Friday, November 9, 2012
"Oh, Heavy Sigh" : THE WEEKEND MIX
Today's collection of songs is the product of three separate ideas.
Starting with the news of, preparation for, arrival and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, moving into Election Day and the excitement, fear, stress, sweat and agita brought on by both red and blue (mostly red), and culminating with a second storm, the Nor'easter named Athena, which added insult to injury in the form of 3-14 inches of snow and ice dumped on the poor people who had already been decimated by the first storm and left without power, heat, water, food and gasoline (and those are the lucky ones) I've been drained of all energy. My mind is mush. Seriously, blink my way and I am liable to smack you in the teeth, start sobbing, or laugh like a mental patient.
That being said, I think this "Weekend Mix" represents all of that and more.
If you're aren't familiar with "The New Favourites Of Brinsley Schwarz" I suggest you find it immediately. A fantastic record, with a perfect Side One.
I hadn't mentioned Ken Stringfellow's new record "Danzig In The Moonlight" when it was released because it just hadn't penetrated. Since then, it has become one of my faves of the year. It's like a seven-layer cake of pop genius.
Wycliffe Gordon is a brilliant New Orleans trombonist, but on this original tune, he plays piano and wordlessly expresses everything from bliss to heartache.
It was Andy Partridge of XTC who drew my attention to Judee Sill, and this tune is one of his and now one of my favorites. Hauntingly beautiful. (Or beautifully haunting. Take your pick.)
I thanked my friend Jeff K. for The Galaxies. He told me to thank Bill Barol. Thanks to both of you for this incredible band. This song in particular will be the subject of Monday's "Burning Love?" so stay tuned.
James Booker? No words, as always.
If you can...
Honky Tonkin'- Hank Williams
The Right To Love You- The Mighty Hannibal
Bread- Todd Rundgren
Ever Since You're Gone- Brinsley Schwarz
Pray- Ken Stringfellow
Blessed- Wycliffe Gordon
Ole Man Trouble- L.A. Getaway
Heart Of Saturday Night- Dion
Sunshine & Peace Of Mind- The Wind
The Kiss- Judee Sill
What Am I Doing Hangin' Round- The Monkees
An Ocean Between Us- The Galaxies
When My Ship Comes In- Jill Sobule
People Get Ready- James Booker
Over The Rainbow- Homer & Jethro