This week’s Old School Friday theme was difficult for me. According to Marvalus’ list, it is “Can’t find it on YouTube.” But here at my blog home, I decided that I would not embed any videos—from YouTube or elsewhere. So, for example, I link to audio files for OSF instead of posting video clips.
So—I am going to take bloggers’ prerogative and put my own spin on the theme. These are all songs that I had forgotten about and was reminded about after hearing on the radio…or that I had in a previous format (***cough***fortyfives***cough**) and had a hard time finding digital versions of…or that I just hadn’t listened to, for some reason, in a long time but then fell in love with all over again.
When I was a kid I loved “novelty songs.” And novelty songs featuring clips of current radio songs were at one time all the rage. A few monthas ago I heard Dickie Goodman’s “Superfly Meets Shaft” for the first time in decades. Would you believe I remembered the whole thing? I am not going to even talk about how well I remembered his songs based on Jaws and the energy crisis. No wonder I had a hard time learning German—these songs were taking up valuable real estate in my mind!
This Wynton song, “For Wee Folks,” from his album Black Codes from the Underground, was the first composition of his I had ever heard. I remember feeling like I might have to go back on the promise I made to my musician/wife of a musician late grandmother to never marry a musician myself. Because I swore that should I ever come face to face with Mr. Marsalis I would propose to him on the spot and invite him to be Mr. Scribe! Of course, decades later when I actually did come face to face with him—in a back hallway at Blues Alley when I was coming out of the ladies room and he was coming out from backstage—all I could manage to do is pat him on the back and marvel at how short he is. (Oh yeah—I guess another factor was that I was already married to someone else at the time!)
Deodata’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra” is one of those songs that always takes me back to my one of my parents’ parties in the 70s with their diverse group of graduate student/professor/therapist/musician/school teacher friends. My sister and I, prior to the party, would be in charge of helping to mix the wine punch, or chilling the Boone’s Farm, or setting the ashtrays strategically around our apartment for the funny little cigarettes with the strong smell. Once guests arrived, we would be in charge of greeting and collecting coats. But then we and any other children who came along with their parents would be banned to another part of the apartment to play while the grownups…did whatever they did. But at least we could still hear the sounds of Deodata!
Finally, as a child of the LP age, one of the main ways that I connected with music was through album covers. The covers for Aerosmith’s Toys in the Attic and for Funkadelic’s America Eats Its Young were two of the most memorable works of album art from my childhood. They are both also more than a little disturbing. (If you don’t remember them, Google them and see for yourself.) Even today, I can not listen to “Sweet Emotion” or “Loose Booty” without my mind bringing up the visuals from their respective album covers.
Well, this trip down memory lane has—as always—been amazing. But I just heard my kids’ alarm go off upstairs so I gotta get the grits on the stove and my coffee in my travel tumbler. Happy Old School Friday, everyone, and have a fantastic weekend!
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