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Favorites: Songs I never get tired of
Some of my favorites songs
As I reach what some term "middle age", and others "old man", I still find that some music from my younger days, and beyond, have the ability to be songs I never tire of listening to. While I prefer Classics in both Rock and Roll and Country and Western, I also enjoy a few other genres. I am listing a dozen of my favorites for your perusal. More may follow at some point if you out in Hubland enjoy these. What follows are songs from a period extending from the '50's to the more modern times. I hope you enjoy them; I know I will for many years to come.
Running on Empty by Jackson Browne
This just could be my favorite driving song of all time. The words and music just carry you along for a ride all by themselves, but combine it with a beautiful sunny day and a car out on the road, and wow. Jackson also worked with Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles to co-write some memorable tunes. Other great songs of his include The Load Out/Stay; Lawyers in Love; and Doctor My Eyes.
Hotel California by The Eagles
Perhaps one of, if not the greatest group of all time, in my humble opinion. Not to take anything away from The Stones, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, or The Who, but I just love their sound more than any other. To me this song epitomizes that sound. Great lead in, great lyrics, harmonies to die for, and killer guitar. It's got it all. Other favorites of mine include Seven Bridges Road; One Of These Nights; Best Of My Love; and of course, Desperado.
Ol' Man River from Showboat
I absolutely love this song. It echoes the time period, and the sad, tragic times of the mid to late 1800's Old South. The musical Show Boat had some great numbers, but this one beats them all, hands down. Powerful and moving, it is the best known version of the song, and maybe the best out of any musical in its timeframe. Kern and Hammerstein, while not as well known as Rogers and Hammerstein, nonetheless hit a grand slam home run with this song.
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry by Hank Williams
Perhaps more than almost any other artist, Country Music owes its roots to this man. No one could write a tear jerker better than Hank, and no one sings it like Hank. He taught all those who followed what it meant to be a Country Artist, and his memory carries on even today. Most younger fans may not know Hank, but for every Toby, George or Craig, there was only one Hank. That's all the world needed; and that's all we got. Treasure him, folks.
Crazy On You by Heart
If there is a better female rock band, I don't know who it is. Joan Jett was great, yeah; The Runaways were too. But this group takes the cake. I found them back almost 40 years ago, and they still rock. Nancy Wilson's guitar lead in here is phenomenal, and the pose she strikes at 2:29 is rock personified. Ann's voice is strong and pitch perfect. Other hits of theirs include Magic Man, These Dreams, Never, and the immortal Barracuda.
Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
The best thing Fleetwood Mac ever did was to add (Lyndsay) Buckingham / (Stevie) Nicks to the mix. Buckingham's guitar playing makes him one of the top 5 of all time, and Stevie is a talent never to be matched or equalled. This song is their best, and blew open the doors to the world to admit Fleetwood Mac to a position on center stage. Other great songs of theirs include Gypsy, Tusk, You Make Loving Fun, and Go Your Own Way. I would add Don't Stop, but the fact that it was used as a political statement precludes my enjoying it as much anymore.
Pride and Joy by Stevie Ray Vaughan
When you speak of the Top 5 Guitar Players, this man better come to mind. This is my favorite of his, and I find myself playing a mean air guitar when listening. Other great songs include Texas Flood, Voodoo Chile, The Sky Is Cryin', and of course Crossfire. But then again, this man could even make Mary Had A Little Lamb rock! Such a tragedy he was stolen from us far too soon; but rest assured, when we reach the Golden Gates of Heaven, we'll be met by some serious guitar licks from the master and The Master, because I know Jesus loves Stevie Ray Vaughan too.
With Arms Wide Open by Creed
I must admit, I never listened to Creed, and do not consider myself a man who likes modern anything, but this song is special. I first heard it around the time my youngest son was born, and this is my song for him. The vocals are so very powerful, and the meaning behind the words so true, I cannot separate the song from my love for my son. I love you, Caleb. I pray all the hopes this man sings about are manifest in you. I cannot recommend another song of theirs, for I do not know any others.
Amarillo by Morning by George Strait
If there is a better country song, I ain't heard it. I've been driving in a car and listened to this song ten, twenty times strait (get it - strait!). I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free. Truer words have never been uttered. Those twin fiddles leading in, and ending the song set the tone so perfectly, no one else even needs to try to top them. Folks, I give you my favorite Country Song of all time, and it weren't even a number one hit for him! Figure that one out!
Crazy by Pasty Cline
One of the greatest songs of all time, and written by one of the greatest song writers of all time - Willie Nelson. If this song doesn't move you to tears, you're not alive. Another tragedy in that she left this world too early like Stevie, but she's up there waiting on us to arrive. Walkin' After Midnight, I Fall To Pieces, She's Got You, and the unforgettable Sweet Dreams, Patsy was a song's best friend. We'll miss you, Patsy.
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes by The Platters
Some songs just transcend time. This is one of them. The Platters were one of the greatest groups of the 50's, and their music wears as well today as it did some 60 years ago. Perfect harmonies, awesome lyrics and music, great singers, they were perfect. This song is their best to me, nudging out such classics as Only You, Twilight Time, The Great Pretender among others. In Steven Speilberg's movie Always featuring John Goodman, Holly Hunter, and Richard Dreyfus, it fits the time and mood of the firefighters as the underlying lead song.
Over the Rainbow by IZ
Many people know Judy Garland and her classic Over The Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz. This has long been my very most favorite song. To see her and hear her sing this soothes my soul like no other. But I recently found this version by Hawaiin artist Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, and it is the most soulful and stirring song I have ever heard. Another tremendous artist lost far too young, his was a voice to love. If you have never heard of IZ, set back and enjoy. Try some other songs of his including What a Wonderful World, White Sandy Beach, and Wind Beneath My Wings.