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Coming attractions

Three things, briefly.

1. We’re moonlighting again over at The Midnight Tracker.

This is one of the songs featured tonight. It’s written by Joseph B. Jefferson, who also wrote three huge hits for the Spinners — “Mighty Love, Part 1,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” “(They Just Can’t Stop It) Games People Play.”

“Ain’t It So,” New York City, from “I’m Doin’ Fine Now,” 1973. It’s out of print.

We have Side 2 of this record over at The Midnight Tracker tonight.

2. You may notice that things look a little different.

Just as we reached 500 posts, WordPress decided to retire the theme we’d been using since the beginning. So we’ve gone from Pressrow to Pilcrow.

3. Any requests for Christmas music?

The Three Under the Tree series has been retired — three years is plenty — but we’ll be along shortly with Christmas tunes as usual.

Your wish list is welcome, even requests for favorites you’ve heard here before. Leave a comment, send an e-mail, tweet it, hit me up on Facebook.

We now return you to your regular programming.

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Filed under November 2010

Saturday Single, still alive

In the sometimes bizarro landscape of the Internet, one of our regular stops has gone missing.

Our friend Whiteray’s fine blog, Echoes in the Wind, was — as we say in the newspaper biz — spiked the other day. It apparently had been on double secret probation with the Blogger folks.

Thankfully, it is only temporary insanity. Whiteray says he’ll be back next week with a new blog host. Echoes in the Wind returns Tuesday, thanks to our friends at WordPress.

One of the regular features we enjoyed at Whiteray’s blog was the Saturday Single.

Here, then, is a Saturday Single to tide you over until Echoes in the Wind returns to its regular programming. Whiteray graciously sent it our way when we needed it a while back. We’re delighted to return the favor.

It’s delightfully appropriate, too. We invoked it last summer when a certain gunslinging quarterback wouldn’t stay retired. I suspect Whiteray might want to invoke it regarding his former blog host.


“I’m Doin’ Fine Now,” New York City, from “I’m Doin’ Fine Now,” 1973. A delightful slice of early ’70s R&B/soul/pop, produced by Thom Bell and released on 7-inch single as Chelsea 0113.

(The buy link is to a 1993 CD reissue with five extra songs. Buyer beware, though. The sound quality is said to be lacking.)

Oh, and one more thing: Happy birthday, Whiteray.


Filed under September 2009, Sounds, Sounds like bull to me

Plenty cheesy

You may have heard in the news last week that a certain professional athlete seems to be having a tough time making up his mind.

When we last wrote about this athlete, he had decided to retire and leave our town — Green Bay, Wisconsin — for good, or so it seemed. That occasion brought to mind just one tune. I don’t have it, so enjoy this video.

“I’m Tired,” as performed by Madeline Kahn in the 1974 film “Blazing Saddles.”

“I’m tired/Tired of playing the game/Ain’t it a crying shame/I’m so tired/God dammit I’m exhausted”

“Tired, tired of playing the game/Ain’t it a crying shame/I’m so tired”

Now, however, this athlete apparently is no longer tired. That brings to mind one more tune, and one tune only. I don’t have this one, either, so enjoy this video.

“Release Me,” Englebert Humperdinck, from his 1969-70 television show.

“Please release me, let me go/For I don’t love you anymore/To waste our lives would be a sin/So release me and let me love again

“Please release me, can’t you see?/You’d be a fool to cling to me/To live a life would bring us pain/So release me and let me love again”

For those of us who must continue to report about this athlete, and for the many fans of his team, the latest news brings to mind another tune, and one tune only. Again, I don’t have this one, so enjoy the video.

“I’m Doing Fine Now,” New York City, from 1973.

“I’m doing fine now, without you, baby”

A perfect song in, oh, so many ways.


Filed under July 2008, Sounds like bull to me