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Morning Song – Black Dog

Here’s how Robert Plant, speaking 45 years ago to an American concert audience, explained the genesis of “Black Dog”, one of Led Zeppelin’s most popular and instantly recognizable songs:

Let me tell you ’bout this poor old dog because he was a retriever in his early days, and the only thing he could ever find in his late days was his old lady who lived two houses away from where we were recording. And he used to go see the old lady quite regularly, but after he’d “boogied” and everything else he couldn’t get back. And we used to carry him back.

It’s one thing for a young man, trying to imagine what it’s like to be old and, well…horny, to sing that song. It’s another to sing it 40 years later, after that young man has grown into an old man and has…let’s call it a “deeper appreciation” for the situation of that old dog. That’s what Plant does here, dueting with the great Alison Krauss on a hushed, wry, sexy, playful, countrified-yet-still-rocking version of “Black Dog”.

“All I ask for, all I pray,
Steady rolling woman gonna come my way;
Need a woman, gonna hold my hand,
Won’t tell me no lies, make me a happy man

Morning Song – Instant Groove

Now everybody got a thing; we want you to come on out here and do it now.

King Curtis speaks; you listen.


Morning Song – What A Fellowship

It’s safe to say that when 19th century Midwestern Presbyterian elders Anthony J. Showalter and Elisha A. Hoffman wrote “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms”, they never imagined the L. A. Mass Choir’s 1992 “What A Fellowship”—a joyous, funkified reworking of their classic hymn—but I like to imagine their toes tapping along to it nonetheless.

“What a joy divine” indeed.

Morning Song – April In Paris

Okay, so it’s May.

Just remember: there’s never a bad time to hear Ella and Louis work their magic together on a song as exquisite as “April In Paris”.


Morning Song – Take Your Mama

Apparently Scissor Sisters lead singer Jake Shears decided to come out of the closet to his mother by writing her an Elton John song….

(Which, all things considered…not a bad idea.)

Morning Song – Love Song

Actually, the full title to Sara Bareilles’ first hit single is “(I’m Not Gonna Write You A) Love Song“.

But the next person? The one who really gets what love is?

She’ll write an awesome love song.

Morning Song – Give Paris One More Chance

Best known in this little corner of the world for his epic and definitive suburban Boston rock & roll driving song, “Roadrunner“, Jonathan Richman wrote an equally endearing, sincere and quirky tribute song, “Give Paris One More Chance”…which is, itself, worth one more chance.