It’s Gene Clark’s birthday

Absolutely one of the greatest American songwriters ever.




Song of The Day: The Byrds – Here Without You

As perfect a three minute Pop song as has ever been written. It always gives me the chills. Gene Clark was a troubled god among men.

Daytime just makes me feel lonely
At night I can only dream about you
Girl you’re on my mind nearly all of the time
It’s so hard being here without you

Words in my head keep repeating things that you said
When I was with you
And I wonder is it true do you feel the same way too
It’s so hard being here without you, being here without you

Though I know it won’t last, I’ll see you some day
It seems as though that the day will come never
But there’s one thing I’ll swear, though you’re far away,
I’ll be thinking about you forever

The streets that I walk on depress me
The ones that were happy when I was with you
Still with all the friends I know and with all the things I do
It’s so hard being here without you being here without you

Happy birthday, Jackie DeShannon

Even if she never wrote another song, When You Walk In The Room, would guarantee Jackie DeShannon a spot in Pop music history. This song always knocks me out.

I can feel a new expression on my face
I can feel a glowing sensation taking place
I can hear the guitars playing lovely tunes
Every time that you walk in the room

I close my eyes for a second and pretend it’s me you want
Meanwhile I try to act so nonchalant
I see a summer’s night with a magic moon
Every time that you walk in the room

Maybe it’s a dream come true
Walkin’ right along side of you
Wish I could tell you how much I care
But I only have the nerve to stare

I can feel a something pounding in my brain
Just any time that someone speaks your name
Trumpets sound and I hear thunder boom
Every time that you walk in the room
Every time that you walk in the room

It’s David Crosby’s birthday, so let your freak flag fly

One of the most angelic voices to have arisen from the sixties scene, and a tremendous talent as a songwriter, for which I do not feel he receives enough credit. His solo acoustic demos are stunningly intimate and beautiful. Just check out a bunch of my faves posted below.

Song of The Day: The Byrds – John Riley

Happy birthday to Roger McGuinn! The Byrds take on this traditional English Folk Ballad, an Odyssean tale of a love long lost at sea, and the woman who awaits his return, is one of the high points of American Folk Rock. Lyrically this song crushes me, with it’s tale of unending romantic fidelity. Musically, the repeating eastern motif of a riff that, much like the lyrical content, wanders only to return, lays the foundation for a beautifully pining string arrangement by Allen Stanton and the heavenly, multi-tracked, harmonies. This song always gives me chills.

A fair young maid all in her garden,
A strange young man comes passing by
Saying fair maid, will you marry me
And this answer was her reply

No kind sir, I cannot marry thee
For I’ve a love who sails all on the sea
He’s been gone for seven years
But still no man will I marry

Well what if he’s in some battle slain
Or drowned in the deep salt sea
Or what if he’s found another love
And he and his love both married be?

If he’s in some battle slain
I will die, when the moon doth wane
And if he’s drowned in the deep salt sea
I’ll be true to his memory

And if he’s found another love
And he and his love both married be
Then I wish them health and happiness
Where they now dwell across the sea

He picked her up all in his arms
And kisses gave her one two and three
Saying weep no more my own true love
I am your long lost John Riley.

Song of The Day: Jonathan Wilson – La Isla Bonita

Jonathan Wilson takes Madonna to the coast with a dreamy California psych version of her eighties hit, La Isla Bonita. This sounds like it could have been an outtake for The Byrds, possibly a transition single in the brief moment between the lush and criminally under acknowledged, The Notorious Byrd Brothers, and the Country Rock milestone, Sweetheart of The Rodeo.

Dolly Parton Pt I: The Music

Who doesn’t love Dolly?

A couple with her frequent collaborator, Porter Wagoner

My Favorite from her 1967 debut, Hello, I’m Dolly

Jolene has always reminded of a classic English folk ballad, particularly John Riley, which has long been a favorite because of The Byrds version, on their LP, Fifth Dimension

And, of course, her finest moment in 9 To 5

Kim Fowley: The AMAZING Ugly Things interview

Thanks to Mike Stax for posting this to the internet, in the light of Kim’s passing. Even if you think you have no interest in him, this interview is an engrossing and hilarious read. With Kim going a mile a minute, the interview format is largely moot. Every story is merely a touching off point for Kim’s vast experiences. Names aren’t so much dropped, as bombed, and these are BIG names. Additionally, interviewer Mike Stax is able to wrest out some info on Kim’s lesser known productions, for the true Fowleyphile.

and how did I forget this gem in my previous post?