Today I was thinking what a fantastic Spring we are having. This must be the best spring I can ever remember. Seems like it is about a month early, but I will take any warm weather over cold any day. Spring always brings about warm sunny days, birds singing, blooming flowers and lots of course, yard work! I am not especially a “yard man” but I do enjoy the beauty of it all when it is freshly mowed, edged and blown off.
Along those lines of Spring, I was also thinking of an old song entitled: “Sittin’ on top of the World”. It has been played or recorded by just about any professional musician in a variety of genres’. However, I really enjoy the bluegrass version. The video is of Highland Rim performing a nice Bluegrass rendition.
Here is a little history according to wikipedia:
“Sitting on Top of the World” (also rendered as “Sittin’ on Top of the World“) is a folk-blues song written by Walter Vinson and Lonnie Chatmon, core members of the Mississippi Sheiks, a popular country blues band of the 1930s. Walter Vinson claimed to have composed “Sitting on Top of the World” one morning after playing a white dance in Greenwood, Mississippi.
The song was first recorded by the Mississippi Sheiks in 1930 (on the Okeh label, No. 8784), became a popular cross-over hit for the band, and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
In May 1930 Charlie Patton recorded a version of the song (with altered lyrics) called “Some Summer Day” During the next few years cover-versions of “Sitting on Top of the World” were recorded by a number of artists: The Two Poor Boys, Big Bill Broonzy, Sam Collins, Milton Brown and Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys. After Milton Brown recorded it for Bluebird Records the song became a staple in the repertoire of western swing bands.
“Sitting on Top of the World” has become a standard of traditional American music. The song has been widely recorded in a variety of different styles – folk, blues, country, bluegrass, rock – often with considerable variations and/or additions to the original verses. The lyrics convey a stoic optimism in the face of emotional setbacks, and the song has been described as a “simple, elegant distillation of the Blues”.
Hope you enjoyed your history lesson and have a joyous Easter.
See at one of the Friday jams.