January 22, 2010
Unheard of greatness
Originally published June 4, 2004
A lot of my readers become bored when I blog about music, but music is an important part of my life. Lately, I've been playing guitar a lot and I worry that I'm developing arthritis in my fingers, especially in my left hand. I am not as supple as I once was and my knuckles start to ache after about 30 minutes of playing.
The thought that I might reach the point where I can't play anymore scares the shit out of me. Sweet Bejus! You took my love, you took my son, you took my job, you took my dick, you're after my money and you left me where I'm liable to piss my bed on any given night. Isn't THAT enough of a price for one man to pay? You want MY FINGERS, too, you rotten bastard?
Excuse me. I'm getting off on a rant here.
I'm going to post a list of my TOP TEN seldom-heard songs, that didn't make gold records, didn't rocket anybody to stardom and lay now in the discount bins of many record stores. You can buy 'em cheap today, and I recommend that you do.
10) "Freaker's Ball" I'm not sure who wrote it, but I believe that it was Steve Goodman.
9) "Pancho and Lefty" as performed by Townes Van Zant before he killed himself.
8) "I'm Alive" by Mac MacAnally on his first album.
7) "The Dutchman" by Mike Smith (who I met and sang with once in my life)
6) "Free Man in Paris" by Joni Mitchell
5) "Hello in There" by John Prine
4) "I'm Alright" by Kim Ritchie
3) "That Bitch" by Fat Yankee Jack (you have to go to Key West to see him.)
2) "Pamela Brown" as performed by Leo Kottke on a 12-string guitar.
1) "Mother of a Miner's Child" by Gordon Lightfoot.
If you've never heard these songs, you need to make a special effort to do so.
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