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.
Having posted the parody of this song, I thought it was only fair to post the original, so here’s Marc Cohn’s lovely tribute to the land of the Delta Blues, “Walking in Memphis.”
From the twisted geniuses at Saturday Night Live, here’s “Walking in Staten,” a hilarious parody of Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis” by Pete Davidson & Big Wet, along with some special guests. You gotta see it to believe it. Just brilliant….
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.
Gotta do this in honor of my black-belt promotion…..
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)……
Found this amazing version of one of my favorite songs by The Band. This is from 1984, before Richard Manuel took his own life, and has three members of The Band — Manuel, Levon Helm, and Rick Danko — being joined by Richie Havens, John Sebastian, and Roger McGuinn for a superlative version of “The Shape I’m In.”
The final song in the 30-day song challenge is for a song that reminds you of yourself. I’m going to go with “The Entertainer” by Billy Joel for this one, as it kinda fits me…….
Day 29 is a song you remember from childhood, and I’m going to go with a song that came out when I was nine years old and which I pretty much associate with being in grammar school: “Baker Street” by Gerry Rafferty.
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.”