Listen up, folks — here comes my ‘F’ list! This one was tough to pare down to a dozen or so. I may change my mind and add more when I get to the end… and remember, you can see all of my Alphabet posts so far by selecting the Alphabet category!
- Fame by David Bowie – I have always liked Bowie’s style — a little offbeat, a little strange, but always cool.
- Fins by Jimmy Buffett — as I mentioned before, I’m a Parrothead. I love to listen to Jimmy and dream of relaxing on the beach at Key West…because It’s 5 o’clock Somewhere.
- Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash – all you need to know about Johnny Cash is in this song: relentless rhythm guitar, rich baritone, singing about both a train and a prison. How could he go wrong?
- For What It’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield – Stephen Stills wrote this song inspired by the Sunset Strip curfew riots, but it is widely regarded as an anti-war, protest song. I think it’s iconic for that era, which is one reason I really like it.
- Forever and Ever, Amen by Randy Travis – This song hooked me from the start. I love the line, As long as old men sit and talk about the weather/as long as old women sit and talk about old men.
- Fire and Rain by James Taylor – great song. Love the voice, love the lyrics. I’m guessing this is his signature song.
- Frankenstein by The Edgar Winter Group – love this instrumental, but I always think of that album cover of the albino EW shirtless, in makeup and necklace, against a dark background. Disturbing. But did you know he invented the strap to wear his keyboard? He also plays percussion and sax.
- Fun, Fun, Fun by the Beach Boys – everyone knows this song. The Beach Boys represent summer and good times to me, and I love that opening riff!
- Fly Like an Eagle by Steve Miller – it’s got an easy groove. Stevie Guitar couldn’t help but be a musician — his folks palled around with Les Paul and Mary Ford! I love the bluesy feel of his music. Someday, I’d like to see him in person.
- Friend of the Devil by The Grateful Dead – a friend of mine introduced me to the Dead many years ago, and I do enjoy their style, which is a mix of so many others – blues, jazz, folk, reggae, bluegrass, rock… Good stuff, even without drugs. 😉
- Fat Man by Jethro Tull – Great percussion and mandolin on this one! Roll us both down a mountain/And I’m sure the fat man would win. Ian Anderson is better known for his jazzy/rock flute, but he plays many instruments. Funny thing is — he decided to play flute after he decided that he would never be as good as Clapton.
- Fanny (Be Tender with My Love) by the Bee Gees – I can never, ever get enough of those Gibb brothers singing their gorgeous harmonies. Sadly, only Barry is left, after losing all three of his brothers. Great music legacy.
- Fat by Weird Al Yankovic – Al found a willing victim in Michael Jackson — he not only parodied the music, but he also did a bang-up job on the videos. I love Weird Al.
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