Monday, March 20, 2006

The Song in My Head

Monday, March 20, 2006
Tonight the song in my head is:
Must I Paint You a Picture?
by Billy Bragg

You can download this wonderful song for free from the official Billy Bragg website, here.

I first heard Billy Bragg in London, where I was living as a student in 1983. Amid all the synthesizer pop of the Big Hair bands of the early 1980s, BB's spare sound (just him singing to a distorted electric guitar) really stood out. My friend Richard turned me on to Billy Bragg's music and I've followed his music career ever since. He's got a new box set out this month, sort of a best-of collection.

And if you are someone who likes Woody Guthrie AND Wilco, check out the Bragg/Wilco collaboration albums called Mermaid Avenue where these talented folks finished and recorded some of Woody Guthrie's compositions. Here's an NPR story about it.

Now back to The Song in My Head..... Billy, play us out! Goodnight everyone!

Must I paint you a picture
about the way that I feel?
You know my love for you is strong, girl.
You know my love for you is real.
Must I paint you a picture?


On March 21, 2006 at 9:27 AM Kristen said...

I like this song too. Have you heard of Pandora? It's part of the music genome project. You start with an artist or song that you like, then it generates a radio station based on the musical style you enjoy. I'm totally hooked. You might enjoy it's free to listen!

On March 21, 2006 at 11:16 AM Bill of the Birds said...

thanks for the rec on Pandora. I've signed up and am enjoying it right now. Very cool!

On March 21, 2006 at 11:25 AM Rondeau Ric said...

This old man, he played one
He played knick-knack on my thumb
With a knick-knack paddywhack, give a dog a bone
This old man came rolling home


On March 22, 2006 at 4:43 PM robin andrea said...

I love the song "Way Down Yonder in the Minor Keys." Great piece of music and harmonies with Natalie Merchant on Mermaid Avenue. Thanks for the link to the NPR story. I'm going over to have a listen.

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