January 26, 1947 Hank Williams, Sr. writes I Saw the Light!
Yesterday ‘s song, Jesus Take The Wheel was a contemporary pop God song and today’s song, I Saw The Light, is an old country God song.
Is someone trying to get me to pay attention?
Well it’s working. Claudia and I are going to the Brooklyn Tabernacle tomorrow. I have a friend in the choir and the service there is so good! And the choir is too! You have to get there really early for a good seat and since the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir played at Obama’s Inauguration, I’m sure it will be even more packed than usual!
I love Hank Williams songs and old country songs that tell you the whole story in just a few lines, have a melody you can sing back after one hearing and that can be harmonized from beginning to end. Simple and Perfect!
Everything is Beautiful, written by Ray Stevens, is a sweet song! I wish we had sweet pop songs now. This song today would be considered a little corny, but i like corny dammit!
All right, hopefully in a few days i’ll be able to sing in my tenor voice because this singing like a baritone is getting tired. I’m gigging tomorrow, and I have 3 singers with me and from what I hear 2 of them will be squawking tomorrow also. Well, Stanley is hanging in so we’ll make him sing everything. All good!
I’m ready for springtime!
Happy Birthday Ray Stevens! btw I think i knew 2 other people named Ray Stevens. Just thought I’d mention that!
Today I’m playing Sweet Georgia Brown, an instrumental that Django Reinhardt recorded like 6 times! I did an instrumental cause my throat is raw! But I’m glad to play a Django tune — this guy played his solos with 2 fingers on his fret hand and was a virtuoso guitarist! Some say the best guitar player ever!
His jazz was before be-bob so the swing was a little more straight up. When I studied with Sanford Gold this was how he swung – sort of like Art Tatum. After Miles Davis came along, and others, swing got looser.
Well i love this feel of old jazz and it’s fun to have youtube to be able to watch old Django videos. Happy birthday dude! You’re pretty amazing!
I love Sam Cooke and sing his material all the time. When I saw it was his birthday today I looked through a list of all the songs he’d recorded and chose Ain’t Nobody’s Bizness! And then I had to wikipedia the song because I always thought it was Taint Nobody’s… and then there was the business or bizness or biz-ness discrepancy in the title. Well apparently its been titled several different ways! so confusing.
I actually wanted to sing A Change is Gonna Come but this darn laryngitis is kicking my butt and I had to pick an easier song.
hey, so I’m at the Red Lion tonight with the Stingers. It’s 19 degrees out at the moment so I think coming on in from the cold into the best bar on Bleecker Street would be a good idea. We start around 10. See you there!