Lagniappe (la ·gniappe) noun ‘lan-ˌyap,’ — 1. An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. 2. Something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus.
The Lagniappe Sessions return in 2024, this time stepping into the world of Reverend Baron, the nom de tune of LA based singer-songwriter Daniel Garcia. For this installment of the series, the multi-instrumentalist, engineer, and producer reflects on early ’70s Randy Newman, the title track from British singer-songwriter Labi SIffre’s 1972 LP, Paul Simon’s “Nobody”, via the 1980 film One-Trick Pony, and the enigmatic Lewis Baloue’s “Let’s Fall In Love”. Garcia’s notes on his selections, below.
To some, Randy Newman is the Toy Story guy. To me, he’s the Three Amigos guy. It was my favorite movie when I was a kid and I loved the songs in it. I’ve been a fan ever since. I still revisit his first four or five records for ideas and inspiration. This one doesn’t have the irony and humor that a lot of his stuff has. Just good old fashioned earnestness
I don’t know much about Labi Siffre but this song has stuck with me since I first heard it. A familiar chord progression, a good melody, pretty decent lyrics, and great production. A simple equation for sticking.
I don’t think I need to say much about Paul Simon. I like singing this song. The day I recorded this I got a new/old drum machine. Everyone should have one.
A great title, I’m surprised there aren’t hundreds of songs with this title (maybe there are). I’ve covered this live a few times with my band. I recorded it with them for posterity. So here it is.