My Alphabet of Songs: M

We’re at my Marvelous M Music now!  Enjoy!  And to recap, you can find the rest of the Alphabet here!

  1. Mercy, Mercy Me by Marvin Gaye – Silky smooth Marvin; as relevant today as it was when he wrote it in 1971.
  2. My Old School by Steely Dan – From Wikipedia (I know, I know): “In its March 24, 2006 edition, Entertainment Weekly details a return trip to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York by Donald Fagen, in which he describes a raid by sheriff’s deputies in May 1969. Fagen, his girlfriend Dorothy White, Steely Dan bandmate Walter Becker, and some 50 other students were arrested. Charges were dropped, but the harassment was the origin of the grudge alluded to in “My Old School”. Fagen was reportedly so upset with the school being complicit with the arrests that he refused to attend graduation.”    And there you have it.
  3. Magic Bus by The Who – I don’t want to cause no fuss/but can I buy your magic bus?
  4. Midnight Rider by The Allman Brothers – This song is one of the reasons I love Southern rock.  I don’t own the clothes I’m wearin’/and the road goes on forever/I got one more silver dollar/but I’m not gonna let ’em catch me, no/not gonna let ’em catch the Midnight Rider.
  5. Moondance by Van Morrison – The first Van Morrison song I ever heard; I love it.
  6. Moonlight Feels Right by Starbuck – I have loved this song from the first listen.  I love songs that feature unusual instruments or arrangements; the marimba solo in the middle of this song always made me wish I’d been a percussionist!
  7. Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard by Paul Simon – just a fun song.
  8. Morning Dance by Spyro Gyra – My friend Jon introduced me to Spyro Gyra, one of his favorite jazz groups.  I fell in love with these contemporary jazz musicians.  This is an old radio favorite, an instrumental that puts me in a good mood whenever I hear it.  Thanks, Jon.
  9. Mas Que Nada by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66 – Originally written and recorded by Jorge Ben Jor.  I love Latin music.  The rhythms get me moving.  Someone had this album when I was growing up and I have always liked this little tune, which translates roughly to ‘I wish this samba would never end.’
  10. Maria Maria by Santana featuring The Product G&B – this song came out on Santana’s Supernatural album in 1999.  It’s been said that Carlos Santana doesn’t play guitar; he makes love to it.  I agree.
  11. Marrakesh Express by Crosby, Stills and Nash – Graham Nash wrote this one and sings lead.  The harmonies are great, like all CSN songs.
  12. Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin – A few years ago, I saw Kris Kristofferson, who wrote this song, in an intimate theatre show.  He reminisced about the old days and the talented people he used to sing and play with.  He sang this song for his friend Janis.
  13. Mornin‘ by Al Jarreau – This is a pretty corny video, but it puts a smile on my face when I hear this song.  It makes me feel good, and I do love Al Jarreau’s voice.
  14. Mr. Bojangles by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band – this one is a little melancholy, but I’ve always liked it, even though the part about his dog dying tightens my throat.  Love the mandolin.
  15. My Funny Valentine by Frank Sinatra – this song has been recorded by a number of artists, but I always come back to Ol’ Blue Eyes.  I sing this to Mr. Stuck sometimes.


photo credit Horia Varlan

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2 thoughts on “My Alphabet of Songs: M”

  1. I am the one who had the Sergio Mendez album. I played it until it wore out. We Lavaliers sang some of their tunes in high school. Love your list; the only one I do not care for is is Midnight Rider.

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