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.

5 comments:

Cedric Collars said...

Yes Andy I can attest to those songs. I play many of them for my Seniors and not only does it bring a smile on their faces but it also makes me feel nostalgia for the yesteryears and the good times.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi Cedric,
Thanks for the feedback about our seniors.
Good to know you are still active and on the go.
Thanks for taking time to write and comment.

Grateful.

FL said...

The Jersey Boys re-editions reminds me of the Four Seasons' hit songs from 1960s. The Jersey Boys performed very well, but I wish they sing the Four Seasons' song "Dawn". I remember watching on TV quite long time ago, a musical movie featuring the Jersey Boys, and it was quite entertaining.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Hi FL,
At last, we're 'face to face'.
Thanks for writing more often than not my friend.
A personal apology if I sent late replies this last month.

Yes, the Jersey Boys songs are absolutely upbeat and so well performed by this US band.
I can't remember the musical and shall look it up, including DAWN too.

You're one of the pillars of this blog FL whoever you are!
CHEERS.

mattjsltan said...

here's my input for the lockdown ...
the best tunes for any band in singapore to cover...

DON'T STAND SO CLOSE TO ME (police)
WALK ON BY (dionne warwick)
YOU'VE GOT TO HIDE YOUR LOVE AWAY (beatles)
WAIT UNTIL TOMORROW (jimi hendrix)
TIRED OF TRYING SCARED OF DYING (manfred mann)
FEVER (peggy lee)
RING ROUND THE ROSIES ...atishoo we all fall down
THE END OF THE WORLD (skeeter davis)
WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH MY BABY (sam & dave)
AND WHEN I DIE (lyro nyro)