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.
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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.
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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.
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Monday morning, Mama nixes making music, but that doesn’t stop David Amram and company.
Has there ever been a musician more accomplished in so many fields of music than David Amram? Whether it be in folk music, classical, jazz, or even movie scores (Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate were his compositions), he’s been an eclectic, generous presence.
Here he is playing a musical introduction at the Philadelphia Folk Festival with Larry Campbell on guitar, Erik Lawrence on sax, Somoko on violin, and Amram’s son, Adam, on drums. Be sure to catch Amram playing two pennywhistles at 4:25.
Amram is about eighty years old in this video and still making great music now at age 87.
Thanks to YouTuber Ky Hote
Monday morning, Leonard Bernstein conducts his own Symphonic Dances from West Side Story.
Favorite Bernstein moment: 18:01
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Monday morning turn up your radio to hear Van Morrison backed by The Band.
Morrison was famously inconsistent and erratic in live performance, but Martin Scorsese caught one of Van’s greatest performances in this rendition of “Caravan” for Scorsese’s film The Last Waltz.
Attempt to decipher lyrics at your own peril.
Thanks to YouTuber BastiVineta