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I rarely post the entire song. Unless I have rights to distribute, I cut to around two minutes.

 

MAY 2010

 

05-3-10... Didn't stay away too long, did I? Guess you could say I kind of missed posting old twangy music, and the pone parts are therapy for me. Helps me to keep in check my temptations to feel resentment, anger, indignation and other self-damaging emotions when things don't go my way... or at least the way I think they should go. With my own explanation of my own reasons for resuming the Corn Pone, I just gave a daily dose of it.

A few months ago I played Jack Guthrie's recording of his own song, Oklahoma Hills, and mentioned that somewhere I had stowed away a rather rare version of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys doing the song western swing-style. This was done as one of the Tiffany Transcriptions recordings from 1945-47. I'll talk more about all of this later, because this entire month will be more of the same. Highlight of this one, other than Bob and lead vocalist Tommy Duncan cracking jokes, is the electric guitar break of Junior Barnard. Oklahoma Hills

 

05-5-10... This month (and probably next) I'll be featuring the music of Bob Wills, the man known as the King of Western Swing. My posts are not history lessons (you can read about him for days on end if you Google his name), but exposure for both those who have never heard his music and those who have heard his music but perhaps not these particular songs.

The first thing you should know is that Mr. Wills usually spouted spoken comments during the music, most often his falsetto "Ah, Ha!" and musician-named cues for one of them to take a solo break. It might take you awhile to get used to hearing him do this, but the reason he did it should be clear. The talented musicians popping their dance-hall beats excited him. His band members were always top-notch musicians, and his goal was to put together ensembles that were every bit as hot as the swinging jazz bands of the 1930's and 40's, but with the inclusion of fiddles, steel guitars, acoustic and electric guitars.

Today's selection is one of his biggest hits, thanks to Patsy Cline who recorded it in 1963, several years after this recording performed by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys in 1947. The melody is a fiddle tune conceived by his father, John Wills, back when Bob was a child and he and his family played for dances held in individuals' homes. Took him over 30 years before he finally decided to write lyrics for the melody and create a full-blown song. As for who actually wrote the lyrics, the matter of royalties created a rift between Bob and some of his band members, most notably his long-time lead singer, Tommy Duncan. More history if you care to investigate further.

Regardless, end result is a beautiful melody with classically-memorable lyrics. And, this is one of the rare occasions when Mr. Wills didn't interject his shout-outs into the recording. He lets the musicians, melody, lyrics and mesmerizing harmonies do his talking for him. Faded Love

 

05-7-10... The Judgment" is not some great trial that takes place at the end of our lives. It is a process that goes on in our minds all the time. Judgment is deciding upon the truth or falsity of any thought. What we accept as truth and what we reject as false determines our character.

From 1945 to 1947, Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys recorded what were known as transcriptions for Tiffany Music, Inc. These 16-inch discs were sold in packages to radio stations across the nation, a system similar to today's syndicated programs, where each radio station could sell their own advertising for the program's broadcast. In all, around 220 (known) songs were recorded, and no collection better exemplifies the versatility of the post-World War II Playboy bands, the variety of music they could play whether traditional or original, and the talented songwriting of Bob and his various band members.

As usual, I won't play the whole song, and for this one I cut out the piano break. Still, there's a steel guitar solo, electric guitar, and lastly, one of the most talented fiddle players ever put to record will take his turn. His name is Joe Holley. Bob Wills called him Jody. He played left handed. He was a jazz man who could play any style Bob asked him to play, and in the 1940's no country music fans had ever heard a fiddle treated this way. If you're not impressed, just wait. There will be even hotter licks in days ahead. I Had a Little Mule

 

05-10-10... An edited instrumental features Herb Remington's steel guitar lead with breaks by players Bob Wills will announce for you. Playboy Chimes

 

05-12-10... It's usually best to tackle a difficulty as soon as it presents itself. Allowing it to fester, to dig itself into your mentality will only make resolution more challenging with each passing day.

Today's Bob Wills song is about working hard while keeping faith that rewards will come in their due time. I'll Get Mine

 

05-14-10... The idea behind the Tiffany Transcriptions was to give radio stations a wide range of music, so they could attract advertisers targeting various markets. I don't know exactly which products in 1945-47 might be of interest to people into polkas, but Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys provided the option with this tune. This selection also provides a good chuckle for me when Bob calls Louis Tierney and Joe Holley "you old fiddle pluckers". Jesse Polka

 

 

05-17-10... Another good reason for tackling a problem head on and immediately is that running away from it only allows it to present itself again, usually in the guise of another problem worse than before.

The lyrics in today's Bob Wills selection contain many problems, and the suggested solution for each is for the good Lord to set you free. This is a simple way of saying a contact with the universal power (Lord, God, or whatever label you wish) will change your consciousness concerning the problem, and it is the change that will lead you to solving it. Oh, Mona

 

05-19-10... Before radio, people held dances in their homes. They formed clubs and the location rotated week to week, same as we still do for our bridge or poker groups. Keeping things simple, one room was cleared and rock salt or sand scattered about the wood floor. As for music, all they needed at bare minimum was a fiddle player who could play reels while a caller gave couples their direction for the square dance. What are reels? Well, here's one with Tommy Duncan calling and Bob Wills handling the fiddle part himself, same as he did while growing up in the vicinity of Turkey, Texas. Smith's Reel

 

05-21-10... Late, am I? Sorry, modem went dead and I had to run out and exchange for new one. Honest!

Bob Wills. Country music. Western Swing, but as for his post-WWII instrumentalists, they could play jazz licks with the best of the big band musicians. Not theory. Fact. Proof? Listen to Junior Barnard's guitar and Joe Holley's fiddle talk to one another in I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket.

 

05-24-10... Antagonize an undesirable situation and you give it the very power it needs to work against you. Deny it your power of thought and it crumbles away from you.

More Bob Wills soloists are featured for an instrumental. Oklahoma Rag

 

05-25-10... Don't know about you, but seeing footage of all that oil gushing into the Atlantic every day depresses the hell out of me. It represents heavy doses of greed, arrogance and irresponsibility wrapped in one, gigantic, all-consuming package. My only hope is that as every coastline along the Gulf of Mexico turns to disgusting muck, it will anger us to the point we're finally ready to get with the program, kick our silly asses into the 21st Century and convert to more sensible methods of heating our homes and fueling our autos.

On a related topic, I see climate change, or global warming as they call it, in the same light. Of course there is climate change. Has been since the Earth came into existence -- before humans, after humans. Do I believe we have an effect on climate change? Little. I liken it to one of George Carlin's lines in a bit he did regarding man versus environment. He suggested (I paraphrase) we ask the people buried under the rubble of Mexico City (after an earthquake, if you recall) if they feel they're a threat to mother nature. He said when the Earth has had enough of the human race, it will shake us off like we're fleas on a dog.

I agree with Mr. Carlin, but again, if our worrying over whether or not we're harming the Earth leads us to more logical forms of energy, then I say let's go ahead and believe we're the cause of climate change. Whatever prompts us to elevate our civilization is okay by me.

Another round of Texas Playboy solos today -- Tiny Moore's mandolin; Herb Remington's steel guitar; Louis Tierney's fiddle -- along with comical lyrics. Devlish Mary. Millard Kelso played piano for these Tiffany Transcription sessions, and while he's undoubtedly talented, his solos tend to sound similar from one song to the next. Bob Wills' pre-WWII pianist, Al Stricklin, was a much stronger musician, in my opinion, and when I get around to featuring the original Playboy band (next month, maybe?) you can formulate your own opinion regarding the two men.

 

05-28-10... You can only possess two emotions regarding any subject, any person or groups of people, and they are love or hate. Hate is an emotion we attach to things we don't understand. Love is the goal, but if you find you cannot remove hate from a thing, let go of it. Remove your thought from it. When it rears its head to again tempt you, don't give it that pleasure. Think of something else, anything that keeps your spirits high. One of my effective tricks is to think of a song, a melody, any melody, because any tune that can be conjered from memory undoubtedly will be a favorite. Music, to me, is a gift coming directly from the universal power (God, if you wish), and so is love.

I hope you can appreciate the highly-skilled guitar picking of Junior Barnard in this final Tiffany Transcriptions offering. Lazy Day. I will do a post for Memorial Day. Don't know what, yet... probably something flag related.

 

Last day of May... in the United States, we honor war dead on Memorial Day, which this year is on Monday, May 31. The song I've chosen is by Mel Tillis, and the voice sings of a soldier who wants to go home. I believe the message pertains to all soldiers, for they will -- one way or another -- eventually get to go home. Stateside

 

 

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