Over the last week or so I’ve been listening to blaze David Wilcox’s new album and promise at some point I will write about the whole album! So far I have used a song from the album “Single Candle” in a post about the assassination of Martin Luther King and tonight I’ll write about David Wilcox’s Musical Medicine. If you visit David’s website you will find a page titled Musical Medicine. On the page you’ll find a listing of 121 of David’s 600 plus songs divided up into categories like: heartbreak, Forgiveness, and working through conflict songs, and one topic that caught my attention; To appreciate your beautiful quirky self.One of the three songs that are included in that category is “Leave it Like it Is” From David’s album “How Did You Find Me Here”…..
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So as soon as I saw this video at YouTube with Tom Rush performing “Merrimack County”, I thought, yes, that’s a great song to use as we celebrate Tom Rush’s 73rd birthday today! Yes, little Tommy Rush was born on February 8, 1941…from Wikipedia…
Rush was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the adopted son of a teacher at St. Paul’s School, in Concord, New Hampshire. Tom began performing in 1961 while studying at Harvard University after having graduated from the Groton School. He majored in English literature. Many of his early recordings are versions of Lowland Scots and Appalachian folk songs. He regularly performed at the Club 47 coffeehouse (now called Club Passim) in Cambridge, the Unicorn in Boston, and The Main Point in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
Over the last couple of months I’ve split my time between this blog and its sister blog FreeWheelin’ Music Safari. I have been posting at the Safari new explorations into the world of prog rock, jazz, New Age and Blues and the plan was to keep this blog for Folk, Bluegrass, Roots Rock and Americana. That still may be how it works out, but tonight I was thinking that maybe what would be better is to keep this blog more true to what I originally wanted to do and that is to write about the music I’ve been listening to over the last 50 years. I am constantly amazed when I mention a musician’s name from the past and the young folks at work don’t have a clue about who that is! Anyway what I was going to do was write about those folks and try to get some information about them out there. What the blog morphed into was me exploring new music and having little time for my old favorites! I though tonight that maybe I’ll keep this blog for my favorites and the Safari for explorations into all types new music, with links to both blogs on the sites. Maybe it will work and maybe it won’t, but tonight with that in mind I turned the iPod to an old favorite Tom Rush. Tom Rush has had an interesting career. He started out in the 60s as part of the Greenwich Village folk scene. He recorded five albums between 1962 and 1967 the first Tom Rush Live at the Unicorn on Nightlife(released for the first time on CD in (2012) and then two each on Prestige and Elektra.. I started listening to his music in 1968, when the classic album The Circle Game was released. That album included covers of songs from Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Browne well before anyone knew who they were! His covers of “The Circle Game” and “Urge for Going” were just flat-out great in my opinion. He also added a couple of songs of his own including the classic “No Regrets” and “Rockport Sunday” a great guitar piece. Tom went on to record several albums on Columbia. Merrimack County. Wrong End of the Rainbow, Tom Rush and Ladies Love Outlaws. His recording career stopped with Ladies Love Outlaws. Here’s what Steve Leggett writes in his biography at AllMusic about Tom:
So today is the 72nd birthday of little Tommy Rush of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and for over 40 of those years many of us have been listening to his music. For a good 30 of those years we listened to the albums from the 70’s, but recently thanks to Appleseed Records and his youtube video of his performance of “The Remember Song” he went back into the recording studio and gave us some great new music to listen to from his album What I Know. The only time so far that I saw Tom Rush was probably sometime in the mid-70s at The Bijou Cafe in Philly. I say so far because I still hope to see him again on one of his Thanksgiving time stops in Philly!
So after yesterday’s long day and then my soap boxing, I think this morning we need some smiles… so here’s another Heywood Banks and an old one from Tom Rush that always brings a smile to me!! Enjoy!!
Just not in Tennessessee!
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Earlier today we watched a Tom Rush with a touching Murray McLaughlin song here he tackles a less than touching John Prine tune….soon to be banned in Tennessee and Arizona!
Here are two of the best songs about growing up and moving on! The first one has been a favorite since I first heard it on Tom Rush’s first album for Columbia, simply Tom Rush. I put this on the CD player on the return trip after dropping off Andrew for the start of is freshman year a Kean College, and my wife asked “Is the really a good song for now!” Hum I guess not!”
So I read the other night that in a concert a little while ago Tom ended a show with “The Child Song” as the encore and then because he didn’t want to leave with a sad song, he decided to leave them with the death and destruction of “The Galveston Flood”……..
Here’s a version from 1988’s Philly Folk Festival…….Hum, I know what will be going round and round in my head this AM!
So this morning I was thinking about what music to post and thought about an artist I listened to for the first time the other day, Mark McKinney. I went to YouTube and found his song “The River Song” from his new album Home. A good song. Reading the song title took my thoughts to another “River Song” ,that one by Tom Rush. That song can be found on Tom’s CD No Regrets:The Very Best of Tom Rush. Then while l was looking for that song I started watching other Tom Rush videos and found this one of Tom performing one of my favorite Rush songs his cover of Joni Mitchell’s “Urge for Going”. So here it is!
So last week when I was writing about Tim Grimm’s album Thank You, Tom Paxton, I started thinking about the other artist I started listening to at the same time as Tom. One of those artists is another Tom, Tom Rush. So last week I re-recorded two of Tom’s albums Wrong End of the Rainbow (1970) and Ladies Love Outlaws (1974) and put them on the iPod. Now the first Tom Rush album I bought was his 1968 release The Circle Game and that album is definitely in my top ten all time favorites. On that album Tom provides great interpretations of Joni Mitchell’s “Tin Angel” and “Urge for Going” both tracks were recorded before she released them! As well as, tracks from Jackson Browne and James Taylor. From Wikipedia: