Wednesday’s child is full of woe? Maybe so. You do sense some melancholy running through today’s selections. This is the emotional ebb tide of the week in a way, before the hopeful surge toward the weekend. With no good rhymes for it either. Or is that just lazy me, rationalizing throwing in an ash wednesday song? Not to mention the extra tune that just feels like Wednesday to me, and seems to follow from John Lee Hooker’s stark, sad musings.
Searching Youtube for songs is a definite downer these days, a less than subtle reminder of our place in the imperial corporate capitalist pecking order. At rock bottom, that is, good little serfs patiently skipping or sitting through ads ad tedium before our videos run. Ad nauseum as well, with insulting in-your-face campaign spots everywhere. Even in the middle of a movie I watched the other day, don’t remember that happening before. Guess we’re just lucky they can’t yet tap into all the tunes playing in our heads! Not yet … as far as I know.
Also, I meant to include the Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’ for its “Wednesday morning at five o’clock as the day begins” opening line. But guess what? No Beatles. At least not in the first twelve pages of search results. Sure, we can choose from:
Vocal covers by everyone from anonymous uploaders to Bryan Ferry and Kate Bush. I didn’t see any by Kathryn Hepburn or Louis Armstrong, but who knows.
Plenty of how-to lessons for playing it on guitar, piano, and (probably) xylophone.
One supposed to be a Motown version — Paul’s vocal over a Barry White-ish backing.
Another called a Bee Gees (or Alvin & the Chipmunks) rendition — simply played at double speed. How cute.
Saw one titled ‘She’s Leaving Home Backwards’ … I didn’t check, it might be demon-possessed.
Several syrupy lullaby versions … about a kid leaving home? What’s that, wishful thinking for parents with a squalling little wide-awake monster?
Karaoke versions … the very thing to liven up your next party.
Instrumentals, everything from harp to bagpipe to ukulele. Okay, I made up the bagpipes, but I’m sure it’s out there somewhere!
But no Beatles. Nada. ‘All You Need Is Love’ was sarcasm, I guess. Hell, I don’t even like the damn song much, especially now! Intellectual property owners have rights, not us. Oh well, hope you enjoy some of the music, anyway. At least, we’re more than halfway through the week now!