Musical coincidences # 126

September 16, 2011

A few days ago I posted a song by American musician Jeremy Messersmith called “Lazy Bones”. After hearing it one more time, I noticed something I missed the first six times I heard it*. In a part of the song’s chorus Jeremy sings a background vocal in the left channel. He sings “You’re working so hard”:

Jeremy Messersmith – “Lazy Bones” (2010) (excerpt)

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I don’t know why I hadn’t notice it before, but the melody in that backing vocal reminds me of the violin backing in a part of John Lennon‘s “#9 Dream“:

John Lennon – “#9 Dream (1974) (excerpt)

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I know it’s a pretty small coincidence, and probably not worth mentioning at all, but it gave me an excuse to play you Monsignor Lennon’s “#9 Dream” which I sometimes think is my all-time favourite John Lennon song (if I’m not thinking about “Across The Universe“).

Here are the full versions:

Jeremy Messersmith – “Lazy Bones” (2010)

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John Lennon – “#9 Dream (1974)

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(*I just noticed how egocentric that sentence is, containing not one but three instances of “I”. Ay Yi Yi! What a fat head I’m getting.)

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Song of the day: Jeremy Messersmith – "Lazy Bones"

September 10, 2011

I like how one musical thing can lead you to another musical thing.

One of the blogs I read daily is Absolute Power Pop (Hi, Absolute!). A recent review there was of an album called October House by JoDee Purkeypile. The cover looks like this:

That reminded me of the cover of Jeremy Messersmith‘s album The Reluctant Graveyard which looks like this:

And that prompted me to play you a song from Jeremy’s album:

Jeremy Messersmith – “Lazy Bones” (2010)

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And in the interests of fairness, here’s one from JoDee’s:

JoDee Purkeypile – “Company Man (2011)

And that post had too many sentences that started with “And”.

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Song of the day: Jeremy Messersmith – "Violet!"

October 16, 2010

If you like the idea of Colin Blunstone singing a Brian Wilson song (who wouldn’t?), then here’s folkie-turned-pop-artist Jeremy Messersmith to make your day:

Jeremy Messersmith – “Violet!” (2010)

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“Violet!” appears on Jeremy’s (sort-of) concept album, The Reluctant Graveyard (2010). The concept is, as far as I can tell, “deceased-ness”. Not the jolliest of ideas to base an entire album on, admittedly, but I’m happy to report that it’s not too much of a downer. (I’ve listened to the album quite a few times now, and each time I haven’t thought of doing myself any harm.) Anyway, for me it’s all about the tunes – and the tunes on the album are good. (Lyrics are always secondary to me.)

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