Joan Baez, la dernière feuille de l’arbre

Joan Baez revient avec un album et une “tournée d’adieu” (même si elle reconnaît qu’elle ne sera pas capable de résister à des concerts ponctuels par-ci, par-là*. Du coup, les médias français sont revenus ces dernières semaines assez largement sur la vie et la carrière d’une icône musicale et politique dont l’engagement n’a jamais faibli.

1) A l’aise Joan Baez !

Au micro d’Augustin Trapenard sur France Inter, Baez se livre à une demi-heure d’interview lors de laquelle elle revient sur ses engagements, son image et la situation politique actuelle aux États-Unis et en dehors. En prime, une interprétation magnifique (comme d’habitude) d’une chanson de Tom Waits que l’ont croirait écrite pour elle.

2) Joan Baez, une voix pour éclairer la nuit.

Toujours sur France Inter, un long podcast de d’une cinquantaine de minutes pour découvrir la carrière de Baez, ses influences (Dylan, mais aussi Phil Ochs, moins connu en France), avec une jolie mention à sa sœur Mimi, elle aussi très engagée dans les luttes sociales. Notez la très belle synesthésie du titre du podcast, par laquelle la voix se fait lumière pour chasser les ténèbres du monde contemporain…

3) Avec Joan Baez, la thérapie de l’utopie.

En 1971 déjà, Baez chantait à la fête de l’Huma. Il est donc tout naturel que le journal consacre un article à celle qui aura incarné en musique les luttes progressistes (égalité des droits, mouvement pacifiste, écologie) de ce dernier demi-siècle (même si cette dernière à toujours refusé les étiquettes partisanes.)

4) “Il faut accepter de prendre des risques”

Une interview pour Ouest France dans laquelle Baez revient écorner l’image de “Vierge Marie de la Folk” dont on l’a affublé, et explique les raisons (vocales) de son passage progressif vers une retraite de la scène.

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*Je vais la voiiiiiiiiiiiiir à Pariiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis ❤ ❤

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30 day song challenge, roots edition-Day 22

Browsing around Facebook, one often finds “challenges” that ask the user to post one thing (book title, song, picture) a day. I stumbled on this one and though it would be fun turn it into a little playlist. I’ll be posting a new song everyday, keep your eyes peeled.

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Day 22: a song that moves you forward.

Every time I listen to the lyrics of this simple and heartfelt song, I can’t help thinking about how lucky I am to have the friends I have and to live the life I live. That in itself is enough to keep me going whenever I feel down.

And it never feels like we’re getting any older
But the memories build up around the eyes
And I need more fingers than I got on my two hands
This life may be too good to survive

 

 

 

Previously:

Day 1: a song you like with a color in the title.

Day 2: a song you like with a number in the title.

Day 3: a song that reminds you of summertime.

Day 4: a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud.

Day 6: a song that makes you want to dance.

Day 7: a song to drive to.

Day 8: a song about drugs or alcohol.

Day 9: a song that makes you happy.

Day 10: a song that makes you sad.

Day 11: a song you never get tired of.

Day 12: a song from your preteen years.

Day 13: a song you like from the 70s.

Day 14: a song you’d like to be played at your wedding.

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover from another artist.

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite.

Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke.

Day 18: a song from the year you were born.

Day 19: a song that makes you think about life.

Day 20: a song that has many meanings to you.

Day 21: a song with someone’s name in the title.

30 day song challenge, roots edition-Day 21

Browsing around Facebook, one often finds “challenges” that ask the user to post one thing (book title, song, picture) a day. I stumbled on this one and though it would be fun turn it into a little playlist. I’ll be posting a new song everyday, keep your eyes peeled.

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Day 21: a song with a person’s name in the title.

Pretty sure you were expecting Jolene, huh? Well, not this time. The Ballad of Billy Joe is one of the most intriguing song ever written, drawing on blues music and Southern Gothic literature, and carried by the gorgeous voice of Bobbie Gentry. Equally intriguing is Gentry’s sudden and total disappearance from any type of media in search of peace and anonymity when she decided to end her career in the 80s.

 

 

Previously:

Day 1: a song you like with a color in the title.

Day 2: a song you like with a number in the title.

Day 3: a song that reminds you of summertime.

Day 4: a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud.

Day 6: a song that makes you want to dance.

Day 7: a song to drive to.

Day 8: a song about drugs or alcohol.

Day 9: a song that makes you happy.

Day 10: a song that makes you sad.

Day 11: a song you never get tired of.

Day 12: a song from your preteen years.

Day 13: a song you like from the 70s.

Day 14: a song you’d like to be played at your wedding.

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover from another artist.

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite.

Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke.

Day 18: a song from the year you were born.

Day 19: a song that makes you think about life.

Day 20: a song that has many meanings to you.

30 day song challenge, roots edition-Day 20

Browsing around Facebook, one often finds “challenges” that ask the user to post one thing (book title, song, picture) a day. I stumbled on this one and though it would be fun turn it into a little playlist. I’ll be posting a new song everyday, keep your eyes peeled.

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Day 20: a song that has many meanings to you.

I’m note sure this is actually a song that has many meanings to me, it’s more a song that is so full of meaning while and the meaning of which, at the same time, constantly escapes me. There is a hint of transcendentalism in Tift Merritt’s Stitch of the World. Or maybe, with its intent on rejecting philosophy to focus on individual experience, something more Dickinsonian, which would explain why I love this song so much.

This World is not Conclusion.
A Species stands beyond-
Invisible, as Music-
But positive, as Sound-
It beckons, and it baffles-

-Emily Dickinson, c. 1862

Previously:

Day 1: a song you like with a color in the title.

Day 2: a song you like with a number in the title.

Day 3: a song that reminds you of summertime.

Day 4: a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud.

Day 6: a song that makes you want to dance.

Day 7: a song to drive to.

Day 8: a song about drugs or alcohol.

Day 9: a song that makes you happy.

Day 10: a song that makes you sad.

Day 11: a song you never get tired of.

Day 12: a song from your preteen years.

Day 13: a song you like from the 70s.

Day 14: a song you’d like to be played at your wedding.

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover from another artist.

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite.

Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke.

Day 18: a song from the year you were born.

Day 19: a song that makes you think about life.

30 day song challenge, roots edition-Day 19

Browsing around Facebook, one often finds “challenges” that ask the user to post one thing (book title, song, picture) a day. I stumbled on this one and though it would be fun turn it into a little playlist. I’ll be posting a new song everyday, keep your eyes peeled.

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Day 19: a song that makes you think about life.

Since I already post Emmylou Harris’ Red Dirt Girl on day 10, I’ll go with Angel From Montgomery. The song written by John Prine (see yesterday’s post) is brought to life by Bonnie Raitt who, in spite of her youth then, perfectly voiced the sorrows and disillusions of a woman who contemplates her wasted life.

How do we know what we want in life? How can we make sure our choices are the right choices? These are some of the question that this song evoke in me…

 

Previously:

Day 1: a song you like with a color in the title.

Day 2: a song you like with a number in the title.

Day 3: a song that reminds you of summertime.

Day 4: a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud.

Day 6: a song that makes you want to dance.

Day 7: a song to drive to.

Day 8: a song about drugs or alcohol.

Day 9: a song that makes you happy.

Day 10: a song that makes you sad.

Day 11: a song you never get tired of.

Day 12: a song from your preteen years.

Day 13: a song you like from the 70s.

Day 14: a song you’d like to be played at your wedding.

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover from another artist.

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite.

Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke.

Day 18: a song from the year you were born.

30 day song challenge, roots edition-Day 18

Browsing around Facebook, one often finds “challenges” that ask the user to post one thing (book title, song, picture) a day. I stumbled on this one and though it would be fun turn it into a little playlist. I’ll be posting a new song everyday, keep your eyes peeled.

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Day 18: a song from the year you were born.

 

1986, John Prine releases German Afternoon, on which one finds his famous Speed of Sound of Loneliness. In 2018, at a glorious 71 years old and after fighting lung cancer in the early 2010s, he still delivers a poignant version of his classic.

Also worth listening are Nanci Griffith’s cover , and Amos Lee‘s.

Previously:

Day 1: a song you like with a color in the title.

Day 2: a song you like with a number in the title.

Day 3: a song that reminds you of summertime.

Day 4: a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud.

Day 6: a song that makes you want to dance.

Day 7: a song to drive to.

Day 8: a song about drugs or alcohol.

Day 9: a song that makes you happy.

Day 10: a song that makes you sad.

Day 11: a song you never get tired of.

Day 12: a song from your preteen years.

Day 13: a song you like from the 70s.

Day 14: a song you’d like to be played at your wedding.

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover from another artist.

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite.

Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke.

30 day song challenge, roots edition-Day 17

Browsing around Facebook, one often finds “challenges” that ask the user to post one thing (book title, song, picture) a day. I stumbled on this one and though it would be fun turn it into a little playlist. I’ll be posting a new song everyday, keep your eyes peeled.

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Day 17: a song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke

Herm, i don’t do karaoke, I do jams, ‘kay? 😀

Anyway, this one is perhaps one of my favorite duet. Who doesn’t love a good old cowboy songs. Not sure I or anyone would be able to recreate these two idiosyncratic voices, though. They’re such a delight to hear, I just wish they’d harmonize at some point…

 

 

 

Previously:

Day 1: a song you like with a color in the title.

Day 2: a song you like with a number in the title.

Day 3: a song that reminds you of summertime.

Day 4: a song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.

Day 5: a song that needs to be played loud.

Day 6: a song that makes you want to dance.

Day 7: a song to drive to.

Day 8: a song about drugs or alcohol.

Day 9: a song that makes you happy.

Day 10: a song that makes you sad.

Day 11: a song you never get tired of.

Day 12: a song from your preteen years.

Day 13: a song you like from the 70s.

Day 14: a song you’d like to be played at your wedding.

Day 15: a song you like that’s a cover from another artist.

Day 16: a song that’s a classic favorite.