The Daily Music Break is going to publish an eBook entitled “Beyond Boundaries: Great Music Beyond Eras and Boundaries” next week. The eBook contains about 40 updated/rewritten posts. It will be available free for a few days after launch. I will let you know when. Please respond below or email me if you’d like me to send you a link.
The site and Facebook page has been on a bit of a hiatus while I worked on this project. To get things moving again, I’ll post some great music as sort of a countdown.
This week came the sad news of the passing of Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter.
It’s my opinion that he is in the conversation when great lyricists are discussed. There is no “best” “or greatest” in this. There is, however, a layer of lyricists that are consider at the top. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Leonard Cohen, John Prine, Lennon and McCartney and Paul Simon are some of the names that generally are heard. Robert Hunter’s name belongs there as well.
Hunter is the difference between The Grateful Dead being a great band and The Grateful Dead being, well, The Grateful Dead. The list of songs and the beauty of the lyrics is remarkable. The site has discussed Hunter before.
Hunter performed himself. Below he plays “Ripple” at The Ryman Auditorium (the long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry) in 2013.
Here is a top ten list from the LA Times. It’s a solid list — it’s hard to compose a bad one — with good derscriptions.
(Homepage image: Brian Gatens)