05-29-19 | Songs for Listening | Steve Weiss
Steve Weiss, archivist and curator of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill picked tunes for Wednesday, May 29 at Songs for Listening. Steve's been the producer of a series of archival recordings by Doc Watson, Tia Blake, and Dolly Parton released on Yep Roc Records. Steve's current projects include a box set of archival recordings from Lake Charles, Louisiana-based Goldband Records, an exhibit on North Carolina’s guitar masters, and a 3-year preservation grant from the Mellon Foundation targeting at-risk recordings across N.C.
Here's Steve's playlist with his annotations:
'Big City' by Merle Hagard, performed by Iris DeMent
"Iris DeMent’s cover of Merle Haggard’s ‘Big City’ really gets under the song’s skin."
'Make My Mind Up' by Molly Tuttle
"Molly Tuttle has absorbed so many of the influences I love & turned them into something uniquely her own. A world-class guitarist, this song shows off her songwriting chops. I’d also recommend watching the live acoustic version embedded below."
'Night Ride Home' by Joni Mitchell
"Joni is a genius. I love all her work. Even though well known, she is still under appreciated. In addition to the released version available Spotify, I’d also recommend watching video embedded below to get a close look at her unique playing style"
'Tehillim: II: Psalm 34 18:13-15, 'Mihaish heychahfatyz chayyim' by Steve Reich, performed by Alarm Will Sound
"The 2nd movement of 'Tehillim' is one of my favorite pieces of music. The translation of the Psalm 34 18:13-15 really rings true:
Who is the man that desires life
& loves to see good?
Guard your tongue from evil
& your lips from speaking deceit.
Turn from evil & do good,
seek peace and pursue it."
'Koln, January 24, 1975, Pt. II C' by Keith Jarrett
'Like Steve Reich, Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert has been with me for a long time. Keith really sums it up for me."
'Big City' by Merle Haggard, performed by Iris DeMent from ‘Tulare Dust: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Merle Haggard’
'Make My Mind Up' by Molly Tuttle from ‘When You’re Ready’
’Night Ride Home’ by Joni Mitchell
'Tehillim: II: Psalm 34 18:13-15, 'Mihaish heychahfatyz chayyim' by Steve Reich, performed by Alarm Will Sound from ‘Steve Reich: Tehillim / The Desert Music’
'Koln, January 24, 1975, Pt. II C' by Keith Jarrett from ‘The Koln Concert’