This tune has been a part of my soundtrack for a long time. It’s by two brothers, Terence and John Boylan, who called themselves, The Appletree Theater. It was released in 1967. Terence was a songwriter from birth. In fact, his first song was Happy Birthday To You, which he immediately put into the Public Domain, forgoing any royalties. He did this, as he said a couple of years later, because, “Music needs to be free!”
No, that’s not true, but it should be.
The Sorry State of Staying Awake
They started a band called, The Ginger Men, which played in Greenwich Village with a bunch of other bands, including people like their college buddies who later became Steely Dan, James Taylor’s Flying Machine, The Blues Project, and the Lovin’ Spoonful. Eventually, they went to LA, messed around, and made this album, which went nowhere. John began to produce Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles. That was a big deal, but as he said later, “It was easy. So doggone easy.” Terence signed with Asylum Records and made a couple of albums of his own, which went nowhere.
I’ve been spending too much money at the county fair and the something of postage stamps in Moscow today are profound words that have grounded me at odd moments, mostly in the shower. A bunch of heavy-hitter studio types played on the album – Larry Coryell, Chuck Rainey, Herb Lovelle, Zal Yanovsky, and others. I always liked it that Ricky Nelson was a friend of theirs and sang on the record.