Thursday, April 06, 2017
Music to perk up your day--"Television Moon," and more
"I'll see your picture, my love, over here in my Television Moon.
I'll dream that you're by my side--a charming, blushing bride.
So make your plans, my love, for a wedding some day in June.
We'll be happy then, my love, underneath our Television Moon."
Television Moon, 1953
I've owned Television Moon for a number of years, and I still can't figure out exactly what it's about. I mean, if the singer is talking about imagining the face of his fiance in the Moon, why call it a "television" moon? Some early TV tubes were round like the Moon, but.... Suffice it to say, this one stumps me. But it perks me up, too! I have no idea why. Stump, perk--what's the difference?
And we have three perky sides by Billy Murray, the earliest from 1906. I deleted Billy from a previous playlist due to zip file space, but I left his name in the post heading, causing a little confusion. (Don't you like the way "I screwed up" becomes "caused a little confusion"?) But he's here this time, unless his tracks manage to sneak out of the zip file or something. Marimba is a favorite from childhood--it was in the first 78 rpm album I ever owned (previously my great-grandmother's). I reckon I hadn't heard it in nearly 50 years (!) prior to finding this copy, and I'm a little surprised at how risque the lyrics are. Went over my 9-year-old head. Probably a good thing.
Other perky picks include the 1951 Alarm Clock Boogie, which I'd bet the farm was produced by Ray Conniff, because of the drowned-in-echo vocal "tick tock" effects and the ringing alarm clock--very restrained and subtle stuff. (I love Conniff!) Notice how the overall sound breaks up when the latter effect is added in, as if the mix were being overloaded. Overall, this side is an interesting experiment that almost didn't come off.
Georgie Shaw's Honeycomb predates Jimmie Rodger's hit version by four years. (Wikipedia dates the Shaw at 1954, but it's 1953.) It was written by Bob (How Much Is That Doggie in the Window) Merrill.
And... two 1915 bagpipe records. Think I'm kidding? You won't when they start playing. Amazingly well recorded for the day, and pretty catchy. Speed them up a little, add some banjos, and you'd have early country.
And after you hear all these, you will feel perked up, or your money back. Of course, these were free....
To the perky picks: Television Moon, and other songs to perk up your day.
Television Moon (Albert H. Monday)--Diane Richards w. Red Reese and His Orch., prob. 1953
Honeycomb (Bob Merrill)--Georgie Shaw w. the Jimmy Leyden Singers, 1953
Alarm Clock Boogie--Billy Briggs with String Band, 1951 (Conniff production?)
Cheyenne (Cowboy Song)--Billy Murray, 1906
Marimba (Sweet Marimba Mine)--Billy Murray, 1920
Down by the O-HI-O--Billy Murray-Victor Roberts, 1920
Scotch Bagpipe Medley--No. 1--Lovat Bagpipe Band of N.Y. (with Harry Lauder Co.), 1915
Scotch Bagpipe Medley--No. 2--Same
Come Take a Trip in My Airship--J.W. Meyers, 1904
Arkansas Traveler--Square Dance--Shorty McCoy and his Southern Playboys, 1941
Dixie's Favorite Son--Paul Whiteman Orch., 1924
My Teardrops Fall on Daddy's Cheek--Diane Richards w. Red Reese and His Orch., prob. 1953