1966 was a unique musical year because, perhaps for the first time ever, the year heard virtually every style of music on the public airwaves.
here's a small cross-sampling...
of unique interest, is an equally unique singer/songwriter/song, norma tanega, singing about her cat named dog...
1966 year also gave us two albums that many music critics have in their top 5 of all time...
that was the year that the lovin' spoonful were at the top of their game.
gandharva music was popping up all over...
and psychedelic was just beginning...
donovan's best album: 1970's "open road."
check a track of cosmic inspiration here: donovan.
and catch most of that inspired spirituality, and a tight little band, on my show thursday night at 8, and sunday morning at 8.
donovan is coming to fairfest next month (september 4th), so my daughter elise and i both take to the air together to share our favorite songs that speak of the magic in the world. (we've shared the same tastes in music since she was born)
hurdy gurdy man [pictured], atlantis (my mercifully shortened version), celia of the seals (perhaps elise's favorite), the riverman's daughter (a magical tale of romance), the (mysterious tale of a girl's love and transformation into a swan) reedy river, and (david lynch's favorite) season of the witch.
this week my daughter elise joins me to lay out some tracks by chicks who rock. i assure you, they can crank it up.
you'll hear the yeah yeah yeahs, courtney barnett [pictured], tilly & the wall, rilo kiley, and the kills. among many others.
check out the attitude and chorus to courtney barnett's brilliant, "pedestrian at best":
put me on a pedestal and i'll only disappoint you.
tell me i'm exceptional and i promise to exploit you.
give me all your money and i'll make some origami, honey.
i think you're a joke but i don't find you very funny...
and don't be distracted...
by the bullets.
brave the hate...
keep on dancing...
and feel that pulse.
dance for the entire hour...
keep the pulse...
40 years ago, stevie wonder released his best and most creative album, featuring melodic classics, funky grooves, and jazz-rock fusion virtuosity. then there was boz scaggs, david bowie, heart, war....
also in 1976, todd rundgren released the song that he should be most famous for ("love of the common man"). it's an inspiration, declaration, and fascinating song, musically, lyrically, and cosmically:
"i've been burned in my prime;
the simple things in life seem so hard to learn sometimes.
and it takes so long.
catch it while you can
too late tomorrow
we all know what comes of that:
living in your pockets and talking through your hat
but it won't take long to turn your head around
too late tomorrow,
'cause everyone needs the love of the common man
to turn the world around
too late tomorrow...
everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you.
won't you make a showing everybody knows what to do.
take a dive from your ivory tower,
and fall on...
debussy...air...airstream...aaron copeland...isao tomita...chick corea...
what music was at the top of both the soul/r&b and rock charts 50 years ago? some killer music, that's what:
marvin gaye & kim weston - "it takes two"
sam & dave - "hold on"
wilson pickett (pictured) - "mustang sally"
ray charles - "let's go get stoned"
the four tops - "reach out, i'll be there"
the temptations - "ain't too proud to beg"
time to get psyched up to get out and vote. this week, all political music: muse, dylan, lennon, rundgren, cash, neil, and ani [pictured].
Lysistrata, open up the bedroom door
What is the matter, ain't you in love with me no more?
I enlisted in the army today,
One more time before I march away
Make me feel like a big strong man
You say you don't care about my pride,
You love me too much just to let me die,
And you won't let me come inside
Unless I don't go to war no more.
for people wanting to hear more oldies alla time, i've got just this to say: check out the best tunes released this year. music had a great year.