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Keeping Odd & Pop Happy

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

It’s been a couple of years since we checked in with my imaginary alter egos, tuneheads Odd and Pop. I think they’re happy here in the condo. There are fewer records, of course, about 1,000 LPs instead of the 3,000 or so that were crammed into the EITW studios on the East Side, but there are more CDs and reference books these days, as the passing pandemic seasons here resulted in – as I’m certain is true elsewhere – fairly frequent online shopping sprees.

Anyway, they’re here, Odd and Pop, with their internal radios tuned to different stations.

Pop likes the familiar, the pleasant, the unchallenging. He loves records he’s heard a thousand times, and if he wants variety, he’ll gladly listen to a thousand different records he’s heard a thousand times before. He’s the reason why the digital shelves once held eighty-four different versions of “The Girl From Ipanema.” (The external hard drive crash three years ago eliminated many of them, and he’s been scheming to get them back ever since.)

Odd, however, likes different things. Very different. He’s the one whose eyes widened with joy the other day when the mail carrier dropped off, with its accompanying CD, the book Stomp and Swerve, subtitled “American Music Gets Hot, 1843-1924.” He laughed loudly when he learned that the tune “The Smiler,” written by Percy Wenrich and recorded sometime around 1908 by the Zon-O-Phone Concert Band, was craftily subtitled “A Joplin Rag” not because of any connection with ragtime giant Scott Joplin but because Percy Wenrich was born in Joplin, Missouri.

And . . . well, here it is. The date of 1907 on the video may well be correct.

And, of course, Pop says it’s not fair that Odd gets a treat and he does not. So, okay, we’ll check the list of covers of “The Girl From Ipanema” at Second Hand Songs and choose something he’s not heard before. A foreign language, maybe. And that’s fine with him, as long as the melody is familiar.

And here’s Finnish singer Laila Kinnunen with “Ipaneman Tyttö,” recorded on November 10, 1964, and released later that year on the Scandia label. (Odd likes it, too.)

Saturday Single No. 261

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

Well, I noted three weeks ago that Rob and I headed off to Schultz’s place in the Twin Cities to play some Strat-O-Matic baseball. Rob won that tournament with his 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates.

And today, Rob, Rick and Schultz (otherwise known as Dan, for those who keep track of these things) will be here for another day of tabletop baseball, the sixth straight autumn the four of us have gotten together. (Well, Rick missed one year, but he told us which teams he would have played, and one his teams finished second, so he was here in spirit.)

Who’s in today’s tournament? Well, Rob is bringing back the 1922 St. Louis Browns, the winners in 2006 and 2007, and he’s entered the 1940 Cincinnati Reds. I’m piloting the 1948 Cleveland Indians (second in 2009) and the 1965 Twins. Rick has opted for the 1954 Cleveland Indians (second in 2008) and the 1930 Yankees. And Schultz has brought back the 1998 Atlanta Braves – the defending champions – and the 1970 Baltimore Orioles.

Given the impending festivities, I have things to do. So I’ll delve into history at YouTube and offer a 1908 recording of Edward Meeker singing “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” – including the rarely heard verses – and it’s today’s Saturday Single: