With the Prince William to Kate Middleton royal wedding now over with, the next real big British royalty moment everyone is looking forward to could well be the birth of their first child and the yet next heir to the British throne. Sure, Prince Harry’s wedding would be a big event. Phillip and the Queen are both getting on in years so they may pass, which would also be a big event. Charles may divorce again, too, and Fate may throw in a twist here and there. However, the real big event everyone would be looking forward to would be the birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s first child.
So how long should they wait?
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Most people do not hear most of the songs they know for the first time in the year the song was released. If anyone did, I would feel very sorry for them for missing out on all the great songs of the past from before they were born, or even great songs each year they lived they would have missed.
What most people don’t do is reflect each year on the best songs they heard for the first time that year. I’ve blogged some of mine, but not all so this is my entire collection for 2010 which could fit on a CD if I made one.
After several years of discovering a ton of jazz and older music, then tunes from musicals, so that they made up most of the songs in my list for recent years (2009 list), I am back with an eclectic set that reflects my true musical tastes and philanderings across genres. I even have not only one song from the current year, but two! A song from the year of the list was something I didn’t have for several years. I did find newly released songs I liked a lot in those years, but they didn’t compare to a variety of jazz and musicals standards I discovered in those years.
But before I share my list, let me ask you the same question as I answered to write this post. What were the best songs you heard for the first time in 2010?
I’d love to know so please do leave a comment. I can add the links to videos so people can hear what you’re talking about, if you would like. But if you don’t want to do it here, maybe write a blog post like this if you have a blog, or a Facebook note or something like that on a social media platform account you have. It might just be one of the more thoughtful notes to your friends all year.
Here is my list, in no particular order of preference, with videos streaming the songs. You will need to click on the YouTube link for some videos with some weird copyright condition that only allow them to be viewed on YouTube. I hate Grown Up Corporate YouTube that’s become a wussie and lost all its edge.
There once was a time when you could take a dirty phrase to make a classy hit song out of it. I don’t know when it ended, but it was certainly alive in the 1940s when this song came about! This is the Louis Armstrong version, with Velma Middleton and the Louis Armstrong Orchestra, not the original Fats Waller version (at the end) that wasn’t nearly as good.
Hey Pops! What’s wrong Daddy? You look like somethin’ botherin’ you Ain’t nothin’ botherin’ me honey That a piece of roast beef can’t fix up
A man works hard then comes on home Expects to find stew with that fine ham bone He opens the door, then start to lookin’ Say, Woman, what’s this stuff you cookin’?
Now all that meat and no potatoes I just ain’t right, dey like da green tomatoes Here I’m waitin’ Palpitatin’ With all that meat and no potatoes
All that meat and no potatoes All that food to the alligators Now hold me steady I’m really ready Now all that meat and no potatoes
I don’t think that peas are bad With meat most anything goes Yes, I look into the pot I’m fit to fight ‘Cause, woman, you know that mess just ain’t right
All that meat and no potatoes Just ain’t right, like green tomatoes Woman, I’m steamin’, yeah! I’m really screamin’ All that meat and no potatoes
Say, I don’t think that beans are bad With meat most anything goes I look into the pot And what a sight! Oh, woman, you know that without rice Beans just ain’t right
All that meat and no potatoes Just ain’t right, like green tomatoes Now woman, I’m steamin’ And I’m really screamin’ All that meat and no potatoes
Louis Armstrong & Velma Middleton
When I first heard this song, I found it really groovy, and I still do, but I thought to myself, why would someone write such a great song about meat and potatoes?
Well, after some researching, I found out.
The title of this song, All That Meat and No Potatoes, was a slur from the early 1940s that was used to described a big figured attractive woman with small breasts. Gee, don’t you wish English was still that classy these days?
Hey, some people will never be classy, but you could help them by giving them language like this rather than, well, you use your own choice words.
Anyhoo, the story regarding how this song came about was that Fats Waller liked some female vocalist he was working with, except that she was all that meat and no potatoes. So he wrote a song about it.
Awww. Wasn’t that romantic? 🙂
But you’ve got to give credits to Fats, and his manager Ed Kirkeby. They wrote a good song on the literal end of things, expressing discontent with cooking that had a lot of meat and no potatoes, as a metaphor for Fats’ feelings towards this woman.
Then Louis came along and just took it to another level. Compare the version above to the version below.
It might be jazz, but I’ll tell ya, can Louis rock it or what???