Thursday, December 9, 2010

Favorite Things Friday: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

With a musician for a father, music has played an intense role in my life. Growing up, we seldom had music playing in the background while we did other things. Listening to music was an active event; not a passive past-time.  Naturally, we often listened to my dad play--either the guitar or the piano--but we gave the same attention to music we listened to on an album/tape/CD as we did listening to him.

I first really started paying attention to music when I was about five (1969).  I can remember Jimi Hendrix blasting out of the stereo speakers at 3AM.  (Eventually, my parents grew up and learned not to play the stereo in the wee of hours of the morning.  Ahem.  They were 23 and 24 when I was 5.)  Rock was my first introduction to music.

Although my dad could play just about anything he set his mind to, his favorites were blues and jazz.  I learned to love the blues from my dad.  To this day, it remains my favorite music genre.

Recently though, I've become acquainted with yet another genre of music.  Swing.  (It seems I am going backwards chronologically through the music genres: rock, blues, jazz, and now swing.)  There is a modern group doing swing--both writing their own songs and remaking some of the old greats.  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.  With no further ado, I give you a sample of my new favorite musical talent:  The song Save My Soul from the album by the same name.

I'm linking up over at Quilting in My Pyjamas for another fabulous Favorite Things Friday. Come on over and join the fun!


  1. I love BBVD! If you ever have the chance to see them live, treat yourself. They put on such a good show, and you will be bopping right along!

  2. I love swing and I love your choice of songs for this FTF post. This is awesome! I listened to it a couple of times until I had driven eveyrone crazy. Do post more.

  3. I love swing but I must admit I am not up on the names of groups - I don't pay much attention to that I love rock too - I'm a bit older than you (58) and grew up in the 60's and 70's so I love all that stuff and can name the names of the groups off from back then but not so much now!

  4. Wow - love it - I grew up on Johnny Rivers, The Beatles [mum took me to all the movies when I was very small], Herb Alpert, etc. Mum had very eclectic tastes, and I do too!

  5. Thanks for sharing! I think it's amazing how we are influenced by our parents listening habits.

  6. My parents listening habits influenced me in the opposite way. I grew up having not particularly nice classical music rammed down my throat. I still to this day don't particularly like listening to classical music. My dad likes listening to really depressing music, which is weird as he is a cheerful person.
    Thanks for sharing that, I haven't really listened to much swing, but that was good, I do love jazz and anything from the 70's onwards.

  7. Thanks so much for sharing! My FTF this week might be how much I love country music - I hope you're not running away from your computer and screaming right now! :)

    I think it's pretty cool that your dad was so talented and that your parents instilled a love of music into you - how cool that it was an active event and not just background noise!

  8. Love them! I love their smooth and swanky style. :o) My dream job would be singing in a smoky Blues/Jazz bar. Great favorite, Michelle! Thanks for sharing. Happy FTF! :o)

  9. Just the best, it's playing as I write this and am going to get this for my sweetie for Christmas.
    Thanks so much, it's the best today!

  10. Never heard them before today, but I like. Country tends to be my favorite everyday music but I love, love, love Jaazz and Swing and the occasional blues. What can I say, I played french horn and trumpet all the way through college graduation and developed a great appreciation for it.

    As a matter of fact, my college jazz band was able to play with Wynton Marsalis at my college graduation.

  11. Loved the music ! That was great.

    I think as you get older you appreciate so many different types of music (other than teeny bopper ). You probably appreciated that from an early age because of your parents influence anyway.

    Oh I hear you on the music at 3 am thing. I have had to listen to "Popcorn" about a trillion times, Hooked on Swing , and my mother went through a phase where she thought she was Barbra Streisand and would belt out her songs at any given moment at the top of her voice. Tusk was another favourite that apparently had to be played as loudly and as often as possible. Im still in therapy...

  12. I'm only about 2 minutes into the song and I'm in love. For starters, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is a great name for a band. Swing is great! I'm going to look into more BBVD. Thanks for a great FTF!

    xo -El

  13. Wow, really cool music. Not my usual style, but I like this. Even my guy is intrigued.

    I grew up with parents who listned to country and western music. I didn't find out about rock until I got my own bedroom in the basement when I was a teenager.

  14. I liked it too... I usually listen to bollywood hit numbers 'coz thats what they paly on the radio while I work... If you get a chance listen to some of these...
    Tu mile dil khile (soundtrack - criminal), Ek ladki ko dekha to aisa laga (s/t - 1942 a love story), Breathless by Shankar Mahadevan...

  15. Isn't growing up interesting? Active and passive lessons both, both intentional and unintentional. Inescapable, really.

    I grew up with big band, easy listening, crooners, classical and opera and of course, soundtrack scores. It was one of my first connections with my father - sharing in the music he loved. Its a passion we enjoy with each other to this day.

    I whipped out my iPod Touch last night while we were laying in bed and put on your song. It was our last six minutes of conscious thought and whether or not I rested well because of it, or it brought me pleasant dreams may never be known, but listening to it again this morning in a more proper setting made me smile.

    Awesome find. Thanks for sharing!


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