I promised you John Denver would show back up in this thing eventually, and he’s back today. Other than the aforeposted James Taylor, John is the one artist I most associate with my childhood. I can say he is literally my first musical memory, which is pretty important in my book. As a tyke, Mom would drive me around, and it seems like no car trip was complete without popping in a John Denver cassette. Mom would sing along, and pretty soon I learned to as well. She would especially sing to me with “For Baby (For Bobbie).” It’s the sweetest song about a parent’s love for their child ever written, and to this day, if I ever miss my mom, I’ll play it. John Denver, was such a wonderful person, and his music was equally great. He reminds me of all the best things about home: my family, the friends who helped bring me up, and above all else love. I had a glorious childhood, and I think a large portion of that can be attributed to the fact that John was almost always there. Listen here.
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Hm…a song that makes me guilty. That’s an interesting one. Oddly enough, I’m going to choose the Johnny Cash classic “I Walk the Line.” Johnny Cash always makes me think of my grandparents, and thinking about my grandparents always reminds me of what a bad granddaughter I am. I never call them like I say I’m going to, I never write either, I never Skype with them (yes, they got Skype), and I only visit about twice a year, which will probably be reduced to maybe once a year as I get farther from home and closer to life in the real world. I don’t mean to be a terrible granddaughter, but we do come from two VERY different worlds and have little in common besides DNA, and, oh my god, if they knew about some of the life decisions I’ve made and some of the stuff I get up to, well…I’m fairly sure it would kill them. Okay, this makes me sound like a horrible person, and now I’m sufficiently guilted out. Thank you 30 Day Song Challenge, you jerk!
For the record, though, I do love Johnny Cash. He’s worth dealing with the guilt.
Today is supposed to be the song I really wish I could play, and, well, that’s just about every song I hear that I like. However, today I’m in a bit of a glam mood so I choose “Suffragette City” by David Bowie. What an interestingly fabulous time to be on the rock scene what with all the androgynous fashion, the recreational sex, the heroin (okay just kidding about the heroin part). David was king of all that in what seems like ages before my generation was reintroduced to him as the equal parts vaguely lecherous and strangely sexy goblin king (with tight pants) in Labyrinth. Bowie’s just so cool in whatever he does, and I like the guitar style on Ziggy Stardust. Here’s Ziggy, himself, with “Suffragette City”:
Anyone who knows me well knows that I can’t play an instrument to save my life. I’ve tried several, and they just never took, so I was a little hard-pressed to think of a song that I could play on an instrument. I don’t know if this counts or not, but way back in the day when I had the supple wrists of a seven-year-old, my parents bought me a bodhrán. I somehow managed to teach myself how to use it quite quickly (ah the elastic mind of childhood) and got pretty good, Kerry style and West Limerick style, although, it’s not a very hard instrument to learn and play. My parents really like The Chieftains so we always had a bunch of their cassettes lying around when I was a kid. For kicks I taught myself the beats for a lot of their songs. This is one I can still remember semi-well, although several years of typing lengthy term papers on keyboards has destroyed my old swiftness with a tipper. Anyway, here is the Chieftains’ version of “Drowsy Maggie.”
Also, if you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about, Wikipedia has a pretty good description of what a bodhrán is here.
Today’s song is one that makes me laugh. I cannot get enough of this one Tennessee based band called Those Darlins. They have this great song called “Be Your Bro,” which has brilliant lyrics. It always makes me chuckle anytime I hear it. Watch the video here.
I’m definitely nicking the idea for today’s song from The Big Chill. I LOVE that movie. It’s just too amazing. If you’ve never seen it, go watch it now. There is a very famous funeral scene in the movie where the mourners are played out by the deceased’s favorite song, the Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.” Today’s theme is a song that I want played at my funeral, and this is so perfect that I want that done at mine.
Here’s the scene from TBC. Enjoy.
(P.S. Sorry for being morbid).
I’m afraid I’ll have to fudge this one a little bit. Today’s song is the song that I want played at my wedding. I’m not really into the whole wedding thing at all. I’m not really sure if I’m into the whole marriage thing, for that matter. If for some reason I did feel compelled for tax purposes or something, it would totally be a quick and dirty city hall job. All of the white dressy, flowery, exhibitionist nonsense that goes along with weddings just isn’t my scene and, quite frankly, disgusts me. Anyway, here comes the fudging, I do have a song that I’d love to dance to with a very special guy, get on a very heartfelt mixtape (am completely in love with mixtapes and always have been), or even better, be serenaded with. It’s really a gorgeous song and one of my favorite love songs of all time. It’s David Gray’s “The One I Love.” Listen to it here.