Does Carole King count as folk? I think she does. Here’s a double feature:
And together we lit up the World….
If I suddenly lost the ability to speak or write, I think I could communicate everything I’d ever really need to say by simply playing recordings of Carole King songs.
Maybe I should start thinking about that before I speak….
We interrupt your regularly scheduled Folk Thursday to bring you this special disco announcement.
(Hey … it was this or Pat Benatar. Be glad you got off this easy.)
This isn’t my favorite song off this album, but I couldn’t find my favorites on YouTube. This one is still pretty good, I think.
This week has been nuts, and I managed to let Thursday get away from me without posting a Folk Thursday entry. Kate has roundly chastised me for this omission.
I trust that this two-legends-for-the-price-of-one deal will be considered sufficient compensation for the delay….
In honor of her recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, I thought I’d let Emmylou Harris handle this week’s Folk Thursday.
And just for the record, she is one of several reasons I quit dyeing my hair when the first gray streak started coming in….
A couple of years ago, I made a passing reference to a lovely folk song called “Orion,” which I remembered singing in music class when I was a kid.
Ever since then, I’ve gotten several hits a week from people who were Googling the lyrics and hoping to find sheet music or a recording of the song, which is about the environment.
A few weeks ago, Jim Zimmerman, the man who wrote the song, posted a comment, expressing surprise and delight at the flurry of interest in his song and inviting people to e-mail him if they were interested in hearing it again.
We’ve been e-mailing back and forth a little bit since then, and the other day, Jim sent me a recording of himself performing the song, which he has graciously given me permission to post here, provided I include the following reminder:
“Orion” is copyright (C) James Zimmerman.
It was really cool of him to let me post the file online, so please be equally cool and respect his intellectual property rights, hey?
Now … without further ado … click here to hear “Orion.” The file is in Windows Media Player format.
Thanks, Jim. I think you just made an entire generation’s day. 🙂
A little background on the SNCC Freedom Singers can be found here and here.
I will probably have limited computer access this weekend, but I’ll try to make it up to you Monday with lots of pictures.
It’s not Thursday, but my little sister called me this evening to tell me that she’d gotten out of bed on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day with this song stuck in her head. She thought it might make a good Folk Thursday offering. I liked it so much that I decided to post it today, while we’re all thinking about King’s legacy.
Not sure I agree with all of the slideshow creator’s selections (I don’t think I’d put Tupac Shakur and Princess Diana up there with Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa, and Gandhi) … but if the Ray Charles version of this song doesn’t tear your heart out, you probably don’t have one.
Let’s all honor Abraham, Martin and John by making some sparks in the dark this week.
Rockabye, Sweet Baby James. 🙂