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Trial Balloon: April 7, 2010 Archive


Posted at 5:35 AM on April 7, 2010 by Radio Heartlander (37 Comments)
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From the Desk of the Heartlanders
Guest Blogger - Barb in Blackhoof

No, the topic for today is not about the Welsh language. It's about songs.

There are some songs that I just like - no matter who does it.

The Tokens' version of "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" is a favorite, but I also enjoy Straight, No Chaser's version.

Tony Bennett sings so well, but I love to hear KD Lang singing "his" songs. And I like "Forever Young" when it's done by Joan Baez but Rod Stewarts' version is ok with me too.

There are other songs where I want to hear one artist only. No substitutions.

Don Gibson singing his version of "Sea of Heartbreak" (written by Hal David and Paul Hampton) is one case where I have to stop what I'm doing and listen. Those long sliding, almost whining, phrases of Don's, that "bum, bum, bum" bass singer, the women in the back going "doot,dodoodleoot", everything just hits me fine.

Another one that stops me in my tracks is Marty Robbins' "Don't Worry ('bout Me)" (words and music by Marty Robbins). When I hear him singing "sweet, sweet, sweet love - I want you to be as happy as I when you're with me" and "oh, oh, oh, oooohoh, sweet baby sweet, baby sweet. It's all over now, don't worry 'bout me" so gently and with so much feeling and then along comes that fuzz bass guitar solo (some say the very first use of fuzz distortion), I think there is no other recording I would even consider requesting.

Interesting that both of these were recorded in 1961 (I don't know what that says about my musical growth - not anything good, I suppose). But there are things about those two songs - performed ONLY by those artists - that captivate me. They're not even my favorites; but I do not want to hear anyone else sing them!

On Google I read that over 150 artists have recorded "Sea of Heartbreak." I don't care. I don't want to hear Rosanne Cash and Bruce Springsteen singing it. (I don't want to hear Bruce sing Erie Canal, either - sorry Bruce)

Are there songs that, in your opinion, can only be sung by one particular artist? Like "At Last" - Etta James or "Santa Baby" - Eartha Kitt (who would be fool enough to even attempt it??)

Who is on your IDWTHAESTS list?

*I don't want to hear anyone else sing this song

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