Hi everyone. Hope you are all well and continue to stay that way during this global health crisis we are facing. But in addition to protecting your physical wellness, what are you doing to stay mentally healthy today?
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I know we are in a serious situation, but I need a break from the gloom, doom and bullying by way of hoarding. Music has always been my refuge and watching those beautiful Italians singing to each other from their balconies reaffirmed my belief that music is the answer. So until the old normal returns, I am going to share a song I listen to that helps me escape the current state of things, if only for a few minutes each day. And if this helps anyone else, even better.
The Left Banke was one of those groups that burst onto the scene in the mid-1960’s and left an indelible mark on music despite their brief stay. Best known for two songs, the exquisite “Pretty Ballerina” and today’s pick, the success of same came quickly for the band leading to tension amongst the group members and eventually disbandment. While they were together, they helped coin a new phrase, baroque rock, which critics felt best described their unique sound and string arrangements. Today’s song was also done by the Four Tops which is also wonderful. But the Left Banke’s version, led by the vocals of Steve Martin Caro who sadly died earlier this year at the age of 71, is in my opinion absolutely gorgeous.
Still finds a way to haunt me
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The Left Banke: “Walk Away Renee” (1966, written by Michael Brown, Bob Calilli, and Tony Sansone).
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