Friday, March 30, 2012

Sad Songs Blogfest: Places I Remember


       L. Diane Wolfe from Spunk on a Stick is hosting the Sad Songs Blogfest which is exactly what the title says it is.   I've already entered A Faraway View and A Few Words since I'm such a sucker for any music blogfest.

       Then as I was preparing my final A to Z posts for Wrote By Rote, I started thinking Sad Songs again. Wrote By Rote is my memoir blog which normally only publishes on Saturdays.  My theme for the A to Z Challenge will be concerning the places that have special meaning to me in my life.  Since there are so many Sad Songs about places, they began coming to mind as I was thinking about my A to Z posts.

         Here are my Sad Memoir Songs:

In My Life   -- This Beatles song could serve as an appropriate song for any memoir blog.

By the Time I Get to Phoenix --  Glen Campbell had a hit with this great song by Jimmy Webb.  It's all about places and lost love.  Makes you want to just sob and wail.

Hickory Grove -- There's a Hickory Grove in Tennessee.  I don't know if that's the place that Dan Fogelberg is talking about in this song, but it brings a lot of wistful memories back to me when I listen to it.

Massachusetts -- The BeeGees sang this sad song before their disco days.

Amarillo By Morning -- The life of a rodeo cowboy ain't all that glamorous according to this song by George Strait.   That mournful lonesome fiddle really gets to me.

Kentucky Rain -- This is the hit version by Elvis.  A song about traveling looking for lost love.  A road memoir.

           Hope you enjoyed these picks and I hope you'll join me on my A to Z travels.  There won't be any music, but lot's of stories.

           For more Sad Songs go to Spunk on a Stick for the list.   Thanks Diane for hosting.

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welcome to my world of poetry said...

Great songs Lee, I have a few of those on my A to Z.


Retro-Zombie said...

Lennon and Elvis... great choices.

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vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

HA! i don't know any of these, except for the version of AMARILLO BY MORNING that my hubby breaks into at random times... i love it when he just starts belting out in song! :)

Ron Easton for Dads UnLimited said...

A great list, whith more I dont' recognize by name.
By the way, you asked, I'm telling you...I have the Adam Again version of Ain't No Sunshine and defintely top two versions for me too.

Anna Smith said...

You have a blogging addiction don't you! Blogger isn't allowing me to comment on Tossing It Out, got to love them sometime haven't you! Loved your selections though. Here goes lets see if they'll let me comment...

Arlee Bird said...

Yvonne -- I wouldn't include any song that I didn't think of as great.

Jeremy - Two legends that needed to be included somewhere.

vic-- Wait a minute! Not familiar with the Beatles and Elvis songs? You haven't heard "By the Time I Get to Phoenix". You've been missing some great music.

Ron - "In My Life" is one of my favorite songs by the Beatles. My oldest daughter used it for her wedding.

Anna -- There was a couple hour glitch on Blogger that I guess they got fixed.


L. Diane Wolfe said...

Arlee, how many blogs do you run?

I've been through Amarillo many times on my numerous cross-country treks.

Dean Bryant Johnson said...

Great list of music there, Arlee. I've never been to Amarillo, but that song is tops! Nice choices!

Tamara Narayan said...

Was the Lennon song used for the opening of a TV show? My brain's not functioning, so I may be making this up.

Gossip_Grl said...

Nice song choices.

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

That's a great video with John Lennon and the Beatles. It makes the song even sadder. I'd also choose "All the Lonely People" and "Tears in Heaven" by Eric Clapton.

Stephen T. McCarthy said...

Two thumbs up for 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix'. Great, great choice!

God knows that two other Glen Campbell songs I could have very easily included on my list are 'Gentle On My Mind' and 'Wichita Lineman'.

Good stuffs, McBuddy!

~ D-FensDogg
'Loyal American Underground'

J.L. Campbell said...

Don't know many of these, but the mention of places brings Glen Campbell's Country Road to mind.

~Sia McKye~ said...

Love Glen Campbell. YOu hit on several favorite songs, including Amarillo By Moring. Just love how it sounds.


M Pax said...

I like how your selections seemed to have a theme about places. I love that song, In My Life. Great song. Great songs you picked.

Arlee Bird said...

Diane --- I have 4 blogs plus the communal A to Z Blog.

Dean -- "Amarillo" is a country wailer for sure.

Tamara -- I don't recall it used in a TV show but it could have.

Gossip- Thanks!

Mary -- Yes, I thought the Lennon tribute video was very well done.

StMc -- "Wichita Lineman" was running through my head (I actually like that song better) but the travel theme of "Phoenix" fit my theme better.

JL -- "Country Roads" is a classic most famously done by John Denver, but Glen did it nice as well and he had a hit with a song called "Country Boy"

Sia -- I used to enjoy watching Campbell's TV show on Sunday nights.

MPAX-- This place theme is my theme for the A to Z on this blog.


RCB said...

I love that Elvis song, I really do.

Jennie Bailey said...

Love In My Life!! Great choice!

Mahendran jaganathan said...

sad Songs are very cool and heart touching songs