Photo by Sogning (paused perhaps on the edge of Dante's wood)
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.
Woodblock print by Secchu Tsubaki ni Suzume
flock of sparrows--
and not one of them