Monday, October 17, 2016

My Music Monday

Title Tracks is the name of the game.

The only reason this theme is tough is because one must narrow it down to the good ones. There is no shortage of songs. And I have to eliminate the ones I might have already used in other themes, etc.

It's hard being me.

Leonard Cohen has a new album out. It seems critics are tripping over themselves to give a better review than the last.

I'm a fan of Cohen....his writing that is. Not so much this talking singing. Dylan might have one the Nobel prize this last week, but he's winning no such awards for vocalization. I often put Cohen and Dylan in the same box - I respect and like their songs, but rarely do I care for their interpretations. Usually, other artists cover them much better - think of Hendrix on Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower".

Cohen has a tribute disk or two dedicated to his music, but do I really want to hear Billy Joel, Elton John or Don Henley sing his songs?  The question is not rhetorical. The answer is a resounding "no".

While I've written about Jennifer Warnes' 1987 disk, Famous Blue Raincoat, or unofficially called "Jenny Sings Lenny", it really is one of the great disks out there. Not just of Cohen music, but in general.

I get that you only know Warnes from her songs from the movies Dirty Dancing or Officer & a Gentleman or perhaps her one true hit, "Right Time of the Night".  Until Famous Blue Raincoat, that's all I knew too.

Only 9 songs in the bunch, but she chose wisely.

So I chose her title track. I hope you like it.


(the other) Brett said...

Okay - I really liked this.....thanks for sharing!

Erik Rubright said...

I like that it feels oddly sultry. Cohen's (RIP) always felt... like he was drugged out of his mind.