Friday, July 23, 2010

Random 10 and a tribute, 7/23/10

(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance Gene Pitney
Have You Ever Been To (Electric Ladyland) Jimi Hendrix
Here Comes The Flood Peter Gabriel
Two Sleepy People Fats Waller
What'll I Do? Nat "King" Cole
Shabby Doll Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
Sunny Afternoon Ray Davies
And Your Bird Can Sing The Beatles

MacPherson's Lament Rafael Boguslav

An odd story. The shuffle played a lot of quiet tunes today. Only the Beatles song in the ninth spot has much of a beat to it.

The tenth song is from a folk album recorded when I was still a babe in arms. I loved it when I was a kid and was lucky to find a copy on eBay a few years back. I wrote to the artist and he wrote back. Very nice fellow who was glad to reminisce with an aging fanboy.

I was looking around for some way to get this recording to play through a link when I found this picture of the album. Sadly, on the site that had the picture, one of Mr. Boguslav's friends posted a note that he died earlier this week.

The song MacPherson's Lament is about death, of course, as are the Gene Pitney and Peter Gabriel selections. I put the Nat Cole version of What'll I Do? on my computer as a tribute to my mom who passed away about a year ago.

Let me close with the lyrics from the first verse of the tune Mr. Boguslav sang, the first song on the first album he ever recorded.

Farewell ye dungeons, dark and strong,
Farewell, farewell to thee.
MacPherson's time shall now belong
On yonder gallows tree.

Best wishes to the family and friends of Ray Boguslav, a talented and gracious man, from a fan.


Lockwood said...

I knew MacPherson's Lament from the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem version- on the album The Boys Won't Leave the Girls Alone. One of the first songs I learned, I love it.

Matty Boy said...

I've heard other versions by folks who are actually Scottish. I like Ray Boguslav's version best of all.