Wherein I post three songs for your enjoyment, much like a disc jockey. Some songs you already know, some maybe not. I actually landed on a few songs whilst sitting at the beach listening to my iPod Shuffle. To these ears, they sounded pretty good together. So here we go.
I am just going to quote here directly from the ever-handy Wikipedia about the first band: Gentle Giant was a British progressive rock band active between 1970 and 1980. The band was known for the complexity and sophistication of its music and for the varied musical skills of its members.
All of the band members, except [drummer) Malcolm Mortimore, were multi-instrumentalists. Although not commercially successful, they did achieve a cult following.
This is a cool little song I’ve always dug by them called “Peel the Paint.” This is from their 1972 album, Three Friends. Guitarist laying it down here is Gary Green whose sound is atypically bluesy for this genre:
Spotify link (Steven Wilson mix)
One of my favorite Hendrix songs from Axis: Bold As Love is “If 6 Was 9.” I see no deeper meaning in it than “I am my own man in this world” and so:
White collared conservative flashing down the street,
Pointing their plastic finger at me.
They’re hoping soon my kind will drop and die,
But I’m gonna wave my freak flag high, high.
Wave on, wave on
Spotify link (no YouTube that I can find)
A while back, I posted a song by John Batdorf and James Lee Stanley, both American folk singer/songwriter/guitarists. It’s from their all-acoustic cover album of Stones songs called All Wood and Stones.
I was never really a big fan of the song “Ruby Tuesday.” But I am a big, big fan of artists who get me to hear the song as it really is. Love what they’ve done here with it. (When they sing “Goodbye” here, to my ears the harmonization sounds very similar to Pink Floyd’s on “Goodbye Blue Sky.”)