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 Post subject: Tango
PostPosted: 29 Apr 2010, 16:52 
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Hi Maura

Have you ever thought about recording a tango?


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 Post subject: Re: Tango
PostPosted: 29 Apr 2010, 19:58 
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This is not exactly about a Tango, but I have to get this out, since seeing MO in NYC recently, I got to thinking alot about the wars we find ourselves in today.

Maura did such lovely versions of her a cappella songs from Naked that night. Hay Muer was riveting.

The a cappella song I WOULD LOVE to hear MO sing is a wonderful 1973 anti-war song written by Steve Goodman (mentor to John Prine, and has John Gorka as a progeny).

The song is the Ballad of Penny Evans, and it is the most heart-rending song, without instrumentation, (about a war widow), I have ever heard. The war was the Viet Nam War which those of us of a certain age recall vividly; but it could be any war, anywhere, anytime. Pretty fitting song for nowadays.

You may know, Steve Goodman was a fabulous songwriter who was taken from us way too soon, and he wrote beautiful and sometimes wickedly funny songs, but THE BALLAD OF PENNY EVANS which he sang a cappella on his "Somebody Else's Troubles" Album (no CDs back then) is haunting.

http://www.stevegoodman.net/bio.shtml

http://www.lala.com/#search/Steve%20Goo ... ny%20Evans

John Wesley Harding has a great song called: "Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Steve Goodman, David Blue and Me", a great song and puts Steve Goodman in some pretty nice company, Phil Ochs wrote anti-war and socially-conscious songs in the 60's (I'm Not Marching Anymore the best among many others.)

And more recently Tom Waits' modern day war song Day After Tomorrow about the current wars is quite touching. Come to think of it that song is practically a cappella too.

http://www.lala.com/#search/Day%20After%20Tomorrow

http://www.lala.com/#search/Steve%20Goodman

David Alan Coe had a hit with the "country-song", penned by Steve Goodman called "You Never Even Call Me By My Name".

Now, Steve was a lot of things and left his mark on a lot of folks including his buddies John Prine and Jimmy Buffett; Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Arlo Guthrie, John Denver, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle and John Gorka, etc., but Steve's singing took second seat to his writing.

With wars waging everywhere, MO doing this song would be a wonderful anti-war statement.

(Plus Steve's money-maker, "The City of New Orleans", has been covered to death, let's face it.)

So if Maura is looking for a new a cappella song that is my vote.


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