"Four Strong Winds" was originally written in 1961 by a Canadian
songwriter named Ian Tyson of the group The Brothers Four, but I'll
always consider Neil Young's version to be the definitive one.
This song holds a special place in my heart. It was what we used to sing at closing campfire at my childhood summer camp. At the end of the final session of every summer, all the campers and counselors would gather around a giant bonfire and sing together off crumpled or many-times-folded photo-copied lyric sheets. Everyone, from the oldest camp director to the youngest camper, would be weeping, cuddled up to their closest friends as the impending fall chill crept silent through Catskills air.
When I hear the first chords of this song, the memories I have of singing it summer and after summer all through my youth still instantly bring tears to my eyes. I have been programmed in a Pavlovian manner to respond to this melody with big, sloppy, nostalgic tears. I think I can safely say that this is the song I want played at my funeral. But not played. I want everyone to sing it. Take note, God forbid.
It seems a bit silly to say it, but this blog has been with me through thick and thin, through the fat and the lean of the past four years of my life. While I may have never met many of you who read it, I felt a genuine connection to you through our shared love of songwriting, music and the people who make it. While I know that it's time for the sun to set on One Sweet Song, I'll miss sharing songs with you.
Now, I want you to imagine that we are all huddled around a campfire together. Crickets are chipping softly in the background. Lightening bugs are twinkling in the trees. Someone is quietly strumming a single acoustic guitar. We put our arms around each others' shoulders and start singing:
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What's the Deal?
One Sweet Song is a music blog written by Gina Pensiero, of band Palmyra.
High quality and fully eclectic, this music-blog-as-radio-station doesn't get down with payola and was started as a means to dish up One Sweet Song per business day. Life got a little crazy, which means posts got a little more sporadic, but we're sticking with the magical one song/post formula.
No fuss. No bullshit. Just one sweet song.
You'll also get context--cultural and personal--around why the song is so rad. Editorials are kept short and sweet (no pun intended).
Learn bits of music trivia. Hear funny stories. Discover sweet new jams. Rediscover older jams you forgot you loved.
Songs will run the gamut of genres. One day, it's indie pop, the next, electronic. Hip hop, post punk, tropicalia, indie rock, riotgrrrl, lo fi, dance punk, folk; 33s, 45s and 78s from the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and TODAY--the possiblities are endless. Each song is a little surprise wrapped in digital information. Anything could happen.
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