Music that sets one or two things straight
'Time, tide, and the accident of what the statisticians call birth have conspired to provide us with a tradition barely ours and hardly its own. Music, if it has a mind to, can sing about things like that, and maybe set one or two of them straight, yes?' from Richard Fariña's notes for Celebrations for a Grey DayFrom Phil Ochs the path leads to a little known treasure from 1965. Richard Fariña married Joan Baez's sister Mimi in 1963 and Celebrations for a Grey Day was their first album. The vocal tracks are Dylan-lite, which is not a problem, but the real beauty of the album lies in its six instrumental tracks scored for autoharp, dulcimer and guitar. Richard Fariña died in a motorcycle accident a year after Celebrations for a Grey Day was released. Read about his novel It Looks Like Up to Me here, and more on Richard, Mimi and Dylan here. The autoharp and dulcimer are members of the zither family as is the kithara and there is new music for the kithara on another path.
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