America has enjoyed many blessings. Two of the more obvious ones are extraordinary national parks and exceptional women singers.
On the latter category: if you haven’t already done so, give a listen to the Norah Jones CD The Fall. Sure, I know it’s been out there for a while. So has Zion National Park. That doesn’t make it any less amazing.
You could spend days talking about incredible female voices in American music. Judy Garland. Rosemary Clooney. Aretha Franklin. Patsy Cline. Janis Joplin. Linda Ronstadt. Gladys Knight.
In The Fall, Norah Jones holds her own with this impossible competition. Her smoky voice, with its deliberate pace and terrific lower register, adds an incredible depth to her songs. Listen to I Wouldn’t Need You and December if you don’t believe me.
Friday night, after a great night out catching up with old friends and a few cold Blue Moon Beligian Wheats, is just about the perfect time to listen to Norah Jones.
Recently I’ve been listening to my “political songs” playlist on my Ipod. The only criterion for inclusion on the list is that the song has to have some kind of overt “political” message, as opposed to being about love, or cars, or some other song topic. I like the playlist because it has really good diversity of genres, artists, and even political viewpoints. The first 20 songs are as follows:
The Times They Are A-Changin’ — Bob Dylan New Millenium Homes — Rage Against The Machine What’s Going On — Marvin Gaye Ohio — Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Good People — Jack Johnson Revolution — The Beatles Capital G — Nine Inch Nails Tom Dooley — Kingston Trio Authority Song — John Mellencamp It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) — R.E.M. Pride (In The Name Of Love) — U2 Working Class Hero — John Lennon Born In The U.S.A. — Bruce Springsteen Why Don’t You Get A Job — The Offspring Redemption Day — Sheryl Crow Uneasy Rider — The Charlie Daniels Band Zombie — The Cranberries American Anthem — Norah Jones Things Goin’ On (Acoustic) — Lynyrd Skynyrd For What It’s Worth — Buffalo Springfield
If you’ve never heard it, Uneasy Rider is an absolute classic: