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My Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs…

My friend, Jane, over at Theycallmejane mentioned one of my Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs today (James Taylor – Fire and Rain) in this post: http://bit.ly/dwAa3w

Not having a topic for what is to be my 100th post, I thought a list of those songs would be a good idea…so here they are, in alphabetical order:

1. Chicago – If You Leave Me Now.  I was in the band in high school…I loved any group with saxophones and horns in it!  At the time this song came out, I liked a baritione sax player named Steve…go figure…

2. Climax – Precious and Few.  A sappy love song.  I think this was their only hit.  I played it over and over, and sang with all the passion my 11-year-old self could muster.

3. Fleetwood Mac – Songbird.  Christine McVie’s amazing voice makes this one of the most beautiful songs on the Rumours album.  Melanie Doane did an excellent remake of it a couple of years ago with Jim Cuddy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_35q0vBxCs

4. Guess Who – Share the Land.  A bunch of guys from Winnipeg sing the ultimate hippie song…what’s not to like?

5. Elton John – Levon.  I love most early Elton songs, but this one is hauntingly sad…Rocket Man is a close second.

6. Carole King – So Far Away.  I saw Carole on a TV special with James Taylor a few months ago, and she sang this song.  It still makes me cry…

7. Joni Mitchell – River.  Another “love gone bad” song…there seems to be a theme here…

8. Seals and Crofts – Get Closer.  This song came out when I was hung up on a guy named Nick who did not return my affection…there were a lot of “Nicks” in my school years.

9. Simon and Garfunkel – The Boxer.  Not only is this song a beautiful ballad, I like it because it’s about an underdog: “I am leaving, I am leaving, but the fighter still remains,” is my favourite line.

10. James Taylor – Fire and Rain.  As far as I’m concerned, James has never sung a bad song, but this one is the top of his playlist for me.  This one is guaranteed to produce tears, especially the last line: “But I always thought I’d see you again.” 

I’d be curious to know what your Top Ten All-Time Favourite Songs are…maybe you could link to my post with your list…

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My Bucket List…

Several of my blogging friends have recently posted their “Bucket List,” which is essentially a list of things you’d like to do before you die.  I’ve never written mine down, and it changes sometimes…here’s what it is today:

1. Go to Tuscany, Italy.  See the art/architecture, drink the wine, and eat the food!

Tuscan Countryside...

2. See the following musicians live: Elton John, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, and Simon and Garfunkel.  I finally got to see Neil Young in concert last year – it was amazing!

JT...Still Sexy at 62...

3. Finish my collection of “Lucile” books by Owen Meredith (Lord Bulwer Lytton).  Between 1860 and 1938, it came out in some 2000 different bindings – I have about 45.

This one's nice...I don't have it...yet...

4. Work in the bookstore full-time without having to have a “real job” to eat.

Our fireplace at the bookstore...

5. Buy the house we live in and fill it with books and antiques (after the kids are gone, of course!).

"Our" House...

6. Write a book and have it published, probably something historical.  I edited a book for a friend a few years ago – I didn’t get the see the final proof, and they spelled my last name wrong in the front of the book (Matherson instead of “Matheson”)!

7. Take a summer off and do nothing but read, write, cook, garden, and listen to music.

Relaxing last fall in Grand Manan...

8. Visit Saskatchewan and Manitoba, the only two provinces I haven’t been to yet.

A canola field out west...

9. Learn to make edible piecrust.

My piecrust never looks like this...

10. Go to Germany and see where my ancestors came from (I’m about 3/4 German and the rest is English).  Dad’s family came to the States in the 1750’s, and Mom’s German ancestors came about a century later.  Here are my German family names: Shoots (originally Schutz, we think), Braun, Schmidt, and Auer.

My Mamma, Marie (Auer) Taylor...

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