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.

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