Song of the Day #1,080: ‘Brandy Alexander’ – Ron Sexsmith

One of the nice touches on Ron Sexsmith’s Exit Strategy of the Soul was the addition of a Cuban jazz horn ensemble.

This might seem incongruous with Sexsmith’s usual style — he’s not exactly Buena Vista Social Club material — but it works surprisingly well.

These horn parts didn’t inform the writing of the album but were added to the recorded tracks later to flesh out the sound. Sometimes, when you have a classic three-minute pop singer-songwriter like Sexsmith, it takes just a dash of flavor to really elevate the material.

A fine example is today’s track, ‘Brandy Alexander,’ which gains a buoyancy from the addition of the horns. Sexsmith recorded this song with Feist singing backing vocals and she later released a solo version of the track on her album The Reminder.

As I try to be the man for her
Far across the sea and land for her
For deep within my blood is sand until
I drink what makes me mad for her

She’s my Brandy Alexander
Always gets me into trouble
But that’s another matter
My Brandy Alexander

Why do I thirst for all the worst again?
Is it my addiction to this curse within?
As silently I must confess this sin
Tastes better after juice and gin

She’s my Brandy Alexander
Always gets me into trouble
But that’s another matter
Oh, that’s another matter

And deep within my blood is sand until
I drink what makes me mad for her

She’s my Brandy Alexander
Always gets me into trouble
Oh, that’s another matter

It goes down easy…

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,080: ‘Brandy Alexander’ – Ron Sexsmith

  1. Dana says:

    As I find a bit of sameness to much of his material, the horns are, indeed, welcome;

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