Monday, June 28, 2010

In Praise of Simplicity (Music for Mondays)

It's summer time, the kids are out of school, and the days are long and warm. There is less time to spend reading blogs and writing posts. More time to spend outdoors and enjoying life. Like working in the garden, for example, and on the yard. Smelling the flowers, and picking vegetables. Taking the kids swimming, or to a matinee. Catching fireflies and frogs.

You understand what I'm saying and so do these artists with their songs. There are seven of them for you to enjoy here; five of them with the same title! Well, almost.  Please enjoy them, remember them, and hum them while you keep things in perspective. For as the Psalmist said, "The LORD protects the simple"(Psalms 116:6).

No lyrics, no lead-ins, just simplicity on a summer Monday morning.

First up, Jewel, with Simple Gifts.  This is her excellent rendition of an old Shaker hymn.

Remember the Blue Brothers when they played the gig and Elwood asks "What kind of music do you guys like here?" And  the answer was "both kinds: Country and Western." This is "country" performed by Randy Travis.  The Simple Things.

Amy Kuney, Simple Things. A new artist, I don't know much about her except that I like this song!

Joe Cocker, Simple Things. Same title, different take by a guy who has been around the block.

Amy Grant, Simple Things. The fourth song with the same title; something about simplicity appeals to us.

Zero 7, Simple Things. Number five with this title and actually, I like the way it sounds as much as I like what it says.

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Simple Man. Yep, I'm a Southerner and this one is a standard around my neck of the woods.