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I have been enjoying this Vaudevillian tune composed in 1928 by Donaldson and Khan, Love Me or Leave Me. I have long adored Nina Simone's epic version where she breaks into a Bach inspired piano solo - how incredible she is! I recorded this tune while in Yosemite for my Bday. My camera didn't pick it up too well, but Half Dome is in the background. There were rumors throughout the valley and campgrounds of Bear sightings... as I was walking to this lovely spot by the river, there was a large pile of fresh bear dung and in the sand along the river where I sat to film were the sweetest set of bear tracks!
This tune! I was first introduced to this album by Carla Bruni while in high school in a small town in Michigan called Interlochen. Many years later living in New Yok City in Inwood, with a couple of artistic bohemian ladies, I started playing with guitar, nothing deadly serious, but I thought it would be pretty cool if I could cross northern Broadway into Fort Tryon Park and busk! I worked hard at my handful of guitar songs, and one day I got up the gumption to go into the quite secluded park and busk. Most of the time it was like practicing in a much prettier place than my apartment. I distinctly remember playing this song one time out in the park as a cute couple was approaching me, everything seized up, my hands, my throat, and I coyly smiled at them as they walked past me. I am proud to say I did make a few happy bucks while busking in Inwood. A few years later in Brooklyn, a French Gypsy Jazz washboard player (yeah, there aren’t too many of those) David Langlois, helped me out with my French pronunciation and guitar playing. Some songs stay with you on the journey. ....Be sure to listen for the wild turkey harmonies! 🦃😄
"Sing fairy of the earth and give the forest your voice…" With such an opening image, how nice it is to sing this song surrounded by trees! This tune was written by Natalia Doco, Argentinian singer living in France. The lyrics are so delightfully passionate and earthy. If you didn't know this about me already, I am a big Shakespeare nerd. There is something in the lyrics of this song that make me think of the push and pull relationship of Titania and Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream. For full translation look to the description box below the YouTube Video on my Youtube Page. I hope you enjoy!
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!