Weekly Song Challenge #43

Here’s what Mary B wants to hear this week…

A Song with a Boy’s Name in the Title: Bireli Lagrene, "Timothée" (instrumental)

A Song with an Animal in the Title: Bireli Lagrene, "Jack Rabbit" (instrumental)

A Song that mentions your Favorite Color: Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac, "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Prong Crown)"

That’s all for now!

Tally-ho and away we go!
See you next week with a brand new show!

15 thoughts on “Weekly Song Challenge #43

  1. I have not heard of the musician for the first 2 choices but he is talented that’s for sure. I enjoyed the last song from Fleetwood Mac but it sounds …spooky.


    1. Fleetwood Mac started as a straight blues band and added psychedelic elements in the late ’60’s. It was the late ’70’s before they became a pop band.

      Bireli Lagrene is probably better known in Europe, but he caused a stir here in the jazz world because he played like Django Reinhardt. This was his first foray into electric jazz, and it didn’t go over too well, but I think it’s a great album…


      1. I, too, remember when Birelli Lagrene hit the radio in the 80’s and was just a kid, and, indeed seemed to be a full-fisted (as it were) reincarnation of Django (who these days has been reincarnated as a Python-coded web server).


  2. I’m not familiar with the artist of your first two picks but he sounds good. I like the Fleetwood Mac song. I’ve seen it show up a few times in various blog posts over the years including your blog. It’s an interesting song. Kind of sounds like a song Jethro Tull might do.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


    1. Bireli Lagrene was at one time considered the second coming of Django Reinhardt, and there are plenty of videos on YouTube where he’s covering Django’s tunes. The album I took these from was quite a departure for him, and not everyone liked it. I, on the other hand, loved it…


  3. What a superlative composition and performance, The Green Manalishi (whatever the heck it’s about). I remember being blown away by it when came out, hearing it as paradigmatic of what “heavy rock” should be like. It seems a sibling in feel and manner to Led Zeppelin’s Dazed and Confused . Great group, back when rock was art.


    1. I’ve noticed where the ’60’s and early ’70’s incarnation of Fleetwood Mac is now called “Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac,” probably for the younger crowd that doesn’t remember them as a British blues band. They got into a more progressive and psychedelic sound late in the ’60’s, and the results are amazing.


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