This is an ear-worm from my childhood that I never knew the name of, just one of those cheesy instrumentals from the late 50’s and early 60’s that played everywhere, all the time. When I was fiddling with some Eastern sampled instruments a few years back it’s the melody that came to hand, and I put it in 5/4, recorded a quick version and sent it off to some friends for a laugh.
I just happened across it again today, and was inspired to share it with you. The tune? “The Theme from A Summer Place” which, according to StereoGum, “ended up dominating the Billboard Hot 100 for a good chunk of 1960, selling more records than any other single that year and, for good measure, winning the Grammy for Record Of The Year… It is the most popular instrumental song in history.” Will it now be the surprise reprise of the Summer of 2019?! Share it with your friends, make something go viral, baby!
5 years ago, when our son was 9 years old, he became interested in writing music and songs. He was a very good beat-boxer, and a fearless vocalist, but he didn’t know how to play any instruments. That’s where I came in. He would tell me the tempo, help select a drum loop, sing me the guitar and/or keyboard parts and I’d play them until he’d say “yeah, that’s it” and we’d record it. He worked fast – most songs were completed in one or two hours. Once all the tracks were laid down, he would improvise a vocal – usually one take. He had the outline of the lyrics in mind before starting the recording, but never wrote them down, and it was apparent that he was just letting them flow as he sang them. This is one of the quieter songs he wrote:
He also designed and made the cover art for his albums. We did 3 releases together before he decided he wanted to learn how to write music all on his own, and since then he writes all his melodies and arrangements inside the computer. No more Dad 🙁
“Great Again!” got a whirlwind of postings/repostings via Facebook, BandCamp and SoundCloud, and it’s just been released on Spotify, iTunes, and other heavyweight commercial carriers. It was also featured on the redoubtable Dr. Demento Show 🙂
Since the song’s release, Mr. Trump has gone so much further than was thought possible, and he may well have killed off the idea of irony. Oh my stars…
I’m very busy writing music these days, and will be posting new songs and musical works pretty much every week on Soundcloud. There’ll be something for everyone, even lovers of the ancient outmoded ironic.
This week’s piece is a lovely, mysterious and sad bit of soundtrack, titled “Doubt”. Put it on loop and let it play in the background for a while…
With this year’s resistable rise of Mr. T(rump), I got inspired by the question “What do women see in him?”. Some lyrics soon followed, then a melody, now a recording. The Bandcamp player on the left allows High Fidelity downloads, the Soundcloud player on the right gives Good Enough fidelity – either way allows sharing:
The song hearkens back to the songwriting style of The Bobs, though this time it ain’t acapella. Kind of a Goldfinger-y big band 60’s pop vibe. Old pal Laurie Amat (famed as an avant-gardist, collaborator with The Residents, and singer of overall repute) signed on to be the lead singer, and delivered big-time, with a big, bold, brassy sound. You can share it, post it, download it – it’s yours to keep as our gift to you!
With all the political stormclouds hanging over us, a bit of levity is in order. And some understanding – people seem to want desperately to be saved, in a big way, a romantic way, an impossible way. Their yearnings aren’t wrong, but the object of their affection – This year’s Mr. T – is some kind of awful.
Special big thanks to Dann Fink, Richard Bob Greene, and Joshua Raoul Brody for valuable input/feedback/help in the writing and production of Great Again!