Lagniappe (la·gniappe) noun ˈlan-ˌyap,’ – 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.

A veritable bouillabaisse of sound, Matthew E. White’s debut LP, Big Inner, is set for joint release August 21st via Hometapes and Spacebomb. Here, on the twelfth installment of the Lagniappe Sessions, he pays tribute to LA’s own Randy Newman and singer/songwriter/sideman legend, Joe South. White, in his own words, below.

Matthew E. White :: Games People Play (Joe South)

Joe South wrote this song in 1968 and Lee Dorsey covered it in 1970. His version, produced by Allen Toussaint, is one that I have grown to absolutely love. The form – 4 verses, 2 instrumentals, 4 verses (no chorus!) is perfectly hypnotic and the tone of the language is terrific. I wanted to include (albeit through a 3rd party songwriter) a song I knew from a New Orleans tradition as that city is so close to to the heart of all the music that I make.

Matthew E. White :: I’ll Be Home (Randy Newman)

Years ago I tracked down Randy Newman’s house in L.A., found the guts to ring the doorbell and was clueless enough to drop off a few cd’s I had made. Randy Newman has been a primary influence on my songwriting and his work is deeply inspiring for me. “I’ll Be Home” has always been one of my favorites, it’s clarity is brilliant, an incredible showcase of a gifted craftsman.


5 Responses to “Matthew E. White :: The Lagniappe Sessions”

  1. […] Aquarium Drunkard » Matthew E. White :: The Lagniappe Sessions.  (this replaces previous link which may no longer work) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. 13 Aug This entry was published on August 13, 2012 at 10:17 pm. It’s filed under humans, life, lyrics, music, musician, poetry and tagged love, music, musings. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. […]

  2. […] the Matthew E. White Lagniappe Session, […]

  3. […] first thing I heard from Matthew E. White was his Aquarium Drunkard ‘Laginappe Sessions‘. His cover of Randy Newman’s “I’ll Be Home” had me on board right […]

  4. […] en de melodie van White als Games people play van Joe South? Toeval? Ik denk het niet. Luister hier maar naar een cover van White van Games people play. Je kan zeggen dat het valsspelen is, omdat […]

  5. […] Matthew E. White presents Tape-estry featuring Bedouine – a digital 45 of Carole King songs recorded on a 4-track in motels across America. This is White’s second Lagniappe Session for AD. Listen to the 2012 session, here. […]

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