You might be surprised to learn that I was a late bloomer, as far as ‘hard rock’ is concerned. In the mid 70s, ‘hard rock’ meant Rush, Aerosmith, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin…You get the gist. Anyway, I was late. My dad listened to 50s rock, and all country. I have great memories of rolling across the desert in Botswana with him, playing a Floyd Cramer or Johnny Cash 8 track tape in the land rover. Mom was classical, Broadway shows, and some singer/songwriters. I know every word on the “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” album, by Simon and Garfunkel. I also know the sound of all the orchestra instruments, thanks to Leonard Bernstein’s amazing series of orchestral recordings for children.
So, long before I heard 2112, or Led Zeppelin IV, I heard Live from Folsom Prison, and the soundtrack from The Sound of Music. Later, because I was a band kid, I got hired in classical radio…Truly, the clincher was that I could pronounce the names of Russian composers and conductors.
Today’s interview with Sara DelBeato gives me hope for young kids…We talk alot about their isolation and alienation…And lament that their music is empty, and is made in bedrooms by nerdy kids who just sample stuff…We say that rap is “bad” music, and doesn’t take talent to make. But then…Explain this: Explain a kid, who, at around 10, is already familiar with Duke Ellington. Can you do that?
She was learning about him long…LONG after he was gone. I learned about Duke Ellington by seeing the old man on Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin’s daytime talk shows. But this kid? How could she know?
Well, I suspect that tonight, some ten year old kid is going to happen on a recording of Peggy Lee signing Fever…Or Bobby Darrin singing Mack the Knife, or Duke playing Mood Indigo…And it will all begin anew. Those songs are too good to die. They’ll never die.
I remember when I discovered Willie Nelson’s Stardust album. It was REVALATORY. I couldn’t believe I had never heard these ‘ancient’ songs.
So, today, we celebrate a continuance of the Standards, as they are called. The amazing songs of some of the greatest popular music composers of all time…And almost ALL of it made before I was born in 1964.
Sara brought us two tracks from her demo…Hallelujah I Love Him So (Ray Charles wrote it), and a later song…Fields of Gold by Sting.
Please enjoy the music cast for today, with Sara DelBeato!