You think you know something, that you've been around and heard what there is to hear, and then you hear Doug Hream Blunt
. Born in Arkansas, of course, Blunt is among our state's least appreciated musical exports. He was a collector of vinyl records — he particularly admired The Whispers and Jimi Hendrix. He was a frustrated musician, not in the sense that he couldn't produce, but in the sense that the results were frustrating to him. He moved to San Francisco, where he met a music teacher and aspiring record producer named Victor Flaviani. They recorded Blunt's only album, "Gentle Persuasion," in a matter of days.
For a while he had a regular gig at a local hospital. He played a public access TV show called "CITYVISIONS." He had kids. He had a stroke. He spent his free time learning to play the congas and the trumpet. What little we know about Blunt, we know thanks to a blogger based in New Zealand named Martyn Pepperell
, who stumbled on one of Blunt's songs and decided to track him down. "I was absolutely floored over by this waking dream of a tune," Pepperell wrote
. He found Blunt at home in the Bay Area, spending time with his three children. “They really are a handful,” Blunt told him. They talked about his music, about Jimi Hendrix, about the future.
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. Below: Blunt's performance on "CITYVISIONS." While you watch (if you watch), remember that music doesn't have to be anything it doesn't want to be.