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Posted on 01/26/2008

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Mose Allison
what I'm listening to

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The best of Mose Allison

The best of Mose Allison
For my new whimsical set, "What I'm listening to," a sort of desert island disc set, only I'm not limiting the number of recordings I can bring.

One late night in my car many years ago, I heard "Your Mind is on Vacation." It stopped me in my tracks. This is one of those times I parked the car in front of my house and was willing to wait as long as it took until they announced the set and I could find out the name and artist of the tune. Even now I could re-listen to that one song repeatedly. The words are so clever, the delivery so wry. (An excerpt: "you know if silence is golden, you couldn't raise a dime, because your mind is on vacation and mouth is working overtime." There are definitely people in my life I want to sing that to! The whole disc is great, start to finish. I usually don't go for "greatest hits" recordings, but this is a worthwhile exception. Mose swings on the piano as well as sings. He's got such a distinctive sound. I love him!