This old nugget is given new life, breadth, and an entirely new feel here. Likewise "Moon River," given a soul-jazz strut, will make some cry heresy, but they'll be drowned out by the joyous resonance of the performance itself because it has never been heard this way.
John 's interpretive singing is as fine as can be on Mercernary , and on this performance in particular. As if to address his critics, the good doctor lays down his own "I Ain't No Johnny Mercer," a nocturnal, B-3 driven groover that is full of hoodoo sass and greasy funk.
Mercernary gives Johnny Mercer 's age-old pop songs a new soul twist. And if the man is turning in his grave, he's probably shaking his skeleton, baby! One is struck at just how easy the Lower and Dr. John make this material seem. They virtually write a manual on how standards should be interpreted in the 21st century: with reverence for the creativity and sophistication of the originals, but bringing some of the blessed nightclub vulgarity back into the music, taking it out of the sky and the hallowed hall and putting into back into the barroom where the ears and asses of the people can take it in and shake it.
I knew the guy was from somewhere in the south. Little things he said like pardon my southern accent or just my southern drawl or just the way he thought of those lines or the one in Moon River where he says my huckleberry friend. Nobody but somebody from like - you know in the south would say something like that. It's not like somebody would from Tin Pan Alley trying to say something like the south would have ever in their dumbest lines of life would have come up with.
He was the real McGillicutty And what he said in like Blues in Night, it's a lot of them lines in there and a lot of stuff. One of my favorite co-writers was with Hoagy Carmichael because when they wrote like Lazy Bones, there's something about a down-home lyrics, and I can guarantee without knowing this, Hoagie and Johnny Mercer there was some offshoot of writing melody and words between the two of them, even though it says one wrote one. I know from doing it with Doc Palmers for years, there's times when it overlaps to get the song written.
But there's Hoagy-isms in the lyrics and there's Johnny Mercer-isms in the music and it's good. JOHN: Singing Long as you got a little gravy on your rice you figure everything gonna wind up real nice. As long as you got a little watermelon hanging on the vine you figure everything gonna turning out real fine.
Lazy bones, sleepin' in the sun. How you expect to get your day's work done? I've been shucking my way through people's stuff for years. And pray that when I do throw something in the game that I - it was 'cause I meant it. And I don't they would've objected. It's the song that you wrote as a tribute. JOHN: I'm just makin' a joke. It's me doing his stuff and me singing or writing a song about him and there was some lines he had as one his songs, something about you're so sexy and you give you give me apoplexy.
I would have never in my right mind thought a word to use in a song like apoplexy. I'll be your huckleberry. Will you be my apoplexy? First things firster, for better or worser. Baby, I ain't no Johnny Mercer.
His new album is called Mercernary. Wikipedia: search for… Dr. Spotify: Lazy Bones. AllMusic: search for… Dr. MusicBrainz: search for… Dr. Categories :.Jul 23, · Mercernary' is a tribute to the Amercian songwriter Johnny Mercer. The album features new versions of some of Mercer's most popular song's including such classics as Moon River, Lazy Bones and That Old Black Magic, as well as a new Dr John composition entitled 'I 5/5(1).
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