Monday, January 25, 2010

Delightful

My Mom was always fond of saying, "Never delay a kindness". Words to live by.

Someone who takes that maxim to heart, and print, is the mysterious Dr. Heck Guy - blogger behind the highly erudite and even more entertaining Heck of a Guy: "A pastiche of posts, featuring song, dance, snappy chatter plus notes on prose, poesy, love, lust, life, and beyond".

With a new album creation on the home stretch, I've been in the position of pulling together items from past and present, in the process gaining new perspective and, further, a deepened appreciation of Allison Crowe's immense artistry and integrity.

It buoys my spirits to know that the music she creates inspires people all over this world, and, as one example, here's the latest from that online articulator song and dance, DrHGuy:

Must-hear Allison Crowe Cover Of John Sebastian's Darling Be Home Soon

I happened onto this video of Allison Crowe, the Canadian singer-songwriter and icon-in-training, performing her uniquely gorgeous version of "Darling Be Home Soon," a classic pop – in the best sense of “pop” – tune and couldn’t go to sleep without posting it first.

Written by John Sebastian (as were ” “Do You Believe in Magic”, “Summer in the City”, “Daydream,” “Nashville Cats,” “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind,” “Six O’Clock,” “You Didn’t Have to Be So Nice,” and “Younger Girl”), "Darling Be Home Soon" was popularized by The Lovin' Spoonful, Sebastian’s band, in 1967. I hereby proudly confess to being a long-time admirer (since before 1967) of Mr. Sebastian and The Lovin' Spoonful.1

Crowe’s luscious, sometimes almost lascivious vocalizations match up surprisingly well with the delightfulness, a Sebastian trademark (nobody does delightful like John Sebastian), that pervades "Darling Be Home Soon" to produce an irresistibly enjoyable, profoundly satisfying performance.

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