I know you’ve heard it. Or maybe you’ve said it yourself. “Don’t go away mad. Just go away.” And, if you say it because you wanna get on someone’s nerves, it almost always works like a charm. But here’s why I bring it up…
Back in the 90’s I heard a song called “Don’t Go Away Mad”
And it was a mild hit for a so-called “supergroup” known as Little Village. The band included Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner. If you don’t know those names, they’re famous songwriters. Well, at least famous in songwriter circles anyway. But they’re each highly respected and regarded by their peers.
So, as things sometimes happen, these guys decided to put their musical heads together, think up a band name, write some songs, and record an album.
Once I heard “Don’t Go Away Mad” I wanted to see what else this supergroup of songwriters had come up with. And I bought the CD and listened to it on my drives from between bookings. That was back in my full time road warrior days.
There are a few enjoyable songs in the Little Village collection. And there are a couple of duds, too. No big deal. It happens to the best of us. Even supergroups apparently. But I like the Americana feel to the album. And the instrumentation agrees with my musical taste buds.
Do I recommend spending money on it? Not really. Especially when you can check out some of their stuff on YouTube for free. And if you do, be sure to look for and listen to “Take Another Look” – “Do You Want My Job” – and “Don’t Bug Me When I’m Workin”
“So, you’re doin’ album reviews now, Tony?”
No. All this road warrior reminiscing actually came up in my head as I read a few verses in Acts (in the Bible) about Paul. Yeah, the inner workings of my mind are wonders to behold. But maybe it’ll make sense when you know which section I’m talking about.
Paul had been wrongly imprisoned. And he made a “miraculous” prison escape. But instead of trying to capture him and throw him back in chains, the magistrates in charge wanted to send him, quietly, on his way. And Paul wouldn’t go quietly.
It’s a cool and interesting story. You should read it. You can here.
OK, I’ll leave you with that. Until next time…
Don’t go away mad, go away glad.
Don’t silently sing. Let your voice ring.
And don’t listen to lies. Roll up your eyes,
Look to the skies, and let your soul rise.
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