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KillgoreTrout On February - 9 - 2013

Greetings and salutations Planeteers. This weekend’s music thread is about songs that are dear to you. Songs that fit into a special place in your heart and soul. Songs that move you, inspire you and songs you just find enjoyable to listen to, and why that may be so. Share with us the reason that certain songs just make it for you.

Pick your favorite songs, singers or musicians, regardless of era or genre or artist. Have fun and hope you’ll add a favorite or two, or just enjoy what is posted. ;)


This is one of my favorites because it speaks to a myriad of visions in this thing called life.


I especially love this recording, because Charlie Parker was totally bent out of shape because he was detoxing from a heroin addiction, and pretty drunk, yet he gave us his all (under the circumstances). From a studio engineer’s POV, it wasn’t the best recording, but the emotion and dedication Parker puts into it, is wonderful and amazing.


i love this song because it so aptly describes the change from cocky youth, to the realization that we all need a little help now and then.


These two combined songs always take me back to a wonderful, wild world of exploration during my late teens.


There is no question that every time I hear this song, it always brings me back to a time when real love was possible. The indescribable feeling and wonder that only true love can make possible. My ex used to call me her poetry man. I really appreciated that, because I wrote so many poems, for her only.

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Written by KillgoreTrout

Once a wander, working vagabond, fellow traveler on this 3rd stone from the sun. Hurtling through space and time. Lover of books (especially the classics), all kinds of books from novels, poetry, essay collections, fiction and nonfiction and a big Kurt Vonnegut fan. I am a secular humanist and technically an atheist.....Taoist.

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  1. Steely Dan--Reeling In The Years

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  2. Tom Waits--Hold On

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  3. I’m sure I’ve posted this before, but I just love her rendition of this song. Her ability to do a cover song and make it her own is remarkable.

    Cassandra Wilson--Time After Time

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  4. I’ve always liked this song, not really sure why.

    Billy Joel--Piano Man

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  5. The genius of George Gershwin.

    Rhapsody In Blue

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  6. I love this one for it’s sweet melancholy.

    Brook Benton--A Rainy Night In Georgia

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  7. Kalima, your song choice reminded me of one of my favorite Otis Redding songs. Not exactly a song about the miseries of slavery, but it always brings back memories of one day I spent along the banks of the Ohio river, just watching it flow by while my thoughts did the same.

    Otis Redding--Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay

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  8. Kalima says:

    A very old song I know, but one my father used to sing to me many years ago when I was a child, and probably where my “basement” voice came from. Private joke. ;-)

    Paul Robeson -- Ol Man River

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  9. I like this one just because it’s a beautiful song.

    CS&N--Lady of the Island

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  10. It’s John Coltrane, what else is there to say! ;)

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  11. kes introduced me to this wonderful singer. And with Jeff beck on guitar, this tune is simply amazing. Thanks kes!

    Imelda May and Jeff Beck--Walking In The Sand

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  12. I love this one by Carlos Santana! I like the sentiment of the song, and the performances were great. They say Carlos is the nicest person in the music business. A true hippy to the end.

    Angels All Around Us

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  13. I really like the haunting beauty of the music and lyrics with this one.

    Jefferson Airplane--Coming Back To You

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  14. I’ve always liked this one.

    Take A Pebble

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