While I take a break from attempting (poorly) to generate my "tweet cloud" (Hey! Just got the results: awesome, tonight, party, starkmagazine, thanks, haha) I threw on a playlist I made over my super-relaxing Thanksgiving break. I titled this selection of songs "My List;" inspiration for this playlist came from Philly's WXPN as they were in-studio with Rosanne Cash who was playing and discussing her most recent album, The List. For those that don't know, when Rosanne was a young whipper snapper, she was into the Beatles. That was about it. Johnny was not having that; he took an entire day to write her a list of the 100 most important country songs (with various satellite genres mixed in) of all time. Rosanne chose 12 off the list to record -- among them: Bob Dylan's "Girl From the North Country", Merle Haggard's "Silver Wings", Hank Cochran and Pasty Cline's "She's Got You" and more. I was inspired to create my own List, which I proceeded to do with great alacrity that morning.
81. I have 81 songs on this playlist as of right now, meaning it is incomplete. Maybe I need help, or maybe my full discography in front of me, or maybe a visit from Cash in my sleep like some sort of Flight of the Concords dream. Regardless, here are the first 20, in no particular order, songs that made "The List"... MY List after the jump.
1) Townes Van Zandt - "Pancho & Lefty"
2) Doc Watson - "Nashville Blues"
3) The Band - "Life is a Carnival"
4) Bruce Springsteen - "Reason to Believe"
5) Woody Gutherie - "Ramblin' Round"
6) Sam Baker - "Orphan"
7) Jim Ford - "Working My Way to LA"
8) Uncle Tupelo - "Acuff-Rose"
9) Tom Waits - "Old Shoes (And Picture Postcards)"
10) Willie Nelson - "Shotgun Willie"
11) Van Morrison - "Old Old Woodstock"
12) Linda Ronstadt - "When Will I Be Loved"
13) Leonard Cohen - "Suzanne"
14) Joni Mithcell - "River"
15) Traveling Wilburys - "Rattled"
16) Pasty Cline - "Walkin' After Midnight"
17) Townes Van Zandt - "Rake"
18) Loretta Lynn - "Don't Come Home A-Drinkin'(with Lovin on Your Mind)"
19) Bob Dylan - "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You"
20) Johnny Cash - "Any Old Wind That Blows"