365 Days of the Unoriginal, Day 36: Celestial Hotness

I really, really love the Squirrel Nut Zippers (another band that, in my current context, only I seem to have heard of). They are brilliant. They make some smokin’ hot jive and jazz and klezmerized craziness, and it’s all kinds of clever to boot. I only wish I could make music like that!

Covering that action in like style is, to be honest, not something I can do by my lonesome (certainly not at my current skill level on the guitar(s) and bass, and not without drum assistance and horns). Still, a few months ago I dared a little adaptation of their Blue Angel for an acoustic jam, and I thought now might be a good time to revisit the tune.

My version is sort of a sad little pseudo-rock tune, but it was fun to do. It’s all electric guitar/fiddle/bass and the Chicago Blues drum loop in Garage Band. It loses the charm of the original, but it’s still worthwhile, I think.


About L. M. Bernhardt

For a good long while (15 years or so), I taught philosophy at a little private university in northwest IA, and occasionally branched out into playing music, dabbling in photography, experimenting with food, and writing nonsense on my blog. The philosophy teaching part ended in 2017 (program elimination via prioritization), but never fear! I've just finished my MLIS at San Jose State University, and I'm currently on the market looking for new adventures in either philosophy or LIS. For now, I labor at a fairly interesting administrative job in order to support my dogs in the lavish manner to which they've become accustomed.
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