I’m almost ready to be back in the game. I’m feeling much better physically but there’s some thing still rough in my throat. Despite that, I’ve been itchin’ to be out of bed and off the couch a bit. What do I do, I’m cleaning up around the house and studio. Talk about neglect when you’re ill. I guess I’ve got a little bit of the obsessive compulsive thing in me thanks to my mom. Fortunately it only tends to strike when I’ve neglected something for a while.
In the meantime, I’m making some phone calls, sending and replying to e-mails. Got some contacted about getting hooked up to write with some pretty big names, which would be fun to do. I’ll post more on that when it happens. I may attempt to mow the lawn, which is in need of mowing, but I’ll likely wait until the sun is down. I don’t want to overdo it in the sun until I’m feeling 100%. I will have to hit the grocery store. Food is low in the house. Then likely to finish a mix of a song that I would have finished last weekend, had I not gotten ill.
So since I’m about ready to sit back with a lemonade in my hand in the hammock, I thought I throw out a ditty brought to me by Jon Carroll. Strangely enough, it’s called On The Front Porch. If you’re much of a music buff, which I’d like to think I am yet I’m always learning… Jon Carroll is an original member of the Starland Vocal Band. Apparently a popular group back in the mid 70’s. I know for fact that I’ve heard their big hit. I knew of it before I saw Good Will Hunting, but I remember it from the closing credits of that movie. I never knew it was them, and now I’ve got the honor of showing off another song from an artist who’s already been there done that!
I like the quirky nature of the tune. One thing that struck me is that listening to Jon’s voice I hear what my co-writing friend Brandon James might sound like many years from now. There’s something oddly familiar in their vocal prints.
There’s lots of little ear candy things going on in this song. Even for such a simple little song. Voices coming in to support the main melody or creating a counter to the melody. Then there’s the pulsing beat of all the instruments which give me a vibe of a swaying stomp as I’d got round in circles clapping my hands. If you listen closely you’ll hear little blurps of a synth here and there. An occasional harp, or horn. Then there’s the thuddy bass. Yum. It really says, here you are sitting on a porch and having a tall cool drink while you lean back and tip the hat forward to watch the world out in front of you.
Show Jon your front porch lovin’ and pick this up!