11 May

“Baby Please Don’t Go” – Ray Charles

Theme of the week: Big Joe Williams’ Baby Please Don’t Go

Well… that was a nice little vacation from blogging, or whatever you’d call what I do in this place of mine here.  

Ah, sarcasm abounds, heh. Had a minor burnout on music, to tell the truth. Playing, writing, listening… all of it. Those ol’ Nur Ein blues, they hit hard.

So I figured I’d come back with Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years, as the chorus has been stuck in my head for the past day or so. Didja ever actually listen to songs that’ve been stuck in your head? Right. So, in searching out rather non-existent video of that song, the perversity of the universe (and YouTube) threw Brother Ray’s Baby Please Don’t Go into the playlist.

And now I have a new theme. (Portland, Oregon musicians will have to wait just a little longer.)

First recorded in 1935 by Delta bluesman Big Joe Williams, this song is one that, though you may not be familiar with the version you’re hearing at the moment, this is one song that you know deep down in the bones. It is one of the cornerstones of rock & roll music, a part of the foundation of everything you hear today.

Well, everything that doesn’t suck. Heh.

So let’s kick the week off with Ray Charles, and his version of Big Joe Williams’ Baby Please Don’t Go.