It came as no surprise to me that, out of the 3 people I asked to suggest 10 songs for me listen to, Dad got there first. If there is one thing my Dad loves as much as his family, it would have to be his music. He adores it. He arrived this weekend with his CD for me, all prepared and literally bursting to put it on, apparently having already made my Mum listen to it repeatedly on the journey over, and having a bit of a grumble that I had limited it to just the 10! So put it on we did…..and I LOVED it. Thanks Dad. Here is how it went…click on images to listen in at YouTube…
1. Bob Dylan: The Highlands.
Dad says “It is about Dylan feeling his age and I wanted to open with this and finish with ‘Forever Young’, which he wrote for his children when he was so much younger. Both great songs and thought it was a good way to book-end the CD.”
2. Sinead O’Connor: Nothing compares.
3. Janis Joplin: Me and Bobby McGee.
4. Patty Griffen: Mary.
Mary was my Dad’s sister, my Aunt, who we sadly lost to cancer too young. I cannot get through this song without bursting into tears. It really is hauntingly beautiful. If you only click on one image to listen pick THIS ONE. It is just gorgeous.
5. Ben Harper: Walk away.
6. Peter Gabriel: Don’t give up.
“One of the best protest songs about Thatcher’s Britain”
7. Jeff Buckley: Hallelujah.
“A classic Cohen song but sung with such feeling that makes it the only Cohen song which is better than the original”
8. Steve Earle: Christmas in Washington.
“Again, another political song but this time about Bush in The Whitehouse”
9. Tom Waits: Come on up to the house.
“A great spiritual blues song which I would like played at my own funeral.”
…mmmmmm cheery thought Dad?!
10. Bob Dylan: Forever young.
“When you and your sister were young I wished this for you as you no doubt do for W”
Told you he was a big softy.
Thanks Dad, I love this little lot.
Another task ticked off my list.
This post is dedicated to the loving memory of my Aunty Mary, a courageous lady.
Images sourced at wikipedia.org.