Friday, July 20, 2007

Do you have a 'Desert Island List'? The kind where you list the books or albums you wouldn't want to live without if you were stranded on a desert island. Because we love music so much in this house, we often talk about our 'Desert Island Top 5.' One album (cd - for you youngsters) that always makes each of our lists is Joan Osborne - Relish. From beginning to end - every track is a treat.
This week we had the opportunity to see her perform live on stage. It was an evening of true entertainment. In these times of backup dancers, pyrotechnics, flashy or barely there costumes and lip synching, it was wonderful to see a group of musicians take the stage and simply perform. The venue is quite small - giving an intimate feel to the performance. No Jumbo-tron is necessary. Every seat offers a great view of the stage and performers.
The evening opened with a performance from the The Cowboy Junkies - a very nice way to start the show. While we had not heard any of their music prior to the concert, we certainly enjoyed them enough to learn and listen to more . . . where have we been? Seems they have been touring for the last 20 years!
Joan Osborne's set included several tracks from the aforementioned Relish and lots of numbers from subsequent albums. She has 2 fairly recent releases - Breakfast in Bed (which we have) and Pretty Little Stranger (currently winging it's way here from We enjoyed the show from beginning to end. I just can't express how enjoyable it was to see a talented singer/songwriter step up to the mic and SING. The tour continues - so check and see if it might be coming your way. I do hope she returns to this area soon.

My Desert Island 5:

Lynard Skynard - Pronounced Lynard Skynard
Joan Osborne - Relish
The Eagles - The Very Best Of The Eagles
Rocky Horror Picture Show - Motion Picture Soundtrack
Simon and Garfunkel - Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits


QuiltMom said...

Hi Libby,
I liked your list for the desert island. Music is a big part of my house and we listen to lots of different types thanks to my husband's eclectic tastes. We saw Joan Osborne at the Edmonton Folk Festival which is a huge festival held here every summer. It is an outdoor festival held over 4 days and they have brought lots of terrific entertainers for the last 27 years. The Cowboy Junkies are a great band that happen to be fellow Canadians from Toronto. We have 3 of their albums- the 200 miles from home is a double album that is a 10 year retrospect. The lead singer Margo and her two brothers are the main part of the band. She has a fabulous voice doesn't she? You might find them at your local library on CD- Their album called the Trinity Sessions is also wonderful. Thanks for sharing your musical experiences-
Regards from a Western Canadian Quilter,

Finn said...

Good list! I'm with you on the Eagles and Simon/Garfunkle. In particular I like an older gal who just writes, sings and plays guitar named Rosalie Sorrels. She's from Idaho, and falls into the story-teller, folk singer genre. And I like Norah Jones alot also.
Harper looks so content, and so much 'on duty'...LOL
Wildflowers are looking great, good job!

Linda_J said...

Let's see---
Trio by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstadt would have to be one of mine.

Nancy Griffith---MCA Years Retrospective

Cheryl Wheeler--Defying Gravity

James Taylor--Greatest Hits Volumes 1 and 2

Carole King--Tapestry

anything by Simon and Garfunkel, like you said.

Connie W said...

Libby, Now you've got me thinking...which would be my very TOP 5...I have So many favorites...hmmmm...I have to give this more thought.
I'm really enjoying your blog. A few nights ago I took some time to just sit & relax and read from your archives, kind of a "getting to know you" kind of read. I've been spending so much time of late just barely having time to scan through some blogs that I forgot who is who at times, I realized it's time to slow down and really pay attention.

Diana said...

Libby, I used to do the same thing, but with books rather than music. I am definitely with you on the Eagles and Simon and Garfunkel, though.

dot said...

Sill pondering on this one. We love music in our house also, and so many different kinds, I don't know if I could narrow it down to five. Aerosmith would be #1 though, and it would be Toys in the Attic, most likely followed by Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Thats 3 so if I have 2 more to go who would it be Collective Soul and Tom Petty. That would be my picks right now but I had to leave so many out. John Melencamp, Susan Tedeshi, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Wanda Jackson. So many and only 5. To much pressure.

meggie said...

Loved reading another who loves music as much as I do.
Dont know Joan but do love the Eagles & Simon & Garfunkel!

Judy said...

Nope, never heard of Joan..what does she sing? I listen to all sorts of things really. Too many to list just 5 things.

atet said...

Love your list for the top 5! Since I own most of those, I'm really going to have to check out Joan Osborne! Thanks for the suggestion. What a great night it sounds like you had.