Song: Red House
Artist: Buddy Guy
Country: U.S. (Louisiana)
Genre: Blues Rock
Mood: The guy whose concerts Hendrix never missed honors his legendary protégée.
Thank you to juwannadoright for bringing this song to my attention. The current state of our nation begs that every American listen to this song. Repeatedly.
Song: Never Turning Back
Artist: Pat Humphries
Mood: Grab some tissues. If you have hope & a heart, this song will move you to tears.
Song: The Longest Road
Artist: Morgan Page
What can I say? For me, this song is an essential travel necessity. I can forget to pack water filters, but I can never forget to upload every possible dub of this song.
It’s gotten me into places I would otherwise have never seen, and out of situations I may not have survived. Warriors literally put down their guns & picked up this rhythm – from the gangster-controlled tent camps of post-quake Haiti, to the underground world of Afghanistan’s hip-hop culture.
I’ve danced myself down to sweat puddles to this song in nearly every country I’ve been to – with everyone from children to a 74-yr. old man with one leg using a length of lead pipe for a crutch!
The places that knew this song, rocked it endlessly. The places that didn’t (and didn’t have internet access), begged & bribed me to send it to them when I returned home.
There’s just something inexplicably visceral about this song that crosses generations, countries, and cultures…
Song: The Stranger Song
Artist: Leonard Cohen
Genre: Rock (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame)
Mood: From the very first notes…mellow sorrow w/ a strangely uplifting effect. Maybe it’s the combo of incredible guitar-strumming behind a worn-velvet voice that reaches in & gently squeezes your emotion so you have to listen…repeatedly.