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Friday, February 16 2001

My first-tier all-time favorites

I thought for today's entry I would make a table of all of my all-time favorite songs and see if I could rate them according to rank. To my surprise, I could find only four songs that had to go on the list, and only one of those has been mentioned here before.

The four: "True Love Ways," "Mr. Blue," "Tragedy," and "The One You Love." "True Love Ways," by Buddy Holly, is described in my Nanty Glo novel as a favorite, also, of Bryan Conley (what a coincidence!). It should also be playing in the background of this page in an all-instrumental version (I couldn't find a web instance of the Holly recording of it).

The second one listed, though these four are not ranked, is "Mr. Blue" by the Fleetwoods. Once, in a group at a campfire in Big Sur, we were trying to sing our favorites, and I did a solo of "Mr. Blue," able to recall all the words. To that, one of the other campers said, "you have to see the movie, Diner," which till then I had missed. So far as I know, it's the only movie in which the whole recording of "Mr. Blue" plays, so it's worth seeing for that, but more than that, especially if you remember the Nanty Glo record hops, it has glimpses of many other shared experiences (and it's directed by a Levinson…not one of the Nanty Glo Levinsons, but still…coincidence?).

My next choice is "Tragedy," by Thomas Wayne, about which I have no anecdote, but it still has the same affect on me…I still go gooshy when it begins.

Finally is the one already mentioned here, Glen Frey's 1982 hit, "The One You Love." Ironically, none of these four demonstrate the principles I said earlier are involved in making songs favorites (more on that in a later entry). They are all more sad than joyful-sad (like "What a Feeling") and none of them have an immediate ring of familiarity about them (like "A Long Winding Road" or Elvis' "Can't Help Falling In Love," which I meant to cite on Wednesday rather than "Fools Rush In"). Three of them appeal to me primarily by their lyrics, I believe, though the lyrics of the fourth, "True Love Ways," are so simple and short that they're almost silly. Here, I guess, the appeal is primarily the instrumentals and Buddy's delivery.

"Tragedy" and "Mr. Blue" are both available for hearing in their original versions on a website that I discovered in writing today's entry, Annie's Place, which has hundreds of other songs of the 'fifties and 'sixties that are worth checking out if you like that period in rock or pop music.

I bought, in their time, the single 45-rpm records of "Tragedy" and "Mr. Blue" (though the latter was damaged and never played right). Are "singles" still available in this CD and post-jukebox era?

What do you make of all of this? And I don't know what to make of the lack of response on this topic, as, just seeing how much about similar topics exists on the Internet, has to be a major one.

Webmaster Jon Kennedy
 

(Today, one contribution qualifies in both categories)
ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW, I LEARNED FROM NOAH AND THE ARK

1. Don't miss the boat.

2. Try to remember that we're all in the same boat.

3. Plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark, you know.

4. Stay fit. When you're 600 years old, someone might ask you to do something really big.

5. Build your future on high ground.

6. Don't listen to critics; just get on with what has to be done.

7. For safety's sake, travel in pairs.

8. Two heads are better than one.

9. Speed isn't always an advantage; after all, the snails were on board with the cheetahs.

10. When you're stressed, try floating awhile.

11. Remember that the ark was built by amateurs; it was the Titanic that was built by professionals.

12. Remember that woodpeckers inside are a bigger threat than storms outside.

Sent by Mike Harrison
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