June 29, 2012

Greatest Songs

As part of the "get to know you" process here, I will post five of the songs I believe are the "greatest" ever. Of course, this is a highly personal thing; even Ayn Rand concluded that what music one loved could not be determined objectively. And I haven't heard every song ever written, either. Those caveats aside, on with the show. (Note: I am nominating the song, not a performance. But I'll always go with the writer as performer where applicable).

At Number 5 on the Greatest Song Charts:

"Sunday Morning Coming Down" by Kris Kristofferson

Music Posted by Ellis Wyatt at June 29, 2012 5:20 PM

We're poised to get along. Kristofferson is my favorite avowed Communist, Rhodes Scholar songwriter.

That entire eponymous album was one classic masterpiece after another (To Beat the Devil?) and yet I have a sadness that he never followed up on that level.

One more perfect album than I have released, mind you, but that and the fact that the one time I saw him live he was too wasted to play -- adds an air of melancholia.

Posted by: jk at June 29, 2012 6:36 PM

I listened to some of your recordings this afternoon, brother, and while they may not be perfect you and your band did a superb version of one of the other songs I consider to be among the greatest.

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at June 29, 2012 7:09 PM

I'd like to suggest Willie Nelson's Kristofferson tribute lp. All the songs you love, sung so far behind of or ahead of the one it's either yesterday or tomorrow by the time you finish the phrase. And Grady Martin on guitar. Damn, Grady Martin. Buy it now.

Posted by: Sugarchuck at June 30, 2012 9:32 PM

Sounds good, the cd was two bucks cheaper than the mp3, so I'll have to wait for it like a caveman.

Posted by: Jk at July 1, 2012 9:07 AM

Willie is one of the greats but I don't like his interpretation of this song as much as Kristofferson's. Too syncopated (if that's the right word).

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 1, 2012 2:48 PM

Man, I wish I had coughed up the extra $2. I have to wait, dispose of the package, rip it, upload to Amazon Cloud... That was what you call "Two-dollar wise, Kilogram foolish."

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