I like to meander down memory lane once in a while too. You never know what you'll find along the way.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne:  As soon as you said your long straight hair I thought of the metal juice cans that I wore on my head to get my slightly wavy and somewhat frizzy hair smooth.   Those were the days my friend, We thought they'ld never end. 

Posted by Valerie Zinger, Home Organizer (House Proud Ottawa-Ontario-Canada) about 7 years ago

My mother in law always tells me that I was born 20 years too late and missed being a "hippie", of course I also have to point out to her that I was also put in the wrong place and family too, but my "hippie" spirit is alive and well.  Loved the video.  And I've always loved that song.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne, I bet you were one of those "cool" teachers that not only taught..but made the kids think about things. I am not familiar with David Bromberg, so will check him out. Great song, thanks for sharing this.

Posted by Cindy Westfall, ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate (Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon) about 7 years ago

Andrea in #6:  I still AM a hippie at heart.  And yes, I could sense we are kindred spirits.  It was pretty obvious to me.

Back in my DC days, and going to The Birchmere... I saw so many really cool musical acts... folks who were just beginning to "get noticed."  My favorite artist I caught in her "start-up" days... as far as being noticed... was Mary Chapin Carpenter.

She lived in Alexandria... had a one-bedroom bachelorette apartment... and played The Birchmere about every two weeks.  She put on very long shows... with an intermission... prolly lasting two and a half to three hours.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Jackie in #7:  Ok... do we call you that, now ?  Baby Hippie ?  When you were born... I was twenty-one.  In my first full year of teaching.  Jackie, I'm glad you enjoyed the post.  It's always so nice to see you here.  Have a Great Thanksgiving.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

John in #8:  His humor was a lot less "harsh" way back then.  In searching for this Mr Bojangles tune on YouTube... I found some current "live" videos of Bromberg... and his "humor" has turned very head-strong... and very much "in-your-face."

Honestly, I didn't care for it... so I was so glad to find this folksy singer who I never heard of before... Jacques Mees... and just LOVED his version of Mr. Bojangles.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

You Hippie you!  I wouldn't share any pictures of myself from the 70's in San Francisco either........but my sister in law threatens me all the time.  Thanks for a great version of a great song

Posted by Elizabeth Arduain, Lubbock Texas Real Estate (The Diamond Group @ Keller Williams) about 7 years ago

Cindy in #9:  Glad to hear the Birchmere is going strong.  I just checked their website, and if I can... I just might come up for a concert there on Saturday February 26th.  A favorite of mine... Moira O'Connell is performing.  I saw her both at the Birchmere, and also at The Barns at Wolf Trap during their "Barns" season during the fall and winter.  Love the Barns as well.

My fave I saw at the Barns was Livingston Taylor... lesser-known but more mellow and more personable brother of James Taylor.  He is also very shy, like James.  Some of his songs just put me in tears... they are so sweet... and so "touching."  Two of my faves of his are his "City Lights" and his "Loving Arms."  The last one... just destroys me.  I just sit there... tears streaming down my face.

Love the atmosphere at both The Barns and The Birchmere.  They are truly for serious music fans.  Absolutely QUIET during the performances... and then wildly enthusiastic with their applause.

I mentioned seeing Mary Chapin Carpenter at The Birchmere.  No exaggeration here... but I am SURE I saw her at least fifteen times there... during her very, very early days.  I even have a picture her publicist took of Mary Chapin and myself... sitting on a sofa in her dressing room at the Birchmere... with the two of us holding hands.  The publicist developed the picture, Mary Chapin Signed it, and mailed it to me.  Again... I just "melted."  I guess I melt a lot... <melted smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Charles in #10:  Thanks so much.  I just love going down memory lane like this... when the memories are pleasant ones, of course.  And Charles, boy do you have THAT right.  You just never know what yer gonna find.  Yeah, as Forrest said... memory lane is like a box of chocolates.  Jeez... I am tired of that movie.  <crinkly smile>

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Valerie in #12:  Metal juice cans worn on your head, huh.  I would have had to have found a metal pail... my head is/was much too large for a metal juice can.  You must have been a petite lil thing... as they say down here in The Peoples Republic of Teas.

Ahhh yes... Mary Hopkin.  I remember her well.  Those were the days, my friend, we thought they'd never end, we'd sing and dance... forever and a day.

We'd live the life we choose, we'd fight and never lose... for we were young, and sure to have our way.

And then came the last verse:

Through the door there came familiar laughter

I saw your face, and heard you call my name

Oh, my friend, we're older but no wiser...

For in our hearts... the dreams are still the same...

Valerie, I don't know if those dreams will ever come true... but yet... we still need to have those dreams.  Have a great week ahead.  I know Canadian Thanksgiving is on a different day... this year for you it was October 10th, I believe... the second Monday in October.  I hope yours was spent surrounded by those you love.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Tammy in #13:  Yes... from what you have shared in your posts, and from what I have inferred... I need to agree that you probably WERE born 20 years too late.  I am quite sure your "hippie spirit" is very much alive and well.  I am so glad you loved the video... and yes, it is such a great song.  Tears always come to my eyes during the line... about his dog died... and after twenty years he still grieves.  I had a basset hound named Fred... he was such a "baby."  He died... we had to "put him down" when he was seven... in 1979.  I still get all teary-eyed when I think of him.

When I tell someone about my "ethnic heritage"... I tell them I am part Lithuanian, part Irish-German=Welsh , and part basset hound.

I hope your Mom knows how very lucky she is to have you as her daughter.

Take care... and have a Great Thanksgiving.  I hope you will spend the day surrounded by those you love.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Cindy in #14:  Of course, I was one of those "cool" teachers.  There would be days when I was teaching a class... and I could sense something was "going on"... so I would tell my kids to close their books, and move their desks into a circle.  I would sit in one of those kids desks myself... (back then I could fit)... and we would just go into what I called a "circle meeting."  We would just talk.  About whatever was on their minds.  It was just great.

And then other days... when I would sense their minds were elsewhere... and when we were "ahead" of the overall lesson plan... which we always were... I would again tell them to close their books, and I'd go to the classroom closet, and take out my Gibson acoustic folk guitar... and sit myself down on TOP of my desk, legs folded... and we'd sing folk songs for the rest of the class.  Not sure how "cool" I was... but I sure was different.  Take care... have a Great Thanksgiving.

PS... from the videos of David Bromberg I watched while researching this post... Bromberg's current music is NOTHING like the folksy version of Mr Bojangles that Jacques Mees sings in the above post.  Bromberg is loud and raucous... so consider yourself warned... LOL.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Elizabeth in #18:  Yeah... I'm a Hippie.  Proud of it, too.  So... from what you are saying... am I to understand that you are a "displaced San Francisco hippie" who now lives in Lubbock... birthplace of the late, and very great Buddy Holly ?  Wow... what a change from San Francisco to Lubbock.  So, Miss Elizabeth... what are the biggest differences between San Fran and Lubbock ?  Would you move back if you could ?  Just curious.

Ahhh... having a sister-in-law with all that love in her heart.  But heck... I'd sure love to see some of those pictures she threatens you with.  Perhaps you could privately email me your sister's email address... so she and I could "negotiate" for material on a post of you in your actual hippie days.  What fun !

Hey... let's just have YOU do a hippie post.  Your fans await.  <smile>  Have a Great Thanksgiving.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

 

Hi Karen Anne,

Wow - brings back memories!  Someone sent me an email awhile back where you click on a juke box and choose what year's Oldie songs you want to hear.  It was pretty cool - need to relocate it in my emails - I had forgotten about it.  I love listening to the Oldies.  Thanks for the YouTube, Mr. Bojangles - enjoyed that one too!  

I was just mentioning to my daughter the other day, how it seems funny to me that our kids are still listening to some of the same music we listened to and they actually know the artists. I said that I thought we had better music back then and she actually agreed.  (At least you could understand the words.)

 

In response to Valeries tin cans, I had pretty long (hippie-style) hair back then too which was on the slightly wavy side as well - my parents worked, so when they went to work, I would iron mine!  
Like you said, those were the days . . .
Have a great week and a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Posted by Joyce Godwin, RE/MAX Realty Center, Houston Area Relocation Info (12810 Telge,Cypress,TX 77429 -Houston,Cypress,Spring,Tomball) about 7 years ago

Fun post....but I'm laughing at your comment too....I can relate. I'm a "rather red conservative" stuck in an all-too-blue state. :)

Posted by Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner, Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395 (Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395) about 7 years ago

Hi Karen Anne - this is an enjoyable post.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 7 years ago

Wonderful post Karen and I remember musicians singing this song, "Jerry Jeff Walker" did a great job also ...

Vegas Bob

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne - Coming of age in the 60's was an experience only one generation will ever experience - and what an experience it was.  Life moves in strange circles ... I find myself now sometimes reflecting on the "things I believe" then and now ... and they don't seem to be that far apart.  This must be the time for reflection - I spend much of the weekend looking at old photos ... not that there were so many of them, but each had memories, some strong, some sweet, some bitter, some joyful and some sad ... but very few of them do I regret!  The "hippie"never truly dies ... just goes dormant sometimes for decades!  Thanks for sharing! Peace ....

Posted by Jack Mossman - The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton, The Nines Team at Keller Williams in Stockton (The Nines Team At Keller Williams) about 7 years ago
Karen Anne - I sort of went through the hippie era thing too..after all, I went to Music School. Killed off a few brain cells..and as I recall, I inhaled.
Posted by Eric Kodner, CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 - (Madeline Island Realty) about 7 years ago

Eric in #30:  Funny you should mention "inhaling."  Although I quickly confess to living my "hippie" days... I have never, and I repeat... never even had a cigarette in my mouth... let alone a marijuana cigarette. 

I grew up in a house... since the earliest childhood I can remember... where both of my parents, and my grandmothers all smoked... heavily.  It killed all of them.  Two by cancer and two by COPD.

My parents had four kids.  Of the four... myself and my two youngest brother and sister... NEVER smoked.  My brother nearest me... smoked all the time.  Smoking killed him as well... lung cancer.

Ahhh yes... you went to music school.  Yer just an "artsy" kinda guy.  Incredibly musically talented... as I recall from reading so many of your posts.  I am envious.  I can play guitar, and play piano modestly well... but have nothing even close to the musical talent you possess.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

How retro is that? Groovy Karen Anne! I find it odd that many of the artists I enjoy are now referred to as oldies...

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Professionals.) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne, I'm convinced that ex-hippies make the best real estate agents!  And the Birchmere is alive and well!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 7 years ago

Thank You Karen!  I love this song!

Posted by Christine Pappas - REALTOR®, Northeast Ohio Homes - Ohio RE/MAX REALTOR (RE/MAX Results) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne--I just can't tell you how much I enjoyed your post and all fo the comments.  I feel as if I have been at a reunion with old friends.  I would have been one of your students and I would have loved your different teaching style.  Of course we are all partial, but I just do not see how there can ever be music as great as what we had. As many have said, my own children prefer Dylan, Neil Young, the Beatles, etc.  Thanks for the memories Karen!

Posted by Pat Haddad, ABR, CRS, ePRO, GRI, Carmel, Fishers, Westfield IN Real Estate Expert (Keller Williams Indianapolis Metro NE) about 7 years ago

Paul in #32:  Gee... it's a good thing that you're not one of those "oldies..." types... right ?  Yeah... that's you... retro-groovy.  <smile>

Pat in #33:  Yes... ex-hippies DO make the best Realtors... and the best school teachers, as well.  I am so glad the Birchmere is doing well.  I think I even remember reading that it was re-built, or re-modeled.  I would love to go to some concerts there again.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago

Christine in #34:  You are very welcome.  When I heard this when I wrote this post... I just HAD to share it... I thought it was that good.  I hope you had a Great Thanksgiving.

Pat in #35:  I am so glad you enjoyed the post, and the song.  The comments on all of my posts are like this.  Everybody contributes... and because of that... they are very enjoyable... AND interesting to read.  And, as you may have noticed... lots of the commentors are hippies as well.

I have stories I could tell about my teaching days.  Yes... I kept it very interesting.  I have former students all over the country who are doing some incredible things.  If you can imagine... way back then... the principal... a Catholic nun... walking by my classroom... and seeing me sitting on top of my desk... playing my guitar... and the kids singing... in MATH class.  Once in awhile... she would come it... and believe it or not... she'd sing along with us.  Very cool.

Music... unfortunately... today's so-called "music" is just so much "drivel."  That's why I just HAD to share this rendition of Mr Bojangles.  You are welcome... I enjoyed sharing these memories as well.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) about 7 years ago
Karen Anne, I remember the son Mr. Bojangles but I don't remember David Bromberg. Typically I'm pretty good with that era of musician. That is the only era that I'm good with (lol).
Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 7 years ago

KAS- Mr Bojangles is one of my all-time favorite songs!  It reminds me of being little in the 70s and going skiing with my family.  My brothers and I would be in the back seat driving to the hill and singing Bojangles as loud as we could.  Thanks for the memory!

Posted by Jennifer Prestwich, Your Castle RE Colorado (Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne - It looks like we have something in common. I used to tour the Southern Ontario circuit in patched levies trying to change the world with my words and music. I had long hair and was musically influenced by CSNY, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and even Jimmy Buffett to name a few. I still play the old songs in the local clubs mixed in with my originals while trying to deliver a message. Old habits die hard :-) I used to play Mr. Bojangles all the time and maybe I'll do it at my next gig.

Posted by John Mayer, Your Beach Area Expert (Oikos Realty, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach Florida) about 7 years ago

Karen Anne, I was lucky enough to see David Bromberg in concert in '73 in a gymnasium in Pittsburgh while visiting an older brother who was in college in that area.  I was in my teens and was very much into going to concerts. 

Here are two clips for you.  I enjoy slide guitar and Bromberg did have that down.  Thanks for the chance to listen to his songs again.

Nice to hear a bit of your history.  From what you shared I would have enjoyed you as a teacher.  What subject did you teach while signing with your students? 

Gloria

Posted by Gloria Todor, & Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 (Century 21 Absolute Realty ) about 7 years ago

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