Something for Thursday

Apropos of yesterday’s Random Wednesday Conversation Starter, I’ll put a couple favorite country and western songs of mine, as I can’t name just one.

Ray Charles and Willie Nelson, “Seven Spanish Angels”. I love this because, in addition to its gorgeous melody and the fact that the two performers here are, well, geniuses, the song invokes the folklore of the American West that I like a lot when used in country music.

Eddie Rabbitt, “Every Which Way But Loose”. Yeah, the title song from the goofy Clint Eastwood movie (which I like, thank you very much). It too has a wonderful melody, Eddie Rabbitt’s voice was fantastic, and this song has a slow, sad sensuality to it that I like when country is able to do it right.

Johnny Cash, “Ring of Fire”. I could have named any of, oh, five hundred or so Johnny Cash songs. The man was a miracle. I choose this one because I love its rhythm — this is a song that has a hitch in its step that at first you don’t really even notice, but try walking along to it: you’ll find that the beats end up on different feet. (Seriously.)

Jo Dee Messina, “I’m All Right”. With newer country music, I tend to respond to female artists more than males these days for some reason. I think Jo Dee Messina’s voice is amazing, and this song’s lyrics are cleverly used to relate one half of a conversation — but that’s really all we need.

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2 Responses to Something for Thursday

  1. Roger Owen Green says:

    I was at a picnic yesterday, and the guy sang, among other things, Ring of Fire.

  2. Jason says:

    Kelly, we may never be able to agree on Highlander, but I'm thrilled we have Every Which Way But Loose in common! Ridiculous movie, but a lot of fun and a movie that couldn't get made today for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is that movies no longer celebrate working-class joes the way they did for a time in the '70s. And, as you say, the theme song is just wonderful…

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