Song of the Week 19

Blues from a weekend in Vitoria

One of the many wonderful things about working with other Blues, Balboa and Lindy Hop dance teachers who have years of experience is the advice that they can give you.  This advice can be wide ranging from “don’t accept anything eatable that he gives you” (!) to tips on how to improve or adapt classes or suggestions for songs to use in classes or parties.

Last weekend we were invited to give Lindy Hop and Blues classes at the SAVOY Swing Up in VItoria with Jaume Batlló and Maria Terré.  From Friday to Sunday (and on into Monday morning) we had an amazing time as we danced our hearts out with great people, ate great food, visited a great city and received some great advice.  After Blues classes on Sunday morning Maria told us about a song which, in her words, was for dancing with your partner, really feeling the music. She played the song during her Blues DJ set and here it is : “Come On In My Kitchen” by Porter Davies.

“Come On In My Kitchen” is an 8 bar blues Robert Johnson song, which he first recorded at the Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on the 23rd November 1936 and was then released as two different takes in 1937.  It is not one of his most famous works, maybe due to the fact that it is an 8 bar, not a 12 bar blues – which became more popular during the second half of the 20th century, but it is a song which has been covered by a variety of artists, from Taj Mahal to Eric Clapton.

Maria’s recommmended version by Porter Davies is a live version recorded at Eddie’s Attic which opens with a wailing harmonica that gives the sensation of the storm raging outside as the singer waits in his house, offering shelter for the woman who had left him.  It builds and sways in intensity throughout its length and drags out the notes that make it such a great blues song to either listen to or dance to.