The Hipster's Lullabye



I wrote this one late last century because, I don't know, it seemed like an awful lot of people were going back into the sounds and styles of yesteryear. Meaning, at THAT time, the sounds of the 1920's. I started listening to bands like the California Ramblers, songs with titles like Animal Crackers, Pardon the Glove, and It's Tight Like That and musicians like Joe Venuti.

One of my favorite players from that era was Adrian Rollini, mainly for his work with the bass sax, but also because he'd introduced a thing they called the "goofus" to the world of recorded music. We'd now call this a hooter and associate it with dub, but back then it was a bit of a novelty instrument, used by Rollini and others to set themselves apart in the flood of music being released.

Dr. Mo gifted me one of these things a few years ago, however it wasn't until I'd constructed a proper breathing tube for it that it could be played as it was intended. (unlike the true hooter which has piano-like keys on it, the goofus has small buttons, more like the buttons on an accordion, and was intended to be played resting on a table)

When I wrote Hipster's Lullabye I was hearing it in the style of a vamp, and my original recording was based on a piano figure. When I found myself with both Dr. Mo's '48 Gibson archtop and Glenn Redcay's Wachter resonator in my studio at the same time it occurred to me to use them to update my song with a bit more of the old swing.

And so, here's the Hipster's Lullabye, in the "new" jass style, with Dr. Mo on "tuba" bass, and Victoria and Kathy on percussions.

The Hipster's Lullabye