Song of the Day – “Goodbye to Love” – The Carpenters

Oh, that voice! For all too short a time, we were lucky to have Karen Carpenter sing for us. As Linda Richman would say, “Her voice – it’s like buttah.”

Her poor self-image, which led, eventually, to her death from problems brought on by anorexia, was never evident on her recordings.

I daresay we will never hear her like again. These days, vocal quality is not as celebrated as it once was.

Song of the Day – “Mannish Boy” – Hindu Love Gods

Back in 1990, singer Warren Zevon teamed up with Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Bill Berry for a collection of covers under the name Hindu Love Gods. The most famous cut from this collaboration is a cover of Prince’s “Raspberry Beret”.

But most of the songs covered are old blues numbers by the likes of Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon. Listen to Peter Buck tear up the blues guitar on this tune – not “jangly” in the least!

Song of the Day – “Caldonia” – Louis Jordan

Louis Jordan and his boogie woogie was a precursor to rock. I’m sure though, that he would care nothing about that – he was primarily a showman, and didn’t seem too interested in pushing the boundaries of music.

Check out the moves! And what about those neon-lined instruments? Crazy!

Song of the Day – “All Over You” – Level 42

Of course, it’s no surprise that a song by Level 42 should have a great bass line, seeing as the songwriter/vocalist is bassist Mark King. But the drums and horns in this particular number are fantastic, also.

From 1995’s Forever Now.

Song of the Day – “New Music” Wednesday – “Heirloom” – Memoryhouse

Lovely song, lovely video by the Canadian duo known as Memoryhouse. This song is from their first full-length CD released earlier this year, The Slideshow Effect.

As far as I can tell, Denise Nouvion and Evan Abeele do not actually appear in the video – commenters identify the young woman as Tina Aumont. If that’s true, the footage is from the ‘60s, since Aumont passed away in 2006 at the age of 60.

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

The Eagles

This song finished out the first side of the album Hotel California, released in late 1976.

I can hear the youngsters saying “Albums? Sides?”, Yes, we had to physically turn the album over to play the rest of the songs. Uphill. Both ways.

.

Joe Jackson

From 2008’s Rain.

Many of the comments on YouTube proclaim Jackson’s musical genius. I won’t disagree.

Song of the Day – “Someday We’ll Be Together” – The Supremes

A couple of years ago, I mentioned how it would be possible to do a David Bowie Song of the Day, and last several months. Now imagine how easy it would be to do a Motown Song of the Day!

Johnny Bristol, composer of the song, originally brought it to Motown to be recorded by Jr. Walker and the All-Stars (!). But Berry Gordy decided it would be better as Diana Ross’ first solo track, and then, after it was recorded without Mary Wilson and Cindy Birdsong, released it as the Supremes’ final song anyway.

By the way, that’s composer Bristol singing words of encouragement and harmony in the background. Seems Ross’ first take wasn’t confident enough, and when the engineer recorded Bristol singing along to help her, they liked it so much they kept it.