Monday music: “Pride (In the Name of Love)”

A ditty from my youth, this 1984 song about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was U2’s first huge hit from The Unforgettable Fire when I was in high school, and it’s still pretty fabulous three and a half decades later.

Monday music: “Weeping in the Promised Land”

John Fogerty has had the phrase “weeping in the promised land” bouncing around in his head for twenty-five years, and even wrote a song about it once, but he wasn’t thrilled with it. In 2020, with his planned tour cancelled due to the apocalypse, he found lyrics to go with it. It’s his first new song in eight years, and it broke the dam, as he’s working on a new album. (The whole story can be found on Rolling Stone.) Here’s the song, a fuck-you farewell to the Trump Administration.

Monday music: “Longer Boats”

Born Steven Demetre Georgiou, the singer/songwriter who has gone by Cat Stevens, Yusuf Islam, and these days just as Yusuf has a magnificent voice and wrote some amazing songs. Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat, and Catch Bull at Four are albums of my childhood, and ones I associate with my happy youth.

Yusuf recently released a reimagining of Tea for the Tillerman on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, and here’s a song from the original album that I particularly like, “Longer Boats.”

Monday music: “Beautiful Madness”

Robbie Robertson’s latest album, Sinematic, is most excellent, as have all his solo albums been. “Evocative” has always been the best word to describe Robertson’s work, both with The Band and on his own, and this one with haunting backup vocals by J.S. Ondara is a perfect example. Inspired by his time in the late 1970s living with Martin Scorsese as a couple of young bachelors doing cocaine in an unfurnished apartment in New York, here’s “Beautiful Madness.”

Monday music: “Mission Temple Fireworks Stand”

I first saw Paul Thorn when he opened for Mark Knopfler at the Beacon Theatre in 2001. I was supposed to see him again in 2013, but the concert was the same night as one day of my second black belt promotion, so Wrenn and Laura Anne went without me. *sadface*

This song is a delightful ditty that, apparently, was inspired by the fact that Christian tent revivals and roadside fireworks stands both use the same kind of tent, so he wrote about a preacher who decided to meld the two……..