Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Makes Me Feel Glad That I'm Not Dead

I heard this song for the first time a couple of years ago over at the always fabulous Art Decade.  An almost indescribable combination of Native American peyote chant, trance, and sunshine pop.  From
Harpers Bizarre 4 (1969), this never fails to put a smile on my face. 

It was written Native American jazz saxaphonist Jim Pepper.  The production is truly transplendant, with tinkling bells and tom toms, and later in the song a very simple but lovely guitar line provides a counterpoint to the vocals.

I am smiling ear to ear.


Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Hey ney, hey ney, no wah: I'm smiling back Mr. P. I actually remember hearing this song on the a.m. radio, in the car, back in the sunny day. Haven't heard it in a long, long time. You have a (to my mind) mystical knack for playing the exactly right song at exactly the right time; serious thanks for posting this at the always amazing Pleasant Valley Sunday Radio Station.

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Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Caught myself posting my brilliant comments twice, so, being right on top of my game, had to delete one of 'em ... :-)

Mister Pleasant said...

You are so welcome Mr. Anyway. Glad I could share some of the eternal sunshine of this great track.

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

"Hey man. Don't let it get you down. There are a lot of young people out there who really dig all those groovy things you Indians do. Um ... got any peyote?" -- Firesign Theater