August 31: Songs are like tatoos… “Blue” by Joni Mitchell. No, it’s not the blues and, no, Joni isn’t performing at this weekend’s Blues & Views Festival in Westport, but this was the album we listened to on our second date and I’m so proud of Peter Propp & all the work he’s done with Bob LaRose and their team to put together the 12th annual Blues & Views Festival. I love you… LYRICS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY
August 30: Save me, if you please… “Crossroads” written and performed by Robert Johnson in 1936. Tomorrow is the beginning of the CT Blues & Views Festival and, even though Robert Johnson can’t be there (he died in 1938) his legacy lives on in some of the most amazing musicians ever to grace the Levitt Pavilion stage. Check out the 2019 lineup. LYRICS SONG HISTORY SPOTIFY
October 1: Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone? “Big Yellow Taxi” written by Joni Mitchell and covered here by Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton. Here’s a lyric video so you can sing along with Joni Mitchell, plus a bonus cartoon version of the song. LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY Happy Monday & Happy October…
August 29: Listen with intent… “Traveling With Friends” by Anders Osborne, the headliner for the CT Blues & Views Festival on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at the Levitt Pavilion in Westport, CT. No lyric video today, but it’s easy to sing (and play) along with this link: LYRICS & CHORDS SPOTIFY Hope to see you this Saturday!
August 28: Tell the moon to wait and the sun to linger… “The Summer Knows” written by Michel Jean Legrand and Alan & Marilyn Bergman and sung by Barbra Streisand especially for the Brooklyn birthday girls: Pam Sidman and Betsy Alton. I’m also thinking about my dear Swinging ‘Gates and, especially, our swim across the lake last summer. xoxo LYRICS SPOTIFY
August 27: May your school year be filled with Harmony and understanding, sympathy and trust abounding… “Aquarius (Let The Sun Shine In)” is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado and Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by American R&B group The 5th Dimension. Thanks to Dave Harrison for the great song suggestion. And we’re back… (to school, that is!) LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY
August 26: What you see is what she got… “Calypso Blues” written by Don George and Nat King Cole and sung here by Calypso Rose featuring Biga Ranx & Blundetto. Thanks to Uncle Donny for the suggestion; it’s totally worth watching the Nat King Cole version, even though there are no lyrics. LYRICS SPOTIFY
August 23: I really love the things that you do… “You’re My Best Friend” written by bass player John Deacon and performed by Queen in honor of one of my very favorite couples, Dave & Marianne Harrison (with a special shout-out to Conor Carlucci & Hailey Strausser for inspiring me). LYRICS & SONGFACTS SPOTIFY