I usually do my M4 posts on Sunday so I can take it easy on Monday (actually, so I can write my posts for the rest of the week on Monday — no rest for the wicked), but yesterday I got to listening to some of the excellent analysis a British guitarist named Fil, who runs the Wings of Pegasus TV channel on YouTube, has done (and which I highly recommend). I finally threw together a playlist and had started the post, but when I woke up I said to myself “c’mon John, you can do better than that.”
It was 97° a week ago Sunday, and 77° yesterday, so it must mean cooler weather is coming, so I did a musical acrostic, spelling out “COOLER DAYS” in song titles. It’s a rather eclectic list. You have been warned…
Stringspace, “Corcovado” Last time I used a song by Stringspace, I explained that it’s a collective of musicians in all the major cities of Australia. This group is from Sydney and the lovely chanteuse is Briana Cowlishaw. The song is by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Jim Croce, “Operator” The late Jim Croce was huge in the early ’70’s with songs like “You Don’t Mess Around With Jim,” “Time In A Bottle,” and this one, which reached #17 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the AC chart in 1972.
Brewer & Shipley, “One Toke Over The Line” A song about smoking dope. There’s a rather hilarious story about this song that you’ll find in the video. It peaked at #10 in the US and #5 in Canada.
Ray Charles, “Let’s Go Get Stoned” Another song about smoking dope. This one was written by Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson, and Josephine Armstead and originally recorded by The Coasters and Ronnie Milsap (two separate records, they didn’t record together) in 1965. Ray recorded it after his 16-month stint in rehab for heroin addiction and took it to #1 in 1966.
The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” From their 1981 album Ghost In The Machine, though Sting might have written it as far back as 1976. It went to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Mainstream Rock chart as well as the Canadian and UK charts, and #2 in Australia.
The Dubliners, “Rocky Road To Dublin” A traditional Irish folk tune sung by a modern Irish quintet.
Andy Stewart, “Donald Where’s Your Troosers?” As long as we’ve done an Irish song, let’s do a Scottish one. This one was written by Stewart and talks about the reaction some have to seeing a man in traditional Highland dress. He does a pretty good imitation of Elvis at the end.
The Beatles, “All My Loving” Live from The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, when Ed and the gang visited Miami. It sounds so much like the record that you’re tempted to think they’re lip syncing, but no, this is live.
Roy Clark, “Yesterday When I Was Young” A song by Charles Aznavour. Roy could go from pickin’ and grinnin’ to singing beautiful songs like this. It reached #9 in the US and #2 in Canada on their respective Country charts and might be Roy’s best-known song.
Glen Campbell and Jerry Reed, “Southern Nights” Two masters of the guitar having a good ol’ time at what looks like a picnic. It’s probably from a TV show, but the comments don’t say where or when. Glen and Jerry are now playing together on a much higher stage, probably with Chet Atkins, Les Paul, B. B. King and the other masters of the guitar.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for October 7, 2019.