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Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt

Just recently I watched "Linda Ronstadt, The Sound of My Voice" on CNN and I don't mind saying I was moved to tears more than once. Narrated by Linda herself and including rare footage and photo's in addition to some great interviews, it paints a wonderful picture of a remarkable career. If you get the chance you really should watch it, but for now a mini bio and then to some of her music from that amazing voice.

Linda was born on July 15, 1946 and grew up on a ranch in Tucson Arizona in a prosperous family. Music was a very important part of daily life so her exposure and interest came very naturally. She began her career in the mid sixties joining the growing country/folk rock scene. Ronstadt met Bobby Kimmel at the University of Arizona and later met Kenny Edwards and they formed the band the 'Stone Poneys'. She would release some solo material starting in 1969 and then tour with Jackson Brown, Neil Young and the Doors. She began having hug…
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Get the Message Songs

Get the Message Songs

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I have blogged what I (from a male perspective anyhow) and many others consider one of the most powerful female message songs ever, "Respect" from the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin . Of course a cover of the Otis Redding written song, but Ar…

Vocal Groups

Vocal Groups

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

As we walk, rock and or roll into 2020, a bit of music never hurt anyone and many songs have been written about the event. From old favorites to new these songs help us reflect on the year gone by and bring hope for the year ahead. I'll keep this short post brief and get right to the music!

So we of course need to start with the oldest New Year song, a tradition since the late 1700's in Scotland. The legendary Poet Robert Burns transcribed words he said he heard from an old man. It's an amalgam of old poems and folk songs put to the tune of yet another old folk song which is listed on the Roud Folk Song Index as number 6294 out of over 25,000 songs.

"Auld Lang Syne" is roughly translated into several meanings, according to Wikipedia "into standard English as "old long since" or, more idiomatically, "long long ago", "days gone by", or "old times". Consequently, "For auld lang syne", as it appea…

Christmas and Holiday Songs

The most covered Christmas Carols and Holiday Songs

Most people love them, some loathe them and the rest perhaps are somewhat indifferent. Wherever you sit on the spectrum, this music is unavoidable at this time of year. From the traditional carol to the old favorites and the new there is never a shortage of choice and escaping it takes a lot of effort. So if you want to read a story about Christmas and Holiday Songs, I've got you covered. 😉

Just the numbers, for the most covered songs of all time according to we see 8 out of the top 10 are Christmas carols or songs.

Silent Night, 2758 versionsSummertime, 1898 versionsWhite Christmas, 1555 versionsSilent Night, 1454 versionsOh, Holy Night, 1442 versionsHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, 1414The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You), 1320 versionsA New Northern Dittye of the Lady Greene Sleeves, 1299 versionsWinter Wonderland, 1092 versionsJingle Bells, 1076 versions "Yesterday" the top covered…

The Most Covered Pop Artists and Songs of All Time

The Most Covered Pop (Popular Music) Artists of All Time

There are three categories here; 1. Most song titles covered that an artist has authored 2. Most cover versions combined 3. Most covered pop singles.  These numbers are for artists that write and record their own songs. I'll dedicate another post to writers and composers who primarily are songwriters, not performers. The statistics come courtesy of and are verified via strict protocols. Numbers change daily so this is as of Dec. 12, 2019. This website posts 'covers' submitted from around the globe and in many different languages, edited by very knowledgeable experts in music recording. There are other resources out there I tap into as well but I do keep away from other cover song blogs to make sure I stay on my own path. Other than the odd personal anecdote or opinion, I'm using information and knowledge, not to mention YouTube posts that already exists. I'm kind of like a cover song myse…

Artists that Sing Covers = Not as talented

Artists that Sing Cover Songs are not as talented (as those who don't).

Ok hold your hand up if this is what you believe. Ok good, only a few of you did but you few are apparently not alone. The more research I do the more I run across some misinformed or misguided sentiment that if you 'only' cover a song(s) you are somehow not as talented. And some are wondering if perhaps there is some truth in this, the short answer is NO! The longer explanation is a bit more complicated. First, different genres have different 'feelings' for lack of a better term about who writes, who sings and who plays. But songwriters come from all over the music map, and making music is a lot more than just about the writers. With the odd exception as ...

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Rock Artists Sing Soul

Rock Artists Sing

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