A little music recommendation, in keeping with the morose tone of the week. It’s an unusual one. If you haven’t grabbed it yet (and I’m betting you haven’t cause it’s #80 on the Billboard Top 200) get BB King’s new album One Kind Favor. It’s been years since he’s recorded anything I cared to hear more than a couple times (that Clapton collaboration in 2000 just wasn’t doing it for me), but the man got this one right.
The standout track on the album is, unquestionably, “See That My Grave is Kept Clean.” Blind Lemon Jefferson wrote it in 27′, Dylan borrowed it in 62′ but King owns it now. There’s just nothing like hearing an 82-year-old man beseech his listeners: “Won’t you dig my grave with a silver spade,” or moaning, "Well there’s one kind favor I’ll ask of you, see that my grave is kept clean.”