Archive for November, 2009

I became a huge music fan in the mid ’60s, and fell in love with bubblegum music back then. And there is no better bubblegum song than the 1967 “The Rain,The Park and Other Things” by The Cowsills, from Rhode Island. Actually, I’d call this bubblegum psychedelia. The harmonies take my breath away. It’s no wonder my first favorite group was The Partridge Family, which was loosely based upon this family-oriented band (except for the darker undertow of the real family).

It wasn’t until decades later that I realized the name of the song was not “I Love the Flower Girl.”

Hair” is great (and so very different), but nothing from The Cowsills comes close to this one. It reminds me of such an innocent time, and such a love for life. It will always remain magical in my heart.

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Vox (Sarah McLachlan)

Although Canada’s Sarah McLachlan has been a pretty big star since the late ’80s, and although she has produced some quality music over the past two decades, I don’t think she’s ever matched the magic and incredible beauty of her 1989 minor hit, “Vox”, from her debut album, “Touch“.

There also a terrific extended version of “Vox” on the album, but I first fell in love with the original version highlighted here. This song has not gotten nearly the credit nor airplay it deserves, and I have a hunch that many Sarah McLachlan fans still believe that her first hit was “Into the Fire” from her sophomore album, “Solace“.

There’s not much else I can say about this song, except that it’s quite perfect in every way.

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