Over my dead body

Friday, March 1, 2002

These are the 10 songs Michael Maguire of Cape Girardeau wouldn't want to live without:

1. "Won't Get Fooled Again" -- The Who

The anthem from my youth has become a rallying cry against the darkness of terrorism (see concert in NYC).

2. "The Wedding Song" -- Peter Yarrow

The words still ring true, and I sang it to my wife at our wedding.

3. "Gentle on My Mind" -- John Hartford

Not Glen Campbell's country/pop version, but the writer's own gritty, loving poem.

4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" -- Marvin Gaye.

Who can listen to this and not smile and want to dance?

5. "The William Tell Overture" -- Rossini

For the last few minutes; hi-yo, Silver!

6. "Hotel California" -- The Eagles

The ultimate in radio "bumper music," preferably at full blast.

7. "Something" -- George Harrison/The Beatles

Maybe the prettiest love song written by a rock artist, both in tune and words.

8. "Mona Lisa" -- Nat King Cole

Because he had the smoothest and silkiest voice of any singer. I always stop to listen to him.

9. "Flashlight" -- Parliament/Funkadelic

From my polyester days, although any of their songs would be fine for getting down.

10. "City of New Orleans" -- Arlo Guthrie

Woody's boy carries on the tradition of folk music, making Steve Goodman's song his own, and one you have to sing along with.

SEND US YOUR LIST

The Southeast Missourian wants to publish your list of the 10 songs you could not live without.

Please include a short explanation of each title's importance, your name and a daytime phone number. E-mail your list to sblackwell@semissourian.com, or mail it to: Sam Blackwell, Southeast Missourian, 301 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701

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