Sure, we all loved Once (the movie), and that great song that won him an Oscar. But that's just a small piece of a career that brought Glen Hansard from his teenage busking roots in Dublin to stages all over the world.
Today we mark the 150th anniversary of one of the most eloquent and enduring speeches ever given - the Gettysburg Address. At Gettysburg President Lincoln reaffirmed our nation's commitment to "a new birth of freedom". So this morning freedom is the theme for the songs we'll play. Any song that touches on freedom in any way is fair game. Leave your suggestions in the comments below and listen for a set after 9am.
Here's what we played:
The Staple Singers "Freedom Highway"
David Bromberg and Larry Campbell have had a mutual admiration society for many years. It got renewed when Larry produced a session with David and Levon Helm for David's last album, Use Me, prompting David to ask Larry to produce his new CD, Only Slightly Mad. I was able to entice these two masters of multiple string instruments to join me in Studio A together. They shared memories of Levon, stories about Dylan, and insights into the art of the sideman — plus they treated us to three exquisite live performances.
The FUV Mixtape playlist for Monday, November 18, 2013
Velvet Underground – Who Loves The Sun – Loaded
Andrew Bird – Fitz & The Dizzyspells – Noble Beast
Portishead – Sour Times – Dummy
Ultravox – All Stood Still – Vienna
Moby – The Perfect Life – Innocents
John Grant – GMF (Greatest Living Creature) – Pale Green Ghosts
Louis Prima & Keely Smith – That Old Black Magic