Song as legacy

posted by Tom Moon on September 24, 2009 at 1:20 pm
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Yesterday, I was a guest on WNYC's Soundcheck, along with Bebel Gilberto and Rosanne Cash and her band. The topic: How songs are handed from one generation to another.

Rosanne Cash's new album, The List, is made up of songs her father, Johnny Cash, considered vital to the understanding of American music. When she was 18, he gave her a list of 100 such songs; she's recorded twelve of them. The project has inspired many to think about songs as a form of cultural legacy.....

The show is up, with audio and video, here.

I will offer more thoughts on this in the coming weeks....


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#1 from Shane, Nashville, TN - 10/03/2009 9:18

Thanks for posting a link to the podcast.  I just finished listening to it and found it very interesting.  I have found myself really thinking about what songs or pieces of music I would put on my “List”.  My wife and I are expecting our first child in January and I really think it’s important for my child to be exposed to as much music as possible.  I’ve included a list of music that I think is important and have been playing around the house.

John Coltrane - Giant Steps

Beethoven - Symphony 9

Derek and the Dominoes - The Layla Album

The Beatles - Rubber Soul, Revolver, Abbey Road, Sgt. Pepper, Let it Be

Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concertos

Johnny Cash - The Sun Sessions

Elvis Presley - The Sun Sessions

Mozart - Symphonies 35 and 41

Led Zeppelin - Complete Box Set

Miles Davis - Round about Midnight, Kind of Blue, Steamin’, Workin’

Otis Redding - Best of

Tony Rice - Manzanita

These are just a few of the many that I think everyone should be exposed to.  I think this is very important and is a job I am willing to take on.


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