Friday, May 28, 2010

The Presidential Friday Random Ten

The President is here in Chicago, his adopted hometown, this weekend. His helicopter has been flying back and forth over my house all day, accompanied by a an armada of military helicopters. It just flew over a few minutes ago-- I took these pictures from my back yard. I know he ran down to Louisiana to look at the progress (or lack thereof) British Petroleum has had in cleaning up after their mess, and was planning on coming back to Chicago to spend time with his family. I noticed that when Clinton and Bush were president, the helicopter, dubbed "Marine One," flew over here then, too. They must be flying between O'Hare and downtown or Midway Airport.

1. Foreplay/Long Time- Boston
2. My Mistake- The King Bees
3. Darlin' Companion- Johnny Cash and June Carter
4. Strangers In The Night- Frank Sinatra
5. In My Life- Jose Feliciano
6. Gray Goose- Sweet Honey In The Rock
7. Somebody Else's Troubles- Steve Goodman
8. Life Is A Rock- Reunion
9. Sunshine Superman- Husker Du
10. Everybody's Talkin'- Harry Nillsson

1. After avoiding Boston's first album for a couple of decades since it was overplayed when it was new and I was in high school, I've been revisiting it and enjoying it.
2. This song is sort of a new wave version of the Kinks' "Lola."
3. A lovely version of a John Sebastian song from the Live At San Quentin album.
4. It seems like I like Sinatra more and more as I get old, just like scotch.
5. A lovely version of a lovely Beatles song.
6. From the "Vision Shared" record, a benefit for the Smithsonian's "Folkways" record label. It featured great versions of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly songs from artists ranging from Springsteen, U2, Little Richard and of course the gospel group Sweet Honey In The Rock.
7. Goodman played frequently at a Chicago folk club that had the same name as this song.
8. A deejay on WXRT, our local "Prog Rock" station, used to play a snippet of this whenever he played REM's "This Is The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)." The resemblance is a little uncanny.
9. Husker Du's cover of the Donovan classic. They also do a blistering cover of the Byrds' "Eight Miles High."
10. From "Midnight Cowboy."


mi said...

i'm gonna have to check out that beatles' cover because i just can't imagine jose feliciano doing it!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm just glad they weren't throwing frozen turkeys out of those helicopters.

Churlita said...

Some of the members of Sweet Honey and the Rock came here to do a sing-along when my girls were little and it was so cool. I haven't listened to them in forever.