Silent night

I spent the whole morning listening to Buena Vista Social Club, especially to the great Chan Chan. But today is not a day for Cuban son, because it’s Christmas time! 😀 (unless you’re Muslim, Jew, Jehovah Witness, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, etc.)

As you probably know, there are many Christmas songs, and much more if you count the different versions of each! Bing Crosby was one of the first and most proliferous in recording Christmas songs, but many other followed him afterwards. Among them, there’s one song that I  clearly like the most – Silent Night/7 o’clock news (I love Simon & Garfunkel, which might explain why I like this song that much). It merges Silent Night with a news emission full of bad news, a political and social critique. Despite liking it the way it is, I always regretted they had not recorded a version containing solely Silent Night, but searching for the song in youtube to make this post made me find out that some benevolent soul had done it in for himself through some software, so that’s what I will post here today. You still have here a link for the original, which I think is really worth listening to!

Have a merry Christmas! 🙂

PS – if you want something more cheerful, listen to John Denver and The Muppets 😉 here you have a sample.

The Band

American Civil warTo vary things a little, today I’ll post a song not from a band, but from the “The Band“.

Initially a support group of several singers, especially Bob Dylan, they eventually became a band and came out with that name precisely for being “the band” of several frontmen.

I got to know this song I’m posting – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down – from Joan Baez, and although I have been addicted to her version for a while, and although it was the most successful version, and although I am a fairly good fan of Joan Baez, I think the best version of the song is a live version from “The Band“.

I’ll leave you here both the original and Joan’s cover, but first the first place goes to the version below 😉

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jREUrbGGrgM]

Those were the days!

Peace Train Cat StevensWell, I was innocently cleaning the recently new (in my library) Dolly Parton discography when I stumbled into an amazing song that Dolly covered and I immediately decided that I had to share it in the blog!

Well, I’m talking about Cat Stevens‘ Peace Train, a hymn to peace (heard about it?) and one of my favourite songs 🙂 I’m sure you won’t be indifferent to it, if only for the lyrics.

Just a little detail – gotta love him saying “this music basically”… you’ll hear the rest 😉

PS – the title of the post is the title of another song, also covered by Dolly Parton.

Beirut – Elephant Gun

If I was young, I’d flee this town
I’d bury my dreams underground
As did I, we drink to die
We drink tonight

Far from home, elephant gun
Let’s take them down one by one
We’ll lay it down, it’s not been found
It’s not around

Just felt like listening to this one over and over again tonight…