Mudcat Café message #2767822 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #15339   Message #2767822
Posted By: foggers
17-Nov-09 - 01:15 PM
Thread Name: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
Subject: RE: What Song Makes You Drop Everything?
Jez Lowe's "The last of the Widows" which is about the Easington colliery disaster in the early 50s absolutely chokes me up cos my dad was an Easington man who lost a lot of friends that day. I love the song and would love to perform it but I really don't think I could ever keep my composure to do so. Similarly, Jean Ritchie's "West Virginia Mining Disaster song" is deeply moving in its simplicity and the perspective of a waiting wife.

The sheer variety of songs and music listed here is fascinating! I adore Janis Joplin and agree the comments that her intensity of performance was in a class of its own.