Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sound & Groove, Episode 40: "You Say it's Your Birthday?" Part 2

Years before mainstream, multi-platinum, Grammy winning success recognized the immense blues innateness and talented interpretive singing of one Bonnie Raitt, she was a promising young talent straight out of the folk and blues club scene of the Boston area. Releasing her debut album at age 21 and earning the rock press's approval as a maybe less histrionic and frenetic heir to Janis Joplin's "Blues mama" throne, Bonnie expanded her horizons with each new release in order to find those elusive just desserts commercially. It came late in the 70s finally but soon faded just as quickly, leaving her a so-called "has been" by the mid-80s without a record label and with a atypical blues musician, hard living, alcohol-dependent lifestyle to kick. Once all this was solved, she made her triumphant comeback in 1989. One of her many shrewd covers on 1973's Takin My Time LP makes its way into the 2nd and final October episode of this podcast.

Blowing out the candles on another year is always a day to enjoy and forget about all your troubles. Of course the older you get the less you want to be reminded of your advancing years but I digress. Youth is not eternal so get over it! Here on Sound & Groove podcast, the big day is embraced with a shiny selection of eight songs inspired by that joyous of anniversary celebrations. So unwrap the gifts, unwind, put on this podcast and hear a musical journey through yet another themed podcast here in October 2013 with your host, Evan Dowbiggin

And if you're new to this podcast: Every month there will be a theme that the selection of music is centred around. It will be jam packed with my analysis, synopses, breakdowns, anecdotes and other witticisms you might enjoy. And not to worry, each month will contain a different theme than the last. This is the second of two episodes this month of October going by the theme of "You Say it's Your Birthday?." All killer, no filler... other than when I talk and introduce the tunes and recap the ones before it. But aside from that? 100% juicy meat! Below I've also provided information and links relevant to the matters discussed in this particular edition of Sound & Groove.
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Track Listing:
1. Born in Time- Bob Dylan (1990)
2. You're Sixteen- Johnny Burnette (1960)
3. Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes on) (Live)- Talking Heads (1983)
4. Invitation- The Feelies (1991)
5. I Don't Want to Spoil the Party- The Beatles (1964)
6. Edge of Seventeen- Stevie Nicks (1981)
7. I Gave My Love a Candle- Bonnie Raitt (1973) 
8. Happy Birthday- Charles Mingus (1978)
9. Happy Birthday- The Ramones on the Simpsons (1993) 
Info of note:
Intro- "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by The Smiths (1984)
Outro- "What Difference Does it Make?" by The Smiths (1985)

All comments, questions and feedback are greatly welcomed and appreciated! I encourage participation. Even though I drain an hour off your life by listening to the podcast then checking through the links, at least you don't have to fork over your money to me... though if you feel like, you know... But in all seriousness, let me now what you'd like to hear or see and I'll consider it. Popular approval doesn't always sway me but having fans or listeners get their input would be just grand!

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