Thursday, March 02, 2006

This Just in From Ottawa...

As the Russians used to call a neighbor droog po droog (friend of a friend), a chum of the Ottawa cajun-style musician put me in touch. Now I'm waiting for a CD.

David Scrimshaw drew Michael Ball in mid fiddling. He then responded to my post with the Website for Ball and Chain, Jody Benjamin and Michael's group's URL.

In turn, I whinged to him that they seem to make no effort to sell their CDs on the site or link to anyone who does. I tried my usual suspects, like Amazon,, Djanos and so forth. To shut me up, David said he'd relay my request to Michael.

Sure enough, today I got a note from him including:
I hear from a friend of mine, David, here in Ottawa that this guy Michael Ball wants to buy one of our CD's. Well Hallelujah!! There's probably millions of us Michael Balls, well dozens at least, all over this continent. Any way, either contact us and we'll send you one in exchange for a checque for 22.00 or go to and do a search for Ball and Chain and the Wreckers. The album title is "Live at the Bayou". At cdbaby you can use your credit card and you can read the blurb and listen to some samples if you like.
Well, impatient sort that I am, I clicked on over to CD Baby and ordered. The idea of two-way snail mail, check/cheque and so forth is so 20th Century.

I have CDs of the Engligh musical singer, the classical composer and so forth. This will be my first namesake cajun/country.

A review will surely follow.


michali said...

Well, many mikes, i can only sing to you :-)
|It's a small world after all | X4

It is sometimes unfortunate not to be able to get something so simple as a cd.

A few years ago I was looking for this Jazz painist's cd (here name is Aziza Mustafa Zadeh. I could not find it anywhere in stores or online. One time, By mere coinsidence, I found a site about here and guess what... I could buy the cd there.. it did cost me about 30$... which I paid... I am still enjoying the cd..

Mass Marrier said...

Waaay back in college, evil imps cleaned out an apartment of mine, including all my recorded music (vinyl at the time). Many of those were out-of-print jazz and I was major bummed.

Now, I see that a lot of them are reissued as CDs. I end up shopping regularly for them, finding them discounted at and

When can I expect your band's CD...and must I order it from Israel?

Anonymous said...

F.A.O.: Michael Ball. Dear Michael Ball. R.E.: 'The Michael Ball ONLY Club'!! My name's Michael K. Shenton and I thought I'd write up, about: something. Reading about: the famous: 'Michael Balls', reminds me of: when I 1st looked on the .Net and saw: someone else/2 other people in fact, with: the name: 'Michael Shenton'.
What about: 'a Michael Biz Network??' This 'd be, where all/as many as possible of: the 'Michaels', from: around the Globe/World, - join there money together and form new business ventures together. If you're interested, in this 'wacky' idea of mine, please E-Mail me, @
Regards and best wishes - Mike/Mick/Michael.