Gem of the Week: “Rain In My Heart”-Frank Sinatra

Song: “Rain in My Heart” Artist: Frank Sinatra Album: Cycles (1968) You wouldn’t think that cranking out an easy listening compilation in the height of dazed hippie takeover would be an easy task; especially for Frank Sinatra, the championed OG crooner whose American Standards/Songbook peak–[at least the period most agreed on as such]–was since long…

Gem of the Week: “River”-Joni Mitchell

Song: “River” Artist: Joni Mitchell Album: Blue (1971) There’s usually a little melancholia in every Christmas music rotation, and certainly enough of these downcast songs qualify as classics –whether it’s Dan Fogelberg’s “Same Old Lang Syne”, your quintessential, heartsick ode to ‘the one that got away’, or Wham!’s whiny, 1984 smacking synth-ballad, “Last Christmas”. The best…

Playlist: Hippie Antiques

  A warm & cozy, ten-track-deep playlist of acoustic mementos from the hippie era’s sweetest singer-songwriters… 1) “Cactus Tree”-Joni Mitchell, Joni Mitchell (1968) 2) “Scarborough Fair/Canticle”-Simon & Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (1966) 3) “At Seventeen”-Janis Ian, Between the Lines (1975) 4) “Almost Cut My Hair”-Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Deja Vu (1970) 5) “A Horse With No Name”-America, America (1972)…

I Went to Woodstock/My Joni Mitchell Obsession

So during my gorgeous trip to the Catskills (Middle-of-nowhere Pennsylvania Poconos mostly) for a family reunion last week, the fam and I took a detour to visit the site of Woodstock. [The flower power/oldies-inclined part of the family]. YES, the sacred Bethel, New York 1969 site of hippiedom, mud, rampant acid, and Jimi Hendrix. Above…