Time for another game of sorts.
Here’s the playlist for a CD-R I made just over a year ago. All of the cuts are connected by a single clear connection.
Your task: Guess the connection. Prizes: Limited glory, no fame. If we ever have another C&I “in person” get-together, you’ll get a handsome 8.5×11 print from one of my wife’s travel photos. (So will everyone else there, but you’ll get first choice.)
Two clues–one of them a red herring:
1. One cut features an instrument that’s not heard all that often, played by the creator of a particular playing technique for that instrument. The only time I was ever on the radio (other than a “Talk of the Nation” hour a few years back in which I probably said 200 words total), I was singing and playing that instrument using that technique.
2. It would not have been possible to make this particular CD-R in the days of LPs (not for technological reasons; a mix tape wouldn’t have worked either)–but the connection would have made even more sense, in a somewhat different instance.
- “Wildwood Flower”–the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band with Mother Maybelle Carter and others
- “Golliwog’s Cakewalk”–Julian Bream & John Williams
- “Jesse James”–Ry Cooder
- “Marie Christine”–Gordon Lightfoot
- “You Can Leave Your Hat On”–Randy Newman
- “Mendocino County Line”–Willie Nelson & Lee Ann Womack
- “It’s Worth Believin'”–Gordon Lightfoot
- “Invention in C Minor”–Billy Joel
- “When Irish Girls Grow Up”–Tom Russell
- “Amazing Grace”–Judy Collins
- “(They Long to Be) Close to You”–The Carpenters
- “Crossroads”–Gordon Lightfoot
- “You’ve Got a Friend in Me”–Randy Newman
- “If You Could Touch Her At All”–Willie Nelson
- “Old Dan’s Records”–Gordon Lightfoot
- “Aladdin’s Word”–Aladdin soundtrack
- “April Come She Will”–Simon & Garfunkel
- “All of Me”–Willie Nelson
- “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”–Elton John
- “Our Prayer”–the Beach Boys
- “El Testamen de Amelia”–John Williams
- “Ragtime”–Randy Newman, solo piano version
First correct answer within the next week wins. Otherwise, I’ll annotate this entry with the answer, on or after October 26.