Diggin' The Sand

July 25, 2010 1:22 AM

Summer means remembering summers.

My favorite summer songs, like War's "All Day Music," are always intensely nostalgic. Is there ever any summer other than "last summer"? Trying to stir up all that kinda feeling in this tune.

From an older release with my best band. Enjoy!

posted by bonefish (4 comments total)

You captured that War, Lighthouse, Chicago kind of thing, in spades.
Love the tremolo guitar and the lazy sax.
posted by chococat at 9:56 PM on July 25, 2010

Yeah, that's a great sound. Relaxed and relentless at the same time.
posted by uncleozzy at 7:19 AM on July 27, 2010

Wow, nice. What was your role in the band? And why don't you post songs more often?

I dig the organ, and the sax, and that percussion -- conga? -- that starts around 2:00, in particular.
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 4:21 AM on July 28, 2010

Thanks for the comments on my first MeFi Music post! I hope to explore the offerings and comment as well.

I've seldom checked out MeFi past the blue and my cursory impression of the music subsite was that it was primarily for home recordists to workshop recent efforts, show off one offs and take on various creative challenges, as opposed to promoting one's band...I am definitely not productive enough for the former and am loathe to engage in yet more of the latter. Not sure even how I clicked here recently, but once I glommed the current challenge I knew I had something worthwhile in the can to contribute. So that's why I haven't been here before, but now I want to hang out and share some music.

I wrote the song, sang it, played the guitar parts (save for the tremolo, which is my friend Raiford Starke picking his Silvertone, if too hot in the mix because my producer had to split town and left me to ride the final knobs on this one and I was just too in love with the sound of my man's old Sears guitar soul!).

The organ's entrance seems a total homage to "Rock Me Baby" and that TK-palm-tree-label-Florida groove, but it was completely spontaneous and thus perfect. So good the keyboard player was rewarded with getting to play the bongos, an indulgence that also ended up perfect. The sax player is Jeff Watkins (James Brown, Josh Stone).

The band is a core group of guys that have been playing together for decades and I am pretty lucky these cats are into my music. We perform a lot and should be more disciplined about our careers, but music is a hell of a way to make a living. Sometimes to get into it, you have to stay away from it, ya know? This song was released in the late 20th century and having once threatened to put out a record every ten years, I guess we are overdue for another one.
posted by bonefish at 12:03 AM on July 29, 2010

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