Suggested Listening January 15, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, January 22, 2021.

Blackwater Side by Ronn McFarlane & Carolyn Anderson Surrick (Genre: Folk)

Blackwater Side is from the new album Fermi’s Paradox (2021); a back to the basics LP recorded during the pandemic by viola player Surrick and lutenist McFarlane – the instrumental album has a hopeful vibe mixed into the folk music and, for added spice, the paring of top-notch viola and lute players an uncommon but pleasant musical pairing.

Blue Suede Shoes by Carl Perkins, I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash & Crazy by Patsy Cline – From the Ranch Party with Tex Ritter (Genre: Rockabilly, Traditional Rock & Country)

Vintage rock and country classics!

Blue Suede Shoes is from the album Dance Album (1962) by Carl Perkins

I Walk The Line is from the LP With His Hot Red & Blue Guitar (1957) by Johnny Cash

razy is from the album Showcase (1961) by Patsy Cline
Great music all the way around!

Candle by Buck Meek (Genre: Country-Rock, Country)

Buck Meek, best known as a member of the band Big Thief; as a solo artists is known for singing and playing softly introspective acoustic guitar-centric music -as this song aptly illustrates!

Candle is a track from Meek’s new album Two Saviors (2021).

Grimstock by The Baltimore Consort with Howard Bass (Folk, Classical)

Grimstock is a perfect example of the top-notch renaissance music The Baltimore Consort is known for!

From the album Watkins Ale: Music of the English Renaissance (1991).

Happy New Year by The McGuire Sisters (Genre: Vocal, 1950s Pop)

I came across this clip while doings research for this posting and have not yet been able to track down which album this song appears on – if indeed it does – it appears to have been recorded for television. And even though we are well into the new year now, I thought I’d include this song as it is super upbeat and positive to the max!

Piano Sonata No. 14 composed by Beethoven and performed by Annie Lennox (Classical, Piano)

The very talented Annie Lennox, best known as half of the duo The Eurythmics, plays a bit of classical music!

Sherry by The Four Seasons (Pop, Rock, Vocal)

A classic song from the great Four Seasons!

From the album Sherry and 11 Others (1962).

Strawberry Window by East Village (Genre: Pop-Rock)

East Village was a short-lived London based band that recorded in the late 1980s. The indie group’s music featured Byrds-ish guitar playing and is lovely guitar-based pop music to listen to. A collection of the group’s work, including this song, was re-issued last year on the album Hotrod Hotel and the album is definitely worth a listen!

Vivaldi Aria by Philippe Jaroussky (Genre: Classical, Vocal)

Philippe Jaroussky has an incredible voice to say the very least! The sound of his crystal-clear singing of this aria is soulful in a classical way.

Jaroussky critically acclaimed new album is La Vanità del Mondo: Oratorios Arias (2021).

You Need Us by The Honeybees (AKA Mary Ann, Ginger and Mrs. Howell on Gilligan’s Island)

From the Gilligan’s Island episode Don’t Bug the Mosquitoes.

Hoopla Pick of the Week

Terrific songs from the classic age of vocal pop! Artists include Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Tom Jones, Peggy Lee, Bobby Darin, Julie London and more! Perfect background music for the cocktail hour!

Have a peaceful weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References


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