Don Gato and The Underdog

I am still thinking about a post on the 3 treasures, but in the mean time, these 2 songs occurred to me this week.

Don Gato is a song from my childhood.  Someone on Facebook called their cat Don Gato and the song popped into my mind.  All I could remember was the first line, “On a roof Don Gato sat,”  but that was all Google needed.

I heard Spoon’s “The Underdog” on the college radio station.  Saturday night I found it for Eben – I was hoping he would like it.  He did.  He started playing it and had 3 of the chords down before he asked me to google the actual chords.  We sat there and he was playing trying to keep time with the song.  He told me to start singing.  I did.  We had a lot of fun with this.  It made us both happy.


Mrs. Vandebilt with Variation

Hi, y’all!  I know it has been awhile since I posted anything.  I have been busy doing summer things.   Lately, when I am on the computer, I have been listening to Mrs. Vandebilt by Wings and various covers of it.  I can’t stop, especially the original version from Band On The Run.  It was released in 1974, but not as a single in the US.  This is one I discovered in the 80s.  I always loved it, and it has really got me right now.  The music is so fantastic – that bass is sooo freakin’ awesome, and the melody is really good too.

I am glad there were some covers available.  I like hearing varied renditions of songs.  This one is from somewhere in Paris, I think.  Here is another charming version.  Both of those are strummed and acoustic.  Here is an electric cover from a band.  If you are looking for a demo of the bass, you have a choice.  This one is good, but short.  Here is the complete bass played out to the song – really amazing bass playing, very worth watching.  I don’t play bass, but I was mesmerized.  Here is Paul in Quebec playing live.  And this one is acoustic and fingerpicked – really awesome!

Eight versions – all of them good.  Have fun.

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