Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Big Band Wednesday #8 - I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo - Glenn Miller Orchestra

...hope all is well with you folks out there, whom ever you may be...

This week, we have a perky little tune from the Glenn Miller Orchestra, "I've got a Gal in Kalamazoo"... one of several tunes centered around a 'specific locale' that the GMO did... this one is purt near impossible not to sing along to... I had someone call in at work not that long ago from...you guessed it, Kalamazoo, Michigan...it was ALL I could do not to break out in this song... heh heh...
...looks like work is clearing out, so...hopefully will be able to get G-ology rolling soon... as well as some 'other' posts on here....

Until Then - y'all have a nice week!


Friday, January 25, 2013

Super Seventies Saturday #9 - "Jolene" by Dolly Parton

...OK, this one might be a little bit of a 'curveball', considering the general 'style' of tunes presented so far...but then again, Dolly Parton's 'Jolene' actually DOES fit into the 'serious theme' of a lot of 70s tunes... and it's a reminder that one of the BIG reasons the 70s were so cool, music-wise, is that it's the first decade where ALL forms of music 'co-mingled' on any given radio station... I'm pretty sure I heard this tune on 'mainstream Top 40' radio, alongside stuff from Elton John, Eagles, The Spinners, etc... just a cool potpourri of tunes...
...probably my favorite Dolly tune... although '9 to 5' is pretty dang peppy, and 'I Will Always Love You" is a classic, even before Whitney got aholt of it... (is 'aholt' a word? Sounds good to me...)  ...the line that speaks of "auburn hair" is pretty cool, since I am an Auburn football fan, second-most...my MAIN team is my alma mater, UAB, but I grew up as an aubie, so will always have that 'pulling' as well... anyway... this song is just intense, in that, the cat's out of the bag regarding 'the affair', so now Dolly's just trying to reason with this Jezebel (Jolene must be a variant of that, no?) to leave her dude alone, most likely to no avail...

OK, well... hope all is well out there...wrapping up some work stuff this weekend, but...things are proceeding... stay tuned...

Until Later...


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Big Band Wednesday #7 - "Sweet Georgia Brown" by The Count Basie Orchestra

...Hi, y'all!

Hope all is well for you... Hu and the crew are fine.

As for this week's Big Band selection, I went with Count Basie and his Orchestra, performing that perennial fave, "Sweet Georgia Brown" - a.k.a. the Harlem Globetrotters 'theme song'.

SGB was written by Ben Bernie (bandleader), Maceo Pinkard (music), and Kenneth Casey (lyrics), in the genteel year of 1925; it was a big hit for Bernie's Orchestra, charting at #1 for 5 weeks.

According to Wiki, this song is the first to have a saxophone solo...so there ya go.
This rendition by the Count Basie Orchestra is noted as being from 1977...thus a somewhat recent recording. A VERY cool note to the video...at the beginning, when the Count sits down, the dude on the upright bass is Cleve Eaton... whom my Ma knows from her time working in a local bakery! He and his wife used to frequent there quite a bit, and I even have a CD from him, with him collaborating with some of the local musicians in town... so it's REAL cool to (kinda) know this fellow - I think I met him once when I was a young 'un, but I would REALLY like to hear some of his tales now...

Anyway, hope you enjoy... a very nice 'dixieland' type jazz tune.

Have a great week, y'all!

Until later...


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Super Seventies Saturday #8 - "Year of the Cat" by Al Stewart

...Well, days are just running together here in South Gingerville, I tell ya... We had snow on thursday, lingered into bad roads Friday morning, so everyone took off, and now it's 'normal', but... not real sure it's Saturday... but yepyepyep, shure is... so...
With that, here's a fine tune from1976 by Al Stewart, called 'Year of the Cat'...it's a quite 'moody' tune, best described as a cold, barren windy winter day...just my take on the mood it 'sets'... not sure where the 'Year of the Cat' comes into play with that tone, but... a pretty neat song to just listen to and figure out what's up with the story...
...hope everybody's doing well out there... real or imaginary... don't get "T'eo'ed", y'all... (boy, the spell-check had a conniption with that word...)

Till Later (?),


Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Big Band WEDNESDAY #6: Goodnight My Love - Ella Fitzgerald with the Benny Goodman Orchestra

Alright...this one is just a very cool tune, sung by the legend, Miss Ella Fitzgerald... it's a nice little theme describing the end of a date night, and how memories will remain in dreams... cool stuff. A goofy thought for this tune...would be neat to play this on the PA system at a concert just after it is over and the lights turn on for folks to leave... just my thought...
...well, hope all is well out there...whoever's reading this... my 'stats' noted 0 reads the last three days, so... hmmm..... who knows...if anything, it's an 'archive' for stuff, so...THERE!!!

Until Then,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Super Seventies Saturday #7 - "Go All The Way" by The Raspberries

...whoa, is it the weekend AGAIN? 
...not that I'm complaining or anything...

Well, here is the seventh installment of the Super Seventies Saturday...

This one is a tune from 1972 called "Go All The Way" by The Raspberries... now, first of all, when I was a kid, listening to this tune on the vastly inferior Amplitude Modulation (AM) format (...ask your parents about it), I thought the dude was saying, "Please Go Away", which of course is about as opposite of a meaning as one can have from the actual lyric...

All I remember was that, although the 'stanza' portions of the song were OK, with nice harmony, the real 'hook' was obviously when the guitars kicked in and dude started yelling incoherently... YEAH!!!

But looking back on this one now, it really is an interesting tune, as this dude is REALLY desiring this lady he is warbling about, and his appraoch goes back and forth, from 'please...' in the mellow harmony parts, to a yelling lunatic who is more or less 'forcing the issue', as it were, in the kickin' guitar parts... and the bridge in the middle...c'mon...C'MON... works pretty well as a 'big picture' of what the end game is in his mind, anyway...

OK, probably WAAAY too much analysis on this, but.... it's 12:30 A.M. - that's 'Ante Meridiem', not 'Amplitude Modulation'...

Well, overall, this song was a 'heavy rotation' when I started listening to radio, at the ripe old age of 5-ish... and is probably one of my faves from that time, if just to 'recall' some of the cool goofyness that was the Seventies...

Hope y'all have a groovy week! ...until then...


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Big Band Tuesday (-ish) #5 - "Boogie Woogie" by The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra

...allright... looks like the BigBands don't typically get cranked up until Wednesday, so, don't be surprised if ya end up with BBW... that's 'Big Band Wednesday', not 'Big Beautiful Women'... in fact, an executive decision is occurring as we speak...see it? eh, ya just missed it, doc... so, henceforth, Wednesdays will be reserved for Big Band tunes which Huey enjoys...

...like this one, from the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, entitled, "Boogie Woogie"... interesting that 'Boogie' is a spellchecker-accepted word, but 'Woogie' is not... anywho, (that's not a word either...), this tune is a very neat little bouncy number, which is actually more of a be-bop than a boogie, IMHO... but check it out for yourself...most BB affectionatos will recognize this tune... as for the video...ok, but some young chick is dancing in the middle...not sure what that's about, but... whatever...I typically minimize these deals while I work on other stuff, anyway, so... here ya go:

...well, hope everyone is well out there...the few, the proud... the NBABOH followers!!!

Until later...


Saturday, January 5, 2013

Super 'Seventies' (sorta) Saturday #6 - "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum

Well, hope everyone had a nice holiday season, and is 'transitioning' back to the routine... as well as to be expected.
...as for today's 'Super Seventies' feature...well, remember when I noted that the 'seventies' aspect of this post might be 'tweaked' at times? well, here's one of those 'liberties' moments...
this tune is from my year of birth, 1967, and it is an awesome tune... "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by the band named Procol Harum (which is a 'variant' of the 'CatFancy' name (kinda like the AKC for purebred dogs, I guess) of somebody's cat whom the band knew...if that makes any sense...) - anyway, this tune is a very 'deep' arrangement, that is noted in Wiki to be a variation of a Bach composition...the heavy organ fills work well with the melancholy theme, whatever that theme may be...
The tune has great vocals by Gary Brooker, which give more than a nod to the great Irish soulster Van Morrison... overall, a very nice arrangement, and although you can say it has a 'dated' sound, the 'BIG picture' of the tune has a 'timeless' feel to it, in my honest opinion...and believe me when I say I'm being honest with you...to be honest with you...er... um.
So, with that, hope ya enjoy the tune... it's truly a classic...honestly!

Until then...


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Quack Time...

Final from the Fiesta Bowl...
...Oregon 35, K-State 17...

...GO DUCKS!!!

...that is all...


Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013, y'all!!!

...well, maybe an INKLING (whatever the heck THAT is)... but really just posting to wish everyone out there a great 2013, and with that, here's hoping this particular blog will gain a bit of traction with folks... I might put a few 'up front' links to it over at G-ology, just to remind folks it's here...and hopefully I can ramp up the proceedings here just a bit as well... I'm thinking this will ultimately become a 'classicfilm' blog and/or a 'classictunes' blog, with assorted junk thrown in here and there...

I'll resume the tunes on Tuesdays and Saturdays from this point forward, and may even add some other stuff, maybe a feature about my fave actresses not named Ginger Rogers... of which there are QUITE a few, actually... so, that's cool...  kinda thought about that when I did the Lucy post on G-ology awhile back, and was 'aided' by Ms. OGRE's awesome Julie Andrews post a bit ago... here's a few of my fave actresses now...well, at least one of my fave PICS of two actresses... this one is a quintessential 'caption this photo', for sure...any entries are welcome...
Sophia... have you met Jayne? oooofffAHHHH!!!!

...well, there's really just nowhere else to go after that pic, so...stay tuned for new posts and 'features' for this blog...and tell your friends!!! ...or for that matter, your enemies!!!

Until then,