Thursday, November 18, 2010
For some reason, I wanted to post this. It seemed like the time. I do not know why.
Lately, it's been going through my head--no nautical-term pun intended.
My copy is fairly beat-up, so if it sounds beat-up, that's why. One of the all-time great song titles, and a fairly funny record. It's certainly flush full of clever word play. Click here for a precious overview of Pullins' country-comedy career. Nothing about this record sounds strange to me--in fact, it's a tad contrived. Sort of a more swirl-eal take on Bob (Any Day Now) Hilliard's In the Middle of the House.
Click here to hear: The Interstate...
Sydney Carter (above)
Today, an ancient Irish folk number that is neither 1) Irish, 2) folk, nor 3) ancient.
In fact, the hymn Lord of the Dance was written in 1963 by the British poet and songwriter Sydney Carter (1915-2004), who adapted the Shaker tune Simple Gifts (Joseph Brackett, Jr. , 1848) for the melody. I guess that Riverdance used the song without giving proper credit--tsk, tsk.
Donald Swann was a marvelous musician best known as one half of the comedy duo Flanders and Swann.
I've used this text twice before, in case it seems familiar.
To the dance: Lord of the Dance (Sydney Carter)--Donald Swann, vocal and piano, 1963.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I bought these at a sacred thrift store. No, I didn't. Just a regular Goodwill. I purchased four 45s in all, but only three would fit in the shot.
I was delighted to find them, especially in playable condition. Careful EQing, click-splicing, and the usual breathtakingly precise timing at the start and finish of each track--and these babies were ready for cyberspace.
Some of my favorite gospel songs show up here--Saved By Grace, Holy Ghost with Light Divine, and Only One Life. (Only One Life has been a favorite since hearing it on this disc two days ago). Three of the four are on Singspiration--the fifth is a 1954 RCA Victor single by the Blackwood Brothers, with the Kay Starr hit The Man Upstairs on one side. The Blackwoods are as great as usual.
Holy Ghost, by the way, was adapted from Louis Moreau Gottschalk's The Last Hope. I've used it for at least 30 offertories over my church-organist career.
Click here to hear: Sacred thrift 45s
THE WORLD IS NOT MY HOME--Singspiration Quartet (Singspiration S-1072-45)
HOLY GHOST w. LIGHT DIVINE (Gottschalk)--Same.
AMAZING GRACE--ONLY ONE LIFE--Back to the Bible Chorus (Sinspiration S-3049-45)
HARBORED IN JESUS--King's Karollers w. Herman Voss, organist (Singspiration S-1027-45)
SAVED BY GRACE--Same.
THE MAN UPSTAIRS--The Blackwood Brothers Quartet (RCA Victor 47-5781; 1954)
HOW ABOUT YOUR HEART--Same.