Yesterday, Sunday morning, I decided that I’d post something to fill the Monday void left by Bish. On my desktop I have a folder labeled ‘Bish Earworms’, whenever I come across something I think fits the bill I toss it in there and every few weeks I’ll send him 2-3 to use as he sees fit. Currently there’s 14 cuts in there so I thought that I might pull a few and post them in his absence, so I spent Sunday morning preparing the post, I created a document with all of the cuts, the descriptive notes, the html code and the picture, I planned to post it at about 6pm here so that it would be there first thing Monday morning.
A few minutes after I’d opened a ‘new post’ and was inserting the photo the document disappeared! Nothing I did should have caused it but suddenly it wasn’t there! Annoyed? you’d better believe it, to the point of saying ‘Well to hell with that, I’m not going to re-do all of that again’. But today I feel more kindly towards my fellow man [and women] so here we go again, there’s a void that needs to be filled.
These could all fit into the category of ‘My Favorite Things’ so consider this post as a part of my ongoing MFT’s.
1. Flower Lady by Ian Mathews: A beautiful sad song by Phil Ochs, one of the most neglected songwriters of the 60′s. It’s sung by one of my favorite singers from that era; Ian Mathews.
2. Summertime by Angelique Kidjo: Full name; Angélique Kpasseloko Hinto Hounsinou Kandjo Manta Zogbin Kidjo, she’s from Benin and here she delivers a great and original version of Gershwin’s classic.
3. Riberonzinha by Maria de Barros: Maria sings in Crioulo, a mix of old Portuguese and tribal languages from Senegal. She lives in Cape Verdes where the indigenous music is like no other in Africa.
4. Come Sunday by Abbey Lincoln; This was written by Duke Ellington for his 1943 Carnegie Hall performance, it was originally sung by Mahalia Jackson.
5. The Pearls by Ry Cooder; This was written by Jelly Roll Morton around the turn of the century, it has flavors of Ragtime, Haiti, Spain and classical European music, it’s from a 1978 vinyl album wheaten Ry investigates the origins of jazz. There’s over 20 known jazz artists on the album but here he plays solo, with some overdubbing.
6. Open Mind by The Tamlins: This is from a 7″ single that I bought in Kingston in the 70′s, plain white paper sleeve, no notes and there’s not much online; all I know is that they’re a classic Jamaican vocal trio that does mostly back up vocals.
Open up your mind and you will see!