I, like many folks around the globe, look forward to the tradition and ritual of singing Auld Lang Syne at midnight. That got me thinking, which sometimes sends me down some unforeseen rabbit holes. Come down this one with me.
What three songs would I pick as my all-time favourites, stuck on-a-desert-island tunes?
By The Righteous Brothers, Unchained Melody would be at the top of my list, and I don’t know why. It almost paralyzes me every time I hear it. I wish I could critique it as well as my favourite music critiques can do. I would even struggle to sing along with it. But since I have only three to choose from, the first one is a no-brainer.
Next, Shenandoah is played on the piano by Keith Jarret. A good friend introduced me to this artist. Although not a piano fan, so to speak, Keith had me after the first few notes of this version of Shenandoah. Again, I’m not sure why. But I stop what I’m doing when he is playing. My best explanation is that you can hear the ache in every note. There seems to be a split-second hesitation before the following note flows from the piano. This creates aural drama.
Last is any tune by Jimmy LaFave. His voice is instilled with many happy and diverse memories. I first saw him at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival side stage as part of the memorial Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday. A couple of bars of music, and I couldn’t take my eyes off him. Every new find like this is a lifelong treasure.
Then in Austin, Texas, with friends, we saw him during the SXSW Festival, playing in a very crowded restaurant. Austin is Jimmy’s adopted hometown; not only were all the seats taken, but servers couldn’t move through the standing crowd. Jimmy was playing to his homies, and everybody paid him the respect he had earned.
So, with just a bit more time left for you and me to stay down this rabbit hole, why not give it a bit of a think and identify three songs for yourself. Can you explain why? How long since you last listened to those three songs? Could you give them a play now?
Share the shortlist with others and ask others for their picks in the comments below. Be open to others who are different from you by age, gender, religion, and ethnicity. Please give a listen to their choices. Enjoy the stories other people share.
Oh, yes. And Happy New Year!
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