Friday, November 12, 2010

JDIZZY's 365 # 186: Mr. Tanner

Mr. Tanner - Harry Chapin (1974)

Some songs stick with you from the moment you hear it. I have loved this heartbreaking character study since hearing it on Chapin's Gold Medal Collection in 1996. I would listen to that two disc set while playing Super Nintendo games with the sound turned down. This one made me stop playing Super Mario Land II and just listen. Harry's music has the power to do that over a body of work that has long been ignored in critical circles. Listen to this track, then go on the 'ol Amazon and purchase a used copy of the aforementioned compilation. It will make you stop whatever you are doing and listen too, I guarantee.

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