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10 Songs: Thursday, December 17th, 2015

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1 – Raised On Robbery – Joni Mitchell –  “where’re you going? Don’t go yet…” A Canadian chick trying to raise money, get bought drinks, have a laugh, is stuck in a bar watching the damn hockey game and telling a guy her life story. She ain’t asking for a full length mink but is alone by the end of the song anyway – A+

2 – One Call Away -Piana-pella – Charlie Puth – Pretty good at Jingle Ball, here he plays it solo  – B

3 – Rendezvous – The dB’s – Peter Holsapple masterpiece about Presley and diminished expectations – A

4 – Fugue For Tinhorns – David Green – Can do, can do – A

5 – I Just Can’t Help Believing – Elvis Presley – Minor Weill and Mann made masterful by Presley on one of his best albums of the 70s, performed live  – A

6 – Dream A Little Dream Of Me – Ella And Louis – What price Ella’s scat at the start of the song? – A

7 – I’m Beginning To See The Light – Ella and The Ink Spots – Birth of doo wop, but not each an Ink Spot and an Ella trade verses – A

8 – The Ties That Bind – Bruce Springsteen – A daydream of emotional fidelity… maybe he meant the E Street VBand – A

9 – Baby, It’s A Cold Outside – Ella and Louis Jordan – The definition of rapey- A

10 – Cold In California – Cam – Hits me this is a little on the disappointing side, isn’t it? – C+

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