Tuesday, February 24, 2009


I was just over visiting my friend Kat at her musical Keep The Coffee Coming blog. One of the songs she's recently featured is Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue." Now, that's a good one, to be sure, and I stopped and had a listen at the MP3 she posted. For some inexplicable cosmic reason, a number of my favorite oldies mention the color blue. The one I wanted to hear next was this one, so after leaving Kat's place, I made a beeline to YouTube to see if they had it. And they didn't let me down!

When I was in high school, I taught myself the finger alphabet that deaf people use, just because I thought it was really cool. I can't actually sign the gestures, however. If I wanted to speak with a deaf person, I would have to laboriously (and excruciatingly slowly for them, I'm sure) spell out every word. But when I have this one on in the Tamale, and am tooling down the road, I sometimes take the wheel in one hand and spell the letters out as the boys sing them. If I ever get in an accident doing that, it's going to be a very strange explanation. No, office, I wasn't eating or drinking or texting or talking on my cell...

Here is a no doubt incomplete list of other "blue songs" I like:
Tangled Up In Blue (Dylan) Blue Bayou (Orbison/Ronstadt) Blue Moon (The Marcels) Blue Angel (Orbison) Bell Bottom Blues (Derek and the Dominoes) Devil in a Blue Dress (Mitch Ryder) Behind Blue Eyes (The Who) Summertime Blues (Eddie Cochrane) Blue Kentucky Girl (Emmylou Harris)

Video from YT member billylee1949
Photo from www.zebramatts.com


Avid Reader said...

i love bob d. and roy o.

Anonymous said...

I was surfing in internet and I decided to take a look at your blog! :) (I love it)
And guess what? I want to give my contribution linking you to this (old) italian song that has the color "blue" in it!
I hope you like it!

Ma il cielo è sempre più blu (But The Sky Is Always Bluer) -Rino Gaetano


Rino Gaetano was a versatile artist who died under tragical circumstances in 1981 when he was only 30. If you want you can find more info here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rino_Gaetano

In this song Gaetano fundamentally says that it doesn't matter who you are or what you do, because "The sky is always bluer"! i.e. there's something bigger than you that put all the human being to the same level.
If you are interested I think I can translate the lyrics...(with a very BIG effort, I'll say ;) )

Deborah Godin said...

Thanks Cit! We love to get music around here, especially ones we might have missed otherwise!

AphotoAday said...

OOOH, that was good...

Poetikat said...

I love Ronstadt's Blue Bayou. I used to have her greatest hits album and also an album she did called "Canciones de mi Padre" - all her traditional Mexican roots songs.

I wonder where that went?