"I'm cocky. I know I can sing. I give an impression of all this strength.
Maybe that's why the lesbian crowd likes me and the gay boys spill their
guts to me. I act like I'm ready to kick anyone's ass who's in my way."
-- Etta James
The Langely School Project
Here's how I heard this story: A musician in Canada in the mid-seventies who performed cheap gigs on weekends found out his wife was pregnant, and figured he'd better get a better job. So, he starts teaching music to rural schoolchildren in British Columbia. He decides they should choose their own music to learn to perform, and they chose songs like "Major Tom" by David Bowie and "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys. The teacher (Hans Fenger) then recorded the different groups of children in the school gymnasium with just a xylophone and guitar and gym-floor stompin'.
Then, last year, a man found a copy of the dusty old LP in a thrift store, fell in love with it, and sent it to a radio DJ. The DJ got it reproduced by an overseas company, without cleaning it up and ruining the spontaneous quality. Now it's selling in huge amounts under the title "Innocence and Despair".
Don't you love that story!?
I think the "despair" in the title refers to a plaintive little voice in a vacuous room singing "Desperado" or "Long and Winding Road". There is something so haunting and raw there... like this is the voice of your deepest, most vunerable self. Ooops... got a something in my eye... gotta go now...sniff!!
This site tells you all about the recording and links to pages of comments by the former music students.You can also listen to music clips at the site.
Crowns for Innocence and Despair... because you wouldn't want to listen
to it to mellow out or to boogie, but it's a must-have oddity that's fun
Kung-Fu Hamster-- So cute in his little robe while he spins his Nunchakus and sings "Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting"One Crown for Wonderfully Wacky... because, jaded odd-toy shopper that I am, I've seen lots of this stuff before, but I REALLY REALLY want some of the stuff... or I want to inflict it on my unfortunate friends.
Las dragas, the drag queens, listening to the bolero just stood there with their mouths hanging open. They were working the street, negotiating with clients, when suddenly they heard a sorrowful murmur, a heartbreaking agony that invaded their flesh and kept them from being sufficiently alert to negotiate prices for their couplings, or for quickies with husbands escaping their homes. They couldn't do anything except remember what made them cry, and their false lashes began to come unglued from their eyelids. They spun around on their high heels and loosened their wigs to hear better.Three Crowns for Selena Sirena... because this book described the Supreme Power of Divadom better than any I've ever read.
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