‘Nobody Told Me’ by John Lennon was just playing on the radio. I had forgotten about that song. It’s one of the first songs I remember listening to repeatedly. I remember really liking it and it was totally bizarre to hear it again – lots of strange half-formed images from the past flooded my mind. My feeling about the track now is that while at the age of 5 or 6 it was probably one of the best tracks I’d ever heard, I’ve heard several better ones since!
Still, it’s a track that occupies a certain odd place at the back of my mind. Some of that solo 70s stuff by Lennon was very evocative. I remember being very into ‘Dream #9′ when I was 11 or so. It seemed like the most normal thing in the world to me then, but I can’t imagine my 11-year-old niece listening to that kind of thing now…
I’m just recovering from a serious Carpenters rut. There’s only so many times it’s safe for a person to listen to ‘Rainy Days and Mondays’. I’m obviously a huge fan of Paul Williams, who was responsible for this and many of their other hits. I’ve been listening to his 1988 album recently, and it’s surprisingly good. But I actually chose ‘goodbye to love’ to recommend. Such an amazing recording! And when you follow it up with the version by Wing, the effect is stunning!
I had a couple of days going mad for a Petula Clark compilation called ‘Feelin’ groovy’, but I just recieved the 40-disc ‘Big Band Box’, so that’s all out of the window. GBP 16 including shipping for 40 discs isn’t so bad. There are basically 2-disc sets for 20 different band leaders. I’m only a few tracks into the first disc (Ellington), but I’m already hooked. Check out his ‘Johnny Come Lately (a Strayhorn composition). I’ll review this in some detail in due course.
Thank frig I’ve got my mojo back!