Here’s another re-tread. But it’s a song I never grow tired of (sorry). Arguably Kris Kristopherson’s greatest song, Me and Bobby McGee, performed famously by Janis Joplin, Kris, 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 professor of Country Music, who asked to remain unnamed, said that it’s the ability to create clear images that we can see and feel. “Accessible sentiments,” was the phrase he used. In short, the lyric is everything. Some professor! But it is true – especially in the Country genre – that hit songs usually have 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”. 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, of course, 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. 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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