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These Boys

#112 / Video Extra

“These Boys” is a new composition by The 1937 Flood. Actually, we started working on this piece about a decade ago, but it just didn’t seem to want to come together until now.

Intended as a showcase for the band’s soloists, the tune might just have been waiting for Danny Cox and Veezy Coffman to ride into the Floodisphere and set those solos on fire.

Veezy’s Wink

By the way, you might notice that at about 01:45 in the video Charlie offers a little chuckle. That’s because at the tailend of her solo, Veezy — in the finest jazz tradition — “quotes” from another song. Listen closely just before Bowen’s chuckle and you’ll hear a few musical lines from “Minor Swing,” the great old Django Reinhardt / Stéphane Grappelli composition that Veezy has often played with fellow Floodster Doug Chaffin.

What a highly appropriate bit of musical winking that is, because, as illustrated in the video — shot by band manager Pamela Bowen at last Thursday’s rehearsal — the song is all about being an homage to friends and fellow Floodsters over the years.

These are the folks who kindled and tended those fires in the first place, who, as the song says, make a dead thing grow, make a dark thing glow.

The 1937 Flood Watch
The 1937 Flood Watch
Charles Bowen