I loved Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings old-school soul sound from the first moments of the first track on Naturally. I read a rave review of her somewhere & for once wasn’t disappointed. The same is true of 100 Days & I Learned The Hard Way. Great songs, great band, fine Dap Kings horn section & Sharon’s voice – it all seems so effortless – like stepping into a time machine into a 1968 r’n’b review. If you’ve never her you are missing something.
Not next on the shelf but close enough is Carol King’s Tapestry plus an mp3 collection that includes her Music; Rhymes & Reasons; Fantasy. Tapestry was one of those unavoidable albums – everyone I knew in Sydney had a copy of it, except for me. Not that I didn’t like it but I found some of it too limpid – I was a Led Zeppelin fan 🙂 Too peaceful, as is nearly all her music.
In the mp3 collection I also have Françoise Hardy’s Le Premier Bonheur du Jour – I had an lp copy of this I bought in Montreal sometime in the 90’s. It is her 2nd release & is full of sweet girl pop. She was the French version of Marianne Faithful – gentle rock/folk innocence.
Also Lotte Lenya Sings Berlin Theatre Songs – mainly Brecht (gasp!). I had a cassette transfer of this given to me by a friend & I replaced that with mp3 download. I love her voice, her phrasing & the songs, all in German, are classics. Never a big US star, like Detrich, Lenya is a treasure.
More French, this time PQ with Monique Leyrac: Les Grands Succes, Chant Leclerc. An international music icon who could rival Celine Dion, Monique ever courted the US market & as a result never achieved the same celebrity status as Celine. I love her versions of Pendant Que & Mon Pays both included in Grands. An amazing voice
Free Your Mind
‘Peaches … readers … congratulations … filling … piecrust … rodents … ski … slope … car … carpet … time … clocks … grass … lawn.’ Jeff shouted each word as loudly as he could. ‘Green … tickle … piano … anger … cage … French … carpet.’
‘You already said carpet.’ Paul muttered.
‘Thanks … regrets … simplicity … theatre … teachers … dy-no-mite … carbonated … selections … execution.’ He stopped for a breath.
‘Are we getting close to the end of this?’ Paul yawned.
‘Conclusion … finality … death … roadwork … cantaloupe … comic … trigger … shovel … lawn.’
‘You’ve already said lawn.’
‘Repetition … suspicion … furtive … creep … birthday … cardigan.’ Jeff glanced at his watch. Another minute to go. ‘Devious … bible … wedding … swimming … sand … teeth … filling … candy … spoon.’ He stopped.
‘Is that it?’ Paul began to stand up.
‘Yep. For now. You should try it.’
‘It sounds pointless to me.’
‘Frees the mind. If anyone needed to free their mind, it’s you.’
‘Thank you. But I’ll stay stuck, rather than sound like a street person off his meds.’
‘Go on try. Say the first thing that comes to mind. Let the words spring up without trying to make sense of them.’
‘No I’d rather stick to cohesive links.’
‘As if that produces anything. You need to learn how to free your mind.’ Jeff grabbed Paul in a head lock and rubbed his head with his knuckles. ‘Come on let it out … let it out.’
‘Get the fuck away from me.’ Paul shoved Jeff aside. ‘Idiot … asshole … fuck head … prick face. How’s that?’
‘Not random enough. Too much thinking and purpose behind each of them. You need to liberate the editor and let the subconscious well up and flow out. It really clears out the mind and sets you up for what you really want to say.’
‘Look, I know what I really want to say, and that is, that you are an idiot.’
‘That’s merely what you think you want to say to hide what you subconscious is thinking.’
‘I see, so this ‘shout it out’ process also makes you psychic?’
‘Doesn’t take esp to see how uptight you are. Come on just let it loose. The words will set you free. Try it.’
‘Boxer uh midget uh delicate uh…’
‘Louder and don’t select. The right word is the one that appears. Go on you can do it.’
every Tuesday 2019
Shaw Festival – Sex (Mae West)
Stratford Festival – Little Shop Of Horrors
Stratford Festival – The Crucible
June – Capturing Fire 2020 – Washington D.C. capfireslam.org