78s, CAT NEWS, MERV GRIFFIN RECORDS, INCISIVE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY. PLEASE NOTE THAT, DUE TO LIMITED STORAGE BANDWIDTH, MY MP3s HAVE A LIMITED SHELF LIFE--GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! I DON'T KEEP MY MP3s (I HAVE THE ORIGINALS)--HENCE, THEY'RE NOT AROUND TO RESTORE. I AM NOT, NOR HAVE I EVER BEEN, AN EMPLOYEE OF THE INTERNET, PAID OR OTHERWISE.
Brenda, Oral, and Coleman Looper return to Sunday Morning Gospel, thanks to the generosity of Martin D. from GA., who emailed me today's album tracks and scans (plus another Looper rip). This is the Loopers' second album, and if you love 1) The Carter Family, 2) Carl Story, 3) The Chuck Wagon Gang, and 4) The Lewis Family (among others), you'll love the Loopers. Just in case anyone is asking, "Where do they fit into the gospel music scheme of styles?" I know I ask myself that question all the time. I get odd looks when the subject is anything but gospel music.
Just plain great gospel. Our favorite type, here at MY(P)WHAE.
I'M FACING THE CROSS I WANTA SEE JESUS THANK YOU, DEAR LORD I'VE FOUND A HIDING PLACE THOU ART HOLY AMAZING GRACE THE LIGHTS OF HOME MAKE HASTE AND COME DOWN ZACCHEAUS IT'S ME AGAIN, LORD LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR WE'LL BE HAPPY ALL THE TIME SWEET BY AND BY
(Gospel Records and Recordings, Dayton OH) Guest rip by Martin from GA.)
First, sorry for the delay in posting this installment. Second, get ready to polka!!
Fabulous sides, all ripped by me from 78 rpms in my collection. Included are two 1926 Victor label gems, both of them folk performances every bit as energetic as the Dana, RCA Victor, and Jan numbers. If these don't get your toes tapping--I mean, tappin'--then either you have no toes or no tap. Or both. (I mean, neither.)
TUBA POLKA--Ted Powers Orch. (Dana 3135) HI-HI-HO POLKA--Same. LAUGHING TROMBONE POLKA--Lawrence Duchow O. (RCA Victor 25-1164; 1950) BLACK BIRD--WALTZ--Same. THREE DOLLAR POLKA--Al Soyka O. (Jan 5012) BUSY BODY OBEREK--Same. CRY BABY POLKA--Ray Henry O. (Dana 3020) ALI BABA POLKA--Same. HUMDINGER POLKA--Lawrence Duchow O. (RCA 25-1105; 1947) HORSESHOE LAENDLER--Same. A DARK FOREST ALL AROUND--POLKA--Fr. Dukli Wiejska Banda (Victor 79268; 1926) OBERTAS FROM DUKLA--Same.
Day 7 for Ernie (Not Bert)'s Christmas in July series, and there's already a ton of stuff to choose from. It's like... it's like... Christmas! Come to think of it.
Only, in July.
Don't miss it. Meant to announce it earlier, but my allergy daze has me in some forgotten, yet to be formally discovered time zone. The above link takes you to Ernie's first CIJ post, which is sort of a prelude to the CIJ series. Um....
Did I mention my dallergy aze? Anyway, once at Ernie (Not Bert), just click on Ernie's blog header to behold the CIJ posts to date. (Trying to remember if I took my pallergy ill.)
So, I'm using a free program called FreeRIP for my WAV-to-mp3 needs--it's just the simple software I needed. I may even be able to export individual tracks from my MAGIX to it (as opposed to migrating tracks via CD-R)--I'll find out. The only annoying aspect of FreeRIP is that it organizes exported tracks according to artist, assigning a folder accordingly. Hence, these twelve tracks showed up as ten folders-within-folders. But no one said life was a sing-along beside the lake. Well, except me, but I was joking.
So, how about a My Allergies Have Me Unable to Function rag? Which I'd go ahead and write, except for my allergies. Therein lies the irony. Now, what can I tell you about today's playlist? First, that it's a follow-up to Tuesday Morning Burt. And that it contains other than your usual versions of Burt Bacharach songs, along with songs that are obscure to begin with, regardless of who's doing them. For instance, Ooooh, My Love by Vic Damone, 1958 (rescued from fake stereo), not to mention the 50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett performing Moon Guitar, and Burt himself performing Juanita's Place.
Then there are familiar Burt titles in unexpected versions, let's call them. Such as Do You Know the Way to San Jose and two others in 1969 Muzak treatments. No, make that one other, not two. Two Muzak treatments, and we're talking the actual outfit. That is, genuine Muzak. (Accept no imitations.)
Also... a fake version of Tower of Strength on the British Embassy label (sold by Woolworth's), and the Lettermen covering the Smith version of Baby It's You. Plus, two songs from Lost Horizon in Disney label versions. To the fun:
MOON GUITAR--50 Guitars of Tommy Garret, 1966. THE WORLD IS A CIRCLE--Arr. and Cond. by Buddy Baker, 1973. LIVING TOGETHER, GROWING TOGETHER--Same. AFTER THE FOX--Burt Bacharach, 1966. DO YOU KNOW THE WAY TO SAN JOSE--Denny Vaughan (For Muzak), 1969. TOWER OF STRENGTH (Bacharach-Hilliard)--Paul Rich, 1961. (Embassy label) THE LOOK OF LOVE--Phil Bodner (For Muzak), 1969. LET YOUR LOVE COME THROUGH--Shani Wallis, 1967. NIKKI (Bacharach)--The Burt Bacharach Orch. and Cho., 1966. JUANITA'S PLACE--Same, 1966. BABY IT'S YOU (Bacharach-Dixon-David)--The Lettermen, 1969. OOOOH, MY LOVE--Vic Damone w. Jimmy Carroll Orch., 1958.
There's nothing I love more than posting patriotic music, but I'm not in much of a July Fourth mood this Fourth. You see, like a lot of people, I expected our present President to do a great many things that he has not done (or, in some instances, has merely half-done). I knew when I voted for Obama that he was no progressive, and I've never placed much faith in his words--not, at least, since the D. Primary, during which he simultaneously promised 1) to push for universal health care and 2) to not require everyone to participate in his health care plan. Of course, 1) and 2) are mutually impossible, since "universal" means everyone. This was my first experience of O. changing his story to fit the audience. And not being the least bit careful about it. You know, as if no one would notice.
So, when he promises a troop withdrawal which doesn't amount to an actual troop withdrawal, he's being Obama As Usual. And when he shows such cruel and casual disregard for the rights and well-being of our soldiers, he's being Cheney As Usual. The GOP As Usual, even. Meaning that nothing has improved regarding our culture's perception of service members and their spouses and families as a sub-class to be stiffed (or turned into stiffs) without a second thought. As we all know, if the draft suddenly reappeared--i.e., if going off to die in Afghanistan and/or Iraq became an equal-opportunity possibility, the war(s) would be over really quick, what with the carnage no longer restricted to those we're willing to send in death's way. It's the truth, and we know it.
Meanwhile, and more than ever, rights and opportunities belong to those who can most afford them. Our founders may have been pompous blowhards with no concept of popular democracy as we conceive it, but they didn't want business in charge of government. They were smart--they knew the dangers involved. Or, name two big differences between our founders and us.
In a way, I wish our democracy was going to the dogs--canines, like cats, love people way more than people do. No, things are just dandy. That is, if you're rich--i.e., if you matter. I know we all dream of one day mattering, but really, what are the odds?
Like so many, I've been waiting years for things to become more humane and more fair in the U.S.A., or to even so much as drift in that direction. And I have no choice but to keep waiting. But I don't have to go through the motions of pretending that this place warrants the big pat on the back that is Independence Day. At one point, we had earned it, but somehow we forgot that blessings, if not properly honored and maintained, expire like everything else.
I do the hard work of restoring the 1920s shellac in question, I post them for free, and someone takes them to sell on Amazon. Gotta love the Net sometimes. So far, a Google search is telling me nothing about the thieves, save that their releases (they seem to have a number of them) are available at CD Universe as well as Amazon.
Thanks, Sinetone AMR. I really appreciate it. If this were another blog doing this to me, I could make a "blog eat blog" pun. (The pun's probably been done.)
Ha! I just noticed that the cover art for this pirated collection (above) reads "Smith Sacred Singers." Anyway, I guess I'll have to take my post down, since these folks have copyrighted it.
Howdy! I've been busy preparing extra music for today's service--we have a new minister and are minus a music director. So I'll be the organist and interim music director. And I'll juggle, too. No, wait--I don't have stereo vision. Forget the juggling.
That is to say, Sunday Morning Gospel will return next week, AND with a guest rip. By which I mean that Martin D. from Georgia has kindly provided two Looper Trio LPs for this blog, and of course both will be going up. (Thanks, Martin!) So... the Loopers are on their way.
And the technical issues I mentioned last post are not completely resolved. I'm almost there. I had to remove my Rhapsody program, which was slowing down my PC following the latest Rhapsody update. I did my best to avoid updating the thing, lest it end up doing just what it did, but the dang software gave me no option. (The update prompt refused to leave; when I tried to close it, it temporarily froze my HP.) Anyway, Rhapsody all gone, and I've decided to download some WAV-to-mp3 freeware, though I have yet to look for same. (Any suggestions?) This will mean exporting music files from my MAGIX to the converter program (minus the middle step of burning a CD-R), then assembling the mp3s into a zip file, and then uploading the zip to online storage.
Combine that with the fact that none of my three browsers are interacting (interfacing?) properly with Blogger, and welcome to my blogging world. On Google Chrome, my paragraphs double-space and I can't use bold font or change font size. On Mozilla, I can't make hyperlinks. On Internet Explorer, things are slower than 1965.
Yet, I soldier on. Why? Because I'm a blogger. And bloggers blog. It is our destiny.
(Update: I was just now able to use bold font and italics here in Google Chrome. There's hope....)