Ray’s chat 27
Here we are in October. Summer just a memory.
Autumn leaves and darker nights. So relax and enjoy some
GREAT Folk Music.
In the past; I have chatted a lot about how the New Wave
influenced the Folk Scene, in the 50’s. The Pete Seegers and.
Woodie Guthries etc. They had brought a new feeling to Folk.
It was no longer guys singing about Scottish battles of long ago.
Or the story of some event in History.
Their Folk Singing was about things happening to people right
now. About things that mattered NOW.
And by the 60’s there were younger new comers that were
starting to make THEIR Names in the Folk Scene.
There was a new stream of young guys writing songs Of NOW.
The Protest songs. Songs of Todays Happenings: These new
wave guys had a different feel about them.
Guys Like Tom Paxton; Gordon Lightfoot: And: Perhaps, One of
the most important Folk writer/Singer of the time. BOB DYLAN.
Bob was Born in 1941. Yes: And He is still singing.
His songs have influenced So many people.
But Bob never was just a Folk Singer. He had been writing songs
before he wrote his great song BLOWING IN THE WIND,
BLOWING IN THE WIND (LIVE TV MARCH 1963)
2.33 This song sort of hit the spot with the young New young
Guys, and lots sang their own versions.. and very good
some of them were. I heard it many times in the Clubs.
Then a year later in 1964 Bob wrote THE REALLY BIG ONE
THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGING.
Oh Yes indeed Times were a Changing,
Put in BOB DYLAN –
THE TIMES THEY ARE A HANGIN’1964 2.37
The singing was maybe not the best;
But the words hit hard. And lots of the young Club Singers sang it
feeling it was their kind of song.
Bob Dylan really had brought a new feeling to the Clubs:
AND The Big name Groups like PETER, PAUL and Mary
were singing Dylans song. The Times are a Changing.
And Another GREAT Song written by Ewan McColl
THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE.
Was being sung By Canadian Gordon Lightfoot;
and also by Main stream singers like Roberta Flack.
WOW She really made it big with that song.
Yes: The times were a changing
And a new stream of Singers began making their mark
Guys like Neil Young. And the women like Joan Baez,
Julie Felix; Buffy Saint-Marie and the Great Joni Mitchell.
And many others.
The Folk Clubs were filling with Young People:
GONE were The Old Folk singer guys who stood with closed eyes
singing a droning song of about 20 verses long: about some
dreary battle or other.
NOW: The Clubs were FULL of Young People.
FOLK was ALIVE. It was now the Young Driving Folk.
And the NEW songs kept coming.
Songs that meant something: Yes listen to: Joan Baez sing
another of Dylans Real Big Hits.
Yes listen to this a live recording. Great Song.
JOAN BAEZ – IT AIN’T ME BABE 3.13
Yes Great Stuff. And WE loved it all.
Nobody was singing the old songs now.
Folk WAS LIVE NEW and it was the YOUNG that were
filling the Clubs. Yes the 60’s were real good times.
The new guys were coming in with new kind of songs.
Songs about things happening NOW: It was EXCITING.
People like Ian Campbell were writing songs about NOW
Like: THE SUN IS BURNING. Very Powerful Song.
I know I mentioned that song in RAYS CHAT TWENTY FOUR.
But it is worth listening to that song again as it was very much in
the tune of the times. Ian Campbell wrote it and it is a VERY
Powerful song that deserved being known more than it was.
Yes listen again to:
THE SUN IS BURNING – IAN CAMPBELL FOLK
Yes a new feeling was in the Clubs. TODAY mattered now.
People were not singing of Days Past:
The young Folk Singers were singing about TODAY.
People like DONOVAN came in singing his own songs.
Yes listen to;
DONOVAN – CATCH THE WIND 2.58
Ok some were saying it sounded like Dylan.
Perhaps!! But Donovan was good. I heard him at the “Jug”
And loved him. Maybe Donovan’s songs, were of the
same style as Dylans. BUT they were good. And right in the new
style and He was British.
I remember hearing him singing CATCH THE WIND,
and COLOURS. When he was at “The Jug of Punch”
Oh so long time ago !! They both stuck in my mind;
Yes these new Songs were good. and Donovan has lasted.
Yes He is still singing. And certainly Bob Dylan has lasted.
So let’s end with Donovan singing his own song:
This was recorded in 1965 about the time I heard him at “The
Jug of Punch”
DONOVAN COLOURS 1965 2.08
Oh HAPPY DAYS Yes the Mid 60’s the Folk Clubs were really going
strong with some ~ GREAT people. An some real Great Clubs.
So I have come to the end
Of Another RAYS CHAT.
Time seems to go so fast.
So: you got to wait till next time for more.
Nice chatting to You