Down Hearted Blues > Lovie Austin & Alberta Hunter 3.11
Speaking of blues pioneers I had the privilege of meeting Alberta Hunter at the
beginning of her post-retirement career at The Cookery in NY's Greenwich Village
in '77.... this was her opening song, her encore was to meet and greet us all individually..
Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News > Charlie Smalls 2.32
Despite being racially challenged I really wanted to play this character
( Evilenne, the Wicked Witch of the West) in the Australian production of the
Wiz.... Watch out Twinkies!!
When Malindy Sings > Oscar Brown Jr & Paul Laurence Dunbar
2.28 *Bonus Track
Oscar Brown Jr writes great songs, lyrics and tunes. He chose to set this Dunbar
poem to music. We interpreters appreciate such endeavours, along with long time
associates such as Peter Howell and ring-in Scottish guitar heroes such as Bert Jansch.
Come in the Room > Prof Alex Bradford 3.09 *Bonus
When in Australia with his Broadway hit, Black Nativity in 1964/65, Alex
and I almost recorded what could have been Australia's first
(you know, white folk singer with black gospel
group)... Whatever, he's the reason I quit the pen-pushing job for this
business we laughingly call 'Show". Thanks Alex!
(And thanks to Judy Jacques I was able to attempt this choral arrangement
of his song)
see scrapbook page for picture of Professor Alex Bradford with Margret
10. Cakewalk Nostalgique > Judy Bailey & David
Bentley 2.54 (Australian
Judy Bailey's evocative tune and Alan Lomax's
book Mister Jelly Roll inspired David's lyrics.
'n aut' can-can, paye donc"
11. Black & White > David Bentley
4.09 (Australian composition)
The story of the aformentioned book, in 4 minutes and 9 seconds.
12. Sven's Tune > Steve Dunstan & David Bentley
The unfinished story of the heir who left us this unfinished
air... so if you're out there Stevie..
Can't Stand to See the Slaughter > Steve Kupka & Emilio Castillo 2.11
Herewith suggested: solution to every problem in the universe.
My second favourite
title in songdom (hard to beat 'Drop Kick me Jesus through the Goal Posts of Life'
but as I never sing country music...')
14. Sweet Solitary Blues > Robyn Archer
4.22 (Australian composition)
(dedicated to those of us who are either alone or who do not panic at the
Stumbled on this song, liked it, recorded it, only to recall Robyn
had written it especially for me years before.
15. What Am I Doing Here > Marie Cain
One often wonders... "Your bed
is too small, or else I'm too tall" - never!