From the Blogroll: #Music #Blogs You’ll Want to Read

I keep seeing #socialsaturday on various social media. I have no idea what it means, but I decided to spend a little while being social today by spending a little time on a few of the blogs I have on my blogroll. I’m glad I did, because, that half an hour got me three posts I liked enough to comment on, and every one of them includes music videos.

Pieces with substantial word counts and music videos are one of my favorite types of blog post. I like to listen to the music while I read the post. So here are three of those, and you’ll have to check them out to see what musical goodies they offer.

Peace, Love, & Great Country Music has a few words to say about the philosophy of country music and current state of that genre. It’s a though-provoking post, and since it connects with some things I’ve been thinking about, I was happy to find it.

Marie has another awesome memoir at Wildly Surmising. This one is the tale of a college trip to Europe, and how the throwing away of bras allowed two groups of girls from different parts of the U.S. to get to know one another and become friends. If you’re looking for a post reads like a story and is made of awesome, this one is for you.

Vinyl Connection delves into the history of double and triple live albums. It’s a very nice post if you’re interested in the history of music recording, and I learned something I did not know by reading it.

Now for some music of my own. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” might just be my all-time favorite song. It speaks to my cultural roots and my humanity at the same time, and that is something I do not say of many songs. It’s about mortality and loss, but it’s also about faith and hope and solidarity. It reminds me that life is brief, and we’re all in this together. So we’d be wise to look out for one another and make the most of our time.

The lyrics evolved from a turn-of-the-century Christian hymn. I’ve always heard that the contemporary musical arrangement is the work of A.P. Carter. Here are three very different versions; I hope you find one you like.

Richie Havens solo which includes a verse I’d never heard until today. The video is a memorial to people who were killed during the Civil Rights Era, and it is quite powerful.

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band from the late 80s with Johnny Cash and two dozen other country and bluegrass luminaries. The album of the same name is on my all-time top five list, and I listen to volume 2 more than any other CD I own.

Ganstagrass. I’m including this one because they’re one of my favorite current bands, and because it’s so different yet still so good.

Weekend best wishes to all.