The Skelly Suggests … Moon Tunes

Night Songs

1. Moondance – Van Morrison

2. Harvest Moon – Neil Young

3. Bad Moon Rising – CCR

4. Blue Moon of Kentucky – Elivs Presley

5. Moon Over Bourbon Street – Sting

6. Moonshadow – Cat Stevens

7. Mr. Moonlight – Beatles or Dr. Feelgood & The Interns

8. Walking on the Moon – The Police

9. Yellow Moon – Neville Brothers

Spotify: Moon Tunes

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The Skelly Suggests … Rock Around the Clock

Rock Around the Clock

Pump up your afternoon with a musical rock around the clock.

Spotify It:    Rock Around the Clock

1.  11:59- Blondie
2.  One O’Clock Jump – Count Basie Orchestra
3.  Six O’Clock – Lovin’ Spoonful
4.  Twelve Thirty (Young Girls Are Coming To The Canyon) – The Mamas & The Papas
5.  Wednesday Morning, 3AM – Simon & Garfunkel
6.  Three O’Clock Blues- B.B. King
7.  9 to 5. – Dolly Parton
8.  In The Midnight Hour – Wilson Pickett
9.  Quarter To Three- Gary U.S.Bonds
10.  5 O’clock World- The Vogues

Instrumental Musings … Daion Power MK-XX

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DAION POWER MK-XX

A guitar that Ray Flacke had lying around after an endorsement deal didn’t pan out. He handed it off to me. I use this solely for octave work employing a heavy gauge round-wound D and high E tuned down a tone as the only strings. These were actually high-priced axes made with great attention to detail and fabulous exotic woods, but they never caught on.

From the Desk … How Deep Is Your Love

Al Green - How Can you Mend a Broken HeartThe Bee Gees - How Can you Mend a Broken HeartGeorge Fame and Alan Price - Rosetta

Sometimes it can be a shock when you get a coveted cut, and then when you hear the record, the artist has taken it to a place you didn’t envision your beloved composition residing. I experienced this phenomenon many years ago, when my song “ Rosetta” became a huge hit as done by Georgie Fame and Alan Price, but I was resentful at the time about how it was interpreted….well, I was a young lad at the time, and didn’t know any better, but after forty-odd years of royalties I’ve got over that .

During that same period, while I was working in the publishing division of R.S.O. ( The Robert Stigwood Organization), whose flagship act was The Bee Gees, I came to realize that the parental concern one can feel for one’s song can kick in, no matter the elevated level of the composers.

One day we received a 45 acetate in the mail from Hi! Records in Memphis.  In those days it was a courtesy to send singles to the publisher before a single was issued, so when we spun it, and heard Al Green’s monumental version of what was already a monumental song “ How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”, my boss John Davies and I were over the moon.

John wanted the guys to hear it ASAP, and after a few phone calls established that the three of them were at Maurice’s house, so I was dispatched by taxi to Hampstead with the acetate. Being only an errand boy in this situation, I kept the cab ticking over in the driveway, and delivered the vinyl. I was reasonably friendly with Maurice, and he being a warm and hospitable fellow, offered me a drink and asked me to listen with them. I’d already heard it twice, so number three, on Maurice’s state of the art sound system was sublime to me, but when it finished the reaction of the brothers was pretty muted.

At that time Al Green wasn’t a huge artist in the U.K., mainly known to soul music fans, and his sparse, intense reading was quite a departure from the Bee Gees orchestrated version…I finished my drink and took the taxi back into the city, where I reported to John that the fellows had seemed underwhelmed by what they’d heard. “ Oh. They’ll come around to it “ he replied, which of course they did, but it can phase a composer when other hands and minds get hold of one of your babies.

Let it be, get over it, and count the pennies!

Spotify: How Deep is Your Love

Instrumental Musings … Harmony H-22

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HARMONY H-22. 1966

This semi-acoustic bass  was originally owned by Ronnie Lane of The Small Faces. I added a Bartolini pickup at the bridge, to reinforce the original DeArmond pickup. It is strung with heavy gauge round wound brass strings, and I usually employ a felt pick…almost sounds like a tuba!

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