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039: Blind Willie Johnson, ‘Motherless Children Have a Hard Time’

Willie was blinded at age seven when the lye his stepmom threw lye at his dad and missed. Willie sang on the street corners of Beaumont, Texas and slept in a li’l church. When it burned down, he slept there in a rain-soaked bed and caught pneumonia. And you think you got the blues?

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058: Dave Frishberg, ‘Van Lingle Mungo’

The lyric consists entirely of names of obscure baseball players from the late 1940s and early 1950s. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to feel here the magic that only music can create–what our adult heart does with the treasured memories of our youth.

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051: The Ross Sisters, ‘Solid Potato Salad’

Don’t try this at home.

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253: Edgar Winter, ‘Rise to Fall’ (Indefensible Mixes)

In which Jeff reveals his deepest guilty-pleasure listening habits.

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247: Perry Como, ‘Kol Nidre’

What do you use when words aren’t enough?
Music.

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227: Vitamin String Quartet, ‘All Along the Watchtower’

My worst nightmare came true this week–I became my mother, listening to “nice” music.

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219: Woody Guthrie, ‘Red River Valley’

Community singing.
Say what???

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195: Hoagy Carmichael, ‘Skylark’

Earworms, crazy loons, the will o’ the wisp, a gypsy serenading the moon, Oliver Twist (the dance), all these and more in this week’s SoTW!
Especially the elegant and passionate songwrighting of Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer.

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