So I’ve had a nice Holiday break…..I hope you have as well. My New Year’s Resolution for 2014 is to Follow My Arrow. Confused? Listen to the following song by newest musical obsessions, Kacey Musgraves, and it will make a lot more sense…..
Kacey is one a great set of talented country songwriters that that emerged in 2013 and I absolutely love her song Follow Your Arrow. You could do a lot worse than adopting the following lyrics from the song as your own resolution for this year.
Say what you think
Love who you love
‘Cause you just get
So many trips ’round the sun
Yeah, you only
Only live once
So make lots of noise
Kiss lots of boys
Or kiss lots of girls
If that’s what you’re into
When the straight and narrow
Gets a little too straight
Roll up a joint, or don’t
And follow your arrow
Wherever it points, yeah
Follow your arrow
Wherever it points
Here’s an acoustic live performance of the song that I though you might like as well…..
I’m a little behind in my “Forty Years Ago Today” posts so later today I plan to do a final post to catch you up on the album releases in the later part of 1973. Later this week you should be looking for my Best of 2013 (End Of The Year Music Review) post.
This year’s final Holiday Countdown post features Christmas Lights which was released digitally by Coldplay in December of 2010. I love the both the song and the video. Let’s watch and listen together….
Oh, Christmas lights, light up the street
Light up the fireworks in me
May all your troubles soon be gone
Those Christmas lights keep shinin’ on
Merry Christmas to everybody around the world….may the Christmas spirit continue throughout the coming year making the world a more peaceful place for us all!
I’m taking a couple of days off but will return soon to wrap up 2013 before New Years Day.
Today’s post features, Star Carol, a song that was written by Alfred Burt. He finished the song on February 4, 1954 and died less than 24 hours later from lung cancer. (Mr. Burt’s history is quite interesting….you might want to check it out on Wikipedia.)
Star Carol is a beautiful song but not one that you are likely to have heard so today I’m offering you two different versions in today’s post. The first version was recorded by Tennessee Ernie Ford for his 1958 Christmas album. I think this was the first non-choir recording of the song. The second version was recorded by Simon and Garfunkel in 1967 but this version wasn’t included on any Simon and Garfunkel release until the 1997 Old Friends compilation. I think this version might become one of your favorite Holiday songs in the future. Enjoy!
I prefer the simpler Simon and Garfunkel version. Let me know what you think….
Marvin Gaye is another of my all time favorite performers. In memory of Marvin’s amazing career, I offer his live performance of the Christmas Song. Enjoy!
If you’re a Marvin fan, or even if you aren’t, I invite you back later today to checkout my Monday Matinee post which features the 1964 T.A.M.I. concert (arguably the best concert in history). A very young Marvin was on the bill for that concert as were a long with of other performers that have since become music legends. You really don’t want to miss this one
RIP – Marvin Gaye!
I don’t know why but I really love this performance of Silent Night by the late Waylon Jennings and his talented wife Jessi Colter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
If you enjoyed this performance be sure to check back later today for a great Sunday Sessions post that features Waylon and some of his buddies.
I love Christmas songs that put a new twist on traditional songs and that is exactly what Hall and Oates have done with Overture The First Noel. I think this is stunning….let me know what you think……
If you’ve been paying attention over the past two years you already know that I adore the late Dan Fogelberg. He was a talented songwriter, a great singer, and although we tend to overlook it, he was a wonderful musician. Today post features his musical chops on the beautiful song, Snowfall………
I was lucky to get to see Dan multiple times in the 70s and 80s and one of my biggest wishes has been to show all of the readers of this blog what an amazing live performer he was. I’m excited to tell you that I’ve recently discovered some live performances by Dan from 1976 and I plan to feature those performances in a post before the end of the year. Keep an eye out for it!
RIP – Dan!
I love Tracy Chapman and today I offer up her unique performance of O Holy Night. I love it for its simplicity and for the complete lack of vocal gymnastics that seem to go with most performances of the song. Enjoy…..
Today’s post is a special combination of incredible Montana scenery and a wonderful mix of music by Clint Black, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea, and the late great John Denver. This John Denver Christmas special was recorded in 1991 and I think you will really enjoy it. Sit back, relax, and start to get into the Holiday mood…..
Today’s post continues our Holiday Music Countdown in Two’Fer Tuesday style. I have two great versions of Joni Mitchell’s song River. First up is a performance by James Taylor which is followed by a performance by Sarah McLachlan. I would be hard pressed to say which is my favorite….they are both great and I think you will enjoy them.
Thanks to Joel Bernstein for the great picture of Joni skating on a river.