The Opposite of 'To Favour'
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Peggy Lee - "Is That All There Is?"

My parents tell me that after I got home from my first day at school, I cried. I don?t remember this, but they tell me that I said I had expected the school to be covered in lights, I?d expected a spectacle. Both my parents had been enthusiastic teachers and my sister a committed student who probably tried to convince me of how great it was going to be (my brother would have known better). But the cloakroom, the plasticine, my classmates, Mrs. Kestler - they had all been terrible disappointments. I am also told that I was either slow at understanding or slow to respond when it was play time and that as a result I usually ended up playing with the disfavoured toys (old baby dolls, paper, etc.). But regardless of whether or not this humiliation/emasculation contributed to my chagrin, that day marked the first in a long line of disillusionments. Was that all there was? ?Let?s break out the booze and have a ball,? I should have suggested. Alas, I was an innocent who, frankly, did not have the vocabulary or a taste for hard liquor.

Notice that dancing, drinking and general bacchanalian reveling are the only things in life (or death) that don?t disappoint poor Peggy Lee.


Mississippi John Hurt - "First Shot Missed Him"

1. The shooter?s first shot was way off. The last one was right on. What happened in between we do not know. The quality of the shooter?s marksmanship is still in question. The life-status of the victim is not.

2. The intricate guitar playing tells the story along with Hurt?s genial voice. Uncharacteristically soft for a blues, it?s a small song that tugs hard on a little piece of your heart.

Posted by Jordan at December 22, 2004 7:05 AM

I was a kid when Peggy Lee had this hit, and she was briefly everywhere. She even had her own TV show or something, and I found her incredibly scary with her blond cadaverous face, devoid of affect. When she sang, only her lips moved, not her eyes or anything else. It was like discovering Clutch Cargo had a drag act.

Then later Giant Sand covered the song, and it's clear Howe Gelb had some of the same thoughts as me. It's like he's channelling Marlene Dietrich. What a freakish song--hard to believe it's by the same guys who wrote "Love Potion #9."

All this and Mississippi John Hurt. Interesting juxtapositions lately, Jordan.

Posted by rodii at December 22, 2004 8:08 PM

Why is it that your posts regarding songs with which I'm intimately familiar always leave me with a broader smile than your posts spotlighting songs I've never heard before?

Fantastic work as always, Jordan. Keep it up!

Posted by Paul at December 22, 2004 8:34 PM

that's not all there is


merry christmas everyone

Posted by rb at December 24, 2004 6:11 AM

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