Whew, we made it through January, the new year already tarnished by thirty-one days of somber news—the Omicron phenom of explosive sickness and death and tolls on society, a tsunami that by now has most likely touched every single one of us in one way or another.
But! But! But! As of this writing, the variant is peaking. A collective sigh of relief can be heard upon the land.
The days’ light grows longer in minute increments, now quite noticeable in the Northern Hemisphere. Candlemas/Imbolc and Ground Hog’s Day are nigh—so light St. Brigid’s candles, place your bets on Phil.
One way or t’other, let music ring. Hope you have a wee hoot dipping in and out of my collaborative quirky mid-winter playlist.
My thanks to contributors Nick Mascari, who gave me the year’s first track; Dale Leyden, neighbor and galpal extraordinaire; Teran Hillger, the still-whacky dude of my youth; comrade in writing in arms Laury A. Egan; Craig Hordlow, my Flo-homie musical brainiac; and all the muses who visit my mind and the Darksome Gnome in my imagination’s garden party, volume cranked.
As always, playlist suggestions a treat! Drop them in a reply. Let’s bougie and swoon.
Dougie MacLean – “Auld Lang Syne”
Sixpence None the Richer – “Breathe Your Name”
Jimmy Buffett – “Tonight I Just Need My Guitar”
Steely Dan – “Kid Charlemagne”
Bobby Bare — “Marie Laveau”
Elvis Presley — “Love Me Tender”
Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) — When You Wish Upon a Star
Peggy Lee – “It’s So Nice to Have a Man Around the House”
“Boccherini “Fandango” from the Guitar Quintet D-major, G.448″
Mr. Show – “How High the Mountain (Ronnie’s Theme)”
Gustavo Dudamel – “Danzón No. 2 (Marquez)” with Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar
Kansas – “Dust in the Wind”
“Mario Lanza – Someday (from The Vagabond King)”
Gordon Lightfoot – “If You Could Read My Mind”
Georges Moustaki – “Le temps de vivre”
Ensemble – “The Day Will Come”
Joni Mitchell – “Carey”
“Tommy James & The Shondells – “I Think We`re Alone Now Live on Village Square 1967″
“Dionne Warwick — What the World Needs Now (1966)”
Lil Nas X — MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
Tom Lehrer – “Be Prepared (studio solo) (1953)”
Meatloaf – “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”
The Traveling Wilburys — “End of the Line”