Picture of Jimmy removed for reasons explained in later post ‘Be careful’. Sorry!
So these are all songs that, when they come up on the shuffle when I’m driving, cause me to take a deep breath and go “ahhhh…” with satisfaction.
To start with, two songs called Caledonia:
1 Caledonia by the Gourds, from their rather rough-and-ready first album Dem’s Good Beeble. It’s weird. It’s very weird.
2 Caledonia by Emily Smith – she’s a young singer from Dumfries (where I used to work) who’s making a bit of a splash in folky circles these days. I bought the album Too Long Away on the strength of this, and it’s still my favourite one.
3 Graham Parker’s Endless Night from the album The Up Escalator, which again I bought for this track (because it’s got Bruce on it) but came to love the whole thing…as did Matt; but GP himself doesn’t like it any more, as he told Matt snottily when Matt requested a song from it.
4 This is one that has me pulling over if it comes up while I’m driving, because I know I’m going to cry. My Beloved by Diana Jones, from her first album My Remembrance Of You.
5 My theme song: Scare Easy by Mudcrutch. (Because I don’t.) Easy to find, since they’ve only made one album and it’s called Mudcrutch.
6 Are they the most-zedded band, proportionately? This one was zedded by me – Remember (Walkin’ In The Sand) by the Shangri-Las. A hit single, of course, but I have it on the splendidly-named Myrmidons Of Melodrama album.
7 My favourite Janis Joplin song, and another for the songs-that-don’t-have-the-title-in-the-lyrics list. Kozmic Blues, originally from the album I Got Dem Ol’ Kozmic Blues Again Mama!, now much-anthologised. Yes, I know some of you don’t like Janis. Fine with me.
8 This is a very early Buddy Holly recording of a song not written by him – and rather an odd one to choose, I always think. Surely such things don’t go on in Lubbock, Texas? Midnight Shift, and it’s the ‘Ohhh, Annie!’ version, which for some reason I hadn’t got (though I have zillions of Buddy Holly tracks), so I nicked it from YouTube. Great guitar on it.
9 The Beauty Way is by way of being Eliza Gilkyson’s theme song – or so I believe, while not being terribly familiar with her stuff. Matt recommended her to me. And I’m seeing her in concert on October 13, so we shall see whether she sings it, and if so what she says about it. From Hard Times In Babylon.
10 Dimples was probably the first blues I ever heard, way way back among the mists of time; I do remember liking it very much, and I’ve been a big John Lee Hooker fan ever since. You can’t really see Jimmy’s dimples in the photo, but he certainly has them.
11 Lal Waterson, of the Hull Family Waterson, died in 1998 (1998! good lord). She wrote some amazing songs, powerful and often ambiguous. Some Old Salty is one of her most straightforward, and it evokes for me strong memories of happy and sad times long ago – even though I was in Potters Bar, not Hull. Lucky me, huh. It’s from Once In A Blue Moon.
There you go! Choose your least favourite one to throw out – they’re all my favourites but it’s OK, I won’t be sad, because that’s what the game’s all about. And choose your favourite, if you have one. There’s a bit too much country for bethnoir, I expect.