Today is Take Out a Whole Stack of Promos Day at my workstation.

One of the discs I was most looking forward to hearing was Ronnie Milsap’s gospel-and-hymns collection Then Sings My Soul. Turns out I shouldn’t have been so excited, because instead of the rootsy, down-home hillbilly soul I had in mind, the six songs on the advance sampler sound like Ronnie Milsap backed by a karaoke tape. Bummer.

I thought Milsap might be fudging a little putting “Stand by Me” in the mix, Wikipedia notes that Ben E. King’s song was based on a gospel song of the same name, so he gets a pass there, I guess. (I’m not letting him off the hook for the arrangement’s marimba part, though.)

More fascinating is the truthy-sounding wikifact that the “I vi IV V” chord progression that “Stand by Me” uses–the so-called “50s progression” that underpins songs as varied as “Duke of Earl,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “2 Become 1”–is known in Finnish as “Aku Ankka kierto,” or the “Donald Duck progression.” I’m not so much fascinated by the “Donald Duck” thing as I am by the fact that the Finns–the Finns!(?)–have a special name for that particular progression that is theirs and theirs alone. And it is “Donald Duck.” I hope it’s true.


– The next time the NME calls anything–especially anything as awful as the Whip–“mutilatingly brilliant” I am going to murder an English person on GP.

– I’m still sort of “do not know if want” on Gentleman Reg’s forthcoming Jet Black, but even if I don’t like the final product I’m glad someone has taken such a dark and subdued approach to glam. 

NCIS: The Official TV Soundtrack consists of two CDSs–two!(?)–named “Special Agent” and “Abby’s Lab.” I don’t know anything about NCIS so I don’t quite understand why “Special Agent” has John Mellencamp while “Abby’s Lab” gets Nitzer Ebb, but I feel that Mellencamp and Nitzer Ebb appearing on the same compilation is an important landmark in music history.