Mystery Song of the Day: Little Richard

Tutti Frutti is a great mystery that either you get or you don’t.

If you don’t, come back tomorrow, because these lyrics will be mysterious forever. And if you do, get up and dance!

Little Richard performs live, I think at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. (Side note – if you get […]

Canadian Mystery Song of the Day: k.d. lang (Covering Leonard Cohen)

For my last day in Canada (on this trip), how about two great Canadians, k.d. lang (mistress of the lower case) covering Leonard Cohen’s wonderful Hallelujah.

I find it impossible to hear this song without hearing the late Jeff Buckley’s voice, even if it’s Leonard Cohen singing it. Still, this is a fun version (if […]

Canadian Mystery Song of the Day: Alanis Morissette

Here’s who’s not on this list for Canada week. Justin Bieber. Rush. Anne Murray. Paul Anka. Celine Dion. Sorry. Just don’t like their music, and it’s writer’s choice here in M.E. Sequoyah-land.

I’ve included songs by Sarah McLachlin and Gordon Lightfoot in the past month, so I’ll pass on them for now as well.

How […]

Canadian Mystery Song of the Day: Murray McLaughlin

Murray McLaughlin never got the recognition “south of the border” that he received in his (almost) native Canada. (He was born in Scotland but moved to Canada at an early age.)

Child’s Song isn’t his best-known song in Canada, but it got a little obscure-station airplay in the US via Tom Rush’s fabulous cover version. […]

Canadian Mystery Song of the Day: Neil Young

Touching all the big-name Canadian bases, here’s Neil Young.

Mysteries abound with this man – personal, political, musical. So I’ll stay away from all that… because here’s a way to get two Canadians together in one song. (Okay, I’m cheating, but I’m on the road.)

Here he covers – with help from Willie Nelson – […]

Canadian Mystery Song of the Day: Leonard Cohen

Continuing with Canada week, let’s move to Leonard Cohen, one of my favorite artists.

To be honest, which of his songs is not a mystery?

However, here’s one I can solve… and not solve at all. Who by Fire derives almost literally from a critical prayer chanted on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. […]

Canadian Mystery Song of the Day: Joni Mitchell

As long as I’m in Canada for a week, I thought I’d try to find some Canadian artists with various mystery songs.

I’ll start with Joan Anderson, a/k/a Joni Mitchell, about a guy who played For Free.

This song is reputed to be about Moondog, a real New York City character during the 50s, 60s, […]

Mystery Song of the Day: Marc Cohn

I played Levon Helm yesterday. Here’s a great tribute to his influence, by the wonderful storyteller Marc Cohn, about growing up Listening to Levon.

Marc Cohn’s songs are full of subtle mysteries. They sound fully autobiographical, but… put them together and there are details that don’t mesh. In this song not only does he pay […]

Mystery Song of the Day: Levon Helm

Mentioned Levon Helm yesterday. He left us much too soon in the past year.

He did so many great songs with the band… but I had to pick this one, a cover version, because of the refrain:

Everything dies, baby, that’s a fact / But maybe everything that dies someday comes back.

Someday maybe he’ll […]

Mystery Song of the Day (Belated Mardi Gras Edition): Robbie Robertson

We segue out of belated-Mardi-Gras week with Robbie Robertson’s mystery song that sounds like it should be about N’Awlins, Somewhere Down the Crazy River.

Apparently it’s actually about Arkansas and time spent hanging with his bandmate from The Band, the late Levon Helm. Oh, well. Sounds like it should be about the bayou, so here […]