I could easily have titled this blogpost ‘S’WONDERFUL, the title tune and an apt capsule review of this performance by the Reynolds Brothers. In case you’ve just come to this party, the Reynolds Brothers are John Reynolds (guitar, banjo, vocal, whistling); Ralf Reynolds (washboard, vocal, keeper of the peace); Marc Caparone (cornet, vocal); Katie Cavera (string bass, vocal); guests and friends Clint Baker (trombone); Pieter Meijers (clarinet). Here they are at the 2012 Sacramento Music Festival, spreading all kinds of joy.
GOT A BRAN’ NEW SUIT, that sweetly joyous 1935 song recorded by both Fats and Louis. And it’s a “Tecla pearl” in the lyrics, something that I need more information about:
“Fetch me that gin, son.” Hoagy’s ROCKIN’ CHAIR:
NEVER SWAT A FLY (with lyrics that should be common knowledge in most educational endeavors):
OUT OF NOWHERE (thanks to Bing, Russ, Don Byas, and many others):
Feeling peckish? Beans and cabbage, but I like PEPPER STEAK:
Having eaten, we feel remorse. And the question becomes WAS THAT THE HUMAN THING TO DO?:
Carpe diem, Sisters and Brothers — grab someone while you’re still YOUNG AND HEALTHY:
Even if you’re no longer young and healthy, LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER:
And to close, this swing affirmation, ALL GOD’S CHILLUN GOT RHYTHM:
If you were to ask, “Ten easy lessons in what, Michael?” the answers come out in a rush: How to swing. How to let the heroes of the past live through you. How to create a warm sound and a warm rapport with the audience. How to make people feel happier than they were an hour earlier. How to play and sing with heart, mixing precision and abandon. But you can add your own responses to my list.
May your happiness increase.