Welcome to yet another Wodnesdæg and yet another Song for Odin. Things are soggy here at Songs for Odin™ today, which is just how we like it. Reservoirs overflowing amid drought warnings, water rationing soon to be announced and strictly enforced by guys in yellow rainsuits. Meanwhile, my street is a lake. That's California. Anyway, as you may have noted if you follow me on all the things, the new Dr Frank LIVE AT THE COURT TAVERN flexi officially "comes out" on Valentine's Day, tomorrow. And here's a song from it. https://youtu.be/Au4O43FpUK4 As I explained in the explainer on Medium, this record exists solely because I was fortunate enough to have Lauren Banjo doing the sound for this one random show in New Jersey last year. She recorded the whole thing, and kept telling me it was good... but I shied away from it, as is my wont with such things - I kind of cringe in advance at everything I'm involved in, and sometimes that means I never actually wind up working up the nerve to face the thing in question. (For instance, I still haven't been able to summon the gumption to see that Turn It Around doc... too shy, you see.) But in fact, when I did finally investigate, this proved to be a great recording of a pretty memorable night. I shared it with Chris from Sounds Rad, and we came up with the idea of choosing three Valetine-y songs for a VD release. The timeline from then to now was fraught with various delays and mishaps and necessary changes of plan, as so often tends to happen, but essentially it happened. Or rather, it's happening tomorrow. You can read more about it all here if you want: https://medium.com/@drankf/dr-frank-live-at-the-court-tavern-3972fb5b5249. And you can still sign up for "dibs" to reserve a copy of the flexi and assorted accessories: https://www.soundsradical.com/groovy.html (That list is getting mighty crowded and may well be full as of now -- people do drop off and get replaced though, so there's still a chance if you don't get on the main list.) Anyway, it was a great night and it's cool we have a record of it. I'm sure we'll find more uses for this material in future. (At one point we'd considered doing a whole Live at the Court Tavern LP, which, well, probably not, but you never know.) Anyway as for this song: this is a cover of a very important Bubblegum tune that very few people seem to have ever actually heard. It's no exaggeration to say that had I not stumbled on to this song as a kid, I would not have grown into the person I became. It encompasses so much of what I love in songs, and, you know, just generally. The original was elaborately produced by writer/producer/auteur Gary Zekley in 1969. It's the perfect pop recording of what may well be the catchiest melody ever conceived, and I still love it to distraction after all these years. Original: https://youtu.be/l-HxghCGJ-s I've performed it as a solo thing only a couple of times, including this. And by necessity as well as design it's stripped down to the bare essentials and slightly jumbled up here. Still, I like to think it works in this form. Anyway, it was great fun doing it, as maybe you can tell. I hadn't planned to play it that night, but just got caught up in the moment. (I'm putting this on the "official and semi-official music videos" playlist because it doesn't get more official / semi-official than this, especially on the internet where nothing is fully real... I mean, it's the actual recording innit. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLommF46BbnAQlVZqOGj-jLXdaGpc3XJ4B ) So cheers to Lauren for recording it and talking me into listening to the tape, cheers to Sounds Rad for taking the tape and turning it into a sweet-lookin' artifact, cheers to the Court Tavern crowd for humoring me by singing along. And cheers to you, whoever you are, and to Odin, the shaggy coat wearer, who sacrificed an eye for knowledge and hanged himself from Yggdrasil for nine days and nine nights, whereon he was fertilized and made wise, and gave the world the gift of poetry. Impeccable taste ah. Happy Valentimes. #music #product #songs #bubblegum #minds
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