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Noted Without Comment – Muppet Frozen Confection Edition

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Morning Song – Danny’s All-Star Joint

A deep cut off Rickie Lee Jones’ eponymous first album, “Danny’s All-Star Joint” is a bluesy, jazzy, hipster-ish story song with enough offbeat characters and sharp observations to fill an early Bruce Springsteen side (it has saxophones, too).

Backed by a veritable “Who’s Who” of LA session musicians (seriously, check out who plays on this album), Jones delivers the vocals on “Danny’s All-Star Joint” with a slurred sultriness that belies her impeccable precision and control.

Put it all together, and it’s a blast that’ll “make your be-bop bap, and your R&B hep-scat“…even if you don’t know exactly what that means.

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Beauty All Around Me – Furry Flower

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Morning Song – 93 Million Miles

This one’s for the travelers.

Lots of people are traveling this week. Here’s hoping they all get to travel with the knowledge embedded in Jason Mraz’ lovely, scientifically and emotionally true “93 Million Miles”*:

…in life you’re gonna go far;
If you do it right, you’ll love where you are;
Just know that wherever you go,
You can always come home
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*That large, multi-colored piece of foldable paper spread out across the diner table in the video is what the old folks used to call a “road map”. It’s what people used for directions before Siri, Alexa, and cellphones.

 

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Beauty All Around Me – Sidewalk Shadows & Reflections

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Morning Song – Grits, Gravy & Groove

Yes, it’s true. Even though Jimmy McGriff laid down this soulful, swinging, jazzy recording of “Grits, Gravy & Groove” in 2000 (on his infectiously listenable McGriff’s House Party), there’s not a note to be heard that couldn’t be from, say, 1961.

If you’re lucky enough this morning to be looking forward to celebrating a good and joyous Thanksgiving tradition, you know that’s a feature, not a bug.

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Morning Song – I Am Free

If the McCrary Sisters sound like an old-time gospel quartet…well, they come by honestly enough. Their father was the Rev. Sam McCrary, for decades the lead tenor of the Fairfield Four; and the group regularly rehearsed in their family’s living room when the sisters were young.

“I Am Free” is the kind of foot-tapping, hand-clapping, body-swaying, feel-good song that anyone can enjoy…but people who know what it is to have been bound (in body, mind and/or spirit) can truly exult in.

“He brought me out of darkness;

Now I’m walking in the marvelous light;

I am free by the blood of the Lamb.”