For the most part, radio in the U.S. plays crap. There's some good stuff out there, but you'd never know it. That ends right now.

From sweet and smooth classics, to new names, to old names with new music...the focus here, is to shine a little light on some damn fine music.

I'll find it. You can listen, review, or tell me I wouldn't know good music if it kicked me in the ass. I personally don't give a shit.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Mixed Tape Tuesday Goes 70s: Part 2

I can't believe it's been a week since I last posted on this blog. Right now I have too many irons in the fire, and unfortunately I haven't done a good job of finishing things. Hopefully, I will catch my breath sometime this next week. But today, I  find myself back at Part 2 of the 1970's for Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday over at Jen's place, My Skewed View.

Last week's choices for Part 1 were for the most part pretty mainstream, and this week there are a few hits thrown in as well. And maybe a few that weren't quite hits, but were memorable... at least to me.

One song from the 70's was a constant background theme for my senior year of high school. Don McLean wrote a song so epic, its lyrics are still being debated today. It was one of those great songs where a car full of  HS girls could sing at the top of their lungs, and laugh and enjoy every minute of it.

"American Pie"


In 1970 James Taylor released his second album, and it was the one which would change his career. To this day, how can you not smile when you hear "Goodnight you moonlight ladies, rockabye Sweet Baby James" Between the title song and "Fire and Rain," JT's music was everywhere. It was for me, one of those records that was played everyday. But besides those two great songs, the one which took me to another place began this way...
"Take to the highway won't you lend me your name
Your way and my way seem to be one and the same"

"Country Road"



Ok, this one I'm gonna cheat on. I only did one part of the 60's, so I'll bend the rules a bit for this entry. The song originally came out in the 60's true enough, but there was this film a documentary in fact which spawned an album. See where I'm going? The band was... The Band. The film was The Last Waltz and the song I need to put in is "The Weight" Why... because it deserves the designation of one of the most important songs of a decade. In this case, it could fit into several decades.

"The Weight"


Another one of those songs where you just had to sing along with was one with the strangest subject matter. But then again, that was how Warren Zevon wrote.

"I saw a werewolf drinkin' a pina colada at Trader Vic's
His hair was perfect"

"Werewolves of London"



In 1970 Eric Burdon and War released a song which was a little provocative for the time. A song that was played at every party where the wine was spilled and joints were passed. 

"Spill the Wine"


I'm going over the five song limit again this week. Sue me, I'm a rebel. I didn't get to Motown songs in the 60's and I will not make that mistake in the 70's. Soul and R&B were as much of the soundtrack to my life in those days as anything else. And choosing one artist as a template for the rest has given me a headache, choosing only one of his songs well... it's kind of making me nuts, but I'm having fun going through them.

As someone who musically has run the gamut, Stevie Wonder has shown his brilliance through his songwriting. In the 70's he had Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life, all with charting singles. I could have chosen a dozen, but the one I thought had the most influence for the time was "Living for the City." The equal rights movement had created laws, but it didn't change the hearts and minds of a lot of people. This song addressed inequality, prejudice and the ugliness of all that occurred. Stevie managed to get the point across beautifully.

"A boy is born in hard time Mississippi 
Surrounded by four walls that ain't so pretty 
His parents give him love and affection 
To keep him strong moving in the right direction 
Living just enough, just enough for the city."

"Living for the City"



I could go on and would love to, but it's time to end the trip through the 70's music scene. Thanks for having me over Jen.


Jen Kehl

20 comments:

  1. Great choices. And you know, I hadn't thought about the fact that American Pie is so amazingly epic that still, today, it's known word-for-word by high school girls everywhere. Awesome that you rebelled-out and went with six.

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    1. Thanks Kristi, I almost went with seven.

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  2. I have a sudden urge to smoke a joint and spill some wine, weird. (Also - I love that we're both rebels! Power to the People!) ;)

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    1. What's weird? I hate spilling wine though. Power to the people, right on.

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  3. "...drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's" lol thank you for including one of the genuine treasures of the 70's

    I was going to go for 'You are the Sunshine of my Life' (Talking Book) but Rocky Horror stole the spot.

    'the weight' very good song.

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  4. Thanks Clark, I don't think there's a song with more descriptive lyric in the whole decade. Just brilliant.

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  5. Such a nice list that covers a lot of ground...

    "American Pie" is just flat out a great song. I so remember hearing "Country Road" over & over. Your video of The Band is amazing. As is the Eric Burdon video: Dude in the orange shirt had some really short shorts... Ha!!!

    When I think of Warren Zevon, I think of David Letterman. They were "Buddies." David had Warren on his show a lot. When Warren passed, David had a touching tribute to him on the show. It was nice.

    Very nice list, Slu

    ps: I'm adding your link to my side bar so I can keep up with your Music choices when you post them. Looking forward to them.

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    1. Thanks, yes, the Eric Burdon video is delicious and Levon and the boys... along with Mavis and the girls... brings chills. And Zevon is Zevon, brilliant and magical. Thanks so much for the side bar.

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  6. great choices for round two,still gotta bitch a little.where am da JETHRO TULL&MOODY BLUES?nice going Kath

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    1. While I do enjoy Tull, and have seen them many times, they do not define an decade of music for me. The Blues, yes. Not enough selections.

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  7. and who can forget the great classic rock tune that has yodeling&whistling together---hocus pocus by focus ?

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  8. Some classics plus a couple I'm not so familiar with. Love it! Great list. :-D

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  9. glad you enjoyed, thanks for stopping by.

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  10. Love it!

    American Pie was one of the first 45's my brother ever purchased, and the first time we realized that a song could be long enough as to take up both sides of it. Needing to flip it, did mess with our playing "rock star" somewhat though =)

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    1. I had the album so I never realized that about the single. How interesting. Thanks t.

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  11. The first four are my favorites. Excellent choices. There are just so many wonderful artists from this time period.

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    1. Yes, way too many to narrow it down to a handful. Sure is fun trying though.

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  12. This list is perfectly perfect. Just perfect. Country Road was my first favorite JT song. I played that whole album until it was too scratchy to play. The Weight is one of those songs that got me through that driving rain storm Sunday! It is almost always in my rotation. I wanted to include Stevie as well, I was going to do Sir Duke... there were just so many. Thank you so much for always creating such a great list! Also, the "rules" are, anything BEFORE 1979, so the 60's are OK too!

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  13. Cool, I feel so much better that I only broke one rule instead of two. Thanks Jen.

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