Good afternoon Rex.
I hope I didn't mislead Sean T by saying Gabriel might have a show on KDHX in St Louis. I had looked him up after listening to the archive for last week's how, but I'm not sure he's the right Gabriel
Gabriel began as a DJ in 1952 at WOKZ, did stints at WTMV, KATZ and WESL, before starting at KDHX proper in 1989. He’s run record stores, produced records, and cut his own sides. I’ve been told Gabriel is a gifted trumpet player, a competent pedal steel guitarist and a pretty good singer, though I’ve never heard any of the 45s he made back in the day. John May at BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups says he’s working with the folks at Living Blues magazine to get a collection released, perhaps in time for a limited run for the Gabriel Benefit on August 7.
There is a see through grave in VT about 45 minutes from me. It is a guy back 150 years ago or so back when people were terrified of being buried alive. He had a window ontop of the grave and a bell placed in his hand to ring if he woke up.
@GMMM: I had to look up the Green Mountains after seeing you so often around here. Looks like my kind of place. And I have some history with Montpellier, the French one that is: by best friends either live or have lived there by some coincidence.
A Swiss poet, Gottfried Keller, write a cycle of poems on being buried alive (Lebendig Begraben) in the 1800s, and it turned into what we would now call a meme.
For awhile, a fair number of people were really worried about having that happen to them, and there were various inventions and rigs aimed at preventing it.
In those days, all they could do to decide on death was lowtech stuff like whether they could detect a pulse or breathing, and if not then they called you dead. But that didn't prove true every once in awhile, and those stories got around in the newspapers.
@fred-I live near Montpelier in Barre. It is the granite capital of the world. Check out Hope cemetery in Barre on the web. It has many, many crazy and interesting stones such as replicas of vehicles, pyramids, giant soccer balls and the like.
@GMMM: weird indeed, but is it really so white? The pics I saw were so clean looking, it was almost gross. I don't expect to see granite decay, but those pics were downright clinical. I love rocks, these were too tame
Barre VT is named after Isaac Barre, an Irish politician in the United Kingdom who had recently supported American Independence. Bet Mark knows VT was actually an independent country for a short time in the late 1700s before joining the US.