11-11-11 Music

Morning Edition tickled me this morning with some music from All Songs Considered — songs that cause you to immediately crank the radio up to 11 when they come on. Not too surprisingly, their list and my list have few common entries. Since I’m old, my list is really long, but this one bubbled right up to the surface. Oh, and that one. I couldn’t make up my mind.

99 thoughts on “11-11-11 Music

  1. Ok keeping in the Remembrance Day Theme – I’m going to get these out of my system…

    Mike Harding has a keen and personal eye when it comes to the common man and war. His father he never knew, shot down over Belgium in a Lancaster bomber in WW2.

    He wrote Bomber’s Moon for him – ‘Chalky White’ is his father in the song

    Then there is this about the first day on the Somme, July 1st 1916. Battalions of volunteers, all from the same town went ‘over the top’ together and died together in minutes. Accrington was among the worst of all.

    The Accrington pals

    And lastly not from Mike though he did sing it often An Australian WW1 song, the Band played Waltzing Matilda

  2. And finally Battlefield Band and a beautiful song about an event in WW2, the Scots Highland Division captured in 1940 in France and how that affected them, spending 5 years in POW camps. They survived, but they felt shame and the neglect of their countrymen.

    The Beaches of St Valery

  3. I’ve had a bit of a journey through youtube this afternoon. It started when we cleaned our house today. I will always put on music while we clean and years ago I always played bluegrass music. It sped me up! Today I limited the play list to bluegrass for the first time in ages.

    After the cleaning was done, I got started on youtube with this classic done by – Gillian Welch and David Rawlings I’ll Fly Away

    Which led to Dan Tyminski / Soggy Bottom Boys with Alison Krauss and Jerry Dougla

    And then bumped into Three Pickers – Doc Watson Ricky Skaggs and Earl Scruggs


  4. After a walk with the dogs, the Youtube path veered off bluegrass and into folkland.

    The best songe I’ve heard that describes religion as I see it. Iris Dement – Let the Mystery Be

    Emmylou Harris and Iris Dement with a classic Carter family song, Wildwood Flower.

    I came across a tribute to Townes van Zandt with Emmylou Harris and Steve Earle where they played If I Needed You. Toward the end the video switches to a Townes van Zandt video.

    And then I found The Ballad of Ira Hayes sung by Townes van Zandt.

  5. Another subtle turn on the Youtube highway brought me to Loudon Wainwright III. He is one funny song writer. From Rufus is a Tit Man when Rufus was a baby to The Paul Krugman blues just couple years ago.

    How could I not be in Loudon’s driveway on Youtube and not drop by and visit Kate and Ann McGariggle. Sure enough, I found a favourite Kate and Ann song, Complainte pour St. Catherine.

    Kate and Ann are terrific Canadian folk singers which reminded me of seeing David Francey, an import to Canada, and we are glad to have him. His songs tend to be similar, musically speaking. His stories about the songs are terrific. Here is Lucky Man with the story before it.

    Well, that was my Youtube journey this afternoon. Turns out that I didn’t really stray too far from my starting point.

    Here is a new starting point for another journey on Youtube – Cornershop with Staging The Plaguing

  6. From Spinal Tap to another fictional band, Strange Fruit, from the movie ‘Still Crazy’ about a bunch of past it rockers getting back together…

    Billy Connolly, Stephen Rea, Timothy Spall, Bill Nighy and on vocals this time – Jimmy Nail

    The Flame Still Burns

  7. 64 years old and he could still blow the roof off – no turn it to 11 session is complete without Ronnie and Black Sabbath

  8. Blue screen on my main computer. Ipad youtube posts not figured out. So I can’t play you music but I can say “Hi”, so:


    I’ll have a nice morning reading through your posts. Thanks for them.

    • Nwoldguy, I get up for music, try and squeeze a song or two in, then I’m off to bed again. I just like it and you all and have missed too many music nights.

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