Saturday, August 01, 2015

Phantom woosh

Click on the above image to play Phantom Woosh Momma. Sometimes I feel like a fellow I saw in Chicago. It was titularly Louis Meyers' gig, but as is wont in Chicago, many muscians comes by and gets up for a number. This fellow came up and sang his long-ago hit Stoop Down Baby (and let your daddy see). (I guess it was Chick Willis). (If you look this up on YouTube you get access to a whole lotta very dirty songs.}

Clearly he had sung it a gazillion times. It was in his heart. He had one note, but dammit he played it. I have become that way with this riff about Phantom Jets. They were still in use in Vietnam era. Their woosh for me forever resonates in the canyons of my mind. I'd like to put it down. Put it down and start singing Stoop Down. I have been mucking about with Apple Garage Band. Just trying to get it to work. I dont know how to make it record anything longer than 8 bars. Spose I should Google it.  -Jack Vaughan

Saturday, July 25, 2015

If I Could Love You Forever 1975 - Roy C - Moon Traveller Blog Post 600

Roy C's If I Could Love You Forever starts with a classic CYO dance song chord (think Pacabel) progression. This is a slow one, it's clear pretty soon - some Memphis horns come in, underpinning  flighty oddly mechanical violins, and electrical clavier thing, and then comes a strange falsetto, an odd voice - it's Roy C. Hamond - something like I've Been Lonely Too Long. Like that song, too this was a flashback of 60s soul, that just managed to slip into the R&B charts of 1975. Music was getting more and more rote. But If I Could Love You Forever breaks through. Roy does an overdub - two voices - the falsetto.. He is not too well known but he forever can intone...

If I ...
oh I ....
Could Love You Forever ...

besies the falsetto, he appars in a more regular singing voice. Dubbed. It is just haunting thrilling and captivating. Like when someone else might have heard Heartbreak Hotel in the deep winter of Mitch Miller's tundra.  Roy drops into the soul rap style of the 60s too...

I often think about the way she kisses me .. I think about the way she loves me ... I think about the way she hugs me... it makes me want to scream...(high shrill falsetto dick stuck in a car door scream is heard)

About this time you may be saying.. this song seems to have some special meaning to Jack. well you could listen hard, but Al Green was not going to sing like they did at Stax - those days were gone. But I was looking for them. High hoping on Syl Johnson to succeed, or Johnnie Taylor to make a non-disco comeback. This song came over the radio like a dove from the Ark.

At that time, I dont think too many people were actually falling in love forever. The time horizon was a lot shorter. I'd been writing poetry like mad, just met a girl, and we got together - she was my college girl friend - but there was an obvious expiration date from the start - and the song evinced a lot for me. The song doesnt profess there was going to be some love forever brings up the notion... asks 'if' -If I ...oh I ....Could Love You Forever ...

You didnt hear it that much on the radio. Here comes a story. I called up the MIT college station, late night DJ,(J.C.?) to request the song. He says ok..hold on.. I will put you on air.. and you say "J.C. is back and that's a fact." he puts me on hold for quite a while, and I start to think of this as an opportunity. And I pen a quick poem. I hear the chords of the song fading up, and say..

J.C. is back/ and that's a fact / tonight as I drive / past the laundromat. 

And without saying the word J.C. audibly goes 'oh shit.' After its brief charting, it faded away. I never saw it for sale. Heard it on the radio about 1988 - then there was static... and I almost drove the car into the wall in the Pru tunnel speeding to get out of the tunnel to hear the song. Then I found it on You Tube last week.

(I dont blame those White Sox fans for rioting on disco night. It started out so good, but then it became a goose step of Kapital overbearing. (Funny, but this song is a lot like Daddy Your a Fool to Cry by the Rolling Stones (falsetto, electric piano, big chords, talking part) released the following year of 1976 (though said to have been recorded in late 1974.)

This is 600 post on Moon Traveller Herald Dispatch with Report! -Jack Vaughan

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Criterion Satyricon

Gordon Thomas writes: While Criterion’s catalog of Fellini films is very deep, their recent Blu-ray edition of Fellini Satyricon is a latecomer. But no matter; it’s here, and it’s wonderful. The film is not the Fellini favorite for many – nor is it for this writer – but I’m very grateful for its arrival. There are plenty of reasons to appreciate now what was considered, at its release, the director’s folly, and just as many reasons these days to ask questions of it.....Read the whole story.....on Bright Lights site.

Satyricon Trailer Revisited - MoonTravellerHerald - I recently saw the Criterion Satyricon Gordon discusses, and it all came back to me..that is the nausea I felt during the first 20 or so minutes.

Pynchon Promo for Inherent Vice

Recently found a trove of Pynchonian trivia. It all started when I realized it was him talking on this promo

If you're driving south from LA International it should take no more than a hit or two off of your favorite brand of cigarette before you're right here, in Gordita Beach, California. Well, no, actually, this used to be the beach. Later on, all this is gonna go highrise, high-rent, high intensity. But right now, back in 1970, what it is is just HIGH. An ounce of Mexican Commercial should run you no more than ten dollars - that's with the seeds and stems, of course.....
For a trove of YouTube Pynchon, dial
The bong goodbye - Brightlightsfilm

Funny but - People lay the Manson Family's vicious Tate-LaBianca murders to drugs, delinquency and diaspora – in that Charles Manson could arise from a bereft underworld, use LSD as a salve, and manipulate young girls casting about in the late 1960s in California. Funny but there are parallels between LSD and the Internet, at least as drawn by author Thomas Pynchon in Inherent Vice, for example. The Internet predecessor, ARPAnet, is described as "like acid, a whole 'nother strange world –time, space, all that shit," by Fritz, Doc's lawyer in the book, soon to was a major motion picture. Bunny fut, the newspaper today covers the investigation into Charleston killings of five black churchgoers and a minister. And one could ask: Could this be part of a plot? Could a supremacist podcaster be directing like a Manson the action? What is the nature of conspiracy in the age of Internet? How does it change the historical shadow game? - Jack Vaughan