Thursday, June 24

Thursday Thirteen #69: Favorite Songs from 1971

Thursday Thirteen

I'm back to my music from my teenage years theme!

Thirteen Favorite Songs From 1971

1. "I Am...I Said" by Neil Diamond -- this song will always have special meaning for me. It was like my anthem the first time I heard it. Whenever I hear it, I always remember how I felt then: "I am, I said to no one there. And no one heard at all, not even the chair. I am, I cried. I am, said I. And I have lost and I can't even say why--leaving me lonely still." Shiver.

2. "Layla" by Derek & the Dominos -- and my most favorite part of the song was the instrumental ending!

3. "If" by Bread--what a beautiful song!

4. "Chick-a-boom" by Daddy Dewdrop--one of the funniest songs I heard all year. It was so catchy and I was singing it and laughing at it a lot. It provided great comic relief!

5. "Timothy" by the Buoys--this is some song! It was banned from many radio stations and I had to listen to it on my friend's "underground" station.

6. "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night--who could not like a song about a bullfrog? My friends and I cracked up over and over about Jeremiah.

7. "Moon Shadow" by Cat Stevens--this was one of the first songs I learned to play on my guitar. I loved it--it was so lyrical and fantastical!

8. "Proud Mary" by Ike & Tina Turner--I always liked CCR the band but I have to say I loved this rockin version much better than the original!

9. "Me & Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin--what a voice!

10. "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" by Creedence Clearwater Revival--of course, my favorite band of the time had to appear on the list.

11. "Take Me Home, Country Roads" by John Denver--It's a corny song but very upbeat and pleasant. I remember it most because we learned it in the "guitar club" called The Ethnomusicological Society. I joined that group in 1971 and loved the whole experience.

12. "Colour My World" by Chicago--One of the prettiest songs ever (to me)!

13. "Mr. Bojangles" by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band--This is another favorite of mine because of The Ethnomusicological Society. The teacher taught us this (for me) complicated arpeggio (if that's what it's called! :P) to play and I practiced for hours and hours until I mastered it!

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