October 19, 2003

two notes on Huey "Piano" Smith

Note 1: I have tested my hypothesis and discovered that, as I suspected, it is impossible to be sad and listen to Huey "Piano" Smith and the Clowns at the same time. Please note: the finest Huey "Piano" Smith album is a dubiously legal CD on the Jax label, called Rockin' Pneumonia & the Boogie Woogie Flu--Amazon doesn't have it, and I've only ever seen it once (and bought it then). My suspicions are particularly aroused by the fact that it's got something called "Blow Everybody Blow (Take 73)."

Note 2: I had been wondering for about ten years--not all the time, but occasionally--"what the hell is that very, very familiar tune Huey 'Piano' Smith's saxophone player quotes in his solo on the outtake version of 'Lil Liza Jane' that's on that Jax CD?" Then, tonight, as I was playing it, I realized I'd heard something else that quoted it: some P.D.Q. Bach piece. Which meant it was a classical theme. Luckily, I have a primitive Macintosh that still has HyperCard on it. What a beautiful program that was. And I've got a HyperCard stack called Tunefinder; it appears to have been released as a stand-alone OS X application, which is fortunate, but the gist of it is that you input the first eight notes of your melody and it tells you what it is. Which, in this case, is Dvorak's "Humoresque." Nice.

Posted by Douglas at October 19, 2003 7:51 PM
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