Happiness as Anarchy #198: Don’t Fence Me In

‘Tis a song that most people associate with country and western, but in fact twas written by the master of music theatre, Cole Porter. He penned the melody in 1934, with lyrics written by Robert Fletcher, for the musical Adios Argentina. However it didn’t become a hit until Roy Rogers sang it in the Warner… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #198: Don’t Fence Me In

Happiness as Anarchy #180: Old, old songs

I can’t remember how I first heard Spanish Is The Loving Tongue, but it’s one of those songs that I loved instantly. I find it intriguing that there are two versions with different opening melodies – one starts with an ascending arpeggio, the other descending; the same notes in the opposite order. My preference is… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #180: Old, old songs

Happiness as Anarchy #177: Simple Old Songs

Nothing beats an afternoon spent exploring old songs with a new musical partner. I can’t begin to describe how much good it does my heart, singing old songs, harmonies, switching instruments and talking with a kindred spirit. Today’s session with the fabulous Philomena was just that, and created a list of great songs, including the… Continue reading Happiness as Anarchy #177: Simple Old Songs

Dying cowboys and double basses

Like the 19th century prairie, recording is a strange blend of high stress, fun and the beauty of being completely in the moment. The stress is in making something semi-permanent and paying for studio time, and the beauty lies in a dedicated time and space centred on sound and capturing the music. So it’s an… Continue reading Dying cowboys and double basses