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Greatest Folk Rock Songs

My "Greatest" Folk Rock Songs

To begin the 'greatest of' topic in my "Not all 'Greatest of' lists are created equal" post I talked about the creation of lists and then got a start on a list of my own. One does not have to be genius to come up with such a list but I do take some time to do my research. So to use a popular term these days I have 'curated' the songs, many of which you will find on other lists but I have my own take so perhaps you will learn something new.

The Folk Rock subgenre is pretty self explanatory, Folk plus Rock. But what kind of 'folk' are we talking?  On the international music scene or traditional 'Folk' music from any country for that matter, we find within their borders they have regional, indigenous, instrumental, vocal, cultural and language/dialect based 'Folk' music. However for this definition we look to the evolution of American Folk music post WWII, so late 40's, the 50's and …

Valentines Day Songs

Valentines Day Songs
(some of the happy and not so happy stories about love songs)

Not all songs with the title of "Valentines Day" are love songs. In fact many are not and some are quite depressing such as "Valentines Day" not surprisingly by Marilyn Manson. David Bowie's "Valentines Day" is a about a mass shooting. Steve Earle has been married seven times which means he is either very good or very bad at it, his "Valentines Day" refrain sums it all up with an apologetic "I ain't got a card to sign" sort of empty promises song. To be honest I have no idea what James Taylor's "Valentines Day" is about at all and Billy Bragg definitively states "Valentines Day is Over" and it wasn't a happy one. Linkin Park is not having a good "Valentines Day" either, not unlike "St. Valentine's Day" from The Dream Academy.


Now Bruce Springsteen with his "Valentine's Day" leaves…

Greatest Songs Lists

Greatest Songs ListsNot all 'Greatest of' lists are created equal ...
My thoughts on the 'greatest of' lists...and my own
Greatest Songs (Part 1 )
Let me add some music right off the bat here because as usual I'm going to be complicating things, but later I will squeeze in another four tunes. We will call this the "MMC (MostlyMusicCovers) Blog Greatest Songs List" (hey, I worked on that name for a good thirty seconds, can you tell?)
My choice for - Greatest Song of all time is  "Over the Rainbow"


 "Over the Rainbow" performed by Judy Garland in the movie 'The Wizard of Oz'. Music written by Harold Arlen, lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. First recorded October 7, 1938, the movie was released August 12 1939. Judy would record this song July 28, 1939 for the cast recording album "The Wizard of Oz by Victor Young and His Orchestra". I am not alone in my opinion that this is the best song period, not just from a movie but from anyone …