“She is all that I have left and music is her name.”

The thread title is from “the Southern Cross,” by Crosby, Stills and Nash, written by Stephen Stills. Personally, it is my favorite CS & N song. The full verse:

“So I’m sailing for tomorrow, my dreams are a dyin’.
And my love is an anchor tied to you, tied with a silver chain.
I have my ship and all her flags are a flyin’
She is all that I have left and music is her name.”

God blessed me with an enormous appreciation for music and then cursed me with absolutely zero musical talent. Zip! Nada! Zilch!

(I love the thread photo – old geezers, like me, still kickin’ it!)

One of the things I will miss most about Steven is interacting with him and others about musical favorites. Our friend had some unusual (perhaps) tastes in music. He loved the obscure, little known and unusual, along with the better known artists. He and I shared a mutual love of all things Dylan. My love of Bob Dylan went a little further – I named my son after him.

In keeping with my intent to stay non-political for a few threads, in remembering Steven, this post is all about music, one of the things most dear to our friend.

So, share your thoughts – music is the thread – what’s playing in your head?

William Stephenson Clark


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62 responses to ““She is all that I have left and music is her name.”

  1. WSClark

    When it’s getting late and should be headed for bed, I like to visit YouTube and just plug in some old song title that I haven’t heard for years and years. That usually leads to others of a similar genre. Sometimes it makes for a long night.

    Recent finds:

    “One Tin Soldier” – Coven
    “Time” (has come today) – Chambers Brothers
    “I Need You” – the Rationals (Detroit area band 60’s)
    “Take Me In Your Arms” – Kim Weston
    “Get Together” – the Youngbloods

  2. indypendent

    I find myself resenting some of these remakes of the old songs from my growing up years. Does anyone else feel that way?

    But I don’t like the movie remakes either. I know they are trying to put a modern spin on things and make more money, but sometimes the original just needs to be left alone.

    • WSClark

      Agreed. It is rare when a “remake” is better than the original, but that seems to be a trend lately. The era of the singer-songwriter seems to be coming to a close.

    • wicked

      I can only think of one remake of a movie that I liked. A Star is Born with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristopherson. I’d seen the old Judy Garland version (version 2, by the way) when I was young and wasn’t impressed.

      Remakes rarely live up to originals, and that includes both movies and music.

  3. indypendent

    There are certain songs that invoke special memories. Like the song ‘Wipeout’ always makes me cry because that was my brother’s solo song when he had his band in the late 60’s and early 70’s. My brother played a mean set of drums and he always loved doing that song. My brother passed away a few years ago.

    My grandpa loved Bluegrass music. My grandma (who is soon to be 97yrs old) has requested a certain song to be played at her funeral in memory of my grandpa (he died in 1971).

    The title is ‘When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again’. I had never heard it before, so we went to YouTube to search for it.

    I never knew this song was as popular as it was. There were several artists that recorded it – even Elvis Presley.

    That is what is so great about YouTube – one can usually find whatever they are looking for there with one click.

  4. Listening to yet another college radio station by internet stream (what caught my attention was the DJ doing his commentary in Latin), I understood that “Piece of My Heart” was up next. Settling in for a bit of Janis, I was greeted by a cover by Betty LaVette. Sigh.

    WSC, I like “Southern Cross” a lot; next to “Suite, Judy Blue Eyes”, my favorite CSN song.

  5. wicked

    I love CSN. My fave? Teach Your Children, and it ties with 6176’s and Just a Song Befor I Go. Next is Will’s. Sometimes it’s hard to pick a favorite.

    So many good songs from the 60s and early 70s. Dylan’s music is timeless. Not so much his singing, but that’s okay.

    For those who’ve seen Hope Floats or have heard Garth Brooks’s rendition of Dylan’s To Make You Feel My Love, I have an even better one.

    Those commenting agree with me. 🙂

    • WSClark

      Great song, Wicked. I thing I really love about this type of forum is that you can learn all sorts of new things from friends and fellow bloggers.

      I had never even heard of Mick McAuley or Winifred Horan. Now I have a new avenue!

      Thanks, Wicked!

  6. WSClark

    I should mention that I absolutely love Irish folk music, especially the Chieftains. Great stuff, done in a traditional manner.

    Two of my favorite CD’s are “Celtic Heart,” with Van Morrison and “Long Black Veil” with various artists including Mick and the Stones, Ry Cooder, Mark Knofler and Sinéad O’Connor, among others.

    • wicked

      Glad you liked it, Will. They don’t always work together. I don’t know how I stumbled upon it on Amazon, but I don’t recall looking for that particular song. I think I was looking for Celtic music, found that one and decided it was perfectly done.

      I’ve gotten into the habit of listening more to movie soundtracks and watching the credits at the end. Where movies were filmed, too. But that’s a different subject. 🙂

      • wicked

        I should add that my youngest insists that we leave the theater as soon as the credits start to roll. I keep telling her that there’s a lot to learn in credits…and sometimes there’s even more to the ending. Pirates of the Caribbean 3, for instance, not to mention so many that include outtakes.

    • I have a great CD done by Celtic Thunder that I never tire of listening to! Beautiful group of men with beautiful voices who make good music together!

      Here’s the youngest member of the group — a heart throb for young ladies and oh so sweet for old women like me. 🙂

      • wicked

        What a cutie!

        The really sad thing is, I remember the original. Sonny James? I’ll have to check in my REALLY oldies but goodies. LOL

    • Another of my favorites from Celtic Thunder

  7. tosmarttobegop

    Ah music, my wife always knew I was in the mood to want to think things through when I went off by myself. The lights went off and I put on Jim Croce or Don McLean such thoughtful songs it help to reason out what was troubling me.

    Writing? Well that is Queen powerful and imaginary.

    Otherwise often it is country that brings out life and its mixed bag of problems and loves.

    One time I stumbled onto a site with music of the seventies and drifted back to when life was more an adventure then a struggle. Took me back and made me wonder when I quit adventuring and started the “mature road”?

    • wicked

      I raised my kids on that music. And 60s tunes. They try to deny that they’ve ever listened to it, but that’s hard to do when you know all the words. 😉

  8. WSClark

    “Took me back and made me wonder when I quit adventuring and started the “mature road”?”

    On word: Kids.

    Now that mine are all adults, I am back on the “adventure road!”

  9. tosmarttobegop

    These are soul music to me.

  10. tosmarttobegop

    I would like to dedicate this one to all my friends here, for every time you have tried to interject logic and reason into the topics. For how you strive to bring reality and sanity to the issues and yet get ignored or ridiculed for doing it.

    Yet you have not given up, enjoy

    • Thank you! I couldn’t give up this blog — it would mean not being in contact with all you nice people! Not gonna happen. 🙂

  11. WSClark

    When I am in a bad mood – yeah, it happens – I like to listen to really old stuff, early Beatles, Stones, Motown, the Who, etc. It’s comforting, like cold meatloaf sandwiches.

    It is only when I am in a good mood that I listen to newer stuff, but I like to be able to concentrate on the music. I used to host CD’s parties at my house. I would ask a bunch of folks over on the release date, run out and buy a first copy, then we’d sit around listen and opin on what we heard.

    I used to have over 500 CD’s and a killer sound system, but they were stolen and I never replaced either.

    There was a point when I realized that I had nearly 50 CD’s that I hadn’t listened to all the way through, and some that I hadn’t even removed the plastic wrap.

    I forced myself to listen to all of them before I could buy any new CD’s.

  12. WSClark

    Jimi Hendrix, March 1967, in Belgium. Notice the obvious lip sync – no amps or speakers, no mics and Jimi, who hated lip syncing is apparently messing it up on purpose.

    Saw Jimi play in 1969, Detroit, he was good, but in retrospect, you could see that life was getting the better of him.

    RIP, Jimi. And give a few guitar lessons to Steven.

  13. WSClark

    Alright. I used to know how to pull the whole clip over from You-Tube and not just the link.

    I used to know, but I’m getting old and forgetful and lazy.

    One of you whiz bang youngsters remind me how to do it.

    • Here as a comment you only need capture the link in the browser to bring it here. If you are starting a thread and including a YouTube you have to capture the embedded link.

    • Well, that’s what I thought, but what do I know — next to nothing! I grabbed the embedded link from your YouTube post and it worked. I took great liberty in editing your post! I can UNedit it if you want me to!

      • WSClark

        Thanks, Fnord. That’s a lot better!

        Hey, what a goofy clip – the film editors did that flash from one camera angle to the other in an effort to look hip!

        And dig the “skinny” jeans Jimi is wearing!

    • Although I do like being a whiz bang youngster.

  14. badbiker

    Apparently, YouTube doesn’t like me copying their HTML………………… So, links only………………….

    In my not so humble opinion, this is the greatest song of all time.

    John Lennon – “Imagine” – 1971.

    • wicked

      All I want is one more trip to NYC so I can go to Strawberry Fields in Central Park and see the Imagine Circle.

    • Dreams make life more pleasant. We’re grounded and not expecting all our dreams to come true, but we don’t have to let go of them.

  15. badbiker

    Followed by this one…………..

  16. badbiker

    And then this one………….

  17. badbiker

    Oh, Hell, I have no freakin’ idea………………………………

  18. badbiker

    And then this one……………….

    Some say this song is really about heroin, since “my girl” is street slang for the drug, but Smokey co-wrote this number and I believe it is just what it seems to be – the best love song of all time.

  19. Some of the YouTubes are protected and can’t be copied — you’ve got great taste!

    I loved this comment on the “My Girl” video —

    ” Everytime I hear this song I feel like I’m 15 again & in love for the very 1st time.”

    Me too! And I’m sure it’s a great love song no matter what rumors abound!

  20. badbiker

    But, maybe this one deserves mention…………

  21. badbiker

    And who could forget………….

    Don’t know why I couldn’t pull the full clip. Must be bad fingers.

  22. badbiker

    And then, live at the Concert for Bangladesh, with Eric Clapton on lead guitar, just as he played on the White Album recording.

  23. badbiker

    And who could forget?

  24. prairie pond

    This is how Steven made me feel every time we talked. Back atya dude.

  25. prairie pond

    Possibly my favorite John Prine song. This and the next one are tied.

  26. badbiker

    I love this version of this song.

    • prairie pond

      Biker, Wicked, Fnord, anyone else who like Celtic music, you should know the Cheiftans play here every year at our Celtic festival known as “th’ gatherin'” They also have other Celtic musicians every year, but I cant think of their names! You all would know them. Too bad, it’s over for this year. It’s the first weekend of May. They call it the Festival of Beltane, featuring the running of the fiery cross and dancing among the fires at night.

      Next year?

  27. prairie pond

    Cool, biker, I’d love to have you. It’s more fun than a barrel of Celtic monkeys! Uh, well, you know what I mean…

  28. prairie pond

    I promise, last one. I could post JP all night. I know how much Steven liked to fish, and I dont think I’ll hear this without thinking of him.

  29. Freebird1971

    Here is one of my favorite,although not very well known tunes from my favorite singer,songwriter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScYk-cyQ4CE

  30. Hi Freebird! Welcome to PPPs.

    Music really is the common denominator, isn’t it? Who can argue over someone’s choice of music? Suppose we’ll get to the point where we can respect choices in other areas? It’s worth hoping for and working toward!

  31. Freebird1971

    The only thing that someone can’t take from you is hope,you have to give that up on your own. Thanks for the welcome,a good friend told me I might like this place,and he was right. I never knew Steven but from what I have gathered he was not only well like but well respected. My sympathies to his friends and family.

    • I miss his wise counsel. Thank you for your expressions of sympathies, there are some of us who hurt with the missing of him.