Music for the Day 3/24

Careening into Tuesday! Here we are, doing the thing. Let’s have some music to push us through the rest of it.
Ray Charles & Willie Nelson – Seven Spanish Angels When people talk about a song painting a picture in your mind (I talk about that quite a bit), I almost always think of this one. A beautiful story and a beautiful song.

Jerry Garcia & David Grisman – Sitting Here in Limbo A beautiful cover of a Jimmy Cliff’s Sitting Here in Limbo. A song that encapsulates the way a lot of people are feeling right about now. And while he sings about feeling “like a bird without a song”, please do remember if you open your window or walk around there are literally birds singing right outside your door.

Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come If you’ve been wondering, hey that makes two Jimmy Cliff covers in the past 2 days with no Jimmy Cliff music, what gives?! Well then it’s your lucky day because here comes Mr. Cliff.

Zac Brown Band – Free/Into the Mystic – Early Zac Brown Band was a force to be reckoned with. He was pulling from so many cool sources of inspiration and his sound was this awesome blend of Jimmy Buffett and the Dead and Skynyrd and it was jammy and tropical and perfect for the summer. While our boy Zac seems to have taken the more commercial path when he reached the fork in the road (no shame there), we still get occasional glimpses of what’s sitting under the hood. This live version of “Free” that jams into “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison is everything you can ask for in one. Man that guy can sing.
The Beatles – Norwegian Wood (This Bird has Flown) – One of my favorite Beatles songs, and for some reason I always picture it with snow outside the house they’re in. There’s snow outside my window, so it all seems to match up.
Fruition – Santa Fe Fruition is such a talented band. Their mandolin/guitar player and vocalist on this song, Mimi Naja, knocks it out of the park. For a band playing traditional bluegrass instruments, they do pretty well at staying outside of the confines of the bluegrass box.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young – Teach Your Children – A CSN/Y song that always feels a little smoky and dusty to me (in the best of ways). Maybe it’s the lyrics that never really go out of style, or Jerry Garcia playing lap steel throughout the song, but it always makes me smile.
The Lil’ Smokies – These Days (Live @ The Bluebird Theater, Boulder, CO, 2018) – The Lil’ Smokies! Lyrics, lyrics, lyrics. They can play fast and they can slow it down with the best of them, but their lyrics are what, in my opinion, set them apart. I find myself singing this to myself pretty often.
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues – In 9th grade, Mr. honeycutt showed my class Subterranean Homesick Blues and this video. We listened all the way through and my jaw hit the floor. We then went verse by verse and started to understand the depth of the message and my jaw went through the floor. “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” is one of my favorite lyrics I’ve ever heard, and apparently is also the basis of where “The Weathermen” or “The Weather Underground”, a more extreme political faction of the 1960’s, got their name. Fun little tidbit is that legendary beatnik poet Allen Ginsberg is the one in the alley with Bob Dylan throughout the video.
Sturgill Simpson – Panbowl  A bonus track off of Sturgill’s breakout album, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music”, Panbowl is one of my favorites, and again, paints a real picture. This album set the stage for a lot of today’s country music that isn’t about trucks and beers and fishing. I highly encourage you to listen to the album.
Billy Bragg & Wilco – Way over Yonder in the Minor Key  I heard a guy singing this song at a bar in Florida once and wrote down all the words I could remember in my phone notes. I googled it once I was home and it turns out the lyrics are a poem written by Woody Guthrie!!!! Billy Bragg put music to it and recorded it with Wilco for their album “Mermaid Avenue”…also an amazing album in its entirety.
Lukas Nelson, Willie Nelson, & Micah Nelson – Turn off the News (Build a Garden) Turn off the News (Build a Garden) – A great song with even better advice. The Nelson family gets it. This is the acoustic quarantine version. If you’re looking for the electric version off the album here you go: Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real – Turn off the News (Build a Garden)
Nobody ever sees a Tuesday coming, so hopefully this takes some of the edge off.


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