While I watched the playoffs yesterday, I did some straightening up of my 45's, and specifically updated my song-poem collection. The last time I organized my (then) holdings was probably eight years ago, and everything I've accumulated since then has just been tossed into a box at random. So now they're arranged by label and label number, and I came across several promising titles that I'm sure I haven't shared here yet.
One thing I decided to do - since this is a sub-genre that is so highly prized - is to eventually share any and all of my early Rodd-Keith-on-Preview 45's which have neither been anthologized, are on youtube (or whatever) or have previously been shared here. This numbers only a handful, as it turns out, and I'll start this project today, with a country flavored 45, which likely dates from late 1967 or early 1968.
By far the better side, to these ears, is the bouncy "Let It All Happen to You", a sprightly and brief 6/8 time exhortation to living in the moment and being open to whatever happens, with more than a passing reflection of the language of the flower children. I could really do without the chirpy backup singers, but otherwise, this is a cute, if very slight, offering.
Download: Rodd Keith - Let It All Happen to You
We slow down to more of a walking tempo for "Say Goodbye and Go", a heartfelt if not particularly inspired lyric, which seems likely to reflect the writer's reality, as do so many of these breakup, heartache-ridden we hear on song-poem records. The backing is by-the-numbers, but Rodd injects his typically effective emotional vocal, complete with a little sadness breaking up sound on the final word of the record.
Download: Rodd Keith - Say Goodbye and Go