okay...I know the topic sounds a little lame. But, I was thinking how everybody from every culture has what they term 'comfort food.' The generally accepted one in the U.S. is chicken soup. But, what about music? Don't we devour our music like it's food? So, just thought it might be interesting to ask what three albums or songs do you go to for comfort on these cold winter nights? Whose music makes you warm and makes the stress of life a little easier?
I turn to Jackson Browne's "Late for the Sky". I went through a couple years of semi deep depression and this was the record I listened to to both sink deeper into the spiral down or if I wanted to lift myself out of it for a bit.
Another vote for " Grievous Angel". Also Kiln House by Fleetwood Mac, and The Grease Band's 1st album.
I completely forgot Carrie Newcomer. IMO, she's one of the finest American songwriters out there right now......This song is one I go to again and again for it's comfort value and it's just plain old loveliness. Only discovered her in the last five years. Have since interviewed her several times. Its easy to listen to her and dismiss her as another Mary Chapin Carpenter(the two are friends). But, give her a listen. She writes with a rare and timeless depth.
Three go-to songs today. Who knows what tomorrow will bring? The Kinks...
Jules Shears with Roseanne Cash
Moby Grape, from the first album:
This will be my last comment for the morning as Christmas shopping awaits. This song from Steve Earle is the one I go to when I can't get to a meeting, need a reminder of the reasons why I chose sobriety, and to acknowledge all those still out there suffering from the pain and turmoil of addiction. Tis the season, and be safe.
Good one, Ed. It reminds me to order my ticket for Daddy Earle at Belly Up in January. With all of the missing persons this year, I might just plant myself in a marathon meeting place, if there's one at the Tri-Angle Club nearby.
James Taylor since 1971 for me. Not much to add to that...
Elton John, The Beach Boys late 60's/early 70's material(Pet Sounds to Holland), Love's Forever Changes, Fairport Convention, The Band
Hope you got the Beach Boys album this year Christopher , it's a superb album , their best since the mid 70's.
PS Beach Boys Love You from 76 is good as well !
The American version of the Beatles' RUBBER SOUL had a few less songs and some different ones and so that album is embedded in my consciousness in that version. Although the U.K. version is still great it isn't quite the same record that I knew growing up and until it got released on CD. So I need that version my mind envisions to get the same comforting affect.