My Favorite Song(s) Ever?

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Posted in category Music

I’ve been in a discussion with some folks, lately, that attempts to answer the question: What’s your favorite song? I admit that my group of favorite song(s) remain almost the same over time, but the one I choose as my “favorite song” among that group of favorite songs always varies slightly, depending on my mood and latest interest. It’s the same as colors – I have never had a continuous “favorite” color. Over time that changes, from blue to purple to red to orange. Currently, dark earth tone reds are my favorite colors. I guess I’m too varied and explorative to be stuck on any particular favorites concerning anything. Sounds boring to me.

If I have to name my favorite songs (excluding classical or Christmas), I’d definitely include the following in my list, though this is not all-inclusive:

- Now You Have Jazz – by Bing Crosby and Louie Armstrong (A marvelous movie clip.)

- Elusive Butterfly by Bob Lind

- This Guy’s in Love With You by Burt Bacharach

- Walk in a Black Forest by Horst Jankowski

- Old Man River by Bing Crosby

- The Best is Yet to Come by Frank Sinatra

- Blues Walk by Lou Donaldson

- You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban (Along with a great video.)

- You Really Rock Me by Nick Gilder (He has a half-dozen songs that could make this list.)

- Green Onions by Booker T. & the MGs

- Yellow Bird by Arthur Lyman

- Honey by Bobby Goldsboro

- Walkin’ After Midnight by Patsy Cline

- Plantation Boogie by Lenny Dee

Blues Theme by Davie Allan & the Arrows

Ghost Riders in the Sky by Johnny Cash

However, I think this following song might be at the top of my list. I have cherished this song since I was about six years old. My mother had the album, and I played it until the record was worn and the cover fell apart. Later, when I began to collect vinyl, I had the same 45, that is shown in this video, in the original mono mix. I still have that record. It’s Born Free by Roger Williams. Since I was a natural libertarian from the womb, I always had a great love for the song title, the lyrics, and of course, I obsessed on the movie and the book. I particularly like the YouTube video below because the song is being played on the mono 45 on a Technics turntable, which appears it could be the same model turntable I have from 1982.

Indeed, I still have my turntable (which has quit working) along with my mini-discs and player.

You may see a theme here – I favor instrumentals, especially from the 1960s.

Now, a couple of music mentions are worthy while on the topic. This video of Joshua Bell performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (Summer), which is on iTunes, is electrifying to watch.

The other mention is this fantastic vinyl I was able to pick up recently at a vintage store. In spite of the fact that the music is great, I had to have it for the cover art.

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4 Responses to My Favorite Song(s) Ever?

  1. Rhonda says:

    December 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    Here is a youtube link to Sinatra performing with Basie and his band of The Best is Yet to Come

  2. clark says:

    December 22nd, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    I don’t have a favorite either.

    This one has been running through my head as of late, the song seems like it could apply to more than love,… maybe idiots and bad financial planners:

    johnny cash- ring of fire

    I’m not into country much at all, but J. Cash is up there with Bochephus.

    I intend to listen to your top picks, soon, someday, perhaps even this year. And what, no 80′s music? At least none that I noticed right away.

  3. Bruce says:

    December 24th, 2010 at 9:30 am

    That a wonderful column, and Joshua Bell nailed it. The best of this season and the New Year.  

  4. NOTKaren says:

    December 30th, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    OMW… this is an impossible question to answer! Where do you stop? Instrumentals? try “Promise of a Fisherman” written by Sergio Mendes played by Santana, or “Are you going with me?” by Pat Metheny, “Jessica” by Dickey Betts and Les Dudek of the Allman Brothers, and pick any of a dozen songs by Michael Hedges! Oh there are soooo many… and I agree about Booker T & The MG’s song “Green Onions”! Absolutely one of my all-time best!

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