Sunday, September 27, 2009

40 Songs for My Fortieth

I've had on my mind making a special CD of music to commemorate my turning 40, which happens in January. Here's a first pass at songs that I think should be included, organized by 'my' decades, that is, what I was listening to or what was important to me.

  • "You've Made Me So Very Happy" or "And When I Die," by Blood, Sweat & Tears
  • "Both Sides, Now" by Judy Collins
  • "You Are the Woman that I've Always Dreamed Of," by Firefox
  • "Afternoon Delight," by Starland Vocal Band
  • "Classical Gas," by Mason Williams

  • "Mean Street," by Van Halen
  • "Night Train" by Guns 'n' Roses
  • "One Tree Hill" by U2
  • "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles
  • "Stuck Inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again" by Bob Dylan
  • "Astral Weeks (Born Again)," by Van Morrison
  • "I'll remember April," by Errol Garner

  • "India," by John Coltrane
  • "Bitch" or "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'" or "Sway" or "Casino Boogie" by the Rolling Stones
  • "East of the Sun," by Tony Bennett
  • "You Make Me Feel So Young," by Frank Sinatra
  • "Mannelig," by Ale Moller and Lena Willemark
  • "Wonder Why We Ever Go Home," by Jimmy Buffett

  • "'Long as You're Living Yours," by Keith Jarrett
  • "Sunshine Song," by Keith Jarrett
  • "Have I Told You Lately," by Rod Stewart (for Becky)
  • "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon (for Hannah)
  • "Nancy (with the laughing face)," by Tony Bennett or Frank Sinatra (for Emily)
  • "Polska of Despair," by Bobo Stenson
  • "The Goldhearted Miner," by Esbjorn Svensson Trio
  • "Acherei Mot," by Masada
  • Some Vignette by Marilyn Crispell
  • "In Wind, in Light" by Anders Jormin
  • "We Shall Overcome," by Bruce Springstein

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