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‘Midnight’

Friday, November 8th, 2019

I was puttering online last evening with iTunes keeping me company, and the strains of “Midnight In Harlem” by the Tedeschi Trucks Band came from the speakers. As it played, I wondered how many tracks on the digital shelves have the word “midnight” in their titles.

So I started a search on the RealPlayer. And the answer is: I don’t know.

As with all such searches, the software showed me every mp3 that has “midnight” in its title, in the album title or in the performers’ names (and for that matter, in any notes appended to the mp3). That total was 511.

But I have to winnow out a lot of stuff to get to the number I want, removing several albums by Dexy Midnight Runners as well as albums like Midnight Radio by Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Across From Midnight by Joe Cocker, Midnight At The Movies by Justin Townes Earl, Giorgio Moroder’s soundtrack to Midnight Express, all three editions of Levon Helm’s Midnight Rambles, most of the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy (with tracks by John Barry and Elephant’s Memory*) as well as Peter Nero’s similarly titled album, and on and on.

When all the weeding is done, I would guess we lose about a third of the mp3s in the search results, so we have about 340 or so to play with.

There are, of course, multiple versions of some songs. There are sixteen versions of “The Midnight Special,” thirteen versions of “Midnight Rider,” seven takes on “After Midnight,” seven as well of “In The Midnight Hour,” five of the theme from Midnight Cowboy, four versions of “Midnight In Moscow,” and on and on again.

I’ll only pull one track today, though, and we’ll pull it at random. I’ll order the tracks by running time, set the cursor at the midpoint and click until we have a track with “midnight” in its title.

And we land on a generally recent tune, “Midnight Bottle” by singer Colbie Caillat. It’s from her 2007 album Coco. It’s a decent piece of pop.

Midnight bottle take me, come with few of my memories
Everything will come back to me
Midnight bottle, make it real what feels like make believe
So I can see a little more clearly
Every single move you make
Kissing me so carefully
On the corners of my dreaming eyes

I’ve got a midnight bottle, gonna drink it down
A one-way ticket takes me to the times we had before
When everything felt so right
If only for tonight

A midnight bottle gonna ease my pain
From all these feelings driving me insane
I think of you and everything’s all right
If only for tonight

Got a midnight bottle, drifting off into the candlelight
Where I can find you in your time

Midnight bottle, I forgot how good it felt to be in a dream
Just like you had me
’Cuz lately, I’ve been stumbling
Feels like I’m recovering
But I think it’s only for tonight

I’ve got a midnight bottle, gonna drink it down
A one-way ticket takes me to the times we had before
When everything felt so right
If only for tonight

A midnight bottle, gonna ease my pain
From all these feelings driving me insane
I think of you and everything’s all right If only for tonight
If only for tonight, oh, if only for tonight
If only for tonight

I’ve got a midnight bottle, gonna drink it down
A one-way ticket takes me to the times we had before
When everything felt so right
If only for tonight

A midnight bottle, gonna ease my pain
From all these feelings driving me insane
I think of you and everything’s all right
If only for tonight, yeah

Midnight bottle, take the time away From where we are

*The group Elephant’s Memory is likely best remembered among my generation for backing John Lennon and Yoko Ono on the studio portions of their 1972 album Some Time In New York City.