These questions grew out (way out) of a discussion I wanted to have about great songs and great songwriters. Being an aspiring songwriter himself he didn’t really want to discuss it.
So I have a couple of questions I’m asking. But first - should we eliminate Leon Russell and the Dead, jus5 to make Jeffery and Olive dig deeper?
Try to limit yourself to two answers for this round. I refer to songs but classical music is included
1. Name one (or two) songs that stop you in your tracks 2. Name one (or two) songs you like that are totally out of your normal genre 3. Name a song “everybody” loves that leaves you cold 4. Name a song (or two) that consistently lightens your heart and makes you feel good.
Okay, here goes: 1. “The Boxer,” Simon & Garfunkel, studio version only “Wichita Lineman,” written by Jimmy Webb, performed by Glen Campbell 2. “One True Vine,” Mavis Staples (See also “Wichita Lineman) 3. I should probably change my password after this but - John Lennon’s “Imagine” 4. Suzy Ragsdale’s “Best Regards” is on just about every playlist I have, and heads up my “hit the highway for awhile” list.
Anybody wanna play? I’m thinking next round should be “Songs you love to hate/hate to love,” and or “pop songs that take you back to childhood.”
Julia “It’s the shipwreck that leads you to the magical island.” (Trevor Noah)
1. Name one (or two) songs that stop you in your tracks My Immortal - Evanescence | Landslide - Fleetwood Mac | Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers | The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Gordon Lightfoot | City of Blinding Lights - U2 (Paradise Soul Vocal Remix) 2. Name one (or two) songs you like that are totally out of your normal genre What A Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong | Sinnerman - Nina Simone| Georgy Girl - Seekers | | To Sir With Love - Lulu 3. Name a song “everybody” loves that leaves you cold: Groove Is In The Heart - Deee-Lite 4. Name a song (or two) that consistently lightens your heart and makes you feel good. Good For Me - Above and Beyond (Redanka Remix) | Hero - Afrojack & David Guetta
I started to think about it several times, but find it impossible to play the game, for several reasons. One is that I am not much good at remembering names - song names or artists. The other is that too many possibilities crowd upon one another, and being terminally open-minded (you can take that as non-judgemental, wishy-washy, or perhaps just mentally drafty and leaky), I am averse to making choices that I know will not stand for long.
Did I ever share that I experienced more than a year of waking up in the morning with a different song in my head, and there were only maybe ten repeats the whole time (if you don’t believe me, you can fantasize about asking my wife, who was blessed with hearing my stunning rendition of each and every one of them). A very curious thing is that very few of those morning songs were from the artists whom I had ever been addicted to - I often wasn’t clear on where I had heard them enough to explain how I knew so many of the words, as it could only have been on someone else’s radio. I’d say most of them were country western and R&B. Lots of times I didn’t know the name of the song or the artist.
Anyway, I guess we’re even now for raising uncomfortable topics that make us think…
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete. R. Buckminster Fuller
My most favorite Johnny Cash song is Ring of Fire.
Lest Friday on Fresh Air, Terry Gross interviewed Ray Charles who did a cover of that song. Terry made-mention that the song was written by June Cash. Ray Charles was surprised to learn that, because he didn't know that. (Neither did I. )