A suggested playlist for lovers of the obscure

A suggested playlist for lovers of the obscure

Filled with the ever effervescent

ephemerally new.

Filled with the basic bubbling

beating beat for you.

Filled with today’s latest

sent by radio’s crew,

the airwaves deliver

and music arrives.

You know, don’t you?

You know as I do,

just as every dog

will have his day,

every old song,

every obscure tune,

every long lost lyric,

all deserve,

at the very least,

one more turn,

one more play,

one more spin,

one more time


the airwaves.

Let’s play the music library game,

not chosen by us

but randomly thrown up

we have …


Lost himself when young

then lost when young himself,

Gram Parsons walks “The Streets of Baltimore”

looking for the lover

who prefers bright lights.

Hoping always

she will choose him again,

just one more night.


By Derek and the Dominoes

a beautiful young lady is celebrated

in song.

“Layla” soars in solos

of glorious guitar.

Once before

I paid homage to her,

now I need say no more.


From Dublin of The Dubliners

In song comes “Finnegan’s Wake,”

a re-telling of an old tale.

With vim and vigour,

like piss and vinegar,

they sing of the man who comes to life.

Amid the music and the strife,

He drinks a toast to his own demise.


Perry Como knows that “Papa loves Mambo.”

I love the braying brass,

the infectious beat,

a sinuously sensuous swing

across a light sparkled

dance floor.

Driven by an infectious beat,

triumphant trumpets soar.


Young Laura Marlowe

sings “Your’ Only Doll Dora,”

opening with birds singing

over pitch perfect picked

guitar, guiding the voice

of a real woman.

Unaided by trickery or technology,

the music and the musician reign supreme.

There you have it,

Five songs,

Five singers,

brought to life again,

while I write,

while you read.

With that

I have no more to say,


my friend,

we choose the music,

now go play.

Author: connellykevin

Writer, poet and photographer. Lover of all musical genres, from acoustic to zydeco. Born in Ireland of Scottish descent and proud of both. "I sought a theme and sought for it in vain, I sought it daily for six weeks or so" WB YEATS Many of the themes here presented and to be presented have taken me a lifetime rather than six weeks. Some have taken mere moments to arrive. All are offered freely and it is my hope that you, dear reader, will gain something by browsing here and that I in turn will gain something by presenting these works to you.

16 thoughts on “A suggested playlist for lovers of the obscure”

  1. With vim and vigour,

    like piss and vinegar,

    they sing of the man who comes to life.

    Amid the music and the strife,

    He drinks a toast to his own demise.

    I especially liked that part… loved how each one brought life into a form of music… very creative…

    1. Thank you very much, certainly appreciate that, I wasn’t always too sure about this poem but the prompt seemed to allow for it to be presented, glad now I did!

  2. ha. we do choose the music…would be pretty cool to put together a playlist of all of our favs…i bet it would be ecclectic..to say the least…i know more than half yours…was nice to revisit gram…and i know layla from the clapton version…i could listen to the singer from the dubliners for a while…ha…nice….

  3. DARN.. i guess maybe it’s a Mac thing..but my computer won’t let me get the embedded music..but that’s ok..there always you tube and search..and anyway..the songs for the most are STILL playing in my head!

    I can so relate to this..and personally sometimes it’s like i feel a whole new UNIverse in one song only..that inspires me to even greater heights than and then! i know before…

    And yes i do think..that musicK yes..the K for Magick2! can bring about DMT..the natural kind..without manmade drink or drug..just a song and a dance..

    hmm..letting it all GO..to FLOW!2!


    Done as wildly TOGETHER AS OUR so called ‘primitive’ ancestors!NOW!

  4. Eddie Fisher, OH, MY PAPA–Peggy Lee FEVER–Johnny Ray THE LITTLE CLOUD THAT CRIED–Rosemary Clooney COME ON TO MY HOUSE–Dean Martin THAT’S AMORE—All before Elvis got all shook up, & we found out about Robert Johnson at the Crossroads–Oh baby, oh man, you stirred up the hallucinatory pot; thanks.

  5. Music…I feed on it at times…let it revive youth when age stares at all it says I can’t do…love your playlist. And so it was that later
    As the Miller told his tale
    That her face, at first just ghostly
    Turned a whiter shade of pale…..Procal Harum

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