Thursday, May 17, 2012

Lost Gem: "Waltz #2 (XO)" - Elliott Smith (1998)


"I'm never gonna
know you now

but I'm gonna love you anyhow."
--> Elliott Smith <--

This under-appreciated Midwest Magi was wickedly skilled in the fine art of song construction.

Elliot Smith
had a Brian Wilson ear for arrangements and a fearless John Lennon heart for exposing his wounds.


With a gentle voice, Smith delivered
lyrics that were both precise and personal...and yet floated over melodies that were disarmingly catchy and achingly beautiful.

And we trust taking the journey into the darker places...because Elliott used words like...Rushlight candles.
Elliott Smith was a tortured soul with a complex box of musical bandages...who tried, but just couldn't stop the bleeding. 

Lost Gem:--> "Waltz #2 (XO)"...starts with a lone "boom-chick-chick-boom" drum beat that is quickly joined by a cheerless acoustic guitar. And as ear-worm beautiful, the melody...it is a heartbreaking song.

Not about his favorite girl marrying someone else. But about seeing his mother withdraw into a shell as a result of a bad second marriage to an abusive man.

Have you heard this gem?


First the mic, then a half cigarette
Singing Kathy's Clown.
That's the man she's married to now.
That's the girl that he takes around town.
She appears composed
So she is, I suppose
Who can really tell?
She shows no emotion at all.
Stares into space like a dead china doll.

I'm never gonna know you now but I'm gonna love you anyhow.

Now she's done, and they're calling someone
Such a familiar name.
I'm so glad that my memory's remote
'Cause I'm doing just fine hour to hour, note to note.
Here it is, the revenge to the tune.
You're no good, you're no good, you're no good, you're no good
Can't you tell that it's well understood?

I'm never gonna know you now but I'm gonna love you anyhow.

I'm here today, expect it to stay on, and on, and on.
I'm tired, I'm tired.
Looking out on the substitute scene
Still going strong.
XO Mom.
It's OK, it's alright, nothing's wrong.
Tell Mr. Man with impossible plans
To just leave me alone.
In the place where I make no mistakes.
In the place where I have what it takes.

I'm never gonna know you now but I'm gonna love you anyhow.
I'm never gonna know you now but I'm gonna love you anyhow.
I'm never gonna know you now but I'm gonna love you anyhow.

Good stuff!

Casey Chambers
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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Lost RADIO Gem: "Hard Work" - John Handy (1976)


"Hard work.Hard work."--> John Handy <--

(Lost "Radio" Gem:...a single that may have charted, but deserved better.)
Smokin' jazz great...John Handy......and his bumblebee alto sax has been melting wax as leader or sideman for nearly 50 years. And will forever be recognized for giving us one of the great jazz albums..."Live at the Monterey Jazz Festival" (1965).

This was an incredible must-own burner with a quintet led by Handy and made up of brilliant, hungry newcomers..including Wichita's very own guitarist...Jerry Hahn.
Handy took the reins again on "Hard Work" (1976)...a tasty offering of jazz with a surprising R&B flavor. And though the album was a little hit-or-miss for jazz purists...trust your own ears. There's good stuff to be found.

Lost Radio Gem: "Hard Work" (#43 BB Charts)...a smoldering jazz-funker. John Handy's sax-blow is epic sick...burning with blue collar matches. Once heard, hard (work) to forget.

Have you heard this gem?


Good stuff!

Casey
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