It's been 21 years since my Dad passed and yet every year at this time I still get sad. Father's Day was always a marker of both our Birthdays, mine on June 20 and his on June 22. If like me, you have lost your Dad I suggest a box of tissues before playing this song, written and recorded by Peter Himmelman the night his Father passed.
This was my Father's favorite song... the great Coleman Hawkins.
This one always reminds me of my Dad, he really loved Francis Albert. This version was discovered when they were putting The Capitol Years box together, it was recorded the night before the session with Frank and the piano player working out the arrangement.
Once again untimely death pushes me to this Blog. Clarence Clemons merged with the Universe at 6:57 pm (EDT) and Larry "Wild Man" Fischer preceded him Thursday night at the tender age of 66.
I have certainly slacked off in blogland as I've been so very busy the last week. I have to laugh when I think back to starting this blog and thinking I could actually post something every day. In truth, some days I just have nothing left to offer up by the time I finally get to relax. That said, I couldn't let another day pass without a little tribute to Andrew Gold, who passed at the tender age of 59 of an apparent heart attack, a mere 4 years older than me.
I almost talked Andrew into doing a Loft Session about 6 or 7 years ago but after some tentative plans, it just kind of faded away. He was a fairly amazing musician, fluent on a variety of instruments and I became a fan instantly upon hearing his song "One Of Them Is Me." Here's a link to the New York Times obit.
He also made a couple of great records with his friends Wendy Waldman, Karla Bonoff and the late Kenny Edwards as Bryndle.
His 80s collaboration with Graham Gouldman (10cc/legendary songwriter) as Wax UK (here in The States) produced 3 synth-heavy albums, a bit dated sounding today but worth investigating if you enjoy mid-period Tears For Fears, early Mr. Mister or the like. I tend to think of a "guilty pleasure" single called "Weak In The Presence Of Beauty" by Floy Joy whenever I play them.
I'll close with a track from my personal favorite Andrew Gold treasure, a twisted and fun, psychedelic pop opus called "Greetings From Planet Love" that oddly fits the occasion. There's a false ending... so let it play out.
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