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Musical palate cleanser, call him Sir edition

In the spirit of hoping that 2017 is a better year than 2016 in at least one regard, today’s MPC isn’t of a posthumous nature, but instead celebrates one of rock’s greats receiving an honor that he’s deserved for sometime.

THE frontman Ray Davies felt a mixture of “joy” and “humility” on discovering he had been made a knight in the New Year Honours.

He was the lead singer and songwriter for the band, penning classics such as You Really Got Me, Waterloo Sunset, and Sunny Afternoon.

The 72-year-old, who has won a string of industry awards, is being recognised for services to the arts.

Davies, born in Muswell Hill, north , said: “Initially I felt a mixture of surprise, humility, joy and a bit embarrassed but after thinking about it, I accept this for my family and fans as well as everyone who has inspired me to write.”

If I’m a little surprised at the time it took for the honor, it’s because of all the major acts to emerge in the British Invasion, the Kinks struck me as the most quintessentially British, both thematically (check out Village Green Preservation Society) and musically, as Davies made heavy reference to English music hall sounds in many of his songs.

From Arthur, here’s an example of that, “Shangri-La”.

And one of my favorites, from the album Face To Face, “Sunny Afternoon”.

Finally, there’s no way I can pay tribute to Ray Davies without mentioning the greatest song he’s ever written, the stunning, gorgeous “Waterloo Sunset”.

Well played, sir.  Or, should I say, Sir.

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Musical palate cleanser, theme song edition

Really, if you’re a Georgia fan, is there a better song to express your feelings of late than the ‘Mats “Unsatisfied”?

Look me in the eye, indeed.

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Musical palate cleanser, two guys sittin’ around edition

Man, the things that drop on the intertubes without any fanfare.

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Musical palate cleanser, 2016 ain’t over yet edition

Greg Lake, RIP.

“I know people think we’re pretentious, but it’s really a product of sophistication,” Mr. Lake told New Musical Express in 1973. “To judge pretentiousness, I think you must look at the people behind it and their motives. As a band we’re into trying to advance our instruments — sometimes to a bizarre degree — which obviously puts some people off.”

I say this as someone who went through an ELP phase in high school — sorry, Greg, but you guys were pretentious.  Doesn’t mean I didn’t buy my share of King Crimson…

… and ELP albums, though.

The man did have some pipes.

Man, that whole progressive rock thing seems so long ago now.  Probably because it was.

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Musical palate cleanser, Good Gawd! edition

I don’t know about you, but I could use six minutes of James Brown dance moves this morning.

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Musical palate cleanser, he’s not dead edition

Good news!  Randy Newman is set to release his first album in about a decade sometime early next year.  That’s worth celebrating. Here’s a taste of what’s to come.

Here’s a video dedicated to a great world leader. I hope all of you like it. I know he will. —Randy Newman

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Musical palate cleanser, no mas edition

C’mon, 2016.  Enough’s enough.

Sharon Jones, the soul singer and powerful voice of the band the Dap-Kings, died on Friday of pancreatic cancer that had been in remission but returned last year. She was 60.

Ms. Jones’s death was confirmed by Judy Miller Silverman, her publicist. She said Ms. Jones was surrounded by members of the Dap-Kings and other loved ones when she died.

She continued performing throughout the summer, even while undergoing chemotherapy that she said caused neuropathy in her feet and legs and restricted her movements onstage. But Ms. Jones remained undeterred.

“Getting out on that stage, that’s my therapy,” Ms. Jones said in a New York Times interview published in July. “You have to look at life the way it is. No one knows how long I have. But I have the strength now, and I want to continue.”

The summer tour promoted “I’m Still Here,” a single with the Dap-Kings that detailed Ms. Jones’s birth in a brutally segregated South, a childhood in the burned-out Bronx, and a career hampered by record executives who considered her “too short, too fat, too black and too old.”

Ms. Jones was that rare music star who found fame in middle age, when she was in her 40s.

In addition to working as a correction officer at Rikers Island and an armed guard for Wells Fargo, Ms. Jones, who had grown up singing gospel in church choirs, initially dabbled in professional music as a session singer and the vocalist in a wedding band, Good N Plenty.

My favorite of hers, “100 Days, 100 Nights”:

Sigh.  This dying shit’s for the birds.

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