I like to join in on Song Lyric Sunday, hosted each week by Jim Adams of A Unique Title for Me. Last week the prompt was to choose a song with a harmonica. I chose “Long Train Runnin’” by the Doobie Brothers, but it was not the only song I considered. It is a wet and rainy Saturday so I thought I would take time today to drop in a few other songs that have a more subtle harmonica presence. I will not go into the detail usually associated with SLS, but I did want to share the songs.
The first song that came to mind was “Oh Girl” by the Chi-Lites. Written and produced by Eugene Record in 1972, he also sings lead. This was the Chi-Lites first and only #1 single.
The second artist I considered was Alanis Morissette, but which song? Her album “Jagged Little Pill” was groundbreaking when released in 1995 by Maverick Records. The album sold 33 million copies worldwide. I chose a couple of songs from the album, “Hand in My Pocket” and “Head Over Feet” the unplugged version.
Next, my mind went to Willie Nelson. His harmonica player Mickey Raphael is amazing in his restraint on the harp. The song I selected was “On the Road Again” written for the movie “Honeysuckle Rose”.
I decided to wrap this post up with a song released in 1997 by The Indigo girls. Steve Earle plays the harmonica and also sings backup in this song: “Shame on You”. This song is just as applicable today as it was back in 1997.
I think I enjoy a restrained harmonica as much as the roaring powerful sound. Enjoy!