I’ve been playing the music of Willard Robison often these past few weeks: the songs as performed by Mildred Bailey, Jack Teagarden, Ben Webster, and Ruby Braff. He was an extraordinary American composer, creating melodies that sound so simple but aren’t (they lodge in your memory on one hearing) and lyric poems that celebrate goodness, steadfast vision, love of the country — without ever being preachy. If Robison’s name isn’t familiar, OLD FOLKS is, as is A COTTAGE FOR SALE, DON’T SMOKE IN BED, ‘ROUND MY OLD DESERTED FARM, and GUESS I’LL GO BACK HOME THIS SUMMER.
Robison’s greatest exponent today is the most admirable singer, guitarist, and scholar Matt Munisteri. And if you know Matt only as a rocking player — co-founder of The EarRegulars — you have wonderful surprises in store, for he is also a fine composer himself who understands the depth of other people’s music.
Here he is performing a Robison song that deserves to be better known — TRUTHFUL PARSON BROWN:
Deep feeling but never heavy-handed or didactic.
Matt has put together a Robison program and will be performing it this month: it’s something special! Here are the details:
I know Matt as someone who doesn’t approach music casually or half-heartedly, and the combination of Munisteri and Robison is going to be special — and there will be guest appearances by Scott Robinson and others.
Not to be missed!
WHAT WOULD TRUTHFUL PARSON BROWN DO? HE’D CLICK HERE FOR THE MUSICIANS!