Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Here's To You-1967

Hamilton Camp started off in the folk world as Bob Camp and was part of a duo on Elektra with Bob Gibson, but he is more well known as a character actor on 70's TV shows such as Mary Tyler Moore, WKRP, Soap, Three's Company and MASH. I can't remember where I first heard this song, 'Here's To You' but I immediately loved it. Written by Camp it features a pitch perfect arrangement by Felix Pappalardi. And Camp really opens up and sings the hell out of the song. I love the scat refrain between verses. The whole record is worth checking out- it features great players like Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer Jr., Van Dyke Parks, Bud Shank and Larry Knechtel.  An mp3 of the album can be purchased here.


Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Too High To See My P.O.V.

The recent film adaptation of J.G. Ballard's High-Rise exceeded all my expectations- it's that rarity, a great film of a great novel.  Viewers should be forewarned that it definitely helps to have at least a cursory knowledge of J.G. Ballard's ideas, but even better to have read the book in question, before seeing the film.  The film does an amazing job of maintaining the 1970's futurism of the book (a future just there round the corner, subtle and insidious) without being overburdened by too many typical 70's cliches. And at the very least you Madmen fans get to see what happened to Peggy in the 1970's.

I haven't felt one way or the other about Tom Hiddleston's acting until now (I guess I found his character in Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive slightly annoying-maybe it was just all the hipster short hand) but he does a great job in High-Rise.  He also does a fine job in the the Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light, which I saw the day after High-Rise. Though my Dad, who is from Shreveport and saw Hank Williams more than once on the Louisiana Hayride, did comment that Hank never smiled on stage, still he was impressed overall by the performance as well.

What does any of this have to do with Van Morrison's St. Dominic's Preview?  Not sure, probably only makes sense in the windmills of my mind, though there is a Hank Williams reference in the song along with strong feelings of alienation and imagery that might suggest decadence deriving from imminent societal breakdown- see High-Rise.  Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it. 

I have an idea for a mix forming in my mind based around recent re-readings of Conrad's Heart of Darkness (if its been a while since you've read this, I hadn't since high school, reread it, Conrad was an amazing stylist) Barry Gifford's Port Tropique and the biography Savage Harvest about Michael Rockefeller's disappearance among the Asmat tribes in New Guinea. Everything is up in the air with me these days so the mix it may or may not happen, for now here are pieces of a puzzle to put together, or puzzle over or ignore.


Shammy cleaning all the windows
Singing songs about Edith Piaf's soul
And I hear blue strains of non regrette rien
Across the street from Cathedral Notre Dame

Meanwhile back in San Francisco
We're trying hard to make this whole thing blend
As we sit upon this jagged
Storey block, with you my friend
And it's a long way to Buffalo
It's a long way to Belfast city too
And I'm hoping that Joyce won't blow the hoist
'Cause this town, they bit off more than they can chew.
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
All the orange boxes are scattered
Against the safeway's supermarket in the rain
And everybody feels so determined
Not to feel anyone else's pain
No one's making no commitments
To anybody but themselves
Talkin' behind closed doorways
Tryin' to get outside, get outside of empty shells
And for every cross cuttin' country corner, country corner
For every Hank Williams railroad train that cried
And all the chains, badges, flags and emblems
And every strain on brain and every eye
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
And the restaurant tables are completely covered
The record company has paid out for the wine
You got everything in the world you ever wanted
Right about now your face should wear a smile
That's the way it all should happen
When you're in, when you're in the state you're in
You've got your pen and notebook ready
I think it's about time, time for us to begin
And meanwhile we're over in a 52nd Street apartment
Socializing with the wino few
Just to be hip and get wet with the jet set
But they're flying too high to see my point of view
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
As we gaze out on, as we gaze out on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
See them freedom marching
Out on the street, freedom marching
Saint Dominic's Preview
Out in the street
Look at the man
Turn around
Come back, come back
Turn around
Look at the man
Says hold on
Saint Dominic's Preview
Saint Dominic's Preview
Says hold me in
Saint Dominic's Preview
Written by Van Morrison • Copyright © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Monday, July 18, 2016

Kid Dream Hid In The Leaves

"Drive the cattle through that silver wall"

Wimberley, Tx

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Helter Skelter In The Summer Swelter

Click to Download That Summer Feeling Mix

Tensions simmered when Don McLean briefly succeeded in having "The Bunch" arrested for their version of American Pie, rumor had it he was most disappointed in his old flame Alice.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Not You Or I

S.F.- Wm 2013

This and more from the archive

Coit Tower-Wm 2013

Wednesday, June 29, 2016