Take This Tune

Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 by Travis Cody in

Shhhhh...don't tell my boss that I saved a few graphics and pictures to use while I blog. Wait...you didn't tell that I'm using my work computer to blog and stay in touch with my blog pals, did you?

You didn't? Whew! I knew I could trust you.

So you know what this means? I'll have pictures to go with my dancing recaps! Dancing with the Stars premiers tonight!!

My personal laptop screen is still kaput. I've been shopping and I'm zeroing in on the new laptop I want. I can get one from Dell with Vista now, and it will be upgradeable to MS7 operating system when it comes out next month. So I could pull the trigger on the purchase early. It all comes down to budget now.

I'll keep you posted.

Take This Tune is a feature hosted by my pal Jamie at Duward Discussion. Jamie puts up a video prompt complete with lyrics to the song, and the task is to write something inspired by the title of the song or something in the lyrics.

Today's prompt is a tribute to Peter, Paul, and Mary.

Mary Travers of the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary, died last week from cancer. I often say that I'm not a big fan of folk music, but that doesn't seem true. I enjoy any type of music that is pleasing to my ear or gets me excited or makes me want to dance or...well, I think you get the idea.

Liking music shouldn't be about genre. I understand the need to classify music by genre, but we don't really like or dislike it in that way. If you like a bit of music, it shouldn't matter how "they" classify it.

I have always loved the mellow and gentle harmony of PP&M.

I also love the music of Gordon Lightfoot. One of my favorite tunes of his is Early Morning Rain, written in 1964 and recorded by him in 1966.

So my answer to Take This Tune is Early Morning Rain as performed by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Mr Lightfoot credits PP&M with taking his career to the next level by recording this song.

I'll add Elvis Presley's cover, just because I can.

And a cover by The Kingston Trio as well.

Jerry Reed covered it too.

And Chad & Jeremy.

And now from the songwriter, Gordon Lightfoot. This is the one I like the best.

See? A good song is a good song. Others who have recorded it are Ian & Sylvia (who were first to release it as a single), Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Grateful Dead, Judy Collins, and Eva Cassidy.


  1. Anndi says:

    A song about a lonely man's attempts to make his way back to a faraway home... I love this song. I love Gordon Lightfoot... best version bar none. Gets a lot of play on my iPod :)

  1. Jamie says:

    I always loved the liner notes on Gordon Lightfoot's first album. They were in both French and English and simply started, "I Am A Poet"

    Music is beautiful, but at the heart of a song are the words that become part of life. Lightfoot has written many of them because as he as claimed, he is a poet.

  1. Julie says:

    Yup.....great song.

  1. Akelamalu says:

    You're secret's safe with me, mum's the word. :)

  1. I have a gordon lightfood tape around here somewhere...I should dig it out.

    you are so right...a good song is a good song.

  1. Travis says:

    Ann: Mine too.

    Jamie: Indeed.

    Julie: A great one among many he wrote.

    Akelamalu: Thanks!

    Katherine: You should.