March 2, 2021 — Song #61

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“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” is a blues song written by Jimmie Cox in 1923. Bessie Smith’s version is very popular, and there are so many more (I posted several at the end of this piece.) The song tells a story of someone who was flushed, spend their money like a fool, drinking liquor, champagne and wine. Party friends are around while she is flushed, but when the money is gone, they are gone.

This song reminds me of Aristotle and his treatment of different kinds of friendship in Nichomachean Ethics…


March 1, 2021 — Song #60

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Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown was amazing, I saw him perform just one time in a small joint somewhere in the middle of nowhere in Louisiana. He is the best. I remember his talking guitar back then. This song “Left Over Blues” has no words, but the instruments themselves speak. In the video, he says: “She left me with one word, I used to love you honey, but you are nothing to me but leftover blues.” It’s what it is. Maybe March will be Blues month. Because, hey the blues is the blues. …


February 28, 2021 — Song #59

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This is one of my favorite songs ever. It is an attempt to turn the tables on someone who hurt him, by saying, you will be permanently lonely, I am sad now, but I will be ok. Those who break hearts left and right will eventually suffer down the line. Poetic justice. Yes. It reminds me o Socrates at his trial, saying to his accusers and the jury, you will be committing an injustice, and therefore you will be hurting yourselves more than you will even hurt me, I didn’t do anything wrong, therefore…


February 27, 2021 — Song #58

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This song is absolutely one of my all-time favorite songs! I can’t find any info about it online, if you have any suggestions on where to find more about it, let me know. All I know is it was written by Bo Diddley, hey Bo Diddley, and that it has a version by the New York Dolls (sans Iggy Pop.) The story is simple, he is in the hospital, and they pump him up with a bunch of pills, without his consent. …


February 26, 2021 — Song # 57

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“Long Gone Lonesome Blues” is one of my favorite Hank Williams songs. He goes to the river to watch the fish swim by and got so lonesome he wanted to die, he jumped but the river was dry. Darn. You can’t catch a break! Now seriously, his yodeling in this song is out of this world. Take a look and the lyrics and listen:

I went down to the river to watch the fish swim by But I got to the river so lonesome I wanted to die, oh Lord And then I…


February 25, 2021 — Song # 56

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I think this song is a double whammy criticism of positivity and negativity. Regarding positivity it criticizes all the songs about the sun and how it represents hope, forgetting your troubles, etc, Who Loves the Sun/Not Everyone. It could be a response to The Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” or any other number of songs that equate the Sun with a positive outlook. …


February 24, 2021 — Song #55

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Before saying anything else, I have to tell my Joan Jett related story. It is not a fabulous story by any means, but still. When I was in my 20s living in NYC I lost my wallet (that seems to happen to me a lot when I was younger, I am not sure why.) Anyway, I lost my wallet and I put little posters all over to say if you find it call this number etc. I think there were some important documents inside. Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t think I had…


February 23, 2021 — Song #54

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Obviously a feminist anthem, this song is quite impressive. Lesley Gore’s interpretation of it is quite poignant. Today I paid off the rest of my debt. This made me think how most of us live in a position of dependency to capitalism, and as I listened to the song I imagined “you don’t own me” shouted out at the banks, credit cards, etc. It is interesting that capitalism succeeded in putting so many in a position of complete dependency — just as women used to be completely dependent on men — and because of…


February 22, 2021 — Song #53

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No one really knows who the song “You’re So Vain” was about. A couple of days ago I wrote about the Stones Song, “Memory Motel,” this song was written in 1972 when the Stones were staying at the Warhol Estate in Montauk. The rumor also goes that Mick had a one-night stand with Carly at the Memory and that this song is about him. Alas, that rumor was dissipated recently in an interview to Uncut, it seems like the song had been written already before they met: “It had been written before I met…


February 21, 2021 — Song #52

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The lyrics to the song “It’s My Party” were written by Seymour Gottlieb. Apparently the song was inspired by his daughter’s sweet 16 party, when her parents insisted that she had to invite her grandparents she said she didn’t want them there and burst into tears. Her dad said “Don’t Cry,” and the girl answered: “It’s my party, and I’ll cry if I want to.” Lesley Gore was also 16 and wanted to be a star, she recorded demos that somehow made their way to producer Quincy Jones. …

Sara Bizarro

PhD in Philosophy, Professor, Artist, Movie Buff.

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