Fascist Architecture – Bruce Cockburn

Writing briefly about John Prine yesterday made me think of other singer-songwriters I have enjoyed. Canadian artist Bruce Cockburn immediately came to mind. There are many songs by Cockburn I could choose to highlight but I picked this one – Fascist Architecture from the Humans album.

I have always felt calmed by this verse:

Bloody nose and burning eyes
Raised in laughter to the skies
I’ve been in trouble but I’m okay
Been through the wringer but I’m okay
Walls are falling and I’m okay
Under the mercy and I’m okay

I have a diverse group of readers. Any Cockburn fans out there? If so, post favored songs in the comments.

Image: Bruce Cockburn performing at the City Stages festival in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Janet Spinas Dancer – Author.

Precious Memories – Alan Jackson

As usual, I have been soaking in Christmas music during December. Also, as usual, this brings back memories of playing and listening to music throughout my life. The first song I recall singing in church was Precious Memories. I sang it in a quartet with my future wife, future father-in-law, and another friend from the church. I still love the simple harmonies and serene lyrics of this song and I really enjoy this simple version by Alan Jackson and hope you do as well.

Spoonman – Chris Cornell, RIP

Chris CornellI was sad to hear about the untimely death of Soundgarden front man Chris Cornell apparently by suicide. His talent was undeniable and many of the songs he crafted came from a special creative place. I believe Spoonman is in the top ten rock songs of all time.
I pray his family can find peace.

REM – It's The End Of The World As We Know It

This song seems appropriate for today’s Inauguration Day festivities.
And then there is the Steven Colbert version (with Michael Stipe and James Franco), It’s The End Of The Year As We Know It.

One Player Plays O Come, O Come Emmanuel on Two Recorders – Merry Christmas!

Once again, a wonderful performance.
Recorder artist Victoria Rigel plays two recorders at once in this 2008 version of O Come, O Come Emmanuel with yours truly on the guitar. She adds the second recorder at the beginning of the second verse.