I’ve tried fish oil capsules and probiotics, saw palmetto and niacin, magnesium and multivitamins, goldenseal and Bach flower remedies.
But nothing gives me the lift of a Reynolds Brothers set — and one with Clint Baker (trombone, clarinet, occasional vocal) is even more potent. Take as directed: like homeopathy, the smallest dosage is transformative.
The RB are, as always, Ralf (washboard); John (guitar, whistling); Marc Caparone (cornet); Katie Cavera (string bass) — all four have been known to break into song when the moment is ripe. See for yourself in this delightful long set recorded at the 2012 Sacramento Music Festival (at the Railroad Museum on May 27, 2012, for the record-keepers).
Alex Hill must have been especially willing to please when he wrote I WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR YOU, and Claude Hopkins suggested that his whole band was equally cooperative:
Sung by Bing. Who needs more? LOVE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER:
THREE LITTLE WORDS (but not with the variant Turk Murphy text):
For Bix and Tram, BORNEO:
Come to Camden, New Jersey — I hear the Bennie Moten band is cooking up something good on BLUE ROOM:
Sweet and sassy, Sister Katie invites us to join her in films, with YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES — and John whistles the theme so engagingly:
Mister Berlin must have liked a drop of schnapps once in a while, thus I’LL SEE YOU IN C-U-B-A — sung with spice and wit by Senorita Cavera:
From the Cotton Club Parade of 1935 (by Ted Koehler and Rube Bloom) — I just found a copy of the original sheet music: now I’m ready to start TRUCKIN’:
A beautiful excursion into Louis Armstrong – Sammy Cahn – Saul Chaplin democrary in SHOE SHINE BOY. That Caparone fellow didn’t study at the Waif’s Home, but he sure gets Louis:
If I could wire my refrigerator so that it played FAT AND GREASY when I opened the door, perhaps I would be back to my middle-school weight. of course having Fats Waller sing and play it does lend a certain ironic twist. Rockin’ in rhythm:
And the National Anthem of what Eddie Condon called “music,” Louis’ SWING THAT MUSIC:
Feeling better? I know I am. (And that’s not my medicine cabinet, in case you were wondering.)
May your happiness increase.