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Stella's Music VLog
I shared a ride down to San Fran for a gig with Bay Area accordion extraordinaire, Kalei Yamanoha, a while back, he helped me fix my accordion and reminded me of this great old tune: Louisiana Fairytale. It was written in 1935 by Mitchell Parish and a fellow who went by the name of Coots. I love the melody, I must admit I had a bit of a hard time with the word plantation, it is historically loaded, but it is a part of our American history, my history. Face up and sing!
Today, Huge droplets of rain, sun shining, there is a rainbow in the distance, and the nearby hills are no where to be seen. Giboulée Weather! I would say it is my favorite French word for the time being. I learn a lot of wonderful French vocabulary from songs. I wanted to do a more up beat tune this time around, but it will have to wait for a sunnier day (and until my guitar playing gets better and I can play faster tunes 😊) for today it's giboulée. I fell in love with this haunting tune by Camélia Jordana a few weeks ago; I tried to find a haunted place to record it, you can probably see the ghosts walking around in the background
I love this time of year in California, in Winter/Spring when the green grass abounds. I have for years now wanted to make a video of my favorite Tom Waits tune, surrounded by a green world. Here it is! I find an added poignancy this year, watching the green grass spring up over lands that were recently burned by the fires; they are brilliant emerald now. A reminder that amidst loss and destruction there comes healing and regrowth.
So, last month I went to see Rachel(of Lake Street Dive) and Vilray in San Fran; they were wonderful and I was super inspired by Vilray's quirky classic songwriting for Billie Holiday and Fats Waller and the like. So I decided to delve into my real books and pull out one of my favorite "1930's" tunes. This gem of a tune was written in 1923, lyrics added in 1938! I am no guitar player, but I hope you will enjoy anyhoo!