Tag Archives: Songs

Twisted on Tax Day

My tax analyst told me that the song Twisted , the closer for Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark , was actually a late 50’s tune redone by Joni. Here’s the original by Hendricks, Lambert, & Ross : And here’s Joni’s … Continue reading

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More on picking

Back in the early 80’s I would always try to alternate pick strokes down/up or up/down. By the 90’s I incorporated sweep picking down and up (even if only two adjacent strings) along with inside picking. Recently I’ve been working … Continue reading

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How copyright conflict led to some great music

The U.K. copyright holder for Rudyard Kipling’s The Road To Mandalay wouldn’t let Frank Sinatra release his swinging version of it on Come Fly With Me so he recorded Chicago to replace it in the British Empire release. Frank tells … Continue reading

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Rules for Song Lyric sheets

It always irks me to see proper school-taught punctuation in song lyrics – it never matches the song phrasing or breath pattern. At best, it doesn’t reveal if there are pauses for effect. I like to put commas in lyrics where the pauses … Continue reading

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New Old Genre: Black Irish Southern Rock?

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Day In Day Out – now with Triplets!

A great version of Day In Day Out, Frank Sinatra: From Frank Sinatra – A Man and His Music + Ella + Jobim. Arrangement by Nelson Riddle, go figure.

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Steel Drums

Back in 1975 I worked the El Chico nacho stand at The State Fair Of Texas, right in front of Big Tex. One of the highlights of everyday was listening to a steel drum orchestra from Trinidad and Tobago.

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Best Songs Of All Time?

For the past week J-Walk has been asking his readers to nominate the best songs of all time, in various categories. There are lots of great performances of great songs to be found in the comments. Yesterday the category was … Continue reading

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It’s R&B time – Ain’t No Sunshine

The bar-band classic: I know, I know, I know you’ve probably heard it played too loud, too many times – but it’s nice hearing the original artist playing it with a small band.

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Saturday Night: Private Party

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