What Makes This Song Great

Gordon Lightfoot’s song “If You Could Read My Mind” was always one of my favorites, but I never had the musical knowledge to understand why I liked it so much, even over and above the great lyrics. Rick Beato’s musical breakdown of the arrangement and production of the music of Lightfoot’s recording is just wonderful. His discourse on the song not only makes me feel smarter, but much more to the point, makes me hear things in the recording that I had never consciously heard before. (Headphones recommended).

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Oh Boy! Buddy Holly

In this live performance from The Ed Sullivan Show, you can barely hear Buddy’s guitar because Ed demanded that the sound be turned down. But Buddy bangs it out nevertheless. After that, Buddy reportedly refused to perform the second song he was scheduled to sing on the show.

Thanks to YouTuber Maniana14

“I’ve Forgotten If They’re Green Or They’re Blue”

I think “Your Song” was the first Elton John song I had ever heard, around 1970. I remember thinking it was cool writing a song about writing a song ineptly. Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren with a lovely version of the Elton John/Bernie Taupin classic.

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Fever

Friday morning, after a week of 80 degrees plus temperatures here in NYC, the weather report is “Fever.”

Not a song I have ever liked, but Allison Young’s vocals are a revelation, and Josh Turner’s guitar arrangement is ridiculously great.

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Here, There And Everywhere: Josh Turner

Monday morning, shoes off, no one beats Josh Turner when it comes to arranging Beatles songs on acoustic guitar . Paul McCartney once said it was the one song that John Lennon had ever complimented him on writing.

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“I Wonder How Your Engine Feels”

Monday morning, Josh Turner and his mucho-talented friends steal a lesser-known Simon and Garfunkel song, “Baby Driver,” and joyride.

Keyboard – Adam Saxe, Vocal – Taylor Bloom, Vocal – Ben Cooley (with the grey hat), Guitar – Josh Turner, Bass – Marc Encabo, Percussion – Bob Sale

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Suite: Judy Blue Eyes

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When Steve Stills sung this paean to his about-to-be-ex, Judy Collins, it was one of the most audacious and brilliant love songs from a 60s folk rock band. This cover, by Josh Turner on six string guitar, Tanner Walter on 12 string guitar and Myles Pinder on the high parts, is frighteningly good.

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The Tennessee Waltz

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Okay, so “The Tennessee Waltz” is a song I’ve hated all my life. When I would hear it on the radio or when somebody on a TV variety show would sing it, I would immediately turn it off. It seemed to me like an endless, very boring song. But…wow. This version by Reina del Cid and Toni Lindgren on guitar is just great. First time I really heard the lyrics, and Toni’s guitar playing is wonderful.

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Gentle On My Mind

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Monday morning, Glen Campbell gets the approval of his peers.

Worth it, even if you don’t like country music, for the wonderful guitar break and the comradery.

Thanks to YouTuber jimmy cee

Rock ‘N’ Roll School

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Wow. Monday morning, Mr. Perkins, Mr. Harrison, Mr. Clapton, and a bunch of other great musicians, show how it’s done.

Carl Perkins (guitar, vocals)
Geraint Watkins (piano)
Dave Edmunds (guitar, vocals)
George Harrison (guitar, vocals)
Eric Clapton (guitar, vocals)
Rosanne Cash (vocals, maracas)
Ringo Starr (drums, tambourine, vocals)
Slim Jim Phantom (drums)
Greg Perkins (bass guitar)
Lee Rocker (double bass)
Earl Slick (guitar)
David Charles (drums)
John David (bass guitar)
Mickey Gee (guitar)

Thanks to YouTuber Carl Perkins on MV

Simple Twist of Fate

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A younger Carson McKee with a laid-backed version of the Dylan song. Carson sings the story and lyrics of the song so simply and straightforwardly that he makes it sound like an American Songbook standard.

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Back In Business

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Beverly Watkins died last week at the age of 80. I wasn’t aware of her before, but a friend told me about her. Watkins played with James Brown, Ray Charles, and B.B. King. As you can see from the clip, she was quite a blues guitar player and singer.

Thanks to YouTuber TEXANOBLUES, and Marilyn Vogt-Downey for the suggestion.

Get Your Plane Right On Time

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It’s not enough that Josh Turner plays perfect guitar and the best Paul Simon covers you’ll ever hear, but the freakin’ guy actually does the Artie Garfunkel part for “Only Living Boy In New York” as well. Just amazing.

The reverb is courtesy of a tunnel in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. And stay tuned for the announcement after the song. Wish I could hop on a plane.

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Heaven’s Door

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I’ve posted a great Dylan version of this song on the blog previously, but Monday morning I’m posting this one too, because it’s very good, and we’re all looking over our shoulders these days.

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