Daily Archives: March 17, 2011
Linda and I listened to an amazing array of music over the decades. We never had an official “our song” but the one that comes closest was written by John Sebastian and performed by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Darling Be Home Soon expressed the yearning we felt for each other when apart and reminded us of the love found in “the great relief of having you to talk to,” one of the most insightful lines in all of rock & roll. Playfully jugbandy, the Spoonful shone radio rays of blissful light into many a future hippie’s life. A lot of people felt themselves “In bloom.” The Spoonfuls first seven singles went Top Ten over 18 months in 1965 and 1966. “Our song” went to #15 in the spring of 1967. After almost 40 years in the business, John says, “I certainly hear the Trombones Unlimited version of Daydream in a lot of elevators.” Born on this day in 1944, John Sebastian still writes songs and performs his happy repertoire. I have included two versions of Darling Be Home Soon. The original lip-sync version from the Ed Sullivan Show which I remember from first seeing it. The staging, where the strings and horns are dramatically revealed, has haunted me ever since. In all, 30 people are pretending to play the song. In contrast, the dramatically honest version he performed live at Woodstock two years later. He is so high, so happy. About Woodstock, John says, “But, what did happen is I went to Woodstock as a member of the audience. I did not show up there with a road manager and a couple of guitars. I showed up with a change of clothes and a toothbrush.” “It’s okay to shoot the moon!” Thank you John. I Had a Dream is one of John’s best songs. Click the play bar below to listen.