Sunday, June 19, 2005

Happy Father's Day

Chuck Elliot played a nice Richie Havens version of Cat Stevens' song, "Father and Son" yesterday on WXPN's Sleepy Hollow program (week in, week out the best music show on radio), in honor of Father's Day which got me to thinking about another great father song, "Jack Gets Up" by Leo Kottke from his 1989 album, My Father's Face. The album takes it's title from the lyric of this song, "If you look in the mirror it's your father's face/Everyday in the morning when you get up and you crawl out of bed." Kottke's an acoustic guitar master, but I still love his occasional vocal songs with his deep and sometimes droll vocal style. The complete lyrics for "Jack Gets Up" are here.

2 comments:

Charlie said...

While I agree with you completely regarding Chuck Elliot's Saturday Sleepy Hollow I can't say the same about Richie Havens "Father and Son" which I heard Elliot play on Saturday. I believe that Cat Stevens version is much better.

William Kates said...

I, on the other hand, could listen to Richie Havens sing almost anything. I didn't mean that his was necessarily better than the original; Havens does everything in his own very specific style. I hadn't heard this version before, which is why Sleepy Hollow is great, especially the Saturday version where you can always hear something cool that you've never heard before.