Helpless Dancer

The Endless Note

Melanie

gather me

Whilst browsing in my favourite local second hand vinyl shop I came across the above 1971 classic album with the original gatefold sleeve design.

The album features one of my favourite songs from my early music appreciation period “Brand New Key”

brand new key

After the release of The Good Book in early 1971, Melanie Safka and her producer (and then husband) Peter Schekeryk left Buddah Records to form their own label, Neighborhood Records, and the new freedom seemed to do her a world of good — Gather Me, released later the same year, is one of her most accomplished and confident albums, a set that allowed Melanie the room to indulge her lyrical obsessions while Schekeryk created superb musical accompaniment from her simple but forceful melodies. The epochal “Ring the Living Bell” is a pocket suite that takes a skeletal lyrical conceit and gives it flight through sheer belief while Schekeryk’s arrangement, reinforced with gospel style vocal backing, makes this accomplishment all the more impressive. “Railroad,” “Little Bit of Me,” and “Steppin'” display a lyrical maturity and subtle strength that marked a real step forward for Melanie as a songwriter, and “Some Say (I Got Devil)” is an emotionally devastating tale of a pregnant teenager who clearly has no idea what she should do. Melanie’s habit of overplaying her hand as a vocalist is thankfully in retreat on Gather Me, which finds her in full control of her instrument and communicating a wide palette of emotions without becoming melodramatic. And if “Brand New Key” comes across like a silly novelty tune in this context, it’s a playful and engaging one, and Melanie sounds like she’s having fun putting Freudian symbolism within the grasp of AM radio. Gather Me may well be Melanie’s finest album, capturing her at the height of her skills as a writer and singer, and it has stood the test of time better than the majority of her work.

“Little Bit Of Me” – Melanie

Back in 1970 there was the equally brilliant “Candles In The Rain” (“Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) “being inspired by her reception at Woodstock) which in additional to original compositions featured a cover of Jagger & Richards “Ruby Tuesday”

candles in the rain

Here is the superb “Leftover Wine”…..not a problem I am often faced with.

“Leftover Wine” – Melanie

What do you do when the people go home
And what do you do when the show is all done
I know what I’ll do in the alone of my time
But what will I do with the leftover wine
A line from a poem of my childhood has said
That visions of sugarplums were gonna dance in my head
I’ll spend my whole life making the time rhyme
But I’ll still have a bowl of leftover wine
I’ll spend my whole life making the time rhyme
And then I’ll sing them a song of mine
You know I’m gonna do anything
Just to take up time
Cause I can’t find a taker for the leftover wine
(and) what do you do when the people go home
And what do you do when the show is all done
I know what I’ll do in the alone of my time
But what will I do with the leftover wine
I’m gonna spend my whole life making the time rhyme
And then I’m gonna run to the people
And I’ll sing them a song of mine
You know I’m gonna do anything
Just to take up time
Cause I can’t find a taker for the leftover wine
I’ll drink some of yours
If you’ll drink all of mine
Because I can’t stand the taste of that leftover wine
And I’m gonna drink some of yours
If you’ll drink all of mine
Because I can’t stand the taste of leftover wine
And I’ll drink some of yours
If you’ll drink all of mine
I can’t stand the taste of leftover wine

 

melanie

 

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October 20, 2009 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, Old Music, Video |

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