How does it happen
I don't know
It's so hard to understand
Now you see it
Now you don't
Is this a case of sleight of hand
Sleight of hand
Somewhere between the fantasy
And the third degree
Somewhere close to the flattery
And the jealousy
And the mystery
You might see the best and the worst of me
You might find lie's
But here it is
My gift to you
Open it with care
-- "Sleight of Hand," written by Carly Simon and Don Sebesky
I'm not thrilled with iTunes or really even CDs to be honest. Why?
I have a music collection and so much of it is not being transferred to the newer mediums. For example, I love the song above and the only copy I have of it is as the B-side to the 45 vinyl single of "Give Me All Night." That was a gift from C.I. with a note, "I know you've got the album, but flip for the B-side." I did and I loved the song.
It's never been on CD. It's not available as an MP3.
But . . .
It turns out that if you've never heard it, you can hear it now.
Carly's posted the audio at her site. Go to this page and scroll down and you'll see it. But for me, "Sleight of Hand" is just brilliant.
"Turn of The Tide" is another Carly song that's hard to find. I have it on the Clouds In My Coffee boxed set. I also have it on the cassette single for "Let The River Run." (The cassette single also features the live version of "Coming Around Again" -- with "Itsy Bitsy Spider" -- from the Greatest Hits Live album.)
Don't get me started on VHS. I have the Carly Simon VHS Live At Grand Central Station. Do you know the song "We Have No Secrets"?
"We have no secrets, tell each other most everything . . ."? It's the title track to her number one No Secrets album. On the VHS concert, she does it in a reggae format and it's amazing. It pulls the song in an entirely new direction. Of course, that concert was never issued as a CD. Also, it's not available as a download.
I was going to write about the Libyan War but I wrote about music instead. Sometimes music is all you can count on. Other times? "Sleep Through The Static" as Jack Johnson recommends.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):