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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 …

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…

Get the Message Songs

Get the Message Songs

Having had a household were I was outnumbered by three females to one male (me), I think for the most part "I got the message". I am versed on at least the basics like "put the toilet seat down", don't ask how much she spent at the hair salon and yes of course one must get their nails done at least twice a month! My wife also has messages about Global Human Resource Strategies, (my since moved on) two daughters messages about; Linguistics and Advanced Geriatric Care respectively, these I understand much less. Apart from those and a few others I've picked up messages through songs, so I thought it might make for a good topic and if not... it's been nice talking to you all every week ;)

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…