Music I’m Listening To


The Belairs were a pioneering surf rock band from Los Angeles, active in the early 1960s. This song is included on their retrospective album The Origins of Surf Music, 1960-1963 (Iloki/Hep Cat, 1987).

From their LP Spanky & Our Gang Live. Recorded at the Gaslight Club South in Coconut Grove, Florida, early 1967. The album was released December 1970. Shown on the cover are original members Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane, Nigel Pickering, Paul “Oz” Bach and Malcolm Hale:

Mint Tattoo was an offshoot of the hard rock band Blue Cheer, with some of the same members. Their only LP, self-titled, was released in 1969.

A song on the LP Days of Future Passed, released in 1967. To me this is one of the most perfect albums of all time, an out-and-out classic.

From this French-American singer-songwriter’s fourth studio album, Half the Perfect World, released in 2006:

Evangeline was a all-female country band based in New Orleans. This song comes from their second album, French Quarter Moon, released in 1993 on the Margaritvaille/MCA label.

This song is from their CD The Mountain, released in 1999. Joining in on this track are Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Marty Stuart and Cowboy Jack Clement, among others.


THE TRAIN. United Artists, 1964. Burt Lancaster, Paul Scofield, Jeanne Moreau. Director: John Frankenheimer.

Sarah Harmer is a singer-songwriter from Canada. “Lodestar” is a song from her 2000 CD You Were Here, which went platinum in that country (over 100,000 copies sold).

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