Sandbox forum: A Monday Night Interlude - Harry Chapin

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 6, 2017 8:32 PM CST
Those born after 1980 will have probably never heard of the singer songwriter Harry Chapin. He was killed in a freak accident at the height of his musical career. For those who knew him, remember an old friend and let me know your favorite. I have so many favorites but I guess my all time favorite is "A Better Place To Be".

He wrote and sang amazing 'story songs'. His most mainstream and popular were Cat's in the Cradle, Taxi and WOLD.

Checked out this live version of "Cat's In the Cradle" and discover more of his work if you like.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

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greene
Nov 14, 2017 12:00 PM CST
Thanks for this post. I miss Harry. Group hug Lovey dubby

I remember Cat's in the Cradle only too well. When Harry was recording the album in Bridgeport, Connecticut (my hometown), he had an idea that he wanted something at the beginning of the song. Not that Harry would copy another artist, but if you remember "He's So Vain" by Carly Simon...at the very beginning of the song you can hear a voice whisper very quietly...'listen!'.

At the beginning of Cat's, Harry thought it would be good to have a voice, a rather nasal voice similar to that of a telephone operator...oops, I just dated myself again; there are no more live telephone operators, are there?!...anyway, I was a 'gopher' at the recording studio and had the right kind of voice. Ron and Paul recorded my voice saying, "You've got to listen if you really want to hear"...repeated twice. No, not good enough. They had me stick money into the pay phone in the hall and call into the recording booth to say it again, and yet again. Yes, that's perfect. Thumbs up (Well, they thought it was perfect, but...)

Harry was a perfectionist. He could hear an entire composition in his head and knew exactly what each note and voice should contribute. He listened to the tape of my voice and he just said, 'no'. I ended up on the cutting room floor. Sad

My favorite song is 'Taxi'. I could sing that song in my sleep - and often do. Thumbs up
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Nov 14, 2017 1:45 PM CST
What a wonderful story! Did you hear the Taxi sequel?

Here is a link with both of them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
"The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. "

Abraham Lincoln
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kqcrna
Nov 14, 2017 6:18 PM CST
Taxi was my favorite, too. I had a friend who could play it on his guitar, and sing the song, and you would swear it was Harry himself.

I still listen to all that old stuff. I know no music or singers after the 70s. Hilarious!

Karen

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