Due to bad weather where I live for most of last week, a whole lot of appointments got pushed into this week and it has been difficult for me to keep up with the blog.
Not long ago, Peter Tibbles, who writes the exceptional Elder Music column you read here each Sunday, sent this special Elder Music that I'm posting today. I'll let Peter take it from here.
For many years Ronni and I have missed the most bleeding obvious category for a music column and it's this one. After all that time the light bulb finally flickered on above our heads and now we have it.
To some it was a pretty obvious category to consider. Norma, the Assistant Musicologist, for one, waited patiently without saying anything for the two dummies to catch up.
So, it's a column about the column (as it were). I hope you'll forgive the self-referencing. Anyway, there are a couple of songs with the same title. And a couple of others, including the most famous one, that are quite similar. Then there are others.
I'll start with the column's title by CHIP TAYLOR.
Chip started out as a song writer – Wild Thing and Angel in the Morning are both his – before giving it away to earn a living as a professional gambler.
About 20 years ago he returned to music and has released some interesting albums, several with Carrie Rodriguez. As a trivial aside, he's the brother of actor Jon Voight but he can't help that. Here's Chip with Time Goes By.
Okay, here's the famous one, with the version that film lovers prefer. You know I'm talking about DOOLEY WILSON.
For those who have been on Mars for the last seventy years, this is from the film Casablanca. Dooley was an actor, a singer and a drummer but not a pianist. He just played one in the film. You must remember this:As Time Goes B.
MARTY ROBBINS recorded a song with the column's title, a different one from Chip's.
Marty was one of the finest live performers around and he was a great singer and decent songwriter (name any of his hits and it's pretty certain to be one he wrote). This is one of his, far from his best, but it fits today's criterion. Time Goes By.
For a complete change of pace, here is SHIRLEY HORN.
Shirley was a jazz pianist and singer and she performed with all the greats in that field – Miles, Dizzy, Toots, Carmen, Wynton and on and on. Shirley seems a little surprised about the passing of time (she's not alone) or perhaps just resigned. As she says: My, How The Time Goes By.
CHAD AND JEREMY have a different song with the same title as the last one.
C & J were a duo who hung on to the coattails of the Beatles and had quite a successful career at the time, more so in America than in their native country. It doesn't matter, as they were quite good at what they did.
One of those things is a song calledMy How The Time Goes By.
Who Knows Where the Time Goes is the name of a rather good album by JUDY COLLINS.
The song of the same name was written by Sandy Denny, from Fairport Convention. She did a fine version as well, but today it's Judy's turn.
CHRIS HILLMAN from The Byrds and HERB PEDERSEN from The Dillards have been recording together for quite some time. Initially it was in the Desert Rose Band, but lately just as a duo.
Both of their bands were notable for their harmony singing. Chris and Herb continue that tradition in their current incarnation. For them, Time Goes So Slow.
Getting slightly away from the actual name of the column, but still with the same basic concept is a song written by Willie Nelson. Willie's wasn't the first version I heard way back; that was by JIMMY ELLEDGE.
Most of the time the first one you hear is the one that sticks in the brain and is the one you prefer. So it is with me, sorry Willie. Funny How Time Slips Away.
In their first album, CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH recorded several songs that have become classics of the genre.
It depends on your point of view whether this is one of those. It's a bit rockier than the other tracks on the album – Stephen obviously pulled out his electric guitar for this one. This one being Long Time Gone.
I'll end with a song we had earlier, the most famous one today. This is the first recording of that one, it's by RUDY VALLEE.
Besides singing, Rudy played clarinet, saxophone and drums and he is considered to be the first pop star, as we know that concept today. He used the microphone the way others who followed in his wake (Bing, Frank, Elvis) did. He sings As Time Goes By, from 1931.
This Sunday Elder Music column was launched in December of 2008. By May of the following year, one commenter, Peter Tibbles, had added so much knowledge and value to my poor attempts at musical presentations that I asked him to take over the column. He's been here each week ever since delighting us with his astonishing grasp of just about everything musical, his humor and sense of fun. You can read Peter's bio here and find links to all his columns here.