Marvin Kaplan - Damien Jurado

from the album The Horizon Just Laughed (2018)

We are all children of the culture we were raised in, more so than our ancestral cultures.  For all the Irish blood that's in me, you will be hard pressed to ever find me with a shillelagh under my arm and a twinkle in my eye, as I head off to Tipperary in the morning.  Toora loora lie.

And for many Americans of my generation, that culture means television.

On his most recent album, The Horizon Just Laughed, Damien Jurado summons fragmented remembrances of his youth, creating a musical mosaic that anyone who grew up in front of the tube can warmly embrace without necessarily having shared those exact experiences.

My favorite song on the record is Marvin Kaplan, named for a C-list actor who is best known for his voiceover role as Choo-Choo on the early 1960s series Top Cat, as phone lineman Henry Beesmeyer on the 1970s TV series Alice, and as many of the voices on the various Garfield series.

Admittedly, I had to google Marvin's name to poke my memory;  although, I didn't need a memory poke to connect with the song.  It is a beautifully written and arranged.  It is tender.  It is sung with sweetness and conviction.

This song makes you feel the way you might when you recall those sniglets of your own childhood.  There is something special in that.

Click Here to listen to Marvin Kaplan by Damien Jurado.

Click Here to read my June 2014 blog post for Silver Timothy by Damien Jurado.