Every Monday I shuffle my entire MP3 collection in iTunes and list the first ten songs that play. Here are the ten tunes I heard today with a personal story about one of them.
- I'm Looking Through You - The Beatles
- Shuckin' Sugar Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson
- Black Day in July - Gordon Lightfoot
- Deep - Danzig
- The Way We Swing (Remix) - Digital Underground
- Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
- Leather Jacket - Ben Folds Five
- What A Good Boy - Barenaked Ladies
- Got Me Wrong - Alice in Chains
- Guns in the Sky - INXS
There's a great story behind "Black Day in July" from Gordon Lightfoot. The song was banned in the USA following the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. The song was about the 12th Street Riot in Detroit and the fear was it would incite riots. The lyrics aren't exactly rebel rousing, as it asks "Why can't we all be brothers? Why can't we live in peace?"
Lightfoot is a tremendous singer/song writer, probably right there after Young, Mitchell and Cohen.