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Music For A Lifetime: Birds Playlist

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I’m excited to be starting my new feature Music For A Lifetime on Blogcritics. The feature’s title comes from a quote by Rachmaninov who said "Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music." This feature is for all who agree. Most articles will focus on individual songs – some common, some rare, all great! In addition, I certainly may throw in thoughts on albums or post a playlist or musical tale.

Indeed, I've decided that each week I would try to post a different playlist. Playlists fascinate me because 1) I've always been more an "album guy" choosing to listen, workout, study with an entire album playing, 2) I enjoy the idea of stringing together often completely dissimilar music, and 3) some playlist songs you might never listen to unless forced into such a construct.

This week's playlist will be – Birds. Though one could launch in a number of directions with this broad theme (groups with bird names, songs with the word "bird" in the title), I've decided to have each song naming a different type or species of birds (no Linnaeus titles here, though).

Bird Playlist
1) Dodo/Lurker by Genesis
2) Bluebird by Buffalo Springfield
3) Hummingbird by Leon Russell (live off Joe Cocker's Mad Dogs & Englishmen)
4) Bye Bye Blackbird by Miles Davis *
5) Ostrich Walk by Bix Beiderbecke
6) Back at the Chicken Shack by Jimmy Smith
7) Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow (Baretta's Theme) by Sammy Davis, Jr. **
8) Albatross by Fleetwood Mac ***
9) Blue Jay Way by The Beatles ****
10) Fly Like An Eagle by The Steve Miller Band
11) Duck Tail by Joe Clay *****
12) Cold Turkey by John Lennon
13) When Doves Cry by Prince

One could go on and on with this theme, but I drew the limit at a one hour playlist. Special mention to Faith No More's Woodpecker on Mars which almost made the cut (and has an awesome title).

Some notes:
* – Interestingly, jazz music is filled with songs with different types of birds, much more so than pop music. I've included three in order, starting with Bye Bye Blackbird. Several great versions exist – I go between Miles and Ben Webster/Oscar Peterson for my favorite rendition.

** – How could I possibly leave out Sammy's ultra-cool theme song from the '70's cop show Beretta? Between this, the Rockford Files, Ironsides, etc, the '70s police/detective genre contributed many great "hip" songs to pop culture

*** – Wonderful instrumental by the Peter-Green led, blues-based version of Fleetwood Mac

**** – I enjoy Blackbird more but bud decided to use this less-common George Harrison-penned song off Magical Mystery Tour named for a street in Hollywood

***** – Joe Clay was a Louisiana rockabilly artist. When he appeared on Ed Sullivan in 1956, Sullivan had him play a version of the Platters Only You instead of this energetic song

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  • D-Money

    Great list! Could’ve used a bit of world flavor with Bob Marley and the Wailers’ “Three Little Birds.” Just my two cents.

  • Susan, glad you enjoyed it. I hope to include a new playlist each week, so keep checking in.