Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Platters That Matter


I love it when the topic of some rock hack comes up, and their mastery of hot licks, and their undisputed place in the Pantheon of gods of the MOR radio is discussed. It's my sad duty to mention that they all suck pond water through a septic drain hose compared to legions of guys playing for tips in the corner of a coffee shop. What makes you famous can't make you good, and if you get famous first, you never learn. Why would you bother?

The Days of Wine and Roses is written by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. It's also my sad duty to mention, when Pink Floyd or some such songs are mentioned, that Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer walked the same globe, so you folks are lost in a very wrong neighborhood on that planet if you're looking for songwriters.

It's my sad duty, but I shirk it, because people should like what they like, and get enjoyment out of liking it. I like watching Rocky Gresset and Ninine Garcia playing in the corner, for instance. They're not all that good, I suppose, so my scheme of finding out exactly where this video is recorded, selling all my belongings to get plane fare -- including at least one of my kids for medical experiments if necessary -- in order to move there and live in a cardboard box and sit outside the window of this place listening intently in the hope they'll show up again, might sound a tad extreme. To a Pink Floyd fan, maybe.

9 comments:

Declan said...

La Chope des Puces!

Guy said...

The famous you're talking about would play The Days Of Whiny Poseurs

Larry Geiger said...

Money quote: "What makes you famous can't make you good, and if you get famous first, you never learn. Why would you bother?"

Anonymous said...

I admire people that can play a musical instrument or dribble a basketball, as I can do neither.
Jim

Andy said...

Wish I could swing like that.

Andy said...

Wish I could swing like that.

Anonymous said...

These guys are good therefore pink floyd is bad?

Larry Geiger said...

"These guys are good therefore pink floyd is bad?" Uhhhhhhh, yes.

Arkadiy said...

Do not know if you're familiar with Yuri Naumov. Have a look: http://youtu.be/v_iFtTEmD9U