Lazy Sunday (yawwwnnn) ~ Sunday Song Series

 

Would it be lazy for me just to say?

• I don’t know about you, folks, but I’m feeling lazy this Sunday…

Would it be lazy for me just to say?

• !t’s now Week #53 of our Sunday Song Series…

Would it be lazy for me just to say?

• Check out the Small Faces performing Lazy Sunday…

Would it be lazy for me just to say?

• See ya back here 7 days from now for our next Sunday Song!

YEP! Till then, I’ll be working on waking up my normally great work ethic!

 

 

 

 

 

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September Songs

One of my most cherished, technically challenging, recording studio projects, ever, transpired on this very day in 2002. I owed my project’s success, in part, to being under the creative influence of…

Jose Feliciano: 8-time Grammy Award winner / musician / singer / composer
Sir George Martin: record producer / trailblazing, recording studio wizard / 5th Beatle
Mike O’Brien: DJ / poet / critical thinker (wellknown to Michigan’s 60s Era hippies)

To tell you my story, I need to tell you their stories…

Mike O’Brien had worked in an era where FM jocks were free to program their own music… free to speak their own minds, too. Both his musical and ideological tastes were frequently in tune with my own. Unbeknownst to him, he’d even played a minor role in my choosing broadcast arts as my college major.

He worked the 6 to 9 p.m., M-F gig and, along about 8:55 each night, concluded his broadcasts by playing two Jose Feliciano covers of Lennon / McCartney compositions… the instrumental Here, There and Everywhere [HTE] followed by the vocal In My Life [IML] (both of these tracks culled from the same album… titled Feliciano!).

His DJ MO: With HTE faded low, he’d [1] open up the talk-over mic to deliver his heartfelt, spoken interpretation of IML’s lyrics, [2] wish his listeners a goodnight, and [3] cross-fade / segue to track, fully, thru IML. In time… for reasons unknown… he stopped playing HTE. Perhaps he’d accidentally damaged / rendered un-listenable one of the record library’s, vinyl album copies?

Within two years… again, for reasons unknown… on a late September, Friday evening, O’Brien aired his farewell broadcast. Fortuitously, I had my monaural Sony TC-100 tape recorder rolling… a device (about the size of a Classic Star Trek tricorder) that boasted a fairly respectable frequency range of 50 – 10,000 hertz. Not bad, considering the snail’s pace tape speed of  4.7625 centimeters per second / 1.875 inches per second! Additionally, since I had also purchased that era’s state-of-the-art, Scotch brand, blank cassettes, I was assured sound quality par excellence.

Fast forwarding to 1995… with my own vinyl copy of Feliciano! now stylus damaged / rendered un-listenable, I was thrilled to discover an available CD reissue. However… one OH NO moment did reveal itself during the initial playback. AGAIN…for reasons unknown… reasons that defied all reason… In My Life’s ending had been radically shortened.

It was within that same era that the three surviving Beatles, courtesy of a recording studio, high tech exhumation, had been reunited with their old bandmate, the late John Lennon! How bittersweet that must’ve felt. Although the longtime Beatles producer, George Martin, had not been in charge, undoubtedly, his flair for trailblazing studio wizardry had rubbed off on co-producers Jeff Lynne and JPGR. Their project had resulted in the first new Beatles studio recordings since the band broke up in 1970… namely… Real Love and Free As A Bird. None of this would’ve been possible without Lennon’s home demo cassettes, which, ultimately, breathed new life into his old recordings. All in all, the word extraordinary does come to mind.

Fast forewarding to this day in 2002… It was while reminiscing about those long gone FM radio days of 1970, that it suddenly occurred to me that I possessed all the source material, audio gear and know-how necessary to produce an extraordinary recording of my own. As I brainstormed the procedure, it kinda / sorta felt like I was treading upon Sir George’s hallowed turf.

My Mission: To recreate / restore / enhance the last five minutes of Mike O’Brien’s final broadcast and simultaneously restore the musical measures missing from the Feliciano! CD reissue. The individual parts of the source material could all be played off each other… wind up complementing each other.

My DJ MO: engage my audio mixer to [1] playback the monaural cassette where O’Brien recites the IML poem while mixing in the absent HTE track (at a decibel level he would’ve chosen), [2] wait for O’Brien to cross-fade to IML, [3] at that point, seamlessly cross-fade my synchronized CD copy of IML (to eliminate the FM hiss / static, improve the signal to noise ratio and expand the frequency range), [4] execute a second seamless cross-fade back to the monaural cassette to restore the CD’s missing, song concluding measures and [5] utilize the finished master to burn a CD copy.

My Results: Sound-wise… my sector of the universe was, once more, in balance… everything back in its proper place! There were even a few hints of the very FM hiss / static, which accompanied O’Brien’s last show… so long ago. And somehow, even extraneous noise made it seem all the more real! Project-wise… all in all, the word extraordinary does come to mind.

My wish: For you to hear My Results. However, at present, that wish is not possible to fulfill. Even so… it’s still possible for us to get Jose Feliciano’s cover of In My Life into our lives. Play Back and Enjoy!

 

 

 

Dedicated to Friday the 13th Full Moon Watchers

The last time a Friday the 13th Full Moon was visible within the United States was way back on October the 13th, 2000.

Our musical selection, Santana’s Full Moon, admittedly, doesn’t come anywhere near to playing into the triskaidekaphobic’s trepidation surrounding this somewhat rare, awe inspiring, celestial event… BUT… speaking now as both a professional pragmatist and amateur astronomer (who’s been around for many moons) let me assure everyone… knock on wood… that venturing forth into the great outdoors, to view a Friday the 13th Full Moon, is far, Far, FAR less threatening to our mental / emotional / physical well-being than attending a truly scary, Trump rally from HELL!

Just sayin’…

 

 

 

 

WOW! Has it really been 1 FULL year?

Here’s today’s 4 – 1 – 1…

Program: Sunday Song Series
Installment: Week #52!
Recording Artists: Diego Roots
Selection Title: Sunday Morning
Sunday Songs Archive: found @Home Page
Categories Menu “1-SundaySongSeries”
Parting Words:

Hard to believe 365 (technically 364) days have elapsed since we all set forth upon our musical journey together. Back in September ’18, the prospect of discovering 52 Sunday titled songs wasn’t even remotely on my mind. As far as encoring today’s feat between now and September ’20? Well… this might require relaxing my rules a bit… our possible new options…

• Our featured artists would be performing stellar covers of Sunday Songs we’ve already listened to.

• We’d no longer be limited to Sunday titles, exclusively. To e.g. that… the Commodores recorded “Easy” featuring the lyrical hook, “I’m easy like Sunday morning.”

• Another possibility would be to present selections that have absolutely no lyrical references to Sunday at all.

In any event… I can still muster a few more Sunday Song titles and for us to give ‘em a listen will require you and me meeting back here… seven days from now. See ya then?

 

 

 

 

RU In the Mood for “FOWL Language” that’s NOT NSFW?

Please Note: No actual hens were harmed during the production of this blog.

 

In a world where it sometimes seems that we’ve forgotten how to laugh, I hope we’re still In the Mood to get a little bit silly.

In our above clip, we see (l – r) Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett… comedians / actors all… performing their spoof of a spoof… namely… their interpretation of Ray Stevens‘ 1977 pop / novelty song… In the Mood. From the Warner Bros. record label we discover his house band… uh… henhouse band… is officially known as (what else?) The Henhouse Five Minus Too (btw, “Too” is no typo).

Ask any music aficionado and (s)he’ll tell you, In the Mood is the toe tapping, Big Band era classic, which Glenn Miller had popularized in 1940… to the tune of charting 13 weeks at #1!

For the serious and/or curious amongst my readers, let’s hear how Mr. Miller had originally intended this hit song to be orchestrated. To set up this clip…

We could learn much from Forties Era folks. In spite of WW-II, note how they were still able to temporarily abandon their troubles at the Dance Hall doors. Suffice to day, when it came down to experiencing a few moments of joy… wait for the punchline… they had not chickened out! It’s a sure bet that they had not forgotten how to laugh, either!

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Marley & The Wailers Pay Us A Sunday Morning Visit

 

The 4-1-1

Program: Sunday Song Series
Installment: Week #51
Recording Artists: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Selection Title: Sunday Morning
Original Release Year: 1966
Genre: Reggae
Impressive Discography: Click Here
Historical Account: Click Here
Trivia: This is this Series’ 10th Sunday a.m. song title
My Recommendation: Mellow Out

Acknowledgment: My gratitude and props to audio engineer Tom
Moulton for his soncially dynamic, stereo remix and videographer
and researcher Steven Bogarat for his smartly edited pictorial band
history. All in all… an ear pleasing and eye catching job well done!

Sunday Songs Archive: @Home Page Categories Menu “1-SundaySongSeries”
Parting Words: You’re invited back for our next Sunday Song… 7 days from now…

 

 

Parmalee’s Performance: Par Excellence! (Sunday Song)

Fast Facts:

Program: Sunday Song Series
Episode: Week #50
Recording Artists: Parmalee
Selection Title: Sunday Morning
Genre: Country
Trivia: This is this Series’ 9th Sunday a.m. song title
Recommendation: Playback and unwind
Sunday Songs Archive: access @ site category “1-SundaySongSeries”
Invitation: Please return for another Sunday Song… seven days from now…