Song of the Day – “Fun” – Sly and the Family Stone

When I party
I party hearty

My wish for you on this last day of 2011 is that, when you party hearty, you also party safely, so we can all be here for 2012.


Song of the Day – “More Today Than Yesterday” – Spiral Starecase

Ah, the days of the one-hit wonder! When albums started to dominate over singles, then you would think that one-hit wonders would become a thing of the past. After all, OHWs are a product of the “single” mentality. AM radio certainly cared more about singles than albums, and as AM started to fade. MTV came along to help bolster the single, often to the detriment of the album.

Are there still one-hit wonders? I’m sure there are, but in the fractured scene that is the music business today, I doubt that they will have the staying power of those sweet songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s like this one.

Song of the Day – “Waitress” – Jane Siberry

I happen to have a young Canadian friend who’s a waitress, but she probably is not familiar with this song from Canadian chanteuse Jane Siberry (although she’s probably familiar with the thoughts of the waitress in the song).

From 1983’s No Borders Here.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “It’s Real”

Real Estate

This Jersey band really likes their dogs. Which is cool.

From their second album, 2011’s Days.

Song of the Day – “Name’s the same” Tuesday – “Nightingale”

Norah Jones

We’ll turn Song of the Day over to a couple of female singer-songwriters today.

The first owes a lot to the second, as where would Norah Jones be without artists like Carole King and Joni Mitchell to lead the way?

Norah proves she’s not the most dynamic performer in this video, but the song suits her style.


Carole King

What can one say about Carole King? She came out of the “Tin Pan Alley” stable of songwriters, where she and partner Gerry Goffin went into the office every day to write songs for everybody under the sun. Then she made one of the best-selling albums of all time, Tapestry. And yet today it seems like she’s all but forgotten. Damn shame.

Song of the Day – “Christmas with the Devil” – Spinal Tap

The elves are dressed in leather
And the angels are in chains
The sugar plums are rancid
And the stockings are in flames

There’s a demon in my belly
And a gremlin in my brain
There’s someone up the chimney hole
And Satan is his name

A little light-hearted tune from Nigel, David and Derek to help you with the post-Christmas blues.

Song of the Day – “The Nutcracker Suite” – Les Brown and His Band of Renown

Les Brown and His Band of Renown were Bob Hope’s “house band”, performing with him for almost 50 years. Here they serve up a jazzy instrumental of those familiar melodies from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite.

Merry Christmas!