Here’s another re-tread. But it’s a song of which I never tire (sorry). It’s Kris Kristoferson’s greatest song, Me and Bobby McGee, performed famously by Janis Joplin, Kris Kristoferson, and many others – and sung here by yours truly – maybe not so great or famously, but all right enough for you to sing along with.

What is it about a song that makes it a great one? One noted professor of Country Music, who specifically asked to remain unnamed on this blog, said that it’s the ability to create clear images that we can see and feel. “Accessible sentiments,” was the phrase he used. In other words, the lyric is everything. Big deal! Some professor! However, it is quite true – especially in the Country genre – that hit songs require great “hooks”or catch phrases. In Bobbie McGee you have a bunch of good ones starting with “freedom’s just another word for nothin left to lose”. Actually, the song starts with “busted flat in Baton Rouge” – an image which, come to think of it, qualifies as an “accessible sentiment”. Of course a great song needs a good melody too. That’s what I say, and I’m no professor, thank goodness. Then there’s the harmony, for sure, then the rhythms, the arrangement and dynamics, etc, etc., the whole feel of it, etc, etc… OK, OK. I suppose there are a lot of factors. Life is complicated. Even for a professor. Feel free to sing along anyway. Busted flat in Baton Rouge. Waitin for a train. Feelin nearly faded as my jeans…

 

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