“Song for the Asking.”

Songs in general seem to fall into the time frame of 3 to 4 minutes each, but then a really interesting 10 minute one gets my attention (Ultravox – “Dancing with Tears in My Eyes”), and there are a number slightly under 10 minutes that I really like (Al Stewart – “Nostradamus”). Of course we can’t forget the 26 minute “Tubular Bells” of Mike Oldfield, any more than a host of classical pieces which exceed the 3 to 4 minute average. As a general rule, I prefer the longer songs/pieces because it gives me something to “get into”, and the more I “get into it” … the more I tend to get out of it!

Having said all that, there are also number of really short songs that I often play. I love Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bookends” at 1:21 and Gordon Giltrap’s “Candlelight Lady” at 1:32 for example. Below is a link to another one at a mere 1:50.


Quite a while ago now, I posted a link to a Buffy Sainte-Marie song, and not only was it well received (as it should be), but I also received a thank you from her … for loving her songs. She has had a remarkable musical career, and I have been a fan from way back in England in the mid-1960s. Continue reading


Hunter Muskett was a group that I saw live at our local Folk Club in the late 1960s/early 1970s, and subsequently bought their “Every Time You Move” album … on which “Snow” is the last track. The attraction of their sound was mainly being totally acoustic at a time when the electric guitar was being explored by the likes of Jimi Hendrix. Continue reading