elmergantry

' I've lost the power I had to distinguish between what to ignite and what to extinguish' – Rowland S. Howard

Category: The Road

Goodbye to 2013 – almost

Will start this post with some good advice for 2014 from Edwyn Collins:
Edwyn Collins, “Low Expectations”:

So, we are nearly at the end of this strange year, a year which I, for one, will be glad to see the back of.

Lost a few great ones this year, although perhaps the most nauseating spectacle I have seen in the past twelve months was the self-regarding and preening behaviour of the collection of political mediocrities who attended Nelson Mandela’s funeral. Not one of them had an ounce of Mandela’s courage, adherence to principle or dignity…

Among those we lost were Lou Reed:

And George Jones:

And Seamus Heaney:
http://vimeo.com/73559117

We also came closing to losing Randy Travis, whose album ‘Influences, Vol. 1: The Man I Am’ showed an artist at the peak of his powers and a singer who came closest to being the true successor to George Jones as the best ‘pure’ country singer:

To round off, would like to thank those who read this blog this year & to hope that 2014 is a good year for you.

To quote, Johnny Rotten, ‘May the Road rise with You”;

And here’s my suggestion for a ‘new’ New Year song to replace the cliched ‘Auld Lang Syne” – Paul Clayton’s great version of ‘Around the Ingals Blazing’:
[Sample Here, its No. 207, for some strange reason} –

http://www.folkways.si.edu/paul-clayton/bay-state-ballads/american-folk/music/album/smithsonian

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‘On the Road…again’: a Theme-Time 30 minutes

‘On the Road…again’: a Theme-Time 30 minutes
by elmergantry

Would like to dedicate this post to the ‘mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars’.

Also for the purposes of this post, ‘Road’ is taken to extend to highways, freeways, railroads, bóithríni and so on…,

Have to start with this one:

1. Willie Nelson, ‘On the road Again’:

Will follow it up with this typically raucous ditty from Kraftwerk

2. Kraftwerk, ‘Autobahn’:

To change the mood slightly, this great song from Nick Drake’s final masterpiece, “Pink Moon’:

3. Nick Drake, ‘Road’:

4. Bert would have been 70 on the 3 November – perhaps the greatest British acoustic guitarist:

5. Woody Guthrie, ‘Goin’ Down the Road feelin’ bad’:

Steve Earle has written at least fine three songs with ‘road’ in the title – this one is my favourite, by a whisker…

6. Steve Earle, ‘Telephone Road”

Not only a great singer, but a great man as well…

7. Paul Robeson, ‘Lonesome Road’

8. Merle Haggard ‘On the Jericho Road”;

As ever, a beautifully understated song from a master…

9. Guy Clark, ‘LA Freeway’:

10. Paul Clayton, ‘Green Rocky Road: There is a sample of this song here:

http://www.artistdirect.com/nad/window/media/page/0,,4764222-14833483,00.html

Although it doesn’t have the word in the title, this must be among the greatest road songs ever written

11. Chuck Berry, ‘Promised Land’: