Here is the play list for the disk/tape I'm sending you two:
1. Henry Carey â€” God Save the King/Queen
. This is a purely-whimsical selection on my part. I just like it!
2. BjÃ¶rk GuÃ°mundsdÃ³ttir â€” Army of Me
. It's difficult to choose one
song from this era's greatest musical genius, but here it is nonetheless.
3. Fats Waller and His Rhythm â€” Your Feet's Too Big
. Well, are they? Fats was a wonderful entertainer and a brilliant stride pianist. His life was short but his talent was huge.
4. Jack Off Jill â€” Fear of Dying
. This "all girl" band will blow you away, if you appreciate rock and roll. It's a pity they've disbanded, but riot grrrls don't get sponsorship in corporate America.
5. Martha Argerich â€” (Chopin) Polonaise No. 6 in A flat, Op. 53
. This cut is from a 1965 recording session. Martha, an Argentinian, is as brilliant now as she was back then in her early 20s.
6. Sade Adu â€” The Sweetest Taboo
. Beautiful voice, classy presence: Totally-talented Sade needs no further introduction.
7. Ottorino Respighi â€” Bernardo Gianoncelli, detto Il Bernadello: Bergamasca
. I just love Respighi's music. What can I say?
8. Tom Jones â€” What's New Pussycat
. The Clive Donner film What's New Pussycat
is my personal cinematic icon of the pre-war 1960s. Jones' song brings many pleasant memories to the surface â€” for me, anyway.
9. The Moonglows â€” Sincerely
. This 1954 classic is a wonderful example of brilliant bass-line emphasis.
10. Frankie Trumbauer and His Orchestra, featuring Bix Beiderbecke â€” Singin' the Blues
. This is simply a classic jazz-music song. Beiderbecke's cornet talks to us!
11. Antonio Carlos Jobim â€” Girl From Epanema
. Want to relax and feel happy? Here you go.
12. The Rockin' Rebels â€” Wild Weekend
. This 1950s-style song hit the charts in the early 1960s. It's an exemplar of a bygone era.
13. Cat Power â€” Salty Dog
. Chan Marshall (Cat Power) is a lovely person whose music captivates "live" audiences. She stole my heart, I can tell you!
14. The Dells â€” Oh What a Night
. Here's another wonderful example of low-register emphasis.
15. The Beatles â€” The Fool on the Hill
. This is my theme song, which I adopted whilst in the Republic of Viet Nam during the war. I still hold it true today. It fits me like a glove.
16. Erik Satie â€” GymnopÃ©die
. Satie was a marvelous character who hated music critics with a passion, an admirable quality! This is an orchestrated version of three similar piano pieces.
17. Status Quo â€” Picutes of Matchstick Men
. This song reminds me of the wartime 1960s, when I was overseas and had to imagine what life was like back in "civilization." It's rather a timeless song, however, in spite of my personal recollections.
18. The Chordettes â€” Lollipop
. The gals who made Sheboygan famous cranked out this tune in 1958. It's just a good finger-snapping and happy little ditty.
19. The Shirelles â€” Dedicated to the One I Love
. One of my all-time favorite songs. To me, it's musical perfection.
20. The Doors â€” When the Music's Over
. When it's over, folks, please do turn out the lights.