Like a lot of you out there, music is a huge part of my life. I have an infinite mental list of songs that at one point or another, I claimed were the 'soundtrack to my life'. While I love a broad range of styles and artists, the songs that leave the greatest imprint on my heart are the ones that tell great stories. Poetry set to music; words brought to life; a whole world created in just a few minutes. Some of the best songwriters (in my opinion of course...but what are blogs for?!) are simply incredible storytellers who happen to use an instrument or melody to help set the 'scene'. Some of my life-long favorites, who's songs I may know every word of but still consistently have stored on my ipod are: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Joni Mitchell, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Roger Miller, and Cat Stevens. Over the past decade, 'newer' artists have made lasting impressions in my life and are also long-term ipod residents: Patrick Park, Catie Curtis, Tracy Chapman, Brandi Carlile, Gregory Alan Isakov, Tyrone Wells, Jack Johnson, Patty Griffin, Ray Lamontagne, Alison Krauss, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, Amos Lee, Sera Cahoone, Ingrid Michaelson, Missy Higgins...oh my goodness and many amazing others! Each of these artists have touched my life in great ways with their stories over the years. Talk about the 'dream dinner party guest list'!! While I would love to hoard them all to myself and pretend that they have written music just for me...I have decided that each Monday I would post a link or video for one of my favorite songs, new or old, and hope that it touches your life in a special way, too! Stay tuned!*
*puns are my favorite cheap thrill.
Now, how to decide which song to post first?! According to iTunes, "Into the Mystic" by Van Morrison is my top-played song (168!). Not only is it one of my all-time favorites, "into the mystic" is also engraved on the underside of Dan's wedding band. He calls me his gypsy soul and this song makes me want to grab Dan's hand and 'sail' into whatever the world has in store for us. Here is a great cover by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (the Swell Season, and Once). Enjoy!