Monday, December 13, 2010

Twelve Thirty (Young Girls are Coming To The Canyon) by The Mamas and The Papas.

OK, back to the 60's: John Phillips wrote this melancholic song in '65, shortly after The Mamas and The Papas relocated from NYC to the L.A. suburb which inspired the tune. First released as a single in '67, it became the lead cut on their last album together in '68. Considered by many their "last great single", it peaked at #20. Rolling Stone Magazine called it "the last recording of the self-proclaimed 'Golden Era''s probably the best realized song the group has recorded". Genial transition from Baroque minor chords in the beginning to emphatic majors through the body of the song. The chorus refers to the steady stream of groupies frequenting Denny's house when John moved in with him after one of his many breakups with Michelle.

Yesterday's answer: "Morning Morgantown" by Joni Mitchell. What a beautiful tune! She's the undisputed master of alternate tunings. I saw her in '76 at the Spectrum in Philly - one of the best concerts ever! Three years later I saw her again at the Valley Forge Music Fair during her "jazz" phase - horrendous - one of the very few times I've ever walked out of a concert. Stick to folk, Joni!

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