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