Sunday Night Music Byte
Lynnrockets recently watched the film Julie & Julia about a thirty year old New Yorker who decided to cook every dish in one of Julia Childs’ cookbooks and to blog about it. It was a novel idea so we decided to copy it. No, we will not be cooking in the usual sense (that could start a fire). Rather, we will adapt the recipe a day concept to our nightly music bytes. From now to infinity (didn’t somebody else coin that phrase?) we will post a music video and brief description of the artist or song in a sort of alphabetical order as culled from Tom Moon’s wonderful reference book, 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die (A Listener’s Life List). The book describes both whole albums (remember those) and individual songs from all music genres that are essential listening. Do yourselves a favor and purchase this book. Where the book deals with an individual song, we will post that song, but when an entire album is the subject, we will exercise judicial discretion and post a single song therefrom. So what do you say, let’s get cooking…
The Caravans The Best Of The Caravans – “I Won’t Be Back” (1958)
Every musical style has kingmakers, those keen eared scouts who spot talent and trends way ahead of everybody else. In gospel, one of the most important is Albertina Walker, singer and leader of the long-lived Chicago-based singing group the Caravans. Founded in 1952 the group cranked out hits and led huge revivals through the 1960’s. The caravans recorded over 150 albums. For a time in the 1950’s – the period covered by this anthology – the group was a fixture on religious radio, performing originals and re-working classic gospel songs. “I Won’t Be Back” the fast moving opening track shows the basic caravans strategy: the soloist is Shirley Caesar, and as she launches into what soon becomes a scalding testimony, the others snap out response lines with the precision of master drummers. Their repartee happens at breakneck speed and feels too freewheeling to have been prearranged: The women are following the call of that higher power, and by the end their intensity spurs Caesar to abandon all restraint and shout.