I like the stories. I like the songs that tell the stories. For instance the story of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Edmund_Fitzgerald was forever captured in the song by Gordon Lightfoot http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0DqPSF2fyo which in turn gets retold by other performers. As was our case, we were on a cruise ship out of Tampa down to Aruba, and up in the Piano Bar near the front of the ship, the guy at the piano seemed to have a particular penchant for that particular song. I enjoyed that song a lot. The impact of memories associated with songs are very cool.
In fact, there are a number of covers of this song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRMOwWwFufA&feature=watch_response This guy has an interesting 12 string guitar, and it definately gives a different sound to the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3n7CqIldPpw&feature=related Perhaps the imagery is just cool, “icewater mansions” “minutes to hours” “broke deep” “superior, it is said, never gives up her dead” “maritime sailor’s cathedral” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1qnWwhnzbo&NR=1 Different types of guitars bring different sounds to the song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXZossCtWQQ&feature=related Another 12 string guitar gives a different sound. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUZu3ZWlaR8&feature=related A Cello, 2 guitars, and BYU’s men’s chior. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEi6hJbPlPE&feature=related A cello, 3 guitars, and MSU’s men’s glee club. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zG32rNW5tYo&feature=related
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