My Alphabet of Songs: P

Welcome back!  I’ve got some great P songs for your listening pleasure!  For a recap of previous Alphabet posts, click here.

1. Paperback Writer by The Beatles — thought I’d open with this.  One of my favorite Beatles songs, with a great riff, nice harmonies, and a fun story.

2. Peg by Steely Dan – You hear Michael McDonald singing, “Peg!” in his multi-tracked backing vocals in this great arrangement.  Here’s a video about the making of probably my favorite SD song (MM starts at 6:20).  Then the shutter falls/you see it all in 3D/it’s your favorite foreign movie…

3. Pencil Thin Mustache by Jimmy Buffett – A little nostalgia from the man.  Honey, jump right up and show your age…

4. Pinball Wizard by The Who and by Elton John – a great Pete Townshend song and part of The Who’s rock opera, Tommy.  I remember hearing the Elton version on the radio and was more familiar with that one before I was a Who fan.  I like both versions, actually — Daltrey is Daltrey, but I love the piano in Elton John’s.

6. Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry – but of course.  I love funky music!  And you can see that those were a bunch of funky white boys, playin’ it right.  Everybody knows the chorus!

7. Proud Mary by Creedence Clearwater Revival – Another song where everyone knows the chorus.  Never been that crazy about the Ike and Tina version, but I do like this one.

8. Poetry Man by Phoebe Snow – I like both the simple acoustic guitar and her breathy vocals.  I don’t know any other Phoebe Snow songs, but I do know that Queen Latifah did a cover of it here.

9. People Are Strange by the Doors – I might have included this one just so I could watch Jim Morrison sing moodily in leather, or not.  😉

10. Peace of Mind by Boston – Number Young Son’s early interest in Boston made me revisit the band I had largely ignored in their heyday.  I understand about indecision/I don’t care if I get behind/People livin’ in competition/All I want is to have my peace of mind.

11. Pride (In the Name of Love) by U2 – In honor of The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Before Bono was the great philanthropist and businessman he is today, he was belting out this catchy hook: In the name of love/What more in the name of love?  

And there ya have it.  I kept it short and sweet this time, so I could bring you a bonus.

Every time I sit down to write an Alphabet post, I listen to some great music with my earphones, sometimes singing out loud, much to the family’s amusement.  Tonight, I found a gem to share.  Here is my gift to you tonight: the supremely talented David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash.  Suite Judy Blue Eyes.


 Photo credit Yuliya Libkina

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6 thoughts on “My Alphabet of Songs: P”

  1. Proud Mary is the favorite here. Judy Blue Eyes (Collins) is one of my all-time favs. Phoebe Snow was kind of odd, wasn’t she? Good list.

    1. Thanks! I think there are some great songs on here. I will always love Suite Judy Blue Eyes because I’m a sucker for tight harmonies. When I saw that live video, with Stills’ frenzied guitar playing — I was so impressed. I did find it amusing that Nash was barefoot and quite animated. Crosby, on the other hand, seemed nonplussed.
      Phoebe Snow — odd, perhaps. I never even really knew all the words to the song, but I just love the quality of her voice in it. When I was (much) younger I thought she was the “At Seventeen” gal, Janis Ian.

  2. Great list! It’s enjoyable to revisit these songs, and one of these days, just might have to assemble the playlist to match. I can see Paperback Writer/Poetry Man as a ‘literary double-feature’ (smile)
    As for “People are Strange,” – I thought the song was used quite well in a short-lived series called “Alphas.” (S1E4).

    1. Thank you, Tommia! I have put all of my Alphabet lists into a playlist on Grooveshark (minus one or two that were unavailable. It is a great bunch of tunes for me to listen to while working.
      Love the ‘double feature’ idea! That gives me ideas for other themes for song posts! Awesome!
      Never have see Alphas, but I am kind of a SYFY geek. I may have to check it out, if it’s on Netflix! Thanks for the heads up! To me, it was a good reason to look at the hunky Morrison. Again.

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