We have been instructed by Jen Kehl over at “Twisted MixTape Tuesday” to go ahead and post our favorite MixTape from this past year. As I only began participating in this exercise a few weeks ago, I don’t have much to harken back to. So, I’m going to break all the rules and use this week as a “wild card” of sorts.
We used to play the “song game” many years ago (warning: do NOT play this game with my brother-in-law — he WILL kick your ass!). A theme was chosen and the players had to come up with a song that fit the theme. Obviously, some were more difficult than others. My favorite, by far, was “Songs About Women”. (We limited this to song titles with women’s names in them. Otherwise, arguments for far too many songs could be made!)
While there are hundreds of songs that fit this category, these are some of my favorites:
MELISSA, The Allman Brothers Band
I’m not the biggest Allman Brothers fan, but DAMN! this is a great song!
ROSIE, Jackson Browne
Sorry, guys — the singer ALWAYS gets the girl!
PEGGY SUE, Buddy Holly
This song requires no introduction. It’s a classic.
LAYLA, Derek and the Dominoes
Clapton. Guitar solo. Enough said.
I just love this song. As an added bonus, it probably qualifies as the very first “power ballad”.
NOTES ON THE MUSIC:
MELISSA, The Allman Brothers Band, from the album “Eat a Peach” (1972), words and music by Gregg Allmann
ROSIE, Jackson Browne, from the album “Running on Empty” (1977), composed by Donald Miller and Jackson Browne
PEGGY SUE, Buddy Holly, first released as a single in 1957, later released on the album “Buddy Holly” (1958), composed by Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, and Norman Petty
LAYLA, Derek and the Dominoes, from the album “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs” (1970), composed by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon
BETH, Kiss, from the album “Destroyer” (1976), composed by Peter Criss, Bob Ezrin, and Stan Penridge
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