Have you ever featured the Sam Lanin Orchestra? I stumbled across a YouTube clip which I like and the associated info links him to some very well known names.
Let’s do it, starting with the one sent by AKH:
Arkansas Travelers (Sam Lanin Orchestra) – Any Way The Wind Blows (My Sweetie Goes) 1924:
Some songs are just songs, others are anthems to an era, this is the latter. Some songs are a blend of instruments, others are dominated by one instrument, this is the latter.
In the 60s, it looked like nuclear war but this song isn’t really about that, methinks, though it became a theme of his. It was more about that protest generation which was so against exploitation of the earth for profit but then, he says, that generation lost its way, which is interesting, as the song was written for the 1974 album, so he already sees the Boomers as having lost their way?
Here are extracts from two comments which seem to me close to the mark on what this song is about:
I saw Jackson Browne at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium last night, and he closed with this song as the second encore.
A blue moon is a second full moon in the same calendar month. It last happened in July.
Warren Zevon knew how to get down where the hurt was.
Classic case of which version of Carmelita to play. Zevon, the writer’s original was, of course, good, his version with his friend Jackson Browne suffered from two individual talents not quite meshing on the track, unlike a song further down.
The version by his friend Linda Ronstadt was superlative.
But this, by a relatively unknown Spanish girl [“Sorry for the accent, I am Spanish”] melted many hearts:
Clearly the Beeb aren’t – I found the order elsewhere:
2. Czech Republic
3. The Netherlands
25. United Kingdom
Yes, I know we’ve had some of these before but I like ’em. Hope you do too but not holding my breath:
There was an article at the Guardian about Australia’s intrusion at Eurovision. It was written by an Asian and she agreed with Graham Norton, an Irishman, that Australia had no place.