A long, long time ago in a far away place, well actually New York, there lived an eccentric blind musician by the (real) name of Louis Thomas Hardin. Louis was better known as Moondog and was an American composer, musician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He lived pretty much on the street and was nick-named by many, the Viking of 6th avenue on account of the cloak and Viking-style helmet he used to wear.
Moondog recorded many albums, mostly based on jazz and street sounds and influenced more musicians than you can imagine. One of the most famous re-works of one of his songs was made by former label-mate of mine, Mr. Scruff (although I have to say I never had the pleasure of meeting him – Mr. Scruff that is!).
Moondog moved to New York in 1943, where he met noted classical music luminaries such as Leonard Bernstein and Arturo Toscanini, as well as legendary jazz performer-composers such as Charlie Parker and Benny Goodman, whose upbeat tempos and often humorous compositions would influence his later work. He died in 1999 and left behind an incredible musical legacy.
Here is the original “Birds Lament” by Moondog.
…and now “Get a move on” by Mr. Scruff.
So, why are Solskala talking about Moondog? We we’re a little touched by him just now and have just used a voice sample of his in a song that we are including on our forthcoming album, TWO.