As I was reblogging The Dixie Chicks/ Courtyard Hounds from my friend Lady Barefoot Baroness, I realized I haven’t posted any songs in quite a while. I’ve recently thought of a few I want to share.
All I know by Art Garfunkel is one of the loveliest popular songs I’ve ever heard. Art didn’t write this song — it was written in 1973 by Jimmy Webb. Since 1973, the song has been covered by at least twenty bands — link here to see the names of some of the other artists who’ve recorded this song. From Art Garfunkel’s debut solo album, here is All I Know:
Pontiac was Lyle Lovett’s second studio album, released in 1987 — just about the time I was moving back to Maine from Colorado. I remember Sister S. had a whole raft of songs contemporary to this one, and something was always playing in her house. Her oldest son, B., used to accuse her, and all of us, of leaving dance tracks on the living room floor. I know I wore out a couple of cassettes of Pontiac — not hard to do, when all the songs are great. Here, from Pontiac, is She’s No Lady:
Boston is the self-titled debut album from the band, Boston. This was the music I danced to in high school, and through my first year at college. The album is chock-full of amazing music, but I did have a favorite, and this is it — Rock and Roll Band by Boston:
Finally, a song co-written by Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen, Because the Night was released in 1978 by The Patti Smith Group on their album, Easter. Although the band went on to make more than a dozen records, this one song became Patti’s signature number. (Link here to hear a version performed by 10,000 Maniacs, actually my preferred version.) Here is The Patti Smith Group with Because the Night: