As you may know, the poetry of the blues is full of metaphors that allude to acts involving one’s naughty bits. Often lyrics will allude to acts of defiance that, as in the case of Jim Crow-era America, name the oppressor in an ambiguous manner.
As to the former, witness if you will a recording of Robert Johnson and the action he demands of his paramour to “squeeze his lemon” or Lonnie Johnson’s famous act of “jelly-roll” baking.
Further, consider the name of the 1960s group, The Lovin’ Spoonful; or the 1980s group, The Honeydrippers.
To the latter, we could look to the classic Killing Floor or Dust My Broom to suggest the end of a relationship.
Murray Munn has released This Guy Is Falling, a three-song demo of original blues songs that hearken back to these themes and styles.
This Guy Is Falling is not only a clever malapropism, but also a fine foray into electric and acoustic blues.
Typewriter Blues takes the action and mechanics of a manual typewriter and imposes this reality on a relationship. There are numerous suggestions to keys getting stuck and needing lubrication and also finding your baby down at the space bar.
What’s a guy to do?
“Used to do two-hand typing / Now I hunt and peck for love / I need more typing lessons / can’t never get enough.”
Whitehorse Riverfront Blues takes the basic beat and overall theme of Little Junior’s Mystery Train and mixes in local train experiences. The first part is a serious look at the White Pass Railway and its construction – its trials, tribulation and death.
The second half of the song takes the theme of “the train took my baby away” and gives it a true Monty Python absurdist twist by using the Whitehorse Trolley as the object that takes the girl “from Rotary Peace down to Motorways”.
“Gonna find my baby over in industrial land / If I can’t afford the train fare gonna have to walk the best I can.”
The last song on the CD is a re-working of Howlin’ Wolf’s song Little Red Rooster. Little Red, White ‘n’ Blue Rooster is, well, the title speaks for itself.
“Have you seen the little red rooster? / He’s looking far, he’s looking wide / he can’t get enough Texas tea and he wants what’s on the other side.”
Overall, the CD is a good listen. In actuality, this is only a demo record, but given a proper recording budget and time in a studio, I suspect Munn would create a fine album.
As it sits, This Guy Is Falling can only highlight the songwriter and a few good songs, all of which make me hope for a longer album.
You can hear songs from Murray Munn’s This Guy Is Falling at his MySpace page at www.myspace.com/murraymunn or you can support Munn’s work by purchasing his CD at Triple J’s Music.
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