Morning Song – My Sweet Potato
(One in a series of songs for this Thanksgiving week.)
Étude: a short musical composition designed as an exercise to improve the technique or demonstrate the skill of the player.
You’d think by now that some marketing genius with access to the Stax-Volt collection would have packaged Booker T. & The MGs recordings from the 1960s as The Soul Etudes and then sold the heck out of them to aspiring rhythm section musicians and their teachers. (After all, it’s still working for Bach and Chopin….)
This morning at MassCommons World Headquarters we’re whetting our appetites for Thursday with Booker T. & The MGs’ “My Sweet Potato”, delighting at the interpolation of the main theme from “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” (at 0:41), and marveling at the endless variety of what that band could do with three chords and one time signature.