Paul expanded my appreciation for opera and classical music. He also loved Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) and Elton John, among others. I introduced him to Alison Krauss and Sarah Brightman (he wound up liking her more than I do) and Glenn Campbell (we played the album Gentle on my Mind driving to our honeymoon destination). He also loved Enya.
One of his all-time favorite songs is Skyline Pigeon by Elton John. It was originally released in 1968, but the 1972 version (the B side of Daniel) is the one that most people remember. Songs speak to us for various reasons and this song spoke to Paul. He graduated high school in 1972 and was planning to go off to college. The song is about a pigeon kept in a cage on a high-rise in the city longing to be free.
There is a song by Neil Diamond, Song Sung Blue that says “Me and you are subject to the blues now and then, but when you take the blues and make a song, you sing them out again”. I found this to be true (not the singing part, just listening). Sometimes we need to just let go and let our sorrow flow out, some songs help us do that.
My Missing Paul songs
Deep in a Dream (Frank Sinatra)
This Love Of Mine (Frank Sinatra)
Empty Chairs (Don McLean) (His best in my opinion. You can skip the ad on YouTube)
Valley Of Pain (Bonnie Raitt)
Too Soon To Tell (Bonnie Raitt)
Wounded Heart (Bonnie Raitt)
My First Night Alone Without You (Bonnie Raitt)
The Broken Hearted Me (Anne Murray) (You can skip the ad on YouTube)
I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry (Glen Campbell) I have the Campbell song but couldn’t find a good link to it on the internet. I did come across this version by Terry Bradshaw (yep, the Steelers QB) and he does a very good job. It was written by the legendary Hank Williams.
Ghost In This House (Alison Krauss and Union Station) I was surfing on the TV one night and stumbled on this concert. I yelled upstairs for Paul to check it out and we discovered the group. This song was one of his favorites.
Through The Years (Kenny Rogers) When I heard this song I knew immediately I wanted it played at our 50th anniversary party because it was so “us”. That wasn’t to be. I had it played at Paul’s funeral instead.