I made Etta a mix in her Chicago apartment while she was sleeping. And now its been uploaded to be shared with the public. The songs are taken from albums that have been heavy in my rotation. These are heady tunes for the cold weather and lack of sun. The clocks get set ahead this weekend. Its a song cycle for the darkening of the world that’s taking place, the locking of the ground, the shortening of the day. The first song, from which I pulled the title, is a live version of Glen Campbell’s Hey, Little One, that the early Grateful Dead played at the Danish Center in Los Angeles on the evening of March 12, 1966. There is a reggae cover, If I Don’t Work Out by the rocksteady artist Pat Kelly, original by The Zombies, and the original Police And Thieves by Junior Murvin, produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry, which was later covered by The Clash. Otis Taylor has two songs on the mix, that appear side by side on his new LP, Clovis People, Vol. 3 (the only Clovis People volume… get it?) Here they are separated by Dry Up Those Tears, the blind artist Bob Desper’s love song, and If The Sun Stops Shinin’, by Chubby Checker. My wonderful friend Austin Leonard Jones makes an appearance with a song from his debut album Superstitions that came out this week, What Fun It Is To Ride! followed appropriately by a bonus track from the Sounds of Silence LP, Blues Run The Game, by Simon And Garfunkel. The final song is another bonus track, this from Beach Boy Dennis Wilson’s solo LP, Pacific Ocean Blue… like an undertow that creeps up… Tug Of Love.
The amazing new album Superstitions by Austin Leonard Jones (purchase for $5!)
Blog entries on Bob Desper and Chubby Checker
Glen Campbell sings Hey, Little One
The Album Cover Art Gallery
Hey, Little One… mix by 3rdarm