Sunday, January 23, 2011

"Lay Down (Candles In the Rain)" by Melanie.

OK, more 70's: As an "obscure amateur", this singer/songwriter had difficulties getting through backstage security before performing at Woodstock. As soon as she took the stage, a torrential rain fell upon the audience - despite that, she was warmly received. Shortly after that she wrote her first major hit (#6 Billboard; #3 Cashbox) based upon the emotions she felt facing such a multitude in a once-in-a-lifetime event. Backed by the Edwin Hawkins Singers ("Oh Happy day"), it captures and is a homage to the spirituality and magic of the moment. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Carrickfergus". What a great tune! I especially like Joan Baez's version.

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