THIS ONE DOES IT
4 August, 1999
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Rod in action at The Riverton Rendezvous, July 2001.
Photograph courtesy Jay Hagan.
A Thought for Today
Summer is the punctuation mark for all
Rod is on the road for a
couple of weeks and will be back with you at the beginning of September.
We all have those special
songs that do it for us - that gem of a song that brings back a particular
moment, person, feeling or time in our lives. Brings it back with such
clarity that you can almost taste and smell the moment.
I have a number - Jimmy Webb's "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", Gayle
Caldwell's "Cycles", Leo Sayer's "When I Need You" among them but the all
time classic that really does it for me is Rod's "Love Let Me Not Hunger".
In the late sixties I lived with my mother in a small apartment on
Durban's Esplanade. We had a terrific view across the harbor and just a
hop across the railway line and a skip over a fence brought you to the
Natal University Rowing Club where I had the use of a dilapidated old
canoe. I spent hours paddling from one side of the bay to the other,
dodging harbor tugs and hoping like hell that the sharks were heading back
out to sea and not hanging around the jetty when I pulled in to shore.
Sunburned and exhausted I'd go back home and gaze through the window at
the sun setting across the bay. The music in the background was my latest
"find" - "Baby The Rain Must Fall" by Glenn Yarbrough, containing five of
Rod's songs, "Love Let Me Not Hunger" among them. This was my introduction
to Rod's work and the beginning of a lifelong love affair with his words
As I write I'm listening to that track and can smell the sea though I
haven't lived at the coast in more than twenty years. I stretch and,
though it's mid-winter, I can feel the sunburn across my shoulders and the
dried salt from the sea spray crack on my skin.
That's the power of music!
So, which song of Rod's does it for you? Drop me a line at
email@example.com telling me which song
it is and the kind of memories it invokes. If there's enough of a response
we can always turn Wednesday into a "This One Does It For Me" day.
- Ken, Johannesburg, August
Details of Rod's next
appearance can be obtained by following the link below.
Your Troubles Away" - the music of Jerry Herman
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Birds don't sing because they have the answers, they sing because they
know the songs.
We each should have an island we can row to
when the ship we're sailing loses course.
The quality of life improves with
LOVE, LET ME NOT HUNGER
from the rose
to the marigold,
then goes back to the rose.
The caterpillar climbs
each ribbon of vine
even the caterpillar knows,
the day's so warm
you wouldn't dare touch it
if it lay down by your side.
So come to me, come to me,
my arms are open wide.
Love let me not hunger -
I've been alone so long.
How can a little taste
of wine be wrong?
We'll not get any younger.
Come listen to my song
and if you've had a hunger
perhaps you'll sing along.
The day's so warm
you can feel the sun.
What does it matter
what's done in the day
after the day is done?
Love let me not hunger.
Come and take my hand,
and if you've ever hungered
I know you'll understand.
- Written and composed in Malibu and Los