Friday fanfare: “Miles from Nowhere”

A particularly intense song by Cat Stevens, “Miles from Nowhere” is a song that was particularly going through my head two weeks ago when I was going on a 25-mile hike along the Appalachian Trail, which was, indeed, miles from nowhere. Here’s four versions: the original from 1970’s Tea for the Tillerman, a live version from 1971, another live version from 2011, and a new studio version from 2020.

Friday fanfare: “Sailin’ Up, Sailin’ Down”

When I did the 30-day music challenge in October, one of the ones was for an artist who was dead, and while I went with David Bowie, I came this close to going with Pete Seeger, instead. Indeed, Seeger has had much more of a personal impact on me than Bowie. Here’s a particular favorite, partly because it’s both a quintessential Seeger song and — thanks to two killer electric guitar solos — a very atypical Seeger song: “Sailin’ Up, Sailin’ Down,” about cleaning up the Hudson River, one of Seeger’s pet projects over his lifetime.

Monday music: “Bip Bop”

In the 30-day song challenge I did last month, one of the challenges was a song that reminds you of childhood. I went with Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street,” but it was a close call between that and this song: “Bip Bop” by Paul McCartney during his days with Wings. Every time I hear this song, I’m two years old (which is my age when it was released)……

30 day song challenge day 28

Day 28 is a song by an artist whose voice you love, and my wife is laughing at me right now because I tend toward gravelly voiced singers like Mark Knopfler and Tom Waits and Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen and the like. But I also loves me some a cappella, and probably my favorite a cappella group is the Canadian group the Nylons. Here’s my favorite song of theirs, “Combat Zone.”