Saturday Matinee – Sand Castle, Whistling and Harpo Marx

The Sand Castle, 1977, Co Hoedeman [via].

Loud, piercing and sharp… a whistle is hard to ignore. But whistling languages are in danger of dying out. But residents of Kusköy on the Black Sea coast still communicate by whistling.An ee sounds higher than an ah. Consonants are distinguished by changes in pitch over different intervals of time. Eskimos communicate with whistles; so do indigenous people in the Amazon, and in Europe shepherds keep boredom at bay and communicate by whistling to each other. But the world’s 70 whistling languages are slowly becoming extinct. Kusköy in Turkey is defending the tradition.

[Found here.]

And because last night was a full moon, with a partial penumbral eclipse that no one noticed, we have these:

Dub Side Of The Moon

Jazz Side Of The Moon

David Gilmore’s acoustic version of “Breathe”

Nat King Cole’s version of “Blue Moon,” and this:

I’m not sure if Harpo was self-taught, but I know that some items in his Wikipedia entry are contradicted by Groucho’s Autobiography. The story I recall (that means “I seem to remember but I’m too lazy to research it”): there was a dispute with a theater owner where the brothers were perfoming. Harpo was pissed, said he hoped the place burned down. It did, and Harpo vowed never to speak on stage again. I don’t know if it’s true, but I recall (again, that means “I seem to remember but I’m too lazy to research it”) that’s what Groucho claimed.

Have a great weekend, folks.


Saturday Matinee – Ry Cooder & David Lindley, Various Links, and The Marcels

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Two old white guys munching de riddim: Ry Cooder & David Lindley.

This is kinda cool. Elvis’ version of “Blue Moon” jammed with a reggae beat that turns to ska and back. Unfortunately there’s no entertaining vid, so I’ll just post the link for the music. You’ll love it.

So where do we go from here? “Blue Moon” of course.

Billie Holiday

Frank Sinatra

Mel Tormé

Bob Dylan

The Marcels‘ version is my all time favorite, for what I hope are obvious reasons. Have a great weekend folks, and come back tomorrow for  more insipid and vapid trepanations.

Saturday Matinee – Black Keys, Benjamin Tehoval, Slim Harpo,The Marcels & Stéphane Grappelli

I love the retro sound of The Black Keys, and I dance like that guy.
[h/t to garycooper]

I can’t play harmonica and guitar at the same time. Heck I can’t play guitar and sing either. Okay, my guitar playing sucks, I can’t sing and my harp is middling.
Benjamin Tehoval amazes me. [h/t to Bagua.]

Slim Harpo‘s “Scratch My Back” with a nice vid attached.

The Marcels‘ “Blue Moon” is a classic. They recorded their 1961 hit in just two takes – and the recordings are almost indistinguishable from each other.

The late Stéphane Grappelli‘s version of “Blue Moon” is closer to the 1934 original, and it’s a pretty song to end this post with.

Have a great weekend folks. Come back here tomorrow for more inanity.

Saturday Matinee – Sushi, Percy, Grappelli, AatW, Bob Wills

I kinda suspected this. Not. [via Cynical-C]

Percy Faith’s “Theme From A Summer Place” was one of my favorites for reasons I really can’t explain; I just liked it, especially when the french horns kicked in. [via The Chawed Rosin]

Here’s another song that’s way up in my favorites. “Blue Moon” was composed by Rogers and Hart in 1934, and Stéphane Grappelli treated it with respect.

Asleep at the Wheel paid homage to Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. [via Huck Funn]

Don’t know who Bob Wills was? Here’s a video to show you what y’all have been missing. Meanwhile, have a great Independence Day weekend, folks, and don’t forget to put your flag out tomorrow.