Tunes on Tuesday: Have A Good Time

Why this tune?

I noticed that yesterday was the birthday of the great also sax player Phil Woods. That reminded me of the first time I heard him, not on one of his many jazz recordings, but playing a solo at the end of Paul Simon’s song “Have A Good Time” from his classic 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years. It was a great opportunity to take out the vinyl and have a listen. It’s a fabulous album with a superb collection of all-star players.

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The reviewers were not very impressed with this album, but I think many of the songs still sound fresh and relevant, to me anyway, even after all these years. I think the lightly cynical, ironic lyrics of “Have A Good Time” has something to say to us on this Election Day as well.

So God bless the goods we was given
And God bless the U. S. of A.
And God bless the standard of livin’
Let’s keep it that way
And we’ll all have a good time

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Published by Oren Levine

Jazz pianist and composer in Washington, DC. Also a digital product and technology professional working at a small DC nonprofit

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