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Notes on a promo stack

Posted By on 01.30.09 at 03:02 PM

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Today is Take Out a Whole Stack of Promos Day at my workstation.

One of the discs I was most looking forward to hearing was Ronnie Milsap's gospel-and-hymns collection Then Sings My Soul. Turns out I shouldn't have been so excited, because instead of the rootsy, down-home hillbilly soul I had in mind, the six songs on the advance sampler sound like Ronnie Milsap backed by a karaoke tape. Bummer.

I thought Milsap might be fudging a little putting "Stand by Me" in the mix, Wikipedia notes that Ben E. King's song was based on a gospel song of the same name, so he gets a pass there, I guess. (I'm not letting him off the hook for the arrangement's marimba part, though.)

More fascinating is the truthy-sounding wikifact that the "I vi IV V" chord progression that "Stand by Me" uses--the so-called "50s progression" that underpins songs as varied as "Duke of Earl," "Every Breath You Take," and "2 Become 1"--is known in Finnish as "Aku Ankka kierto," or the "Donald Duck progression." I'm not so much fascinated by the "Donald Duck" thing as I am by the fact that the Finns--the Finns!(?)--have a special name for that particular progression that is theirs and theirs alone. And it is "Donald Duck." I hope it's true.


- The next time the NME calls anything--especially anything as awful as the Whip--"mutilatingly brilliant" I am going to murder an English person on GP.

- I'm still sort of "do not know if want" on Gentleman Reg's forthcoming Jet Black, but even if I don't like the final product I'm glad someone has taken such a dark and subdued approach to glam. 

- NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack consists of two CDSs--two!(?)--named "Special Agent" and "Abby's Lab." I don't know anything about NCIS so I don't quite understand why "Special Agent" has John Mellencamp while "Abby's Lab" gets Nitzer Ebb, but I feel that Mellencamp and Nitzer Ebb appearing on the same compilation is an important landmark in music history.

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