'Ff'lo (fflo) wrote,


I do love the classic Louis Armstrong version (runs behind this animation at youtube). That record, with a boost from Lily Tomlin's singing it on Saturday Night Live when I was 13 (with Harold Shore and his All-Nurse Orchestra), made it one of my very favorite songs in songdom, as it has remained. Today I give you this version:

  .mp3 --> "St. James Infirmary" - Snooks Eaglin

It can double as a kind of nod to what Shaky Jake might be said to have aimed for (his funeral is Sunday at Muehlig's), but I mean it more, in all its ambivalence & passion & surrender, for the dear sick, and sick in the heart.

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