The Songs That People Sing

First let's hear somebody sing me a record that cries pure and true

Month: February, 2010

My Current Obsession

is Miles Davis.  The tone of that horn, it’s Davis’ voice and it’s equal to Marvin or Aretha or Scott Walker.  So beautiful, and unique.

It’s not simply about jazz though.  Bitches Brew is so harsh in places Mark E Smith could start singing over the top and you wouldn’t find it wrong.

He could be slick too.  Here’s a great version of Jacko’s Human Nature.  And yes it’s slick, but it’s also gorgeous.

Sweet Soul Music

A lovely smooth vocal duo that lift this song from being simply a good one to greatness.  The arrangement is lovely, the rhythms shifting under the vocals beautifully.  Nice stuff.

Milton Wright

I’ve posted some Milton Wright, brother to Betty,  before now; you might know him from his Northern Soul classic The Gallup, or it’s vocal version I Belong To You.  But this is from his 70s output.  This track is from an album called Spaced from about ’77.  I picked it up from some blog somewhere, but hadn’t really listened to it until just recently.  The problem of having so much music to listen to, “Oh my god there’s so much, I’ll just listen to The Jam.  Again!”

This album is a lovely little slice of jazzy funk, like a more groovy Terry Callier and this track in particular is gorgeous.  And listen to the main riff in the song:  reminds me of something, and I’m thinking The Style Council, or Van circa Into The Music.


* The album might be found here.  And remember to say thanks!!

Walking In Rhythm

I was reading this today, and one of the things I love about Pelecanos is his use of music in his books.  At one point in the book Walking In Rhythm by The Blackbyrds is mentioned.   And since then, all day long it’s been going around and around my head.  So when I got home I wanted to hear it.  And guess what?  I don’t own it.  I’m sure I used to, so God knows where it ended up.  Or maybe it’s just that I know it so well from hearing it on the radio that I thought I owned it but never bought it.  So it’s a youtube job!!

What a tune, lovely and smooth.

But isn’t it funny how many tunes there are that we just know in our heads.  I could probably go for years without needing to listen to The Jam or The Clash or The Beatles or Motown, because they’re there, in my mind, like the original Ipod!

See Those Eyes

I’ve had an 80s playlist on the go on the Ipod this week. I do sometimes forget how much I loved Altered Images. It’s not just The Grogan, it’s the songs. So much music from that time still doesn’t sound like anything else before or after. Even when you hear where those early 80s bands were coming from. It was my time I guess, and I’m never going to get past the fact that my musical obsessions began back in the early 80s.