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286: Joni Mitchell, ‘The Circle Game’

My granddaughter Nogah has me wrapped around her finger, and she knows it. So when she asked me to write a Song of The Week for her high school graduation, it was a no-brainer.

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102: Netanela, ‘Shir HaYona’ (Matti Caspi)

In 1974, while working with an IDF entertainment troupe as his reserve duty, 25 year-old composer/singer Matti Caspi discovered the 19 year-old singer/soldier Netanela. He composed ‘Shir HaYona’ (Song of the Dove) for her, a secular peace prayer which still resonates today.

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274: Tim Hardin, ‘Reason to Believe’

This week I look at “The Perfect Song” and indulge in some abstruse navel-gazing. Do I choose the music, or has the music formed me? My personal existentiality as reflected a 2-minute paragon of restraint.

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271: Laura Nyro, ‘Walk on By’ (Bootleg Collection)

A Rosh HaShana gift – 14 bootleg covers that never appeared on Laura’s official albums.

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268: Damien Rice, ‘The Blower’s Daughter’ (Natalie Portman’s Aunt)

This week we’re talking about aunts and uncles and nieces and nephews, and why Leslie Stevens will always be the most beautiful girl in the world, even more beautiful than her niece Natalie Portman.

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090: The Cyrkle, ‘Red Rubber Ball’

A shaggy-dog tail from 1966 of Paul Simon mistaking Jeff for his singing partner, a frat band playing in Atlantic City, reserve duty in the Coast Guard, The Beatles last tour, an Australian folkie, a Pepsi Cola factory, and that unforgettable hit, ‘Red Rubber Ball’, by The Cyrkle.

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089: Jackson Browne/Maurice Williams, ‘The Load-Out/Stay’

Jackson Browne circa 1977 would end his show with a long, lovely, rambling tribute to his roadies. It’s done on solo piano, and talks about the post-show weariness, the packing up, and that lingering adrenalin. His band slowly rejoins him on-stage, and the song mashes into ‘just one more song’–a revisit to Maurice Williams’ iconic doo-wop hit, with the object of affection transformed from that unnamed Little Darlin’ to The Audience.

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084: Dmitri Shostakovich, Prelude & Fugue No 16 in B-flat Minor (Tatiana Nikolaeva)

My personal journey from “Petula Clark sings Robert Johnson” to J.S. Bach to Dmitri Shostakovich.
Searching? Bad Navigation? Simple twist of fate?

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