Monday, January 3, 2011

1000 SONGS - DAY 11: SONGS # 29 & 30

Day 29 - A song from your childhood

Tom Jones was all around my childhood; here is a version of "Green Green Grass of Home" a song I remember that I have come to know through Tom
Then, there is this New-Orleans-style song "IKO IKO" that has been recorded by so many artists. I first heard it(in the time that ideally separates childhood from adulthood - called puberty) as rendered by Malcom John (Mac) Rebenack, who named himself "Dr. John" after a legendary "Voodoo Priest" from New Orleans (19th century). Dr. John (the musician) also wrote a song on Marie LaVeaux, the famous "Voodoo Queen" and one that is an incantation of various lwas and orisha. Here is Iko Iko, as recorded by Mac Rebenack way back in 1972. Hopefully, it stays on Youtube for some time (it is a traditional tune, should be public domain, so wtf, record company?? - I do own the record and this is pr):

In case you want to learn to play that the New-Orleans-Style shuffle [some think it is a Cuban-style clavé - if I have understood it correctly, accents [*] are on 1, the 16th before 2, the 16th before 3 and on 3& and 4 : * - & * 2 - & * 3 - * - * - & -] on the piano, here is Dr. John showing how he does it:

Day 30 - Your favorite song at this time last year

As Dr. John has been a musical disciple of Professor Longhair (oh how I love that name) on the piano (he started as a guitarist, but changed the instrument due to an injury of his left hand), this brings to my mind the latter's "Going to the Mardi Gras" or however. I am not sure, whether it has been among my favourite songs exactly one year ago, but the tune very regularly hits my personal "top of the pops":

So finally, there has been at least one song to every category, I have done my first run in the 30 days song challenge in 11 days; the rest of the 970 (or 1065) coming up soon. Thx 4 listening.

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