Housebound… it may describe how you’re feeling on these wintry days. It definitely describes where I’m bound in this particular post…
This Ol’ House
Born in 1908 Stuart Hamblen initially gained fame as a radio host and singing cowboy. That fame led to serious issues with alcohol and gambling. His later conversion at a Billy Graham crusade marked a turning point in his life and he is now best remembered for his songwriting… It Is No Secret (What God Can Do), This OL’ House and Open up your heart (And Let The Sunshine In), all of which charted on Billboard’s Top 10. His songs were subsequently covered by numerous artists, including The Statler Brothers, here joined by Johnny Cash.
House of the Rising Sun
And now (as they say)…for something completely different…
In 1964 Eric Burdon and the Animals adapted the traditional folk song Rising Sun Blues and created an international #1 hit with their House of the Rising Sun.
A House is Not a Home
We’ve spoken of composer Burt Bacharach in previous outings. Here he is with Dusty Springfield performing A House Is Not a Home in 1970…
House at Pooh Corner
I’ve always had a fondness for this song… and for The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band‘s arrangement of it. Written by Kenny Loggins (of Loggins and Messina fame) this version appears on the band’s 1970 album Uncle Charlie and His Dog Teddy.
Houses were (apparently) a popular subject in 1970… because they are the theme of another song, this time composed by Graham Nash and recorded on the CSN&Y album Déjà Vu in 1970. Written as “an ode to countercultural domestic bliss”, it was created while Nash was living with Joni Mitchell.
Same title, different decade. Fast forward to the 80’s and here’s Madness, an English band with their “top 10” hit…
Come On Up to the House
If you don’t know Tom Waits‘ voice, you’re in for a treat. It has been described by one critic as “soaked in a vat of bourbon, left hanging in the smokehouse for a few months, and then taken outside and run over with a car”.
Everybody’s Coming to My House
Although he’s been on the music scene since 1975 as a member of Talking Heads, David Byrne continues to make music in 2018 with the release of a new album and international tour. I happened to hear this song on the radio twice in the same day recently and it actually became the catalyst for a post with this theme.
and finally…Tear the House Down
We first encountered The Fables during a Newfoundland trip back in 2000. That year marked the “1000 year celebration” of the arrival of the Vikings. For the occasion The Fables were performing at several venues throughout the province. (We missed them at that time but caught them in concert here in Ontario several years later.) We did, during our visit to Newfoundland, purchase their first album Tear the House Down (recorded in 1998)… and here’s the title song…