Kind of Gone
Ooofta. Just a day away from full month territory when it comes to the last entry. That seems to be the common thread linking all of these together, starting with a comment on just how long it’s been and then giving a jab at the weather and maybe globbing on a half-assed excuse tucked in there somewhere. I’m going to try to hit the next few weeks hard to get back into the swing of things, strictly for my own benefit. I need to start pruning those summer playlists.
But hey, how about that warm pre-summer air, huh?
I’ve been tackling heaps from the list in the past few weeks, but I keep coming back to Armchair Boogie, an old favorite. It’s one of those standards I stumble and trip over every time I come across it again. Then I forget it exists until the next time I forget to forget it exists.
It’s just such a damn charming listen; simple folksy songwriting and performances that aren’t quite on cue or par. It’s intimate and friendly, like having a couple of close buddies recite their favorite standards on the porch after a few drinks.
Things occasionally dip into different waters, like the generally somber “Light Green Fellow” or the lulling, clumsy brass on “Penguins”, but even the outliers ooze with Hurley and his pals’ personality and character.
2.Grand Canyon Line 3:52
3.English Nobleman 2:23
4.Be Kind to Me 3:00
5.Troubled Water 2:15
6.Red Ravager’s Reel 2:12
8.Open Up 2:51
9.Jocko’s Lament 2:17
10.Light Green Fellow 3:54
11.Get the Best of Me 3:31
12.Biscuit Roller 2:25
13.When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano 1:52
There are so many ripe little moments throughout Armchair Boogie, nuggets that make it so much fun to come back to. Can’t recommend this one enough.