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Dave Elder's Favorite Songs Playlist

Songs 51-60

Song 60, Saturday, 8/24/2013 -- Let the Sky Fall by Ten Years After, written by Alvin Lee. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The YT video visual is just a still of the album cover A Space in Time, but it's a very good song to listen to while you're looking at that still. Ten Years After had already made some waves before Woodstock, but Alvin's Lee performance at Yasgur's farm on an August night in 1969 got the band a lot more notice than they had previously enjoyed, and rightly so. In the late summer of 1971, the band released A Space in Time as their 7th album, which might be their best one. I heard and really liked the hit single that was all over the radio that fall, but when I got around to picking up the LP, there were even better songs on it, like this one.

Song 56, Tuesday, 8/20/2013 -- Soul Kitchen by The Doors, who also wrote the song. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The YT video visual is just a still of the album cover The Doors but it's one amazing song to listen to, even though there's not much to see in the video. Before starting in on the songs from another cassette, randomly, I decided to just throw in one of my favorite Doors tunes. Actually, if I had to pick only one favorite song, this might be it. While Elektra released the first Doors LP in early 1967, most of us didn't know anything about it until Light My Fire lit up the singles charts that summer. Everybody was talking about Sgt. Pepper, and musing about the big change in the Beatles sound, but the other big story of the summer was this new American band, with their big new hit which was a shortened version of a much longer album cut. By the early fall, so many of my friends had the album that even though I didn't, I knew and really liked every track on the record.

Song 55, Monday, 8/19/2013 -- Back Where I Started by Box of Frogs, written by Paul Samwell-Smith, Chris Dreja, Jim McCarty and John Fiddler. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. My Eighties Favorites 3 cassette ends with this song, from 1984. I knew and liked the song For Your Love around the time it was on the AM radio, but I mostly found out about The Yardbirds after they had split up, owing mainly to 3 guitar players named Clapton, Beck and Page that had played for that band and then went on to do some other things that got a bit more notice. When some other former Yardbirds did a reunion in the mid-80s, I had to hear what they were up to, and this first single more than lived up to the expectations.

Song 54, Sunday, 8/18/2013 -- Good-bye to You by Scandal, written by Zack Smith. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. This song came along some time in 1982, and I always liked it, not for any particular reason -- I wouldn't say it has a lyric that really speaks to me, or some riffs that bend a few notes in a new and different way. For my ears, this is a song that just works really well, and that's fun to listen to, without needing any special reasons to explain why it works or what makes it fun.

Song 52, Friday, 8/16/2013 -- Chasin' the White Line Down by Dave's True Story, written by David Cantor. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The YT video a live performance, which features Kelly Flint singing and Dave Cantor playing guitar, with Jeff Eyrich (bass), Rich Zukor (drums) and Bob Malone (piano). I met Dave and Kelly while hanging out with the Fast Folk crowd at Jack Hardy's place on Houston Street in Manhattan, back around '89, '90, and '91. Dave has a really unique songwriting approach that I always enjoyed, and Kelly sings his songs very well, so they soon became the core of Dave's True Story, and this is a fine example of their work. Interestingly enough, they apparently often perform, as they do on this video, with Rich Zukor on drums. I really like Rich's drumming, and I brought him in to play on about half of my most recent CD release (Who Said What).

Song 51, Thursday, 8/15/2013 -- Eye of the Hurricane by David Wilcox, who also wrote the song. You can find a YouTube video of the song here. The YT video a live performance, because I couldn't find a YouTube video of the studio version, but the sound is pretty close to it anyway. I learned about David Wilcox from my friend Gregg Cagno, as he would toss a DW song into his set now and then, and not knowing the song, I would have to ask Gregg about it. Before too long, I picked up a copy of How Did You Find Me Here, which is a pretty good album start to finish, and this song is where it starts. For what it's worth, I once heard a story about a guy on a motorcycle going around 120 mph in downtown Walnut Creek, and fortunately, that motorcyclist didn't end up like the woman in this song.

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