Weekend Wrap Up

Jun 24
Posted by admin Filed in Disco, Soul Music

– I’ve listened to Langhorne Slim once a day for the last three days. I’m very excited to see him at The Tractor in early August. If you haven’t given it a listen, get on it already. I hear someone different – he’s his own man, he’s an original don’t get me wrong – every time I cue it up. Where I am currently with his voice is: equal parts Tom Waits, and Cat Stevens with a teaspoon of Ray LaMontagne. That’s a recipe worth trying, don’t ya’ think?

– I’m going to start assembling my Top 50 songs, as I mentioned last night. I’ll just add a few as I think of ’em and in a few weeks, I’ll get around to trying to rank them. I’m guessing that the stuff that comes to my mind first is going to be getting low numbers, and up high on the list. Here are the first several that come to mind:

Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead
Rearview Mirror – Pearl Jam
Nessun Dorma – yeah sure, I’ll take a Pavarotti version
Boogie On Reggae Woman – Stevie Wonder
Ghosts – The Head and the Heart
Yellow Ledbetter – Pearl Jam
Racing in the Street – Bruce Springsteen
(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding – Elvis Costello
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Breed – Nirvana
Dance Yrself Clean – LCD Soundsystem

– I set foot in a roller rink yesterday for the first time in about 35 years. Actually, that’s a slightly false as I’ve played some roller hockey in rinks within that span of time, but for the sake of going to a rink for a public session, yesterday was a first over the last 35 years. I went to the rink yesterday to watch my cousin’s roller derby bout and stuck around to chat with my cuz afterwards as the public skate began. The fist song that came on was, I’m positive on the playlist 35 years ago. It’s kind of nice when you can sort of accidentally get taken away from your daily path and end up in a place and time that has almost been forgotten.

“Car Wash” – Rose Royce (1976)


“Last Dance” – Donna Summer – “Thank God It’s Friday” (1978)

Dec 30
Posted by admin Filed in Disco

The last time that I heard this song was ten years ago, almost to the day. We were in Pasadena hanging out on Colorado Boulevard on New Year’s Eve. If you’ve never been, it’s good, clean fun as long as you don’t have an issue with flying marshmallows and corn tortillas. The locals as well as the lucky fans of whatever teams are playing in the Rose Bowl start lining the street early in the evening for a curbside sleep over in anticipation of the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. It was a really happy place with hardly anyone getting out of hand. The worst offense involved the local cops confiscating a few cases of silly string that apparently, some street vendor didn’t have a license to sell.

In the post midnight revelry, I vividly remember “Last Dance” blaring out of several boom boxes. The Donna Summer classic is time capsule worthy for future generations to get a good taste of what the 70’s disco era was all about. Divas have been doing their best for the last 35 years to try and duplicate the same sort of vibe. Its a tune that will bring couples together on the dance floor for a slow moment or two before changing the tempo and lighting the place on fire. Donna Summer was the queen of the charts in her day, and “Last Dance” was her signature song.

I love the long version. There’s uncertainty, joy, contemplation, fear, elation, desperation, vulnerability, and hope that you just don’t get with the three minute radio version.