This Credence Clearwater Revival composition created one of most memorable and famous opening riffs of a rock/pop instant classic. I’m talking about “Proud Mary” of course, and the lyrics evoke coming of age while working one’s way down the river in a modern, adult version of Huck Finn.
This poignant roots song, “Winter’s Come and Gone,” will have you longing for spring and relief from all trials with a compact poignancy that only Gillian Welch’s artistic simplicity could achieve.
With a beautiful guitar strum and an R&B melody to roll us on ocean waves, “Into the Mystic” is Van Morrison’s poem about returning to a loved one. I had to cover this, as it’s one of Sarah’s favorites.
Joni Mitchell made music so enjoyable, poetic and relevant. “Big Yellow Taxi” is a classic that I just had to cover as 2016 comes to a close; the song is fun and the lyrics as relevant as ever.
While waiting for poetry news and poetry teaching updates, here’s something to listen to on a sunny summer day.
Jon Fogarty/Creedence Clearwater Revival Covered by Michael Jackman vocal + guitar (1970 Guild D35) + ipad Garage Band, + Clip ends & fade out with Audacity. Enjoy! Check out my playlist on Soundcloud:
Every so often I record my “basement tapes” using Garage Band. Also, Sarah and Mom like to hear me play. “Joy to the “World” is one of Mom’s favorites since I was a teen and she made a request I record it for her birthday. I overdubbed some guitar parts for texture and breaks. The high note vocals are a...