It's Friday, and it's Bonnie Raitt's 70th birthday. I'm listening to a marathon of her music, of course. Speaking of music, Robin and Roger over on New Dharma Bums are going to be posting music on Fridays for the foreseeable future.
Music keeps me afloat and it always has. Especially in these times. My tastes are all over the place, including some grunge, punk and metal on rare occasions. I also very much enjoyed the Ken Burn's series on Country Music. His series on Jazz was phenomenal.
Angel from Montgomery was one of my favorite songs to sing back in the day when I was performing. My high school friend Laurie Hofer (now Romero) used to sing this one hanging out in a classroom and school, and people would stop by and be amazed. Laurie still has a professional career. I used to think I did, but folks, it is hard work and requires dedication. I didn't have it.
I did take a class at the local junior college after I retired. I thought I'd try my pipes out again and took a Jazz and Pop vocals class. It was great fun, and we had a piano and bass to accompany us and our final exam was performing at a local restaurant/bar. What a kick! But like I said, it's work.
I have several friends who have gone on to have long lasting careers in music, and it's taken quite some time (decades) to develop a following. You've got to live it, breathe it, want it, no matter what. I'm in awe of their talent and dedication. There are so many talented people out there, I can understand why artists like Madonna and Lady Gaga had to develop a shtick in order to get the attention.
Here's Laurie burning it up:
I'll post videos of the others I have known who have music careers, next week. Robin has started something here.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend, full of music.
I love the song "Angel From Montgomery"-- We have it on our music list sung by John Prine. Singer songwriters are my favorites. Really glad you like the Music on Friday idea. It's going to be fun to hear what friends are listening to. Thank you for this, Tara!ReplyDelete
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John Prine's been a favourite of mine since the album that featured that song, though I'm ashamed to say that Bonnie Raitt has always been one of those people whose music I've been meaning to investigate - something which I shall begin to rectify this very evening. There are so many musicians in the world making great music, so many of them just known locally.ReplyDelete
yes, John Prine was an early music hero of mine. His song, "Hello in There" is one of my favorites. Bonnie is an A+ guitarist, something I've admired about her work. Her work with the bluesman John Lee Hooker is off the hook (if you'll pardon my pun)!Delete
Count me among the music lovers. Pretty much all the time with dozens of playlists to fit my mood Had no idea Bonnie is that old I've always liked her ad I love the song.ReplyDelete
one of the many things I'm enjoying now that I'm on my own: blasting music that I like throughout the day, as you say, to suit my mood!Delete
There is a song by Richard and Linda Thompson, The Dimming of the Day, that has been coeverd by most of my favourite Irish singers (Paul Brady, Mary Black, The Corrs) as well as Pink Floyd (for what it's worth) - but there is a simply stunning version sung by Bonnie Raitt and Richard Thompson.ReplyDelete
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Hello, Sabine! We are now connected! Yes, I love the Bonnie Raitt version with Richard Thomspon. What a powerful song.Delete