The Great 28
28 Songs That May Or May Not But Probably May Be Better Than Songs on the New Album, Mannish Boys, Songs 15 - 21
Watch out na! Catfish got the third batch of his favorite tunes for you below. Play 'em and may they get right to you the way they get right to me. After all this music has done for me, it would only be right to spread it around. If you would like to support Brooks Long & The Mad Dog No Good's first album, Mannish Boys, please head directly to www.GoFundMe.com/BrooksLong. You folks are the ones making all the wheels spin. I thank you so much.
Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim - Aguas De Marco [The Waters of March]
“It's stick, it's stone/It's the end of the road/It's a rest of stump/It's a little alone/It's a shard of glass/It is life, it's the sun/It is night, it is death/It's the snare, it's the fishhook… It's the firewood, it's the day/It's the end of the trail/It's the bottle of liquor/Splinter in the road/It’s the house’s design/It's the body in bed/It's the broken down car/It's the mud, it's the mud.... They are the waters of March/closing the summer/It's the promise of life/In your heart”
And it just sounds like all that stuff, wrapped up in a big blue ball. And then they start laughing at the end ;)
Gary U.S. Bonds - Quarter To Three
Yes, it’s supposed to sound like that. No, it’s not a live cut. Yes, it was a #1 hit. Why? Maybe because it feels alive. Big ups to producer Frank Guida putting real work into making a party leap out of the speakers. This is the energy of you and your friends at four in the morning, drunk and belting out some tune everybody kinda knows. (My favorite is Kiss From A Rose. Nobody knows all the words. Nobody cares.) Gary is right there with you singing his head off from start to finish because subtlety is for people who come to the party at eight and leave at nine. Somehow instead of merely being the soundtrack to a good time, the song is having a good time right along with you. Someday, when I settle down with a producer that’s crazy enough, I’ll make a whole album like this. Hell, I’m crazy enough.
Elvis Costello - The Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes
“Well, I used to be disgusted. Now I try to be amused.” You ever been an idealistic kid that couldn’t stop aging and had to learn to stop resisting this cruel, cruel world and cope through heavy doses of bouncy songs that melded your old innocence to your current disillusionment for a few minutes and made your angst manageable? I bet that was Elvis Costello too.
The Beatles – She Loves You
“Hey, remember when you we’re an asshole to your ex-girlfriend?”
“Thanks for bringing that up.”
“Well she said she still loves you.”
“THAT’S THE SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
Outkast - B.O.B
No, you don’t need to constantly push things forward to make great music. No, Outkast has not overtly pushed things forward with all of their best music. But I must admit sometimes there’s an energy about boldly going where no one seems to have gone before that’s just rapturous. “Giant Steps”. “A Day In The Life”. “Purple Haze.” “When Doves Cry.” I think when we constantly expect this from our artists we, as music listeners, get into trouble. But sometimes you gotta go to The Grand Canyon because there just ain't nothin' like it. Sometimes you gotta get your breath took. Oh yeah, the lyrics are somewhat about finishing what you start. Which reminds me…
You know how most of your favorite music got to your ears? Because artists used to have these things called “record deals.” But since the music industry is about as dead as Sam Jackson in Deep Blue Sea and apparently wasn’t worth much of a damn anyway, Ol’ Catfish proposes a proposition. How about you and I make a record deal just between us? Why, sure we could. You could give me a small amount to help release my album, Mannish Boys, and in turn I’ll give you a copy of the album plus a heap of other stuff when it’s all done. I sure could use your help and I sure hope you can use my music. The campaign officially ends on March 7. But don’t hesitate. www.GoFundMe.com/BrooksLong
Refugee Camp Allstars featuring Lauryn Hill – The Sweetest Thing
This is a perfect song. Music is melody, harmony and rhythm. Add words and you’ve got a song. This is a perfect song. Not including Ellington and Coltrane’s take on Duke’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” there are at least two classics on the Love Jones soundtrack. The other one is Dionne Farris’ “Hopeless,” written by one of the most songwritin-est brothers around, Van Hunt. But this one? In perhaps Lauryn and Wyclef Jean’s last official collaboration, Ms. Hill reminisces about a hazily-remembered, young ghetto love from a lyrically ever-present past. Languid chords move up and down her guitar in the verses as if it was over long ago, but the harder-edged, spookier bridge admits she still can’t shake it. “Excuse me if I get too deep.”
David Bowie - Ashes To Ashes
Now I love Bowie. As I mentioned in Where I’m Coming From, Hunky Dory was one of my first rock records. But did you know that the only reason Bowie became a musician was because he dreamed of playing saxophone in Little Richard’s band? Or that The Beatles got their big break opening for Richard and that Paul McCartney took singing lessons from Richard while on tour? Or that for a while Richard’s organ player was some kid named Billy Preston and his guitar player was some dude named Jimi Hendrix? Or that Little Richard was the idol of fellow Georgia boys, Otis Redding and James Brown? Or that Richard would ask his stage drummer Charles Conners to play unorthodox beats that James Brown (known as the originator of Funk Music) said marked his first encounter with Funk? Why I am I not talking about David Bowie? Because while it's sad that Bowie has passed away, he knew he was appreciated when he left. Fortunately Little Richard is still alive, yet does not get nearly the love he deserves. I hear he’s not doing very well these days. This is the man who originated the persona of the rock star as an uncontrollable maniac and whose voice contains all you need to know about the power of Rock & Roll. So I’ll get the ball rolling. #ThankYouRichardPenniman. Happy Black History Month!!!
I love music. If I've conveyed any of my love of music here, then I guess I've done part of the job. The other part of the job is to let you know that I am counting on YOU and people just like you to help me release this album. It's gonna be a good one. Catfish wouldn't lie to ya. Thank you spending time listening to old records with me. The campaign ends March 7. Check it out: www.GoFundMe.com/BrooksLong