My father, Toddy Ryan, gave me many gifts. One of them is music. In our “west-end”
Contemporary art forms that take sacred classics, imbuing them with youth and fresh eyes, through lenses and mediums of the present tense are beyond tribute in a way. Tribute bands may imitate, but like Andy Warhol and others, artists have the opportunity to reshape and display what once was and make it something exciting; what is. We can touch the generational fingertips of our friends and family with art like this. We can experience memories with music and even create new ones.
My Mom and Dad danced to these songs at places like the 500 Club and Steel Pier in
I’m curious to hear this live updated rendering, wishing that my Dad (88) could sit beside me and absorb this. Dad’s not up to the trip, but I may make a cassette for him (he’s not online or iPod’d). I’ll listen intently, Daddy O, but I’ll want to dance.
You can listen to a recorded session preview of this new Wee Small Hours creation on ustream http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/5366869 . I can’t wait to see this live, thanks to Nate, the Ruk & Spoonblender.
By the way, Dad still has a copy of the concept album of my generation, Tommy, a few inches away from Wee Small Hours in the Hi-Fi cabinet in his attic in Avalon, New Jersey…
Catch Wee Small Hours:
August 15th at the recordBar…
August 27th and 29th at Jardine’s…
Cover is ten bucks, Mack…
Sinatra’s original 1955 track listing for these great songs…be advised that the show will place this list in shuffle mode…
"I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes)" (Hoagy Carmichael, Jane Brown Thompson) –
"It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers, Hart) –
"Dancing on the Ceiling" (Rodgers, Hart) –
For you audiophiles and vinyl lovers: In November of 2009, Capitol Records, LLC, re-issued this album in its original 16-song LP format. The LP was officially recalled by Capitol in December, 2009, due to an unusual production error: At the end of side one, the song "I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan" errantly replaced "When Your Lover Has Gone". Also the 2009 reissue LP uses the "wet" 1960s mix that has added echo/reverb on Frank Sinatra's voice. The original LP pressings from the mid to late 1950s and the early 1980s 10 track budget reissue LP contain the "dry" mix.