Friday, April 22, 2011
Five on Friday - Another Five Degrees of Musical Progression
Travis, our host for Five on Friday, had suggested that for this Friday we all take another run at the fun twist he developed to his meme called Five Degrees of Musical Progression with yet another twist thrown in as he gave us all the first song to start off with - Gordon Lightfoot's Sundown. So where did this one take me? Glad you asked!
I pretty much love everything Gordon Lightfoot who has also written a lot of music that other artists have recorded including Marty Robbins who was one of my Dad's favorite country and western singers. Of course, I can't think of Marty Robbins without thinking of his 1959 hit and signature song El Paso which my former dispatch partner Cyndi and I used to sing on slow nights in the Stockton PD dispatch center!
Cyndi and I weren't the only ones who liked El Paso has it became one of the favorite songs of the Grateful Dead who began covering it in 1969 long before Cyndi and I were ever warbling it in dispatch! The song became the band's "most requested number" and they performed it a total of 386 times. When I think of the Grateful Dead I don't think of El Paso though, I think of Cherry Garcia ice cream by Ben & Jerry's and the song Truckin'.
Truckin' was written by Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh along with lyricist Robert Hunter who co-wrote all but one of the songs on Bob Dylan's 2009 album Together Through Life which included the song Beyond Here Lies Nothin' which was nominated at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance, Solo. Beyond Here Lies Nothin' is also the title of the 12th and final episode of the second season of HBO's True Blood.
True Blood brings me to song number five - Bad Things by country singer Jace Everett which is the opening theme song for HBO's popular show set in the fictional town of Bon Temp, Louisiana and based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, a New York Times bestselling author who has been writing mysteries for over twenty years.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how we go from a folk-rock legend from Canada to a popular TV series in America in just five easy steps!
Don't forget to stop by Trav's Thoughts and check out some of the Five Degrees of Musical Progression!