The Six-Song Challenge, part twoPosted: July 29, 2013
I tossed this out as a challenge about two months ago. The basic task: name six songs that you think everyone should know. Be serious, silly, pedantic, ironic: anything you like. Briefly explain your choices. If a song has been recorded or performed by more than one artist, pick the version or artist you like best.
I got some great responses and vowed to follow up with part two. My good friend Cindy Davis sent her list, but I didn’t want her to feel singled out so I waited for more replies.
And waited. And waited.
So I’m going to toss this out again for more submissions. Send me your six: if they’re good, I’ll post them.
And here’s Cindy’s awesome list (sorry, Cindy, for the delay):
1. “Sounds of Silence” by Simon and Garfunkel: It’s such a ‘60s song. A ‘60s protest song sung ballad style. The best version is accompanied by an acoustic guitar.
2. “Dream a Little Dream Of Me” by The Mamas and The Papas: It was first recorded in 1931 by Ozzie Nelson and his orchestra. The Mamas and The Papas recorded it in 1968. A slow dreamy love song, perfect for slow dancing, if anyone slow dances anymore.
3. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony: Just listen to it. I’m in awe of anyone who can write full orchestra music. It was hand written on paper. No computer. Imagine writing all of those parts, fitting them all together perfectly, to make the whole piece.
4. “Amazing Grace” written by John Newman: I prefer it sung to guitar. It is a great song of hope. (What, Cindy, no bagpipes?!)
5. “Rumours” by Fleetwood Mac: I’m going to cheat and say the whole album. Released in 1977, I thought it was some of the best music I’d ever heard.
6. “We Can Work It Out” by The Beatles: This is one of my favorite Beatles songs. “Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting, my friend.”