I enjoy lots of
today's music, but I remember yesterday's music, too. I'm planning on
posting a track here most days, if not exactly daily, for a while.
We'll see how long this lasts.
What I will avoid are the tracks heard regularly on classic rock and oldies radio. I'll tend toward more or less obscure artists, occasionally throwing in less known tracks by well known artists or maybe sometimes live versions of well-known songs.
Hedge and Donna, made up of Hedge Capers
and Donna Carson, was a folk duo in the vein of Richard &
Mimi Fariña, Ian & Sylvia, or Peter, Paul & Mary (if you
subtracted one of the guys). They recorded six albums, the last of
which was released under the name Capers & Carson, from 1968 to
1973. They toured regularly, often sharing bills with major acts.
When they broke up as a couple they broke up as an act too, and both
left the music business for good. They sank so deeply into obscurity
that none of their music has ever been reissued on CD.
Their music has never been forgotten by a small circle of fans, of whom I am one. I still listen to it often, and it sometimes pops up in my head unbidden. Their Facebook page, which seems to be maintained by Donna, has lots of reminiscences of all they meant to listeners forty years ago and still mean to many of those fans. They weren't known for flashy instrumental virtuosity, but both of them, particularly Donna, had beautiful voices. Their warm, tender sound and choice of romantic, hopeful material might make them seem a little ingenuous or bathetic today, but it also made them comforting and uplifting in anxious times, whether 1971 or 2013.
"Can You Hear Me" is the first song on their first album. It was written by Billy Batson. The Facebook page has links to download all of their albums. Links to stream more tracks can be found on their MySpace page.