Nick Ryan

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60 year-old goathorse, trying to grow stuff, in love with idiotic dogs and cats and wild boar and homing pigeons that gently swoosh over my place every day and trying to live as I should always have tried but never realised till way way late. Guitarist, song-writer, singer in country band that never manages to practice, let alone play. Sort-of happy, except for the mistakes.
Granada, Spain
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3 months ago

Rick Roman wrote:Townes Van Zandt - Waitin Around To Die - Clip from the fantastic documentary film Heartworn Highways (1974)



The movie is fantastic, so is the song. Have you heard the version by The Be Good Tanyas? I love Townes's version of Dead Flowers as well. The late great Townes.
5 months ago
Sometimes it's hard to say, is it sad? Thoughtful? Melancholic? Deep?

Fred Eaglesmith 'Cigarette Machine' (and Mary Gauthier's version live)
Mary Gauthier 'Can't Find the Way'
Mulehead 'Josephine'
Chris Knight 'North Dakota'
George Jones 'Just One More'
Cracker 'Big Dipper'
Bottle Rockets 'Smokin 100s Alone'
NQ Arbuckle 'Song for Kathleen O'Hara'

Gotta stop somewhere. Thanks for the thread!
5 months ago
Good topic for a post! I can't quite explain why, but to me there's an innate connection between country music and loving the land. There are so many examples I almost don't know where to begin, but ... if I have one all-time favorite song it is South Texas Girl by Lyle Lovett. There is something so humble, so inexplicably all-encompassing about it, and it sort-of implicitly links love, humanity and the land.

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

Three in the front seat they sat on each side
That green-and-white 58 Fairlane it would glide
Down farm roads past open fields seeming like no big deal
As it was happening I never felt a thing

But now looking back it seems like it was everything
Singing with mom just so we could hear ourselves sing
Stealing a drink from the cold can in daddy's lap
Protected by only a small thin brown paper sack

And the wind blew the echoes of long-faded voices
And they'd sing me a song that the old cowboys sang
And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
I was just singing because I was supposed to

Sing Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

And with the windows wide open it felt hot to us anyway
Three bound together on a day just like any day
They told me and taught me and showed me and bought me
Whatever I wanted from the corner U-tote-M

They say the name Corpus Christi means the body of Jesus
Pronounce it Refugio city folks they don't know
It looks like Palacios but sounds like Palashes
Just listen the next time you're watchin' Sid Lasher

And the wind blew the echoes of long-faded voices
And they would sing me a song that the old cowboys sang
And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
I was just singing

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

And I didn't know what the words meant or anything
I was just singing

And these days with car seats and open container laws
Social correctness leaves no room for Santa Claus
Sitting right next to me she looks like that used to be
Song that they sang for me

And with the windows wide open it feels hot to us anyway
Two bound together on a day just like any day
The wind blows the echoes of long-faded voices
And they sing us a song that the old cowboys sang
And now that I know what the words mean and everything
I am still singing

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we stumble around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

Saint Mother Maria watch over us please
As we wonder around in this dangerous world
Thank Mother Maria there's nothing so sweet
As the undying love of a South Texas girl

And then there's Tom Russell's Blue Wing:

He had a Blue Wing tattooed on his shoulder, well it might have been a blue bird I don't know
But he'd get stone drunk and talk about Alaska, salmon boats and forty-five below

He said he got that Blue Wing up in Walla Walla, well his cellmate there was little Willy John
Willy, he was once a great blues singer, and Wing and Willy wrote him up a song:

He said its dark in here…can't see the sky, but I look at this Blue Wing and I close my eyes
Then I fly away, beyond these walls… up above the clouds, where the rain don’t fall ...
on a poor man’s dreams…

Well they paroled Blue Wing in August, 1963 and he moved on pickin’ apples to the town of Wenatchee.
Winter finally caught him in a run down trailer park, on the south side of Seattle where the days grow gray and dark

And he drank and he dreamt a vision of when the salmon still swam free, and his father’s fathers crossed that wide old Bering Sea
And the land belonged to everyone, and there were old songs left to sing, now it’s narrowed down to a cheap hotel and a tattooed prison wing.

Well he drank his way to L.A. and that’s where he died, but no one knew his Christian name and there was no one there to cry
But I dreamt there was a service, a preacher and an old pine box, and halfway through the sermon you know Blue Wing began to talk

He said it's dark in here, I can't see the sky, but I look at this Blue Wing and I close my eyes
And then I fly away, beyond these walls, up above the clouds, where the rain don't fall ...
On a poor man's dreams


There are so so many more, but maybe I'll leave it there for now. Thanks for the post!
5 months ago

Nicole Alderman wrote:Ah! Here it is! http://orca.cf.ac.uk/56030/1/U584777.pdf



330 pages on Babington leeks! I'm such a geek I'm actually gonna read it all! Thanks, that is awesome work.
5 months ago

Jondo Almondo wrote:Information suggests these leeks are rare, but some online seed vendors ship bulbs seasonally and eBay is also a good bet.



If the perrenial/wild leeks that grow here in Spain (allium ampeloprasum) are the same variety you're talking about then certainly here in southern Europe they are far from rare. Around my home in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Granada they pop up all over the place in later winter, are really good to harvest in spring and flower in early summer.
5 months ago
Hi, I know it's a bit after the fact now, but the allium you're showing there looks exactly like the allium ampeloprasum that grows wild in Spain, across southern Europe and around much of the eastern Med. Funnily enough I joined these forums to ask a question about propagating them. Here in Southern Spain they have many names, particularly ajete or ajo porro or ajo puerro (garlic leek) and they appear in late autumn/early winter and flower early summer. The florets (?) - ie, the pre-flowering heads - are used in soups and salads. I love to use the bulbs and stems in spring, when they are really tender, in soups and omelettes. The question that I posted just now about them is whether the small bulblets under the skin of the bulbs and among the roots can be planted on as well as the seeds. Elephant garlic is another variety of ampeloprasum but has larger bulbs. Domesticated leeks come from ampeloprasum also. I think that's all pretty accurate.
5 months ago
Hi all, I live in Southern Spain and there are many wild garlic/leek/onion (allium ampeloprasum) growing around here - not the elephant garlic variety, but what are referred to here as ajetes, ajo puerro, etc. I'd like to grow them and obviously I can harvest seeds but I was also wondering if the small bulblets under the skin of the bulb and in the roots can be sown also. I can't find any reference to these anywhere. Anyone know anything about this? Many thanks.