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Back in July we gave you our take on a Booker T and the MGs hit, "Time Is Tight." This month we head back to Memphis to present a song from another local songwriter and performer. Charlie Wood is a keyboard man born and reared in Memphis TN, now living and working in London. He cut his teeth over many years on Beale Street with his own trio and then touring internationally with, among others, the legendary blues guitarist Albert King. His sound is steeped in Memphis Blues, Jazz and R+B but his songs always find a fresh angle, no small accomplishment in this over-saturated musical landscape.

I first heard Charlie's recording of today's song, "I Almost Forgot About The Blues," on NPR's satyrical news recap "Le Show," hosted by well-known New Orleans resident Harry Shearer ("The Simpsons," "This Is Spinal Tap"). On his weekly program Mr Shearer, a musician himself, likes to cut away to eclectic music that he digs. On one such occasion I heard "Almost Forgot" and (as so often happens) was instantly captivated.

Then I really couldn't rest until I'd learned it. It took a couple of years to get an arrangement together and then to get it onto the recording schedule. We hope you like the results and we really hope Mr Wood digs it! Let me know.

Ben Schenck
Panorama Jazz Band
New Orleans, LA

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I almost Forgot About The Blues
Charlie Wood

I used to have a lot of luck
Yeah but all of it was bad
Lost my love and my way and my mind
I lost everything I had
I was starting to think
I had nothing left to lose
But I almost forgot about the blues

I heard a woman speak kind words
I felt her touch and I saw her smile
Thought that love had finally come my way and I...
And I hoped that it would stay a while.
Yeah my heart and soul were happy
Til my head told them the news
That I almost forgot about the blues

I tried to run and hide away
Where trouble could not find me
Yeah but every time I turned around
The blues was right behind me

I thought my luck finally changing
Thought my ship was coming in
I fantasized about barflies
Telling folks they knew me when
I got tangled up somewhere
between the sweet talk and the booze
And I almost forgot about the blues

I never looked for trouble
I tried to live a quiet way
Many moons might pass quite peacefully
But there always come a day

So the whiskey isn't working
The well is running dry
It's too tragic just to laugh it off but it's too
Comical to cry
I'm just trying to find some peace of mind
And I'm wondering what I could use
'Cause I almost forgot
I nearly forgot
Yes I almost forgot about the blues

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from Song​-​of​-​the​-​Month Club: Good Music For You, track released September 1, 2019
Recorded Jun 18, 2019 at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA

Credits:
Panorama Jazz Band
Ben Schenck - Vocals
Michael Ward-Bergeman - Accordion
Gary Washington - Tenor Banjo
Matt Perrine - Tuba
Doug Garrison - Drum Set
Composer - Charlie Wood / Vicious Heartless Bastards Publishing and
the Royalty Network Inc. o/b/o David Platz Music Inc.
Arranger - Ben Schenck
Published by Snack Daddy Music (ASCAP)
Recorded, edited, mixed and mastered by Lu Rojas at Oak Street Recording, New Orleans, LA
Graphic design - Ben Schenck
Photos by Greg Miles (instruments) and Morten Fog (Ben Schenck)

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"New Orleans' genre fluid jazz band"

The Panorama Jazz Band and the Panorama Brass Band have been working steadily in New Orleans and beyond since 1995. Many hundreds of nightclub gigs, festivals, weddings, crawfish boils and Mardi Gras parades have added to this community of musicians' collective experience, all of which they bring to each of their recordings. ... more

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