Song of the Day #20 – “Ashes” by Yo La Tengo

“Ashes” – from There’s A Riot Going On by Yo La Tengo (2018) I’ve never really caught on to Yo La Tengo, overall. I like various things by them, but never “a lot”.  I picked this CD up at a library a few months ago though, and this track jumped out at me…like…a spark from…

Song of the Day #19 – “Renaissance Fair” by The Byrds

“Renaissance Fair” – from Younger Than Yesterday by The Byrds (1967) I like Bruce Eder of the Allmusic Guide’s description of this song as “a perfect synthesis of the group’s original electric-folk sound evolved into a new, more contemporary form of music and songwriting, almost hippie-folk music.”  I would say it’s not almost hippie-folk music,…

Song of the Day #18 – “Rose of Cimarron” by Poco

“Rose of Cimarron” – from Rose of Cimarron by Poco (1976) Dusty days in the desert, tumbling tumbleweeds and cartwheeling cactus. This was a Rusty Young song, Young being the pedal steel player and only remaining founding member of the band these days. Timothy B. Schmit plays bass, harmonica (but not bass harmonica) and shares…

Song of the Day #17 – “Heartbreak Hotel” by Suzi Quatro

“Heartbreak Hotel” – from Aggro-Phobia by Suzi Quatro (1977) I read Suzi Quatro’s autobiography a few weeks ago, which was entertaining, -I recommend it. She’s somebody I’ve been curious about since I was a kid watching her play the role of “Leather Tuscadero” on the old sitcom Happy Days.  Most North Americans know her primarily…

Song of the Day #16 – “Sitting Here Watching” by Mike Cooper

“Sitting Here Watching” – from Trout Steel by Mike Cooper (1970) From Cooper’s third album, a record that continued his move away from strict country blues to a more free-form jazz/folk. Though jazz is not as evident in this track (seek out the 11-minute “I’ve Got Mine” for that), there’s still a loose-yet-confidant sound and…