Baby It’s Cold Outside ~ Ray Charles & Betty Carter
This a great song no matter what the weather or season…but since we’re in the middle of a little cold snap here in this Sceptred Isle it’s a really warmer upper of a tune! It’s such a great interaction between the two though I heard outside the recording booth they weren’t exactly gone on each other. It just hits a note with me that oh these past 11 Christmas seasons I’ve been so very lucky to share with my Darlin’ Nicci — and we love Ray & Betty too! So I fear that this one gets blogged every year…..sigh….never boring though!
The Marmalade ~ Reflections Of My Life
Another so-called “power Pop” ballad and one that a lot of fellas, like me, bought but unlike me never admitted to liking….wasn’t too hep to be in touch with some of those deeper emotions amongst the gang I ran with and all! Love it now and it’s a great crooner when not doing your air-guitar thing in the garage!
Badfinger ~ Carry On Till Tomorrow
Trolling through the old storage boxes I have here filled with my treasured 45’s I came upon a trio of early Power Pop greats….this sentimental ballad hit me today like I was a teenaged kid again….I was always teased and mocked for liking this back in the day…but it’s fine Pop stuff and hits all the right notes with a certain audience. Yeah, yeah I know they’re lipsyncing here!
And, of course, that is what all of this is — all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs — that song, endlesly reincarnated — born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket ‘88’, that Buick 6 — same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness.” ~ Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather
David Bowie ~ I’d Rather Be High (Venetian Mix / Wasted Edit)
Once again I chime in the healing powers of music…my music, your music our music….that and love got this ol’Geezer through one of the roughest weeks and now facing a new week I know just what kind of strength is required of us! Grins…..and this little ditty from Mr. Bowie is a treat too!
a fine bit of machine meets man photog work….always a must for Rebloggin’ Sunday!
Steve McQueen - Suit and Tie
Snow Fall ~ Ahmad Jamal (Ahmad Jamal Trio)
This old chestnut created by Claude Thornhill is always a breath of refreshing air over all the super played out over worked usual suspects at Xmas. In fact a dear tumblr amigo says there are no bad renditions of it at all. But this take by Jamal is superb beyond all counts, his great unexpected phrasing and the subtle marching snare work of Vernel Fournier make’s it! So on that note we have our Sunday Got Jazz for Christmas selection from the Flimwell Papers’ Music Corner! Peace, love and salted nuts, y’all!
Tom Waits ~ It’s Alright With Me
Yeah, many happy returns Mr. Waits!
Bee Gees ~ First of May
I suppose it’s just the reference to ‘Christmas trees’ but I always play this Bee Gees’ tune around Christmas…another one that is rather Blue but fits after a long day just trying to walk to the corner and back to post the Xmas cards.