It's that time again - 30 songs in 30 days!
Each year in June, I pay tribute to the music and artists that were so much a part of my life growing up and still bring me joy even today. Each day I will post a blog about one of my favorite songs along with a video of the performance. It is a lot of fun remembering. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I have writing the articles. So here we go 2020...
This year we lost a lot of friends, partners, and others that influenced our lives. One popular folk singer that passed away in 2020 was singer/songwriter John Prine. John was already in poor health from two bouts with cancer, so it was no surprise that when he contracted the Corona Virus, he could not fight it off.
Prine was noted for his gravel sounding voice and his serious songwriting. His songs were often described as “heavy” and regularly mirrored the dark side our social conscience. They were stories about the struggles of the common man, put to music. Sometimes they were sad tales without happy endings. His song Sam Stone about a war veteran with a drug problem was heartbreaking. His ballad, Hello in There, warned us about the loneliness of old age, and left us wondering about our own futures. Prine looked at life as temporary. He was keenly aware, and often reminded us, that we are only in this world for a short time.
Despite his often-dark viewpoint on life, he would also pump out uplifting tunes that would leave his audience laughing. One song that was popular with the local crowds in his hometown of Chicago was titled Illegal Smile. Prine swore the song wasn’t about smoking marijuana, but it was 1971 and Prine had a huge audience of underground followers. Whenever he sang the song you could expect the audience to join in loudly singing the chorus.
John’s health issues interrupted his career. He even had to stop performing for a period while he recovered. But he returned to the stage and the last few years was undergoing a resurgence in popularity.
The song I chose today to initiate the 2020 version of The Soundtrack of a Lifetime is one that Prine performed hundreds of times on stage.
When I looked for a song that would be a good tribute to his passing, it just seemed appropriate to choose When I Get To Heaven. The song details all the things he planned to do in the afterlife, including enjoying a few vices. In this video, performed in 2018 at Austin City Limits in Austin, TX, you can see the joy that Prine found performing live. I am sure the audience appreciated this great performance.
So, take three minutes out of your busy day and listen to our first entry to Soundtrack of a Lifetime 2020. I hope that it will bring a smile to your face. I am sure that John is busy drinking a cocktail and smoking a cigarette nine miles long.
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