Sunday, May 31, 2020
Western Songs Revived: Spending Corona Virus Times Wisely: JT Chen
Songs from the past come alive again in a new Eastern format created by J.T. Chen, a good friend and retired lecturer. His love for writing (in every sense of the word) can be sustained with a well-written political argument, or on art paper where Chinese characters and English manuscript are beautifully hand-crafted.
So here they are my dear readers, just a few of what he sends me daily on What'sApp., his unique version of the 60's music he loves, with the YouTube songs as illustrations.
First on the list is Crystal Gayle's When I Dream, his hot favourite. I don't mind the song but prefer her top hit, Gonna Make My Brown Eyes Blue. JT's choices are special, posting songs that some of us would have already completely forgotten. Dream has another version too, by Cowboy Jack Clement (not featured here).
Another earlier posting he sent was one I enjoyed, Selections from Jersey Boys, recorded by the US Navy Band. The Big Girls Don't Cry segment was spot-on. JT has a way with selections and the 10 minutes of Jersey Boys classics on video was pure entertainment (below).
Chet Atkins' instrumental, Humoresque, David Gates and Glen Campbell's medley (Make It With You, etc), Marty Robbins Aloha Oe and Ka Lu A kept me going for the week. These were songs that used to be in my mind but long forgotten, came on again with JT's honest selectivity.
Here's what he writes with his songs: "Listen to Marty sing. His velvety voice pours forth like scintillating stream from the base of a fountain, fans out like frond at the top, and then falls gently in a shimmering curtain onto an ever lightly turbulent surface."
Waltzing on the top of the World with Jim Reeves proves to be a sentimental dance tune that takes you back to the 50's.
Thanks JT for the songs, memories and the manuscripts.