[Moderator Omega - Wristscan]
Favorite songs and music Wrist Scan . . .
. . . starts now!
Last Thursday night I stopped in at the English pub in the Valley for a pint of Carlsberg and an order of fish tacos. Seated at the short end of the bar next to the juke box, I put five bucks in to play a selection of songs, starting with my first (when Dr No was only four!) favorite.
Immediately, the couple seated to my right began chattering about Scotch and Soda. The next few songs played were . . .
The couple's conversation, which I couldn't help overhearing, was commentary on the songs, both inquisitive and complimentary. They were trying to figure out the musicians and when the songs were released.
The next song played was . . .
. . . which generated an almost giddy outburst of gabbing.
Moments later I was invited into their conversation.
"Thanks for playing such great music. Are you in the music biz?"
"No, I just know how to play a juke box. And have a deep love for music. Seen the Stones forty three times, for starters."
"Do you know who he (pointing to her husband) is?", asked the lady.
"Sorry, no, never had the pleasure."
"The name's Shel Talmy," said she. "He discovered The Who and produced their first records. The Kinks first hit records, too."
[Shel Talmy's FB photo]
When I got home I looked him up on Google. His Wikipedia entry tells all you need to know. Shel produced dozens of groups and artists, including recently departed Jerry Lee Lewis. You can be sure I'll choose a seat next to the Talmys again if the opportunity arises.
As for my current favorite song and songwriter, it would have to be Gene Clark.
You and I is an unreleased song from his most productive period. I could listen to his solo albums for hours on end.
There are so many songwriters to admire - Dylan, Lightfoot, Cat Stevens, et. al - but at this point in time, it's Clark I feel closest to.
Please share your favorite songs and songwriters of any genre along with the watch (or watches) on your wrist this weekend.