My Mellow Music

My post, “Three Dog Night and Other Delights” elicited a barrage  of e-mails. Such as the one from M.H. who asked, “Tell me it isn’t so; you don’t really like ‘Easy to be Hard’

Actually I don’t have any feelings one way or the other about that song or for any by those other ‘constantly-changing-tempo-in-the-same-song’ groups. No, I like the ballad-singing boys: Leonard Cohen ; (Suzanne) Gordon Lightfoot (Softly), Elton John (Your Song) and, of course, Bob Dylan (Lay Lady Lay)

Then too, I love Cream, Jimi Hendricks, The Moody Blues and the Doors. In fact the last timeJorge and I were in Paris, we went to see Jim Morrison at Pere-LaChaise.

I could never get very interested in the heavier stuff as it came along, but I do have a fond memory of listening to AC/DC, Black Sabbath and KISS at full volume as I rode with a bunch of friends down to the beach.

In the 70s, I was also very into Roberta Flack, Tina Turner and Carol King.

The decade also gave birth to some one-hit-wonders I’ll NEVER EVER get tired of “Midnight at the Oasis” , “Margaritaville”, and “In the Summertime

Forty years later, I have a long list of “new” favorite artists and musical genres but I must confess, the 60s and 70s stuff is still what moves me most! How about you?



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6 responses to “My Mellow Music

  1. What a difference a decade makes!  You’re about that much younger than I, and it shows in the music you mention.  But I suspect there are still lots of overlaps, especially in the more recent additions to our “favorites.”  Yet we so agree about Ike & Tina Turner, and Carol King.

    In my case, my mother’s favorites influenced mine as well.  She loved Marian Anderson, as do I still.  Based upon the number of times listed in my iTunes  “favorites”, my current favorite is Kathleen Battle.  But I have favorites of many types–except Punk, Acid-Rock, Hip-hop, and much of the newer stuff which I find to be mostly noise.  

    Your post actually triggered a wonderful afternoon for me!  In surveying my iTunes library, and thinking of this wonderful subject, I found myself becoming delightfully relaxed.  (Sure, I was procrastinating the other stuff I really “should” have been doing, but what fun.  I even slept better!)

    So here are a few my own favorite You-Tubes:

    This one is so unique!  How treasured the event must have been for so many shoppers that day!  I’m always amazed by it:

    Or,  Here is a performance  which shows how much more a great recording can become when the faces show so much “soul.”   Sadly, the song is still relevant.
    But for something really funny, I always love:

    My current favorite  recent Mexican duo are Rodrigo Y Gabriella, which you can sample here:  I still don’t understand why they were evidently discovered in Ireland, rather than here.  As one can see, they use a guitar for so much more than it’s normally used. Love them!

    Isn’t Musica wonderful?!  


  2. Glad you mentioned Carol King. Her album “Tapestry” was the first record I bought after graduating from college in 1971. It surely must go down as one of the top 100 albums of all time. From “I Feel the Earth Move”, to “So Far Away”, and finally the song she wrote for Aretha Franklin, “You Make Me Feel (Like A Natural Woman).” Oh, and Three Dog Night’s “Joy To The World” has to be #1 song for lyrics that get into a non-stop loop once you think about it”… joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea… oops, sorry!

    • Ah yes “Tapestry”… I lived in southern Peru when that album came out and I remember how I would leave the mayhem of the classroom and get home, play that music… and talk about mellow! “So Far Away” always produced a tear or two… So then it would be time for Cat Stevens… I wonder if my daughter will remember Lady Ga-Ga and the like, in quite the same nostalgic way?

  3. allisonmphd

    Given your musical taste, you should definitely head over to the Bierhaus on a Thursday night to hear Colin Gow. He has a fine voice, plays a mean guitar, and has a huge repertoire of songs from the 1960s and 1970s!

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