001: Mint Juleps, ‘Don’t Let Your Heart’

Posted by on Dec 19, 2009 in A Cappella, Song Of the week |

Let’s start with a bang.

Mint Juleps, ‘Don’t Let Your Heart’.

Interesting how there’s such a great dance groove, even though there’s no percussion (other than the finger-snapping) for the first 2/3 of the song, and no bass part whatsoever! Am I going to become extraneous? Lovely interplay between the lead, the ‘too-too-too’ arpeggio (my favorite part of the arrangement) and the choral blocks. The group has only about 2 CDs worth of material (1985, 1996). There are a couple of fun Motown chick covers (‘Jimmy Mack’, ‘Da Doo Run Run’) a cappella, and a fully produced version of Neil Young’s ‘Only Love Can Break Your Heart’ that I like a lot. But ‘Don’t Let Your Heart’ is the memorable cut.

This song was included in a 1990 PBS TV show, Spike Lee & Co: Do It A Cappella.

I apologize to the members of this list to whom I already sent this song a couple of weeks ago. What can you do? I still can’t get it out of my head. I’m reading Oliver Sachs’ Musicophilia. On p. 309 he quotes Irving J. Massey: “[In contrast with action, character, visual elements and language,] music in dreams is the same as music in our waking life….One might say that music never sleeps…It is as if it were an autonomous system, indifferent to our consciousness or lack of it.”

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