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The return of Friday Random 10

July 30, 2010, 8:00 am

Friday Random 10 has slipped out of the rotation lately, so let’s fix that. Hitting the random shuffle button on the iPhone, we have…

  1. Delia’s Gone (Johnny Cash, American Recordings)
  2. Guide Vocal (Genesis, Duke)
  3. All Your Love (Otis Rush, Essential Chicago Blues)
  4. Why Should I Feel Lonely (Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Unclassified)
  5. Catch Me If I Try (David Wilcox, East Asheville Hardware)
  6. House of Tom Bombadil (Nickel Creek, Nickel Creek)
  7. Digital Man (Rush, Signals)
  8. Fei Hua Dian Cui (Lui Pui-Yuen, China: Music of the Pipa)
  9. Turn the Page (Rush, Hold Your Fire)
  10. A Little Bluer Than That (Alan Jackson, Drive)

Here’s the video for “Delia’s Gone” (#1 on the list). The song is a classic “death ballad”, one of the standard idioms of country and folk music. And yet, when it came out in 1994, none of the country music stations on radio or TV wanted to play it because of its dark, violent nature. Cash, true to his nature, responded honestly.

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