Operator

Operator, well could you help me place this call?
See, the number on the matchbook is old and faded
She's living in L.A. with my best old ex-friend Ray
A guy she said she knew well and sometimes hated
Isn't that the way they say it goes? Well, let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em I'm fine and to show
I've overcome the blow, I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real, but that's not the way it feels
Operator, well could you help me place this call?
Well, I can't read the number that you just gave me
There's something in my eyes, you know it happens every time
I think about a love that I thought would save me
Isn't that the way they say it goes? Well, let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em I'm fine and to show
I've overcome the blow, I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real, but that's not the way it feels
No, no, no, no - that's not the way it feels
Operator, well let's forget about this call
There's no one there I really wanted to talk to
Thank you for your time, ah, you've been so much more than kind
And you can keep the dime
Isn't that the way they say it goes? Well, let's forget all that
And give me the number if you can find it
So I can call just to tell 'em I'm fine and to show
I've overcome the blow, I've learned to take it well
I only wish my words could just convince myself
That it just wasn't real, but that's not the way it feels...

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Jim Croce
One of the greats for story-telling.
Those were the days when they weaved a story with their lyrics.

Thanks for sharing,

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Thanks for replying, and for appreciating real music. :)

Hate to be that old guy, but I really miss the days when musicians could actually sing, write music, play instruments, and and could craft poignant poetry into lyrics.

Today people are so musically illiterate that they consider people talking simple-minded, shallow, narcissistic rhymes as geniuses.

The world is really regressing towards an Idiocracy (great movie, BTW).

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The haunting lyrics of TAXI by Harry Chapin

It was raining hard in 'Frisco
I needed one more fare to make my night
A lady up ahead waved to flag me down
She got in at the light

Oh, where you going to, my lady blue
It's a shame you ruined your gown in the rain
She just looked out the window, and said
"Sixteen Parkside Lane"

Something about her was familiar
I could swear I'd seen her face before
But she said, "I'm sure you're mistaken"
And she didn't say anything more

It took a while, but she looked in the mirror
And she glanced at the license for my name
A smile seemed to come to her slowly
It was a sad smile, just the same
And she said, "How are you Harry?"
I said, "How are you Sue?
Through the too many miles
And the too little smiles
I still remember you."

It was somewhere in a fairy tale
I used to take her home in my car
We learned about love in the back of the Dodge
The lesson hadn't gone too far
You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights
And I took off to find the sky

Oh, I've got something inside me
To drive a princess blind
There's a wild man, wizard
He's hiding in me, illuminating my mind
Oh, I've got something inside me
Not what my life's about
Cause I've been letting my outside tide me
Over 'till my time, runs out

Baby's so high that she's skying
Yes she's flying, afraid to fall
I'll tell you why baby's crying
Cause she's dying, aren't we all

There was not much more for us to talk about
Whatever we had once was gone
So I turned my cab into the driveway
Past the gate and the fine trimmed lawns
And she said we must get together
But I knew it'd never be arranged
And she handed me twenty dollars
For a two fifty fare, she said
"Harry, keep the change."
Well another man might have been angry
And another man might have been hurt
But another man never would have let her go...
I stashed the bill in my shirt

And she walked away in silence
It's strange, how you never know
But we'd both gotten what we'd asked for
Such a long, long time ago

You see, she was gonna be an actress
And I was gonna learn to fly
She took off to find the footlights
And I took off for the sky
And here, she's acting happy
Inside her handsome home
And me, I'm flying in my taxi
Taking tips, and getting stoned
I go flying so high, when I'm stoned

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Oh my God, what beautiful, sad lyrics!

Never listened much to Chapin. But after reading that, I have to hear that song! :D

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Bass Reeves:

I'm sure you know of Gordon Lightfoot? If you don't give him a listen as another great story teller.

My lineup: Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin, Gordon Lightfoot, Ricky Nelson (Yes, for Garden Party), Tom Petty, The Highwaymen, The Traveling Wilbury's, Don McLean, Dire Straits, Creedence Clearwater Revival, just to name a few. Back in the day, they weaved their stories, mixed them with great melodies, and boom, if not an instant hit, a great classic.

I love those musical "Wordsmiths".

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The Highwaymen, SILVER STALLION
(What a line: "Ride like the one-eyed Jack of Diamonds with the devil close behind")

I'm gonna steal me a silver stallion
With not a mark upon his silky hide
Teach him he can trust me like a brother
One day we'll saddle up and ride

And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride
Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds
With the devil close behind
We're gonna ride

I'm gonna find me a reckless woman
Razor blades and dice in her eyes
Just a touch of sadness in her fingers
Thunder and lightening in her thighs

And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride
Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds
With the devil close behind
We're gonna ride

I'm gonna chase the sky forever
With the woman and the stallion and the wind
And the sun is gonna burn into a cinder
Before we ever pass this way again

And we're gonna ride, we're gonna ride
Ride like the one eyed jack of diamonds
With the devil close behind
We're gonna ride

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ClydeKen,

I've heard of Gordon Lightfoot, but again, unfortunately, not familiar with much of his work.

During that time, I listened mostly to what's now considered classic R&B. But I also listened to Jim Croce, Paul Simon (still one of my faves), the Beatles, America and some Cat Stevens (like some of his more recent stuff too, and his voice is hypnotic!).

I'll definitely have to check out some of the other artists you listed. Being also a lover of jazz, I really hate a lot of what passes for music nowadays.

My long-deceased friend and first boss once told me that the difference between jazz and pop music is that jazz is an art form, and pop is a business. :lol:

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Touche, My Friend.

"Jazz is art form and Pop is a business"

My brother is a jazz fan. He began loving jazz when he was in the high school band and has always told me, "I don't know what I'm missing." One of his favorites was a band named, "Hiroshima." I think that might have been "Fusion Jazz." (I'm not sure about the term) because they blended the ancient Japanese instruments such as the Koto, Taiko Drums, and Shakuhachi into their compositions.

Make it a great day!

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I remember Hiroshima. Good group. And you used the term correctly. Fusion jazz is a merging of jazz with another genre, such as rock or pop. Just as funky or soul jazz was a blending of jazz and R&B. That and modal jazz are 2 of my favorite genres.

Too many people today like to claim that they like jazz because they think it makes them sound sophisticated. But more often than not, they're referring to smooth jazz, which is the worst subgenre of fusion. The jazz and classical trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (a fellow native of my hometown!) referred to it as instrumental pop.

Guess one reason I miss singers who can actually write, arrange and play their own music - most contemporsry pop songs are written by committee, and many of them by the same people - is a result of my love of music as an art form, and the era in which my ears were just opening to music. 8)

Have a miraculous day, my friend.

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BTW, I liken listening to smooth jazz to eating French fries: you can enjoy them without pretending they're haute cuisine. :lol:

And hopefully, they'll create within you the appetite for something more filling and nourishing. :wink:

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BassReeves: Gotta love it. I'm learning a lot about Jazz. Enough that I'll startle my brother when we get together again. He lives just across town and works on my side so it's usually about a week in between visits.
Thanks for all the information. You certainly know your stuff and I appreciate it.

Up to now, I'm just stuck with Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." :D

ClydeKen

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Brubeck was one of the biggest names in the world of cool jazz. Not a bad place to start, CK. :wink: Cool jazz fell roughly after bebob, and before hard bop (also known as soul or funky jazz). Each subgenre can be considered responses to the previous one.

If you want to hear something really fun, check out Al Jarreau's vocal cover of "Take Five".

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That was "Super cool!" Thanks for letting me know

Won't you stop and take
A little time out with me
Just take five
Stop your busy day
And take the time out
To see if I'm alive
Though I'm going out of my way
Just so I can pass by each day
Not a single word do we say
It's a pantomime and not a time
Still, I know our eyes often meet
I feel tingles down to my feet
When you smile, that's much too discreet
Sends me on my way
Wouldn't it be better
Not to be so polite
You could offer a light
Start a little conversation now
It's alright, just take five
Just take five

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You forgot the ending verse:

Oh baby, on just ceremony
Do not stand;
You could offer your hand -
Huggin' and a-tuggin',
It could oh so grand -
Take Five!
Come take five...

A great theme song for this site, right? Another 2 I would suggest, both by the Temptations:

"Heavenly" - an underheard classic, and one of my all-time favorite songs, and;

"Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)" - a great ballad with sexy, smoldering jazz sax fills and ending solo.

BTW, what made Brubeck's" Take Five"so unique was his use of the 5/4 time signature, which then wasn't used much, if at all, at the time in jazz.

Another of his hits, "Blue Rondo a la Turk" was also covered in a vocal version by Jarreau, entitled "Round, Round, Round".

So what songs would you suggest as themes for the site? 8)