April 7, 2017 by T. Gregory Argall
I’m sitting in the office having a lunch of pizza and beer with the boss because it’s been that kind of week.
Speaking of weeks, sometimes I’ll play a game in my head where I make a musical playlist with a song for each day of the week. Here’s the latest concoction…
Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting — Elton John
The original Saturday night song (and you thought I was going to go with the Bay City Rollers). A hard-driving song about drinking and carousing and partying and all that other Saturday night stuff that I’m too old for now.
Sunday Morning Coming Down — Johnny Cash
There’s was a span of about eight months in the 1970 when every single song on the radio was written by Kris Kristofferson. This one was recorded by Johnny Cash. If you listen closely to the lyrics of the first verse, there is a wonderful idea for choosing a proper breakfast dessert.
I Don’t Like Mondays — Bob Geldof and Johnny Fingers
This version of the song is from The Secret Policeman’s Ball, performed by Bob Geldof and Johnny Fingers, back when they were still speaking to each other. I think the Secret Policeman’s Ball concerts are where Geldof first got the idea that famous performers doing a large charity gig might be a viable concept. And that’s what made him famous.
Tuesday’s Gone — Lynyrd Skynyrd
Listen to that guitar. It’ll take you places but it’s in no hurry to get there; just sit back and enjoy the ride.
Wednesday Morning 3 a.m. — Simon & Garfunkel
Not one of their huge hits, but this song beautifully showcases the the vocal harmonies that Paul and Art managed to create. Their voices blend so well together. Also, like many of their songs, there is a full story with love, romance, tragedy, plot twists, and adventure, all crammed into two and a half minutes.
Thursday (Here’s Why I Did Not Go to Work Today) — Harry Nilsson
Harry Nilsson was an odd cat but he was prolific and creative. Very few people know this but in 1970, all of the songs that weren’t written by Kris Kristofferson were written by Harry Nilsson. This song expands on the frequently accurate Arthur Dent quote from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide series, “I never could get the hang of Thursdays.”
Friday On My Mind — Bruce Springsteen
This song was a hit for The Easybeats in the late sixties but I first became aware of it from Pinups, the 1973 David Bowie album of cover songs. That’s the version I was planning to include here, but while searching on line for it, I discovered this concert performance of the song by Bruce Springsteen. Listening to it, with its themes of job-resentment and pursuit of better days, it occurred to me that this song has always been a Springsteen song just waiting to happen.
Enjoy my week.
And try to be nice to each other.