Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Chamberlain Street Serenade

I was bored so I decided to read old comments from my past Jives (back when people still wrote them)and read a comment from Lyle C.(shoutout)that got me to thinking. In a May 2nd Jive called "A Lost Art", I lamented over the loss of the art of tape-making. Lyle gave a shoutout to an old tape I made in the mid 90's that I called "The Chamberlain Street Serenade."
I was 15 or 16 years old and do not remember what songs the long haired,pimple-faced,160 pound,C Daddy put on this compilation. However, I do remember that I tried to put the best songs that I knew on this tape while also never straying from the narrative thread.

For my own amusement, I've thought about what songs I would put on this album fourteen years later. I originally was going to make a Greatest Hits album but found the task to be almost impossible. The songs would vary so drastically that I would probobly not be happy with the compilation. So here's "The Chamberlain Street Serenade" made by a graying, yet fair complected,216 pound, C Daddy:

1. Into the Mystic - Van Morrison
2. Heard it in a Love Song - Marshal Tucker Band
3. Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
4. She's a Mystery to Me - Roy Orbison
5. Unchained Melody (live) - Elvis Presley
6. To Make You Feel My Love - Bob Dylan
7. Like a Coat from the Cold - Jerry Jeff Walker
8. She - Elvis Costello
9. Don't Worry baby - Beach Boys
10. This Year's Love - David Gray
11. Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
12. The First Cut is the Deepest - Cat Stevens
13. Harvest Moon - Neil Young
14. Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
15. Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon and Garfunkel
16. Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen

Shoutout to Save the Last Dance For Me - Drifters

Is this my Greatest Hits? I'm not sure. There are certainly songs in this compilation that would make the cut.


FYI: I hope you check out the King's version of Unchained Melody. It's one of my favorite vocal performances of all time. "Hit me with it."


brent said...

I just dont know where to begin. You just peeled back the skin and let us see the inner man, I mean, this is bare bones stuff here. Staring down the barrel of being 30, I've been recently thinking about my greatest hits (a 30 at 30) and its a laborious, intimate, soul searching ordeal. Says alot about a man.

Joko said...

man great list, love it. I really have seen the progression over the years to the making of this list and it is hard for me to see it without "save the last dance" or even good time charlie's got the know I love that song....

but talk about a romantic...

this coming in the same week as kyle going official and announcing his status on facebook is "in a relationship" coincidence? I think not.

Christopher said...

I think I need to make it more official that this is Not my Greatest Hits. It is a CD of a lot of my favorite songs that gell very well together in a compilation. Maybe this is the CD I would make for that brown haired girl from Forgetting Sarah Marshall if I ever got the chance to meet her. I don't know. I also don't know what "A Whiter Shade of Pale" is even about. I do know that "She", "Into the Mystic", Bridge Over Troubled Water", and "Beast of Burden" are great songs but would not make my Greatest. I also know that "the First Cut is the Deepest" would require prime placement on my Greatest...probobly being track #3.

kyle said...

I kept waiting. Scrolling down only so I could see the next song on the list. Still praying, still hoping. One by one the songs came. Harvest Moon, She, The First Cut. And still no Thunder Road.

And then it hit.

I knew it would.