Mar
04
2013
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“Silkie.”

Silkie, Joan Baez

 

The tune gets in your freaking head.

Feb
27
2013
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“Barbara Allen.”

Barbara Allen, Joan Baez

One of the first ones I ever memorized.  Learned this one off of a scratchy LP in a college library two weeks before the formal start of classes…

…Sorry.  My mind was elsewhere for a couple of minutes.

Nov
14
2011
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“Mary Hamilton.”

Mary Hamilton, Joan Baez

Nothing like an iPod upgrade to make you remember all the albums that you had previously forgotten.

Nov
21
2010
1

‘Let It Be.’ (Joan Baez)

Joan Baez was recently injured in a fall. Prayers and good wishes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEsYg9MTLfk

Let It Be, Joan Baez

Apr
22
2010
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‘Mary Hamilton’


Mary Hamilton, Joan Baez

You can have my folk music collection when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

Jul
24
2009
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“Matty Groves”

Christopher Stasheff once said of this ballad that it was the one a wise minstrel performed when he was called in to distract his patrons from an unfortunate dispute, on the principle that whatever had happened, it was unlikely to have been worse than the plot.


Matty Groves, Joan Baez

Yes, I know that there’s half a dozen reasons why Chris Stasheff was spouting off nonsense there. And?

Moe Lane

PS: It’s a murder ballad. They all incorporate poor lifestyle decisions on the part of their participants. And this isn’t even the version with the typical ending.

Jun
25
2009
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“John Riley.”


John Riley, Joan Baez

…Umm, SCA member, remember? I’ve been listening to this stuff for half of my life.

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