What do these things have in common?

Q: Strange Brew, Sundown, BourrĂ©e, My Sunday Feeling, BS&T medley with and without Al Kooper, Perry Mason theme, old and new ad jingles, Super Session’s Season of the Witch, Sunny, various things by the Association, etc. A: the first of these are what someone who wakes up at 5am hears for a half hour, in that order. You think that’s weird? The Newport Jazz Festival in 1969, which we attended, featured Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, the Mothers of Invention, Sly and the Family Stone, and Ten Years After, among others. We may have an unusual playlist in our mind feeding us toons, but what’s George Wein’s excuse?

Duh, we figured it out. For a while we have pondered, with some concern, the fact that we have melodies, soundtracks, and lyrics appearing, as if out of nowhere, in our mind, often as we were waking from deep sleep. Unusual, we thought, possibly very odd.

But how did Mozart do Eine Kleine Nachtmusik? How did Bach do Toccata in d minor and all the rest that we know so well, like the cello suites? It seems that the answer is that, in part, the melodies appeared to them. We’re just a lowly creature in that universe, though we must say we’ve enjoyed the new little tunes that came to us. However, when your song begins “Tiny Poolbug you sure look cute, when you’re wearing your birthday suit,” you ought to seek another line of work, or perhaps professional counseling. Ha Ha.

White Tower, sandwiches that look like meat, that’s the kind we like to eat. Hamburgers, coffee there is extra large, that’s the way they hide the frogs. (Georgetown, anti-war DC demonstration 1971. Grrr.)

One Response to “What do these things have in common?”

  1. Sennacherib Says:

    I always loved “Strange Brew” and “Tales of Brave Ulysses” along with “Locomotive Breath”. Mozart etc all had creativity of which I have absolutely none.

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