by Robert Wilkinson
Tonight’s dance will be poignant, since we’re saying goodbye.
Won’t go into specifics, but it was on FB yesterday. Sometimes we have to say goodbye and let go, even if it makes no sense and we’d really rather not do that. But time is a river....
Our Saturday Night Attitude tune isn’t really a dance number, but has a great importance in my life, since Eric and I are both members of “the world’s most reluctant club” and this was his voice answering an unimaginable loss. So sway deep with music tonight, since it’s a feeling we all share more than once in our lives.
To match the impossibly deep feelings of this time of great sorrow for many thousands around the world, here’s the original music video of Eric Clapton’s song to a lost loved one, “Tears in Heaven”
From Pop Goes the 60s, here’s Ray Davies and the Kinks live giving us an incredibly beautiful goodbye song with heartfelt gratitude for all those precious days we have together! “Days.” For the original studio version with lyrics, here’s “Days”
Funny how pictures take on a different energy when a loved one passes. From the 2002 Concert for George at the Royal Albert Hall, Ringo Starr live performing “Photograph”
Always one of my favorite tunes, sung by Carl Wilson who truly had the voice of an angel, here is a lip-synched Beach Boys performance of the beautiful “God Only Knows”
I was at this concert last year! Here’s Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and David Marks live at the Greek Theater in LA performing one of the great Pet Sounds songs on how fast loves comes and goes, “Here Today”
For a more intense dance piece, here’s Stevie Nicks with Waddy Wachtel on lead and my old friend master drummer Jimmy Paxon live in Chicago giving us “Edge of Seventeen”
Here’s the original music video by Phil Collins for his beautiful pledge of love, “You’ll Be In My Heart”
Time to slow it down. Though not a goodbye song, it still conveys the depth of feeling we have both when they’re there and when they’re not. Behold the Iceman taking us to church with “For Your Precious Love”
To match what I've been feeling, here’s the great Sam Cooke tuning us all to “Sad Mood”
Once upon a time a long time ago when we were all much younger and more innocent, here are the Beatles in a live performance of Paul’s elegant ballad of remembrance, “Yesterday”
On the Porter Waggoner Show right after they broke up, here’s Dolly Parton giving us the original version of her famous goodbye tune “I Will Always Love You”
From the Tonight Show in 2009, here’s Sarah MacLachlan live giving us her tender ballad “I Will Remember You”
The The on Later With Jools giving us the quietly powerful “Love Is Stronger Than Death”
This reminds me of a cry, so take 90 seconds to remember a love one gone. From David Crosby, “I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here”
No sad song set would be complete without Bill Withers in the original “Ain’t No Sunshine”
As usual, we’ll finish the show with our Saturday Night Attitude tune, delivered up live at Crossroads 2013 by Eric Clapton in a powerful live performance of “Tears in Heaven”
Ray called it right, Zabby. Thank you for the days, Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me. I’m thinking of the days, I won’t forget a single day believe me. I bless the light, I bless the light that lights on you believe me. And though you're gone, You're with me every single day, believe me. Kiss Yuri and Pearl for us.
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