St. Louis Blues

This post, again, deals with Levant Tinaz’s Challenge to post ten album covers in 10 days. They’re supposed to represent major influences in my musical tastes…

I guess I’m slow. This is the second post in 158 days… 79 times too slow?!?!?

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Social Media Challenges

On April 9, 2020, my old friend Levant Tinaz presented me with a social media “challenge”

What was I supposed to do?

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Get Up, Stand Up (Marley in Swiss German)

I Bin dr Fredi Milchma (Tom Lewis)

This is a song by Tom Lewis, and I learned it from playing and recording with my good friend Mike Milne.

This song is about a man who was integral to life in the Swiss town I grew up in… a man I knew a half a century ago, who’s job I’m now doing. The English (this) version of the blog entry is probably more of a report on what I’ve been up to in the last year.

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I Am Completely Unpacified

I thought that the song “Satisfaction” was about Sex. Now that i “translated” it, it doesn’t seem that way anymore…

The Match (Mani Matter)

A famous swiss folk song (“I Han es Zündhölzli Azündet”) written by the legendary Mani Matter, translated by Andy Flinn.

And of course, there’s the lyrics

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Mach Diar Kai Sorga um d’Vürgangahait (Irish Rover)

I did use the (Irish Rover) arrangement from Mike Milne. His version included a chorus that says something like this twice: “Fare you well, my pretty little girl, for I must go away!”. As you will notice, my Swiss German translation is not about an Irish ship sailing to New York. I remembered an a-capella song I heard from Rick MacNab, “Gashly Crumb Tinies”, where twenty six kids perish on a trip. In both of those songs, everybody dies, though. Here’s the English translation of my German lyrics.

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The “Most Beautiful Songwriter”…

A local paper, the Sarganserländer (Nadine Bantli) wrote an Andy Flinn portrait, in connection with my upcoming Album release for “Bad Ragaz“, with a heading on the front page…

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A Beautiful Human (Mike Aubé / Andy Flinn)

Music by Mike Aubé (Dashboard Jesus). Lyrics by Andy Flinn.

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“Other People’s Fault” (Chris Robison Cover)

First recorded by Chris Robison on his “Bad Songs” album, and covered in English by Andy Flinn on his Valley Vibrations album, this song is one of Chris’ most popular songs…

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