Hedge and Donna Capers
Listen – Hedge and Donna – Always and Endless – MP3
I hope the end of the week finds you in what the incense burning contingent used to refer to as a ‘good headspace’.
I for one have lots of headspace, and am considering some kind of leasing arrangement so that I might appear more intelligent. There’s nothing like a nice, tightly packed brainpan, or so I’ve heard.
My brain – or what’s left of it right now – is very, very, verrrrrry tired. The renovation of the record room was followed almost immediately by tearing the rest of the house apart, an effort which ran simultaneously with a serious fever, reducing me to a quivering mass of fatigue and mean looks.
I’m feeling better, but I’m still a tired fella.
In service of soothing my shattered nerves (and those of others, natch) I figured I’d whip out something a little mellow.
Some months back I set foot in a new (to me) record store, and walked out with a big stack of groovy 60s sounds.
The record I bring you today was part of that stack.
Strange as it may seem, I had no idea what Hedge and Donna sounded like, and grabbed the album because I’d seen it repped on a funk and soul message board I used to frequent. Seeing unusual records there usually means one of two things:
1. The record is either secretly soulful (i.e. harbors and incongruous breakbeat or loop)
2. It has ‘grip and flip’ potential, i.e. dug up solely for its resale value
As it turns out, neither was true about this album, which, lovely as it is, is neither secretly funky, nor particularly valuable.
It is, however, quite nice.
I haven’t been able to put much info together about the pair, other than that they were married (last name Capers), and that they released a couple of albums in the late 60s/early 70s. That, and the truly odd fact that Hedge Capers went on to star in a low budget film based on one of my truly favorite literary characters, Silver John aka John the Balladeer in the short stories and novels of Manly Wade Wellman.*
The tune I bring you today, ‘Always and Endless’ is from the LP ‘Hedge and Donna 2’, and is really a sweet slice of Tim Buckley–esque folk pop, with just a tiny bit of Pearls Before Swine tossed in for good measure. In addition to the vocals and acoustic guitar, you get some nice jazzy vibes and the soothing sound effects of water lapping the shoreline.
The whole bag rubs up uncomfortably against earnestness, but as far as I’m concerned, stops just short of it, coming in as a very mellow, very groovy listening experience.
I hope you dig it too, and I’ll be back on Monday.
*If you have an interest in an odd mix of Twilight Zoney stories in a backwoods setting, you should chase down one of the out of print collections thereof.