Every Day’s a Holiday

16 06 2011

Every Day’s a Holiday—S. Coslow/B. Trivers, 1937 (Recorded June 16, 2011) This tune was the theme for the Mae West movie of the same name. The song only appears in the background in the movie, though, and even though Louis Armstrong appears in the film, I have not been able to come across any versions of Pops playing it.

Fats Waller recorded this tune twice, as far as I can tell, and the inestimable Al Bowlly did it as well. It’s a fun, swingy, happy tune that should be played every day, whether it’s a holiday or not! (Note: I added my own lyrics to the last chorus and verse; I felt it needed an extra boost toward the end so I concocted some new words, in the spirit of the original.)



9 06 2011

Daybreak—H. Adamson/F. Grofé, 1926 (Recorded June 9, 2011) I made this in my hot attic studio during a 101°F heatwave, using one microphone, a ukulele, mini-bongos, hand claps, voice, and a diatonic “C” harmonica. I celebrate (and fear) the coming season; everyone, please, take it easy in the heat!

Meet Me at No Special Place

29 05 2011

Meet Me at No Special Place (and I’ll Be There at No Particular Time)—H. Pyle/J.R. Robinson/A. Terker, 1944 (Recorded May 29, 2011) Another song with a long parenthetical co-title. This is an early proto-R&B song that foreshadows the coming rock and roll revolution. Nat King Cole recorded it back in ’44-’45, and the great Mose Allison covered it more recently. I did this in a hurry before the heat rises in my attic recording studio and toasts my computer’s motherboard.

This is my first new song posted in a while. I’m thinking of making some changes around here, but it’s easier to think about making changes than to make changes. Keep tuned in….