Kahomono - It Means Lucky

Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

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Peace

It’s hard to overstate how personal this song – and this album – is to me.  Cat Stevens was not only one of my favorite rock acts in the ’70s, his was my first rock concert.  To which I took my first college date.

A few years after, he converted to Islam and changed his name.  Since then, he has been steadily vilified in the American press pretty much on no other basis than his religion.  Count on America to keep up its firm commitment to freedom of religion as long as you’re Christian.  Other religions and atheism need not apply.  If I had not been born here, I doubt I could immigrate today.

Here’s a video I managed to smuggle into the country.

Connections

This is all about the connections.

There are a lot of fine recordings of this song, but I chose Lonnie Donegan’s to highlight.  Lonnie Donegan was a British musician.  He was known as the “King of Skiffle“.

If “skiffle” sounds familiar, it may be because it was a primary early influence in a band called The Quarrymen.  Yes, you have heard of The Quarrymen.  They turned into a rather successful act who changed their name when, inspired by Buddy Holly’s band, they decided insect names were OK.  But “Crickets” was taken, so they went with Beatles.

Speaking of “Gone Too Soon”

If any musician ever left us too early, it was Woody Guthrie.

One one hand, I want to put this sticker on my laptop.

On the other hand, I do not feel worthy.

 

Sometimes I Am the Conductor

On this.

Sometimes just a passenger.

Is It Automatic?

Bob Dylan writes a song, and then everyone and their brother wants to cover it.  Automatic, right?

So for every one of these:

…you get a lot of covers.  I mean… a lot of covers.

When I started Train Music Thursdays, I set up a spreadsheet to make the list of songs to consider, and then in the columns I put links to the versions I could find.  Well, for this little beauty, I ran out of columns.

I found this by Stephen Stills, and this by Tracy Nelson.  Bill Kirchen is a guitar virtuoso.  (Check this out.)  What can you say about Little Feat?  We lost Leon Russell last year, but Taj Mahal is still with us and…

…it’s tiring, isn’t it?  There may be a lot more covers of this song out there, but I got tired.

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