Rfduck, intrepid explorer of garage sales and jumble shops, took a moment from his never ending search for a left-handed smoke shifter to explain, “Hi again, everyone! Today is Former POW Day. A very important and serious subject, yes, but nothing that I can really connect to music. I suppose we'll talk about Spring instead.”
Not everybody has had the same difficulty – check out the play list of this Prisoners of War compilation CD. Still and all, I don't blame our mememeister for avoiding a very sticky subject. An acquaintance of mine was a Gulf of Tonkin incident POW on the USS Pueblo. The experience rocked his world to its very core; it destroyed all of the spirit and joy in that young man's soul and aged him in less than a year to the point where, if you didn't know, you'd have guessed he was a man at least three decades older. I salute you, sir, and your comrades in arms. It was a terrible ordeal for anyone to experience and should serve as a warning to our current administration in their dealings with North Korea. But no, the Karl Roves and others of the inner circle haven't a clue of what I am writing about. Stupid Bastards. But I digress...
Make a mini-playlist for Spring. Five songs about Spring, that sound like Spring to you, make you think of Spring, or are good to listen to in Spring.
Spring of '65 by The Holy Modal Rounders off their “Good Taste Is Timeless” album (1971) is truly my favorite “spring” song – but I'm just weird that way. You can hear a short sample here that really doesn't do justice to the song but I don't have the full track on CD.
So Early In The Spring – The Pentangle “Sweet Child” album – 1968.
Speaking of Dreams – Joan Baez on the 1989 album of the same name.
Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell clearly evokes the sense of a northern spring and its variable weather on the “Clouds” album – 1970. Her later versions evoke an entirely different feeling. This is the light, airy version.
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) – Simon and Garfunkle from their 1966 album “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme”
There you have my choices. I look forward to seeing yours. You can grab a clean copy of the question over on the Monday Music Mambo's website, BDINSANITY, as well as post a link in the comments there to your selections detailed on your blog, too.