30-Day Song Challenge Day 17
Day 17 of the 30-day song challenge. Today the list is demanding that I pick a song I would like to sing a duet with someone.
For the 30-day song challenge, all the
fools participants have to pick a track from the prompts on the list below. I decided early on to write a post on each of my choices. I’m not a music journalist (you’ll gather) but it’s a good tool for me to write every day.
I’d like to write that today’s choice was tough. It would be more interesting to write about my pain and stress in picking a duet song. But that would be a lie. This choice was the easiest I’ve had to make so far.
Most of us have that one song we would do if we had to get up at a karaoke night. I do and that song is Walk The Line by Johnny Cash. “But that isn’t a duet”, I hear you mumble through gritted teeth, anger spewing out of every orifice. Calm down, you’re right and Walk the Line isn’t the song I’ve picked.
I have also chosen which song I’d sing if I had to perform a duet at a karaoke night. Is it just me that has thought about this? Surely not! We’ve all got way too much time on our hands… haven’t we?
Hotter Than A Pepper Sprout
We don’t want to find ourselves in a situation where we have to sing in public without having spent numerous hours debating and listening back to the possible tracks. It can’t be just me that has spent hours whittling down tracks. It can’t be only me that has spent months of manic thought, deciding on the track that best shows off our vocal range.
Great care needs to be taken in listening to the key changes. We must study what octave that one high note every song seems to have is. We need to read and memorise all the lyrics fanatically so as to feign relaxation while up in front of the drunken hordes of hades.
Of course, I am being incredibly modest here as I have the voice of an angel. If you were to hear me sing you would instantly start weeping tears of pure joy. Your heart would swell with the change of chords and burst with unconditional love as I took in the adulation at the end of a life-changing performance. When I say ‘life-changing performance’ I mean, of course, your life, not mine.
Hotter Than A Pepper Sprout
I chose the song I would use in this karaoke conundrum many years ago and it is the song I’m picking for today’s challenge. At the start of this challenge, I thought I would only choose one track per artists. But I change my mind more often than I change underpants and I quickly had a quiet word with myself. Despite some rather tense words with myself I eventually came out on top and myself agreed with me that we decided to abandon my silly, self-imposed rule.
I picked this artist on day 10 and I have no qualms about picking him again, seven days later. But this is a duet so it’s not just him, its a song sung by a man and his future wife. The song is Jackson by Johnny Cash and June Carter.
Look Out Jackson Town
I’m sure I can’t add any more to what had already been written about Johnny Cash. I also doubt I could properly express how much I love this man’s music.
But a duet needs two people and June Carter’s talent is often overlooked. Maybe because of Johnny’s towering talent or maybe because she chose to spend more time being a mother to their child, June never received the respect her talent deserved. Whatever the reason, June Carter still won Five Grammy Award, enjoying success as a musician before Johnny’s rise to fame in the late 1950s. As part of the Carter Family, she was performing and recording at the age of 10. She also wrote, arguably, Cash’s biggest hit, Ring of Fire.
The track Jackson was recorded for an album of duets by the pair released in 1967 entitled ‘Carryin’ On With Johnny Cash And June Carter’. The album consists of original tracks and cover versions all of which have the sound of two people falling in love and having a good time.
Honey, I’m Gonna Snowball Jackson
The lyrics are a playful argument between a couple. The man wants to go out on the town while the woman tells him to go ahead but it will be a big mistake.
Well, go on down to Jackson; go ahead and wreck your health.
Go play your hand you big-talkin’ man, make a big fool of yourself
The back and forth play out beautifully and the sheer joy of the pair that comes through makes it impossible to not get swept up.
The track won the pair a Grammy in 1968 for best Country & Western Performance and was sung by Joaquin Pheonix and Reese Whitherspoon in the 2005 film, Walk The Line.
I’m Goin’ To Jackson, I’m Gonna Mess Around
I love this song so much that I am tempted to force my wife into learning it. As romantic as forcing my wife into doing something that she’d feel hugely uncomfortable doing sounds, I don’t think it will ever happen. You, as well as me, will just have to place it in the part of the brain labelled ‘wishes’.
The video of the song that I’ve found isn’t the best recording nor performance by them but it perfectly captures the fun they had singing this song together. Enjoy.
So that’s Day 17 of the 30-Day Song Challenge. Thanks for reading and if you have enjoyed yourself, you’re only human… What I meant to say was, please subscribe to receive more silly nonsense from me.
Check out my Spotify playlist featuring all of the choices so far in this challenge –