Sunday, December 16, 2012

Good Shepherd: Issa's Sunday Service, #148

Photo by Sogning (paused perhaps on the edge of Dante's wood)

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As we approach the holiday season, a handful of songs come to my lapsed agnostic brain and so will be featured here today and next week.  Today's offering comes from Jefferson Airplane, my favorite band as a young neophyte music addict. The song was arranged by lead guitar player Jorma Kaukonen, whose folk, blues and bluegrass chops are impeccable, to say nothing of his awesome guitarness. 

Chalk this one up to the sentimental holidays and note that the litrock connection comes from the Bible, New Testament variety. 

Here's a beautiful acoustic version of "Good Shepherd" by a recent iteration of Hot Tuna, Jorma and Jack Cassady's spin-off Jefferson Airplane band, with the able accompaniment of Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin. 

 
 

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Woodblock print by Secchu Tsubaki ni Suzume



flock of sparrows--
and not one of them
a stepchild
 Issa
 translated by David G. Lanoue 




best,
Don 

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Go to the LitRock web site for a list of all 147 songs

4 comments:

japanesehistoryenthusiast said...

Thanks for the Hot Tuna version of "The Good Shepherd," I just sent it to my guitarist sons who love to strum and jam in Japan.

Carmen Sterba

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Carmen!

Glad you liked - via email, the Hot Tuna version is decidedly the one everybody enjoyed the most.

Have great holidays.

Don

Merrill Gonzales said...

Merry Christmas, Don. Thanks for feeding the sheep for so long. Merrill

Issa's Untidy Hut said...

Cheers, Merrill. Have a great holiday. Don