I know youâ€™ve heard it. Or maybe youâ€™ve said it yourself. â€œDonâ€™t go away mad. Just go away.â€ And, if you say it because you wanna get on someoneâ€™s nerves, it almost always works like a charm. But hereâ€™s why I bring it up…
Back in the 90â€™s I heard a song called â€œDonâ€™t Go Away Madâ€
And it was a mild hit for a so-called â€œsupergroupâ€ known as Little Village. The band includedÂ Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, Nick Lowe, and Jim Keltner. If you donâ€™t know those names, theyâ€™re famous songwriters. Well, at least famous in songwriter circles anyway. But theyâ€™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 â€œDonâ€™t Go Away Madâ€ 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 â€œTake Another Lookâ€ – â€œDo You Want My Jobâ€ – and â€œDonâ€™t Bug Me When Iâ€™m Workinâ€
â€œSo, youâ€™re doinâ€™ album reviews now, Tony?â€
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 itâ€™ll make sense when you know which section Iâ€™m talking about.
Paul had been wrongly imprisoned. And he made a â€œmiraculousâ€ 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 wouldnâ€™t go quietly.
Itâ€™s a cool and interesting story. You should read it. You can here.
OK, Iâ€™ll leave you with that. Until next time…
Donâ€™t go away mad, go away glad.
Donâ€™t silently sing. Let your voice ring.
And donâ€™t listen to lies. Roll up your eyes,
Look to the skies, and let your soul rise.
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