Here is a mix for these weird times! (link will take you to a page to download or listen to the mix)
I’m quite proud of this (and that title!) – it’s all Harry Nilsson (or related) and it’s a reflection on the state of the world and everyone’s mental health. Tried to cover a lot of ground with song selection – some popular, some obscure, some demos, all lovely. 80 minutes. Good for a solo stroll (done responsibly).
- It starts and ends with people who are not Harry Nilsson. Fred Neil is the original artist behind Everybody’s Talkin’, which became one of Nilsson’s biggest hits. Bill Withers wraps it up – he is one of the very few artists that I love as much as Harry Nilsson.
- Like I said – it’s a bit of a journey:
- Starts off with a very physical navigation, reflecting on the highs and lows of a solitary walk (or, for tracks 8 & 9, with a canine companion).
- The mix moves its focus from the external to the internal and I think does a good job of reflecting feelings right now (I think tracks 16 – 18 are particularly inspired)
- There is hope at the end! Don’t quit during the dark parts – skip it if you have to! Get to Bath!
- Everybody’s Talkin’ – Fred Neil
- Gotta Get Up (Demo)
- I Will Take You There
- As I Wander Lonely
- Marchin’ Down Broadway
- City Life
- It’s A Jungle Out There
- P.O.V. Waltz
- The Puppy Song
- Me And My Arrow
- Blazing Arrow – Blackalicious
- Mother Nature’s Son
- Signs (Demo)
- Nobody Cares About the Railroad Anymore
- Pretty Soon There’ll Be Nothing Left For Everybody
- I’d Rather Be Dead
- One (Alt. Version)
- Won – The Beta Band
- Think About Your Troubles
- You Are Here
- Open Your Window
- I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City
- The Most Beautiful World In the World
- Everybody’s Talkin’ – Bill Withers
This covers a lot of Nilsson’s range and style. From the sweet (“The Puppy Song”), the silly (“Spaceman”), the darkly funny (“I’d Rather Be Dead”), and the genuinely moving (“I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City”). There is almost certainly a song for everyone.
Here is the video of “I’d Rather Be Dead” – with senior citizen choir included: