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184: Arik Einstein, ‘Ruach Stav’ (‘Autumn Breeze’)

Arik Einstein died six years ago this week. More than a singer, he was a national icon, a symbol of our brand-new little old-fashioned country with its oh-so-long history, its pain, its optimism and its cynicism, its utter belief in itself and its vehement denial of that belief.

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182: The Shirelles, ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’

When seventeen-year old Carole King found herself pregnant, she wrote ‘Will You Love Me Tomorrow’ for The Shirelles. Girls (and now also guys) have been singing it ever since.

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179: Tom Waits, ‘Ruby’s Arms’

If you’re embarrassed to cry in public, be careful where you listen to this.

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181: Linda Ronstadt & J.D. Souther, ‘Faithless Love’

Why did J.D. get the eye-conic cover girl and not me? Why, oh why?

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180: Tim Ries, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ (Flamenco)

Fellas – if you’ve ever taken my advice about anything, watch this clip. If it doesn’t make your blood boil, you’re probably dead.

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171: Jackson Browne (with David Crosby), ‘Something Fine’

What’s the difference between a lovely little song and a precious gem?
David Crosby’s harmony on Jackson Browne’s ‘Something Fine’.

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150: Matti Caspi, ‘Not Good, A Man Being Alone’

Did you know that God created Womb-Man as “a help against” her Man? Here Matti Caspi dons a white tux, sits down at a white grand piano in a cowshed, and serenades a very fetching Elsie in the funniest video I’ve ever seen.

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178: The Claudia Quintet +1 feat. Kurt Elling, ‘Showtime’ (“What is the Beautiful?”)

What is the Beautiful?
(Hint: The best things in life are acquired tastes.)

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