10 Year Old Fragment

This has nothing to do with anything, but it’s my blog, so here it comes.

In 1994, the World Basketball Championships were held in Toronto. One of the promotions was the sale of a “commemorative”, I suppose, music compilation with a basketball theme. It was extremely uneven – fun tracks like early Beastie Boys tune “The Skills To Pay The Bills” and Lords Of The Underground’s “Madd Skillz” are heavily outweighed by the presence of Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball” and Shaq’s… well, who cares really? From memory, and in no particular order, other tracks on the tape included Onyx’ “Slam”, something by Spearhead, a fluffy-but-fun “Skip To My Lu” from onerously-80’s-named Lisa Lisa and the Cult Jam and a small number of others I can’t remember.

I can find no evidence in any search engine I’ve tried, with any combination of song names or artist names that I’ve tried, that this compilation ever existed.

The only reason I’m bringing this up at all is that there was one track on it that I’ve missed ever since I misplaced that tape, and have been unable to replace: this tape had the single, tightest rendition of “Sweet Georgia Brown” on it that I’ve ever heard anywhere. Sidney Bechet and the rest of his crowd got together and threw down the most incredible, elaborate and uptempo rendition of that great tune, as fast and tight as any jazz tune I’ve ever heard.

I’d love to hear that recording again, is all.

I’m also kind of interested in knowing if any of you have a song, a particular track or recording, that you remember fondly but haven’t heard in years, for whatever reason.


  1. Tara
    Posted May 3, 2005 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    My most fondly missed music is the mixed tape of Japanese pop tunes that my high-school friend Mitsumi made for me in Singapore…. nothing like sappy Japanese love songs sprinkled with a few choice words of English. In the day, I could even sing along in garbled imitation-Japanese!

  2. Mike Hoye
    Posted May 3, 2005 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    Let me drop another one on you.

    When I was about seven years old, visiting some family in B.C., we were driving home from somewhere, and the CBC was playing some odd international covers of famous tunes, some sort of Vinyl Cafe thing I think. I remember my grandfather’s monstrous grey Oldsmobile, angular and monstrous, a consulate car, and sparse yellow streetlights tailing along the hillside roads behind us. It seemed monstrous and new and beautiful then, but like most of us I was easily awed then; even then, I had what I have now – an eidetic memory for music.

    And on the radio, the CBC was off in musical what-the-hell territory, playing an Italian lounge band’s cover of 42nd street. And it was great.

    My memory is, in all other respects, terrible. But a few things, sometimes old objects but mostly old songs, bring me so vividly back to a time and place from years ago, that I’d thought was long gone, that I can forget where I am.

    I’d love to hear a full recording of that particular tune, by that particular band, just to see where it takes me.

  3. Posted May 6, 2005 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    I’ve “lost” a pirated copy of a 70’s era record by Roger Whittaker. The album is one of the few of his that has never been released on CD. It is titled “Traveling With Roger Whittaker”. Some of the songs were almost anti-war (Patriot’s Dream), some were touching (Squeeze My Little Finger) and one was about Canada (Canada Is …).

    I’ve looked through various used vinyl shops here and through the past few years when I’ve happened upon them, but so far have found only one copy that was in really not too wonderful shape. Thinking I should have grabbed it anyway now.

    Music has that magical quality of making memory cells more easily accessible. (I’m sure there’s some kind of mathematical and neurological science that can explain it all, but that would take the magic away somewhat.)

    Seriously, start singing any “kid’s” tune you may have learned in daycare or kindergarten and see how many of your friends remember all the words too. You could all surprise yourselves.

  4. Melanie
    Posted May 6, 2005 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    Dozens. Of course it helps that I’m overly sentimental for my childhood and can’t remember song titles or singers to save my life.

    Here’s one:

    I’m a happily married woman now, but there’s a song that popped into my head when a previous boyfriend broke up with me that I’ve been looking for on and off ever since. I have the song title “At this moment”, and the (I guess first) singer, “Billy Vera and the Beaters”. The problem is that the version I have in my head doesn’t match the versions I have heard. For some reason I got it in my head that Willy Nelson sang it, but I see no evidence of that.

    And Janice, I’m happy to report that the emotional and memory-enhacing effects of music are still a mystery to science. Now smell, that’s a different story…