Songs You May Have Missed #466

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Pat Donohue: “Jazz Name” (2005)

Pat Donohue is not only a master of acoustic fingerstyle guitar, but his songwriting is pretty spectacular too. The winning “Jazz Name” throws a witty series of internal rhyme rabbit punches at you until you surrender with a smile.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/02/02/songs-you-may-have-missed-317/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/11/08/songs-you-may-have-missed-215/

Songs You May Have Missed #317

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Pat Donohue: “Would You Like to Play the Guitar?” (2011)

One of the world’s great finger picking guitarists relates a cautionary tale for would-be professional guitarists. As with the previous Donohue song I posted, this is a parody of decades-old song (“Swinging On a Star”, popularized by Bing Crosby).

Sadly, many younger listeners don’t know the older source music. In the case of parody, this means they might fail to fully appreciate the art of the parodying artist. In the case of sampling, it means they might fail to appreciate the lack of art in the sampling artist. (Jay-Z and Kanye are counting on it.)

I can’t resist Pat Donohue’s topical novelty songs, but if you want more of a taste of the kind of stuff he plays (and how he does it) check out the video below. It’s the kind of thing Steve Howe likes to do in his mid-Yes concert solo acoustic sets:

 

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2012/11/08/songs-you-may-have-missed-215/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/08/21/songs-you-may-have-missed-466/

Songs You May Have Missed #215

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Pat Donohue: “Sushi-Yucki” (2004)

Minnesota’s Pat Donohue isn’t just one of the finest finger-picking guitarists on the planet. His sense of humor and songwriting are just as impressive. As this song demonstrates, Donohue is a master of internal rhyme.

For many years Pat’s been the house guitarist for public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. He blends folk, blues and jazz into an acoustic mix that fits perfectly on public radio, but he does it so well he really deserves a much wider audience.

“Sushi-Yucki” is hilarious even if you don’t get how clever a parody it is of Kyu Sakamoto’s 1963 #1 hit “Sukiyaki”.

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/02/02/songs-you-may-have-missed-317/

See also: https://edcyphers.com/2013/08/21/songs-you-may-have-missed-466/

Pat Donohue Plays “Maple Leaf Rag”

One of my favorite singer-songwriter-guitarists showing some God-given brilliance.

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