Monday, January 16, 2017

Music Monday: The Panic Is On


Happy Monday everyone and welcome back to Music Monday! Let's share some songs we've been enjoying lately!  If you would like to play and I really hope you do, please see the rules and link up below.

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Every Monday share one or two of songs you've been enjoying lately.  It doesn't have to be a specific genre, new, or one of your favorites - just something you'd like to share with others.  If possible, share a music or lyric video of the song and your thoughts on the song(s), artist(s), and/or music video(s).

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This week I'm spotlighting three songs from the album The Panic Is On: The Great American Depression as Seen by the Common Man, which features music from the Great Depression from 1929-1938.  It includes genres from swing, blues, and country - some songs are sound more optimistic in outlook (like what I'm featuring below) where others are just plain depressing.  Either way all of the songs are great window into life during that time and the album is a must listen if you're interested in American history.  I'm lucky to have stumbled upon CD at the library.

"If I Ever Get A Job Again" by Dick Robertson and His Orchestra (1933) - This optimistic swing number looks forward to a future with a job and everything that the singer will do once he has steady work - like "never be a snob again" "live within my means, carry a dollar in my jeans","no turning out the light, bidding my appetite goodnight", "get two rooms and a kitchenette", and maybe even "find a sweet somebody", but he'll have to get "two suits and overcoat" and even "buy underwear."


"(Everything's Gonna Be) O.K. America" by Art Kassel and His Kassels in the Air (1932) - Even though you can hear the air raid sirens, this just sounds so optimistic, hopefully, and patriotic that you want to believe him and that everything will be okay - even though there are still several more years until the country was out of the woods.


"We're in the Money (The Gold Digger's Song)" by Charlie Palloy (1933) - Before I heard this original, I was familiar with the beginning: "We're in the money, we're in the money, we've got a lot of what it takes to get along/ We're in the money, the skies are sunny".  The next line (and on) threw me - I wasn't expecting it to take this turn: "Old man Depression you are through you done us wrong."  Anyway, once you listen to it you'll certainly have a new perspective on a song you thought you recognized  In this particular song, Palloy is singing and he's playing the guitar - and he's also known for the song from around the same time called "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"



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