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 !