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 – 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.

Question of Atheist Scruples – the gift

May 28, 2016

I’m a fan of old pop songs but by all the Flying Spaghetti Monster calls noodly goodness, this song is.. well.. icky. A girl dumps him and all he can think is to insult her for it. Maybe that’s part of the reason she called it quits in the first place, boyo…

Indian Giver is a culturally insensitive phrase and adding powwow drum noise into the mix isn’t making this song any better. NPR gave a rundown on the history of the term which can be read here. (They also report this song made it to #5 on the charts at the time.)

Moving on:

You buy a gift for an employee who has done extra work. Your spouse finds it and raves about finally getting a present from you without a reason. Do you admit the truth?

If I have employees and can afford to give them odd little bonuses for jobs well done, I can probably afford to buy another and let my dear keep the first one. Maybe I’d be tempted to omit the truth but I think honesty would win out in the end and I’d confess who I’d really bought the little thing for. But I’d also feel like crap for not thinking to get my dear something sweet and unexpected before this point and apologize for the oversight, promising to make it up to him somehow. Probably with a barbecue or hot sauce as yet untried…

Pop culture references to gifts gone awry — 

That scene from Love Actually with the found jewelry and the realization on Emma Thompson’s face when her actual gift winds up being a Joni Mitchell cd. I’d be pretty upset, too. Albeit for different reasons – I can’ t stand Joni Mitchell.

Gift of the Magi, the classic tale of two impoverished people each giving up something they treasure in order to please the other person with a surprise. She sells all her hair to get a watch chain and he sells his watch to buy her hair combs. Spoiler alert?

And Slashfilm offers up a fun list, with videos, of other movies featuring gift-giving.

Friday night movie night – the devil and…

October 10, 2014

In theme with the whole satan kind of thing going on at the blog this weekend, the Devil and Daniel Mouse is available in its entirety on Youtube. For now, anyway. Damn, fond memories of this little show. Watched it every time it was on when I was a kid, got the novelization, and tried my damnedest to learn how to play the songs that accompanied the book from the show. I was unsuccessful. Enjoy!

Sounds of Sunday – Dark Cabaret

October 5, 2014

I’ve listened to this set of songs several times through now. I love them. They’re delightful and lovely and gritty and hummable. That’s all I can say. I’ll have to find more music by the artists and hear what else they’ve done.

Sounds of Sunday – Sixto Rodriguez

September 28, 2014

Legendary singer-songwriter Rodriguez will return to Australia in October and November to play headline shows in Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide and two shows at the Opera House in Sydney.

After his two albums – 1969’s Cold Fact and 1971’s Coming from Reality – went unnoticed in America, Rodriguez eventually turned his efforts elsewhere, earning a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Wayne State University, running for political office and working construction and factory jobs to support his family.

Now Rodriguez is enjoying a revival after been “rediscovered” by the Oscar Award winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man in 2012 and will be touring Australia for the fourth time since 2007. Although the film focuses on the singer-songwriter cult following in South Africa, Rodriguez also had a significant fanbase in Australia…