Lydia Pense And Cold Blood


“LYDIA PENSE -1970s - Celebrating 50 years with Cold Blood, Lydia Pense is one of San Francisco's great soul shouters who has never received her due. She was City born and bred until age 10 when she moved to the peninsula. Janis Joplin suggested that Pense audition with the band Cold Blood for promoter Bill Graham, and the band was one of his first signings to Fillmore Records (issued on the San Francisco label). Their initial eponymous album "Cold Blood," was hugely successful landing at #23 on Billboard magazine's album charts in December 1969. There were five more albums that gained national attention: "Sisyphus," (1971); "First Taste of Sin," (1972); "Thriller!" (1973); "Lydia," (1974), and "Lydia Pense & Cold Blood," (1976) In terms of live performances, Pense and Cold Blood opened for some big names including Canned Heat at Fillmore West in late 1968; Albert King at Fillmore West in February 1969; Iron Butterfly in July 1969; Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young at Winterland in November 1969, Lee Michaels at Winterland in April 1972, It's a Beautiful Day in February 1973, and Lee Michaels again in June 1973 among other gigs. Cold Blood broke up in the late 1970s and Pense took several years off to raise her daughter. She revived the band in 1988 and has been recording and touring ever since. I recall seeing Cold Blood at the Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young show, at Winterland, where Pence and the band tore the sucker down. Why she wasn't more of a star is a mystery to me, because she possessed the chops and the swag to rock with the best of them. Is it possible that she got lost in the shadow of Janis Joplin whose meteoric rise swept away virtually everyone in her path in the late '60s? Whatever the case, Lydia Pense has a legion of fans out there ready to show her the love, and they have over a half century.”

Tim Henneberry/San Francisco Music

The Summer Knows




The summer smiles

The summer knows

And unashamed

She sheds her clothes

The summer smoothes

The restless sky

And lovingly

She warms the sand

On which you lie

The summer knows

The summer's wise

She sees the doubts

Within your eyes

And so she takes

Her Summertime

Tells the moon to wait

And the sun to linger

Twist the world

Round her summer finger

Lets you see

The wonder of it all

And if you've learned

Your lesson well

There's little more

For her to tell

One last caress

It's time to dress

For fall...

 "The Summer Knows"

Marilyn and Alan Bergman

Dylan Now

I’ve been saying for years that I don’t want to see him now in concert, on his never-ending tour. When I listen to him, which I do frequently, I want my mental image to be of when I saw him at Newport and elsewhere, both pre- and post-electric, in the 1960s and 1970s. 

But reading through this playlist has caused me to reconsider that decision.

Maybe one more cup of coffee before I go.


“Bob Dylan on July 27, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena1.All Along The Watchtower (Bob center stage on electric guitar) 2.Don't Think Twice, It's All Right (Bob center stage on electric guitar) 3.Highway 61 Revisited (Bob on piano) 4.Simple Twist Of Fate (Bob on piano) 5.Duquesne Whistle (Bob on piano) 6.When I Paint My Masterpiece (Bob on piano) 7.Honest With Me (Bob on piano) 8.Tryin' To Get To Heaven (Bob on piano with harp) 9.Make You Feel My Love (Bob on piano with harp) 10.Pay In Blood (Bob on piano) 11.Tangled Up In Blue (Bob on piano with harp) 12.Early Roman Kings (Bob on piano) 13.Desolation Row (Bob on piano) 14.Love Sick (Bob on piano) 15.Autumn Leaves (Bob center stage) 16.Thunder On The Mountain (Bob on piano, George drum solo) 17.Soon After Midnight (Bob on piano) 18.Gotta Serve Somebody (Bob on piano) (encore) 19.Blowin' In The Wind (Bob on piano) 20.Ballad Of A Thin Man (Bob on piano with harp)”

For A Dancer


Keep a fire for the human race

And let your prayers go drifting into space
You never know will be coming down

Perhaps a better world is drawing near
And just as easily, it could all disappear
Along with whatever meaning you might have found
Don't let the uncertainty turn you around
(The world keeps turning around and around)
Go on and make a joyful sound

(Jackson Browne)