Wake Up Bix. Inspired by a posting in Facebook by Jon-Erik Kellso.

Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

July 18th, 2018, 12:11 am #1

One of the well known items associated with Bix is: 

The real story on this item. From Lion's Bix biography.:

WakeUpBixLion.jpg The End Times Spasm Band is a hot swing ensemble led by Lyndsy Rae and Bart Helms. The members of the band are Lyndsy Rae Patterson, Bart Helms, Zach Wright, and Eric Stuckey. Their first full album, High Wire Lover, was released on Jul 2, 2011. 

Track # 9 is titled "Wake Up Bix." Here are the lyrics.

Wake up, Bix
If you don’t
Want to miss another minute of this
Open up your eyes
Shake away that sleep
And pull yourself in from the deep
Second fiddle’s
Not such a drag
You know most of us live in the middle
Confess your fear
To the open sea
And realize it ain’t better to leave
Some will settle
Some will bend
Some will let the very road take the pedal
But not you
You’re head is strong
Even though you might be wrong
But one hair
Can always break
The back of the mule unprepared
So please let
A friend take some weight
After all you might find they relate
Wake up, Bix
So you won’t
Ever miss another minute of this
Don’t be afraid
Don’t be scared
Don’t worry ’bout how you compare
You can’t always
Be the best
But you still have to live one more day
Keep your feet dry
And when you’re okay
You’ll realize that you want to stay

You can listen to a piece of the track in https://www.amazon.com/Wake-Up-Bix/dp/B0063T9J7C 
The complete track is available in Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/3iqbFB06I3itQaA6znLMTu It begins with an interpolation of "In A Mist."

Joined: March 15th, 2018, 4:56 pm

July 18th, 2018, 12:23 am #2

There are tales of Charlie Parker 'sleeping' on the stand with the Jay McShann band, and later with Earl Hines. At one point, someone left it to the last minute and he ran out to the mike to solo in his stockinged feet.