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Recovery Music - A Bus to Baton Rouge

Discussion in 'Freedom from Hell ~ Staying Clean~' started by peacenik, May 21, 2006.

  1. Trigger

    Trigger Well-Known Member

    just listened to this. he's an awesome banjo player! my dad plays the banjo and the fiddle and he gave me a guitar.... he's been trying to get me to play an instrument for the longest time :)
  2. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

    David, thanks for the Mary Black song. She has one of those impossibly clear Irish voices. ... In what other language are the lyrics written?

    Trigger... Steve Martin rocks, imo... I love a man who can sing and play an instrument. Especially a stringed instrument. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin... I love how serious his face gets when he start playing.

    My husband turned me onto Richard Thompson and his son Teddy. (Also Linda Thompson, whose voice I love) ... This is a duet with Richard and Teddy Thompson. Its lyrics are not necessarily recovery-oriented, but the performance is beautiful:


    I love watching their faces.

    And this is Teddy Thompson doing Leonard Cohen's "Tonight Will Be Fine":


    Teddy Thompson has a gorgeous voice, huh? interesting face, too.

  3. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    I think it's Gaelic but I could be wrong :) I've got to run I'll listen to those this afternoon.
  4. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    never heard that before so had to download it beautiful voice and a great song
    celtic music is great they can really tell a story in a song enjoy all different kinds of music listen to them all
    especially in early recovery always have the radio on and the volume up

    guin great songs had to put them on favorites
  5. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    I think the acorn fell pretty far from the tree! :D But what a great song "Persuasion" is. I love it. RT just has a way with that guitar.

  6. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

  7. Trigger

    Trigger Well-Known Member


    it's amazing that other people on youtube also relate this song to recovery.

    George Harrison's "Within You, Without You."

    try to realize it's all within yourself
    no one else can make you change.

    and to see you're only very small
    and life goes on within you and without you.
  8. OnMyWay

    OnMyWay Well-Known Member

    love george harrison. he's my favorite beatle. all things must pass must be a gift from my higher power.
  9. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    For a recovery related song, this song is something. I mean what can I say about a song that says :
    I passed on the cocaine
    Said bye-bye to my methadone
    Put down the bottle for one more day
    Backing off of my Tobacco Jones

    Wow, sounds like me :)

    But yeah I really like James Taylor. My wife and I got to see him play back east.

    Little more Time With You is cool 'cause of the methadone reference, it's from Hourglass a record of James's that is just all about love and loss and recovery. Here's my favorite from Hourglass "Enough To Be On Your Way" Warning! This song has the F word in it. So don't play it real loud in front of your mother (or boss or whomever) Great song about a friend who has died and those who carry on...

  10. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    [​IMG]Well, my brother recently sent me this picture of me and my wife. Boy did it bring back some memories. This was 1990 I think. I had less than two years clean then.

    As tough as those first two years were, by this time my life had turned around. I'm really, really grateful for the way things went. Deciding to give up all the drugs was hard, but clearly, by this time I had a new life a new wife and was never looking back :)
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2010
  11. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

    I missed this photo of you, David... (Funny, my husband had a full beard when I met him, too!) It's good to gain perspective.

    I was just listening to this song this morning... not really recovery-related, but it is about delusion. It's also just a beautiful melody, and the musicianship is wonderful (especially in this live version)

    I don't really know what to say about it
    When half your ear is turned away
    But now's the time to look and look again at what you see
    Is that the way it oughta stay?

    love, g
  12. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    Here one not recovery related just good music

    Van Morrison & The Band - Caravan

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  13. ThePrecipice

    ThePrecipice Well-Known Member

  14. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Been a long time....

    Friday evening my wife and I drove up to San Juan Capistrano to see Nanci Griffith. I had first discovered Nancis music in 1988 when I had just gone out on my own after living in a recovery house for a year.

    Her music was gentle, and had positive outlook, things that were really lacking in most music those days and getting interested in Nanci was what really rekindled my love of music. Till Friday, I had last seen her play in 1997, my wife reminds me it was the day princess Diana died but I remember it differently.

    It wasn't too long after I found out that, in an attempt to lose weight, my wife had secretly started taking drugs. It broke my heart and so I can't really look back and think of princess Diana, or even of Nanci.

    But yeah, that was a long time ago. Looking around it seemed that everyone there was around my age and I suppose we've all gone through our hard times and have come back to love and forgiveness. I don't think we'd be Nanci fans if it weren't in our nature. Lets just say there was a lot of love in the room.

    Nanci is older too of course, but she looked great and sang beautifully. The Coach House offers dinner before the show and I reserved our place the day tickets went on sale so we were in the first table just 10 feet or so from Nanci. It was awesome. During her first song, John Prine's "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness" Nanci looked right into my eyes and smiled and I felt as if my heart was melting.

    I was really happy that she sang the late Kate Wolf's "Across the Great Divide" what a great recovery song it is. It's about that time when you take a look at what's happened in your life - "where the rivers change direction - across the great divide"

    it goes in part:
    "I've been sifting, through the layers
    Of faded books, and worn out papers

    They tell a story, I used to know
    It was one that happened, so long ago

    But it's gone away, in yesterday
    Now I find myself on the mountainside
    Where the rivers change direction
    Across the great divide

    The finest hour that I have seen
    Is the one that lies between
    The edge of night and the break of day
    It's when the darkness rolls away

    And it's gone away, in yesterday
    Now I find myself on the mountainside
    Where the rivers change direction
    Across the great divide


    I hadn't seen this before, this is a wonderful version from back in the day with
    Emmylou Harris, Pete Kennedy, and Nina Gerber joining Nanci. If you have just a moment, watch it please. Maybe, like me, it will remind you what it was like:
    YouTube - Nanci Griffith-Other Voices|Other Rooms-Pt 4 - Kate Wolf''s - Across the Great Divide
  15. SleeperAwake

    SleeperAwake Well-Known Member

    Jose Gonzalez - Crosses.

    Perfect for detox and the blue days in recovery.

    Imogen Heap - 2 -1

    One of my personal favorite songs. Her voice is so soothing to the soul. A tune to calm the turbulence.. She does all the arranging and production as well as singing. I'm a bit of an amateur producer, and her work is a great inspiration.
  16. ThePrecipice

    ThePrecipice Well-Known Member

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    ThePrecipice Well-Known Member

  18. SleeperAwake

    SleeperAwake Well-Known Member

    niiice tunes TP :) tah.
  19. ThePrecipice

    ThePrecipice Well-Known Member

  20. ThePrecipice

    ThePrecipice Well-Known Member

    Tom Waits - Hold On

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