Yoko Ono

Yesterday was Yoko Ono’s birthday, and today is mine. So it seems fitting somehow to end round 2 with this list. Not that I’m a fan of hers or anything, but it does give me a chance to dedicate this to Pete and close with these immortal words:

“People of Earth. How are you?”

Yoko Ono AllMusic page

Yes

Is it OK to admit that the only Yes song I actually like is the vaguely danceable (and much less than 10 minutes long) “Owner of a Lonely Heart”? Probably not. But come on now … “Siberian Khatru”?

Yes AllMusic page

Tim Hardin

60s folk singer Pete Seeger had a song called “If I Had a Hammer.” 60s folk singer Tim Hardin had a song called “If I Were a Carpenter.” Somebody was cheating.

Tim Hardin AllMusic page

Sweet Honey in the Rock

So the thing that most interested me about this guy I met online is that, among the usual suspects (Sarah Vaughan, Chaka Khan), he listed Sweet Honey in the Rock as one of his musical favorites. And the thing that most interested him about me was that I’ve seen SWITR live—twice. Because I live in Oakland, and he is based in Berlin, we of course had our first (and so far, only) date … in Los Angeles, where we randomly ran into each other. Such is the power of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Sweet Honey in the Rock AllMusic page

Steve Reich

Apparently for round 2 I decided I needed to torture myself. First John Cage, then Philip Glass, and now this. Someday my ears might forgive me.

Steve Reich AllMusic page

Squeeze

Squeeze wrote songs that are clever, catchy, and fun. So of course they never caught on in America. God forbid we should show the world we have taste or anything.

Squeeze AllMusic page

Solomon Burke

I often wonder when R&B legends like Solomon Burke hear decidedly non-funky white people like Phil Collins or Dan Ackroyd (?) covering their songs, do they think, “How cute. That decidedly non-funky white person is trying to sing my song,” or do they think, “If it weren’t for the royalty checks, I’d rip that [politically incorrect term for a white person]’s vocal cords out”? Just curious.

Solomon Burke AllMusic page