Sounds of Sunday – Jolene

July 3, 2016

And from NPR some years ago:

“One night, I was on stage, and there was this beautiful little girl — she was probably 8 years old at the time,” Parton says. “And she had this beautiful red hair, this beautiful skin, these beautiful green eyes, and she was looking up at me, holding, you know, for an autograph. I said, ‘Well, you’re the prettiest little thing I ever saw. So what is your name?’ And she said, ‘Jolene.’ And I said, ‘Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. Jolene.’ I said, ‘That is pretty. That sounds like a song. I’m going to write a song about that.'”

The story of the song itself is inspired by a red-headed teller at Parton’s bank who flirted a lot with Parton’s husband.

“She got this terrible crush on my husband,” Parton says. “And he just loved going to the bank because she paid him so much attention. It was kinda like a running joke between us — when I was saying, ‘Hell, you’re spending a lot of time at the bank. I don’t believe we’ve got that kind of money.’ So it’s really an innocent song all around, but sounds like a dreadful one.”


Sounds of Sunday – upbeat girls singing about birds

June 26, 2016

I don’t know anything about the Be Good Tanyas but I adore this cute little song. I see the chords are online so I can add it into my ukulele repertoire! Yay!

So, about the band – they’re Canadian, which is pretty much all I knew:

Alt folk trio The Be Good Tanyas have achieved cult status since the band’s luminous debut Blue Horse, an album named one of 2002’s top 50 releases by Q magazine (UK), firmly established the group on the Americana music scene. With subsequent releases, Chinatown and Hello Love, the band has met with ever growing critical and fan acclaim, garnering 4 star reviews in Rolling Stone and MOJO magazine and selling out concert halls across North America and Europe.

Frazey Ford, Trish Klein and Samantha Parton; three women with gorgeous, haunting and plaintive voices accompanied by rustic, sparse and soulful instrumentation, high lonesome harmonies, and intelligent song-writing.

This song is on the Blue Horse album. I love it!

Sounds of Sunday – iTunes shuffle

June 12, 2016

Since I don’t have anything in particular I feel like picking, I’ll let iTunes shuffle through my collection of tunes and if there’s a Youtube link or similar I can throw in to match it, I’ll throw it in. Three tunes, just to make it interesting.

The song just finishing – Guantanamera done by Afrocubism.

AfroCubism is the long-awaited collaboration between Cuban and Malian musicians meant to take place when the Buena Vista Social Club was born, a “collaboration well worth the wait,” says The New Yorker. The New York Times describes it as “a rich yet subtle fusion of African and Cuban sounds.” The Guardian calls it “an elegant, gently exquisite album”; the Observer says it’s “a delight.” Includes the exclusive Nonesuch Store bonus track “Keme Bourama.”


It’s lyrical and relaxing and makes me sway and hum along, as I’ve heard the song a few times by other people but they put such an interesting melodical extra level into it and make it really nice.

Briggs’ Corn Shucking Jig / Camptown Hornpipe – Carolina Chocolate Drops

I’ve been playing my ukulele a lot lately. There’s a meet-up in town that I’m going to check out and meet some other players. One I know already, which is how I found out about the group. I’d loaned the Little Man’s ukulele to a different friend from work (with his permission) for her daughter to try. She let me know about Yousician which I hadn’t heard of. The iTunes version has ukulele lessons, guitar, bass and piano was on it. Long story. The Man has a bass he’s been wanting to learn so I think he’ll have to give it a try, too. He’s also said that he’d be interested in a banjo. They’re pretty pricey but maybe it’s possible to try renting one first. He has a lot of little percussion things, too, but none of those clickety stick things used in this song.

In early 2012, Grammy award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops released their studio album Leaving Eden (Nonesuch Records) produced by Buddy Miller. The traditional African-American string band’s album was recorded in Nashville…

With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago.


— then an interlude track from Prefuse 73’s Extinguished Outtakes [EP] which I will quote but won’t count as a song:

But, but, uh, uh
We made a dance and it was an
I mean the the thing was really
It was, it was like a, uh, uh

Cultural, uh, orgasm
You know that’s what it was
You know and uh and uh…

One from the Man’s collection — “Multi-genre specialist who releases music under the aliases Prefuse 73, Delarosa & Asora, Ahmad Szabo, and Piano Overlord, and is also part of the groups Savath y Savalas, Risil, Diamond Watch Wrists, and Sons Of The Morning.” (via)

Last of the series — Mike Plume Band: Simplify from their Song and Dance, Man album. I’m not finding it on Youtube but many other songs are there and I’m very excited to learn now that they’re coming to Saskatoon in July!!! Hot Damn! That ukulele friend from work put me onto him some years ago; she lent me her entire collection and I was glad of it. I really like everything I’ve heard. He’s so Canadian.

(Which I’ll dedicate now to the memory of Gordie Howe. Goodbye, Mr. Hockey.)

Sounds of Sunday – classic Canadian comedy

June 5, 2016

The Arrogant Worms and Jesus’ Brother Bob. Look them up if you haven’t heard of them before. Their other songs are pretty good, too.

Sounds of Sunday – a duet

May 29, 2016

Lannigan’s solo stuff gets a lot of play at the house but I quite like the sound of his gruff voice paired with Isobel Campbell. I hadn’t heard of her before; I’ll have to try her other music and see what that’s like.

Sounds of Sunday – Bahamas Pajamas

October 19, 2014

I never knew of this guy, but the Man’s younger sister has Joe Scruggs on VHS and I’ve seen it a few times since we started going to his folks’ for visits. There are also a lot of Barney vids still at the house, too, but the Man and I agree – this is so much better…

Sounds of Sunday – Devil went down to Georgia

October 12, 2014

A two for one special: Devil came back to Georgia, apparently… I was unaware. But it’s Johnny Cash singing much of it, which is cool.