Song of the Day, September 1: Talkin’ to Your Toothbrush by Mama Cass

MamaCToothbrushToday’s song is Talkin’ to Your Toothbrush from Mama Cass Elliot’s Dream A Little Dream. Cass was contemplating her solo debut when she ran into producer and arranger John Simon at a Frank Zappa show. Impressed with his extensive, eclectic work — ranging from the Band to Janis Joplin to Leonard Cohen — she asked him on the spot to helm the project. They each brought some song ideas to the sessions. Cass picked Talkin’ to Your Toothbrush from a batch of songs Simon had written himself.

It’s a pensive song sung by a woman waiting for her lover to return. She ponders the ups and downs of their relationship, hoping that he wants to return as much as she wants him. Whimsical and wistful by turns, it features a smart lyric that Cass nails. With perfect phrasing, she shows off her more subtle vocal talents. Simon’s arrangement of his song is a perfect framework for the quiet ache that Cass delivers.

Just talkin’ to your toothbrush
And whistling out the window
Where I saw you drive away
Whistling and a-wondering
What will make you crazy and what will make you stay

Enjoy this delightful song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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