Song of the Day: Andrew Axenov, "The Picturesque Bridge" (Ivan Dorn Cover)

According to his website, Andrew Axenov is "a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from St. Petersburg, the author of an educational YouTube channel, the author of guitar courses and music writing courses." All I can say is, thank God for Google Translate, because his website and the comments on his YouTube channel are all in Russian. No matter, the guy’s an excellent fingerstyle guitar player. Here is his arrangement of Ivan Dorn’s "Живописный мост" ("The Picturesque Bridge").

Song of the Day: Cruz & Jobim, "O Mundo É Só"

I just started following Cruz & Jobim on Instagram, and I have to be honest, I don’t know much about them other than they’re from Brazil and speak Portuguese. Jean Cruz is a vocalist, Marcos Jobim is a vocalist and plays guitar and double bass. Their most recent album, Desencontro (which translates either to "hate" or "mismatch") was just released and can be heard on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer, or Soundcloud. They also have a Facebook page, which looks mostly in English. This is "O Mundo É Só" ("The World Is Only," according to Google Translate).

Song of the Day: Nova, "Wave"

Nova started posting videos of themselves on YouTube in 2011, and since then has received worldwide acclaim. They do bossa nova and samba music in both private and public settings and bring the classic sounds of Brazil into the 21st Century. Their lineup is Laura Vall (vocals), David Irelan (guitar), Thomas Hjorth (bass), and Mike Papagni (drums). "Wave" was written by Antonio Carlos Jobim and was the title track for his 1967 album. You can hear more by Nova on YouTube.

Song of the Day: Avalon Jazz Band, "Menilmontant"

Gypsy jazz didn’t die with Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. In fact, there are a few bands out on YouTube that are breathing new life into the genre. The Avalon Jazz Band out of New York City, for starters, fronted by vocalist Tatiana Eva-Marie and violinist Adrien Chevalier. "Ménilomontant" is a song writtn by Charles Trener in 1938 in honor of the Parisian neighborhood of the same name. The link above will take you to their website, and this link will take you to their YouTube account.

Song Lyric Sunday/Song of the Day: Denise LaSalle, "Feet Don't Fail Me"

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Jim’s got us back to body parts, prompting us with "Ankles/Hands/Feet/Fingers/Toes/Wrists." I found what I thought would be the perfect song, Denise LaSalle’s "Feet Don’t Fail Me," then about drove myself crazy trying to find the lyrics. And I couldn’t do it, so I did the next best think: I transcribed them myself. I think I did pretty well, but if you see any errors, let me know.

As I mentioned Friday, when her song "Now Run And Tell That" was #9 on my Friday 5×2, Denise was a blues/R&B/soul/disco singer, songwriter, and record producer, who had been recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" since the death of Koko Taylor. She passed away in 2018, and I don’t know who the reigning queen is. Anyway, "Feet Don’t Fail Me" is on her 1978 album Under The Influence. I’m going to guess that she wrote it.

The lyrics, as well as I could transcribe them:

I had a good time at the party
But I let things get out of hand
I woke up this morning in a bad situation
Lyin’ in the arms of another man

My man, he works real hard,
Never gets home ’til the break of dawn
Now, maybe you try hard, you better run all the way
Maybe I can beat the man home

Come on feet, please don’t fail me
Come on eyes, Lord don’t give me away
Come on man, you better help me think of a reason
For comin’ home, Lord, at the break of day

Listen man, you’d better hurry
And help me think of an alibi
Don’t let me stand there with egg all over my face
‘Cause I know I’m gonna have to tell a lie

Come on eyes, please don’t betray me
If he’s standin’ there when I get home
You gotta help me, look him dead in the face
And convince him that I ain’t done no wrong

Come on feet, please don’t fail me
Come on eyes, Lord don’t give me away
Come on man, you got to help me think of a reason
For comin’ home, Lord, at the break of day

[instrumental break]

Come on feet, please don’t fail me
Come on eyes, Lord don’t give me away
Come on man, you got to help me think of a reason
For comin’ home, Lord, at the break of day

[repeat and fade out]

That’s Song Lyric Sunday, and Song of the Day, for February 23, 2020.