Wednesday, August 02, 2006

A trend of which I was unaware

until I read a particular blog this morning: A list of five significant songs. I dunno if these are significant like "Masters of War" or "Battle Hymn of the Republic" but they count to me:

Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt)
Telling Stories (Tracy Chapman)
Tom Joad (Woody Guthrie)
32 Flavors (Ani DiFranco)
If I Needed You (Townes Van Zandt)


lulu said...

DO you read ?

She has been posting her 40@40 song list over the past few months, with explainations as to why she likes the songs.

(TenS and I started the 40@40 by making CDs as parties favors for our joint 40th B-day party last year, and some of our other friends have joined in with their own compilations)

Alasdair said...

Very cool, and the CDs are a good idea, too! Explanations, eh? Yeah, that makes sense:

Pancho and Lefty - My favorite song. Enigmatic and sad, a song of the road.

Telling Stories - Too personal to put on a blog.

Tom Joad - OK, I didn't know this was a response to Grapes of Wrath until, um, 1999. But I grew up walking in the orchards, fields and hopyards, so this resonates.

32 Flavors - A thousand eyes will smolder with jealousy, while you're simply flying past - I guess this one is in the same category as Telling Stories, really.

If I Needed You - I don't think the butterfly lady knows it, but there's not a hard time that's been invented I would not handle for her.

Thank you, lulu, for the tips.

Holly said...

You had me worried, at first blush, that In Her Shell was a clone of me! Then I realized it was your list after reading hers... hmmm.

Significant songs. What's the explanation of significance?

Are we talking a below 5% chance that I won't have an emotional reaction to the song ten years from now?

Having not been provided a definition of significance, I'll use the one I just decided on.

Without explanation (those who know me well can figure it out), here are mine:

Knockin' On Heaven's Door
32 Flavors
Sunday Bloody Sunday