James Taylor’s Carolina In My Mind, sung by Kate Rusby on her album Hand Me Down. We’re not going anywhere, but a great vocalist can take lyrics like these and transport you with a sense of emotion that brings your own desires and memories to life. All in our minds.
Here’s Kate Rusby singing True Colours, which features on her album Hand Me Down. She’s accompanied here by husband Damien O’Kane who produces a wondrous instrumental accompaniment. She talks for a while, then sings, and talks a bit more.
Kate Rusby has been committed to recorded folk expressions of Christmas music, both in the number of albums (four) and the breadth of material she’s included. This is We’ll Sing Hallelujah, which seems a fitting song for New Year’s Eve.
Dilly Carol is another Christmas song I’d never heard before being introduced to it by Kate Rusby. It is another example of the way simple numerical progression and lyrical repetition served to reinforce memorisation of lyric and content among those who wouldn’t have had easy common access to printed materials. Folk singing at its best. …