THE WAY THAT THE WORLD GOES ROUND – JOHN PRINE

While I was growing up, my world was entirely full of classical, baroque, and other “serious” music. I played piano, so that’s what I played. Later, when I knew I’d never be a professional musician, I began to explore the world of pop. The Beatles were the first group that I truly loved. After “A Hard Days Night” (I loved the movie and the score), and “Rubber Soul,” I was a fan. Lifetime.

Eventually, I added many other individuals and groups, and more categories of music. John Prine was a latecomer to my “playlist,” but he remains a favorite. Better known as the writer than the singer, there are a couple of songs that I particularly enjoy and always cheer me when I’m blue. It’s pouring rain right now. I mean, it’s coming down in buckets with thunder rumbling in the background. A good day for music. A bad one for any other plans we might have had.

Not everyone has heard of John Prine, but he wrote a lot of songs that other people sang. He sang them himself on various recordings, most of which I owned on vinyl. Now, many of them are out on CD, so grab them if you can, before they disappear. John Prine sings about life. He always had a sense of humor, too. He wrote great, witty lyrics, and singable melodies. What more do you need? Oh, how about some wit and humor? That works, too.



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  1. Reblogged this on Serendipity – Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth and commented:

    Since we are into “round and round” this morning, just ONE more and one of my very favorite songs. Is it country? Or just music?

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  2. a version by dear friends of mine…Learned about John Prine through these guys. David Maloney and Ginny Riley. (Riley and Maloney)

    Great post! Thanks.

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  3. Never herd of John Prine, Marilyn. His voice reminds me a bit of Bob Dylan.
    Leslie

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  4. The Beatles arrived at about the same time as Dylan and Baez, so I had divided loyalties. I finally caved, and decided to love almost everything–except the really heavy stuff like the Stones and Black Sabbath. No.
    If you havent tried him yet, I just discovered Mark Knopfler a few years back, and never regretted it. David Gray, Pearl Jam, Richard Thompson. Tom Rush, Tom Paxton.
    I don’t buy CDs much now, I use YouTube, which is a wonderful way to find out what you really do like, and what might have been missed in the shuffle.

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    • He was a surprise for me, but I really love his songs and he wrote many songs I loved when other singers did them. I should mention that Tom Paxton was a personal favorite from way, way long ago. He was a local Long Island kid, too.

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  5. Oh, that first chord of A Hard Day’s Night and I am transported back to my teen-age years! Thanks for this, Marilyn. Such great memories of the Beatles and trading those darn bubble gum cards on the school lot at recess!

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    • I was probably five or six years older than you when the Beatles showed up. That was when pop music opened up to me. I had been more or less neutral until the Brits, but after that … well … I’m torn between Beethoven and everyone else!

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  6. One of my favs from Prine:

    “Spanish Pipedream (Blow Up Your TV)”

    She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol
    And I was just a soldier on my way to Montreal

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  7. Reminds me of piano lessons as a kid. My piano teacher finally gave in and let me play some Abba, though he disapproved of “modern rock music” 🙂

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    • My piano teacher had no objections, but she couldn’t play a modern tune for love or money. She was so classically trained, all that stuff meant nothing to her. I never really went beyond classical, though I can strum a little guitar in there. I used to sing, but my voice seems to have not fared well with the years.

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  8. Rubber Soul was the first album i ever bought! Always loved the Beatles – less so The Stones.

    John reminds me in looks and sound somewhat of Mr Zimmerman. That’s cool with me.

    I’m lower case c catholic in my musical tastes – anything from Handel, Vivaldi and Pachebel, through Beethoven, Mozart and Brahms: Puccini and Pavarotti; Nat King Cole, Matt Munroe, Carole King, Eagles, DISCO!, lots of Aussie stuff you probably never heard of – little groups like the Bee Gee’s, Air Supply, AC/DC and Savage Garden which is about where my steam ran out – most of the 2000’s and 2010’s music has passed me by, but i have enough favourites to keep me going a while yet.

    love.

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