Monday morning, re-listening to and wondering at just how great a song this still is.
Don McLean in his prime, singing every word of “American Pie,” knowing that it’s killer.
Thanks to YouTuber BBC Newsnight
I wore out the Judy Collins‘s In My Life album when I was in college, the album with “Suzanne” and “Marat/Sade” on it. All the songs on that and previous recordings were written by people other than herself, but Judy Collins, an amazing interpreter, always made those songs her own. Later on, she started to write her own songs, songs that no one else could have written. Here is one of those self-penned songs, “My Father,” so exquisitely performed that you don’t believe her when she says it isn’t autobiographical.
Thanks to YouTuber bensisko16
I had long known of Langston Hughes’s poems, but I didn’t know until very recently what a delightful speaker and storyteller he was. In this audio clip he is talking to a group of graduate students in Berkeley about his upbringing. What a lovely man. Click on the grey triangle above to hear.
The audio clip is just the beginning of a one-hour Hughes talk from an astounding collection of over 1300 hours of audio from the archives of Pacifica Radio. The collection is called Voices That Change The World. It’s not cheap, but on the 64GB flash drive (you get two for the price of one) there is an extraordinary range of audio from the most remarkable people of the last fifty years—singers, poets, writers, politicians, artists, scientists, religious figures, audio books. It’s an amazing resource.
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Monday morning, the lion awakens. In addition to this recording by The Tokens, Pete Seeger and the Weavers had a version called “Wimoweh” based on Solomon Linda’s “Mbube,” and the song was used in Disney’s The Lion King. A lawsuit was brought by the Linda family to recover their royalties from the various versions of the song.
I can remember as a boy trying to wail those high notes the way those Brooklyn Tokens did, but even my pre-adolescent voice could not reach those glorious heights.
A very worthy cover by Roy Zimmerman of the Marty Robbins standard with some great guitar playing by partner Melanie Harby. Felicitously, they’re singing on location in the hills overlooking El Paso.
You can see more of Roy Zimmerman’s videos at RoyZimmerman
David Amram’s impossibly beautiful waltz from “After The Fall,” with Paquito D’Rivera on saxophone.
The piece was composed for use in the original Elia Kazan stage production of Arthur Miller’s play After The Fall.
Thanks to YouTuber newportclassic