I went to my friends Michelle and Jordan’s wedding a couple of weeks ago. It was a super special wedding celebrating two really superb human beings. During the ceremony, the piano player played and sang “Be Not So Fearful” by Bill Fay, which I thought was incredibly sweet. The message of the song is basically, you know, move on and forget the past.
These songs have been jingling in my head all winter. I’m shedding them, I suppose, with this mix. If I could curate the event, I would have you listen to it accordingly: with the cocktail of your choice (I’m feeling generous), half-heartedly watching a VHS copy of Nightmare Alley on your television in silent mode, wearing argyle socks and soft cotton pyjamas (the fabric of our lives) covered by a monogrammed robe, in a room with lots of books and interesting ephemera, surrounded by three or four loved ones drinking cocktails of their choice, with rain gently pelting on the windowpanes ( a really dramatic, giant window would be great, like the one Mrs. Danvers stands in front of in Hitchcock’s Rebecca).
I am a sentimental old schmuck. Let’s say it in unison.
Here’s to old things and making them new.
Nature Boy- Nat King Cole
The Air That I Breathe- The Hollies
I went to Sleep- Beach Boys
Hammond Song- The Roches
You And Me- Penny & The Quarters
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times- Hugh Masekela
Handbags and Gladrags- Chris Farlowe
The Crying Game- Dave Berry
Oh My Love- John Lennon
A Rainy Night in Georgia- Tony Joe White
If I Could Read your Mind- Skeeter Davis
Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues- Elvis Presley
Isn’t It A Pity- Nicky Thomas
Don’t Forget Me- Marianne Faithfull (live)
Love Song- Olivia Newton John
The Nightengale- Julee Cruise
Be Not So Fearful- Bill Fay
Helpless- Buffy St. Marie
Shipbuilding- Robert Wyatt
Never My Love- The Sandpebbles
The Gentle Rain- Irene Kral
Felicity- Fred Neil