Friday, June 08, 2007

Today's Discovery

To many of my friends that come here you may not be familiar with the subject matter that I'm about to present. The music, the artists and the time period in which this music was recorded were very influential in my attitude towards life.

This is an image of Sandy Denny. Sandy Denny is without a doubt my favorite singing artist. Sandy died in 1978 and that is really a shame and you will understand once you hear her sing. The song on this video is Sandy Denny singing "Who Knows Where the Time Goes". The video was made by someone I have never heard of but the pictures are very nice.

This is Sandy Denny hanging out with the band Led Zepplin. Listen to the female vocalist in this very familiar song to me by Led Zepplin "The Battle of Evermore". It's Sandy alright and I never put it together before.

Who Knows Where the Time Goes

by Sandy Denny

Across the evening sky, all the birds are leaving
But how can they know it's time for them to go?
Before the winter fire, I will still be dreaming
I have no thought of time

For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

Sad, deserted shore, your fickle friends are leaving
Ah, but then you know it's time for them to go
But I will still be here, I have no thought of leaving
I do not count the time

For who knows where the time goes?
Who knows where the time goes?

And I am not alone while my love is near me
I know it will be so until it's time to go
So come the storms of winter and then the birds in spring again
I have no fear of time

For who knows how my love grows?
And who knows where the time goes?


The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

Very lovely. I must admit, I have never heard of her before. There is a lot of gap in my musical knowledge, of artists past. Especially in the 60's and 70's.

In what ways were you shaped and influenced by the music of the times, would you say?

It's funny, but I pulled out something I hadn't listened to for ages: Chicago II. I just needed something different to play at the gym, and it made me miss my appreciation for listening to their music. I started listening to rock music, when I hit my teens in 84. Chicago 17 made me go backward, and listen to their classic rock from the previous 15 years.

J_G said...

Word, I would have been a bit surprised if many people outside the folk music community would know who Sandy was. Sandy was the lead singer for a English folk music group called Fairport Convention and some lesser known groups and then she went on to a solo act.

The folk music trend to me was a harkening back to much earlier times of history and it helped me become very interested in learning history and appreciating all the old forgotten stories and traditions of times gone by.

Learning about history gave me a perspective of where I fit into history. Watching a war and the protestors raging on the nightly news tends to confuse a young person. I needed to evaluate for myself just what the heck was going on. A fine History teacher in my high school named Mr Itzgo could see I was earnestly struggling to understand and he pulled me out of the classroom and put me in the library with special assignments every day because the other kids in my 10th grade class could have cared less about Nicolo Machiavelli, da Vinci, de Medici let alone the Knights Templar, the Crusades
Jefferson, Madison, Teddy Roosevelt, World I, the great Depression and so on. I credit Mr Itzgo with opening my eyes during a very tumultuous time in my life and the rest of the world for that matter. The year was 1973.

Folk music helped me understand the times they were singing about and it actually brings history to life. Another folk music favorite of mine is named Stan Rogers. My XM radio in my pickup is tuned to channel 15 (Folk Music station) most of time.

Sandy Denny sang many of the traditonal folk songs with Fairport Convention like Matty Groves, Tam lin and others but she had to go out on her own to sing more contemporary songs. I wish there were some better videos for me to link you to. Here's a song I have always liked. It'll Take a Long Time

SusieQ said...

Sandy Denny had a lovely lilting voice. Indeed it is too bad she died so soon in life.

I can relate to the folk music era and the harkening back to earlier times. Our children were young during the 70's and we wanted them to experience a simpler, closer to the earth kind of life than what was being pursued by most people our age. So, we moved out into the country and raised big gardens and kept a milk cow. It was fun. Our children have wonderful memories of those days on our little farm.

Marie's Two Cents said...

Great Find Jenn :-)

She did have a beautiful voice.

J_G said...

Susie, Thanks for stopping by.
When I was in High school I was a bit of a non conformist as you can imagine. Everyone was listening to either Pop Rock or Acid Rock (Led Zepplin type) and I liked some of both but then I discovered Folk Music and I believed this was my little niche. I found a radio show with a DJ named Gene Shea and I was hooked. Even after I was in the Navy learning things that weren't so folksy I enjoyed listening to folk music that I could find in some pretty odd places.

It's actually a pretty large and diverse category of music and some of the stuff that originated in the 60's is the same old "I hate America" and peacenick crapola that is being written today. Just like all the other varieties of music you have to sift out the chaff. Seafaring songs are my favorite though (imagine that:-)

Marie, glad you stopped by too. I know we've both been pretty busy lately and not much blogging going on. I thought I put up something uplifting and different. I read some of Gayle's remarks about being pulled down by all the negativity that the libs come out with day after day. I know what she's feeling, I figured this would be a nice change up.

patterns of ink said...

A beautiful song beautifully sung. Thanks for introducing it here. I can relate to it these days.

Like Wordsmith, I had not heard of her which is surprising to me because I am a fan of the folk era of the 60's and 70's--though mostly just the stuff that hit the charts like Peter,Paul, and Mary.

Have you ever looked up Mr. Itzgo? It sounds like he was a great teacher who understood the individual needs and potential of his students. If he is alive, he'd be honored to know that he made a difference. See a post I wrote to my 10th grade biology teacher in May 2006 archive.

J_G said...

Tom, the band that Sandy sang in was called Fairport Convention. I never knew what her name was until much later when I was reintroduced to folk music by chance through a friend back in the early 90s. I became very interested in it again and now I have it in my pickup with XM Radio. I have all but few of Sandy's albums. The first one I found and bought was one of those "20th Century Masters" collections. It is very good. As a matter of fact I have a few of the "20th Century Masters" collections from different artists. Whoever puts those together does a very good job.

After I left High School Mr Itzgo became and Assistant Principle I heard but I never went back. I should have, just to say Thank You. I had another teacher that was instrumental in turning me around too. Mrs. Cadwalter got me interested in English and the use of the language. It was in the form of parsing the words people use like in advertising and newpaper articles. Mrs Cadwalter was actually English and she challenged me every step of the way, great lady, turned me completely around.

I met Susie going to a linguist's blog hoping to further my knowledge in the use of language. That didn't work too well over there but at least I met a good friend anyway

The link to the Stan Rogers video didn't work so here it is again Stan Rogers

goatman said...

I don't remember a female voice on "battle of evermore" but I will certainly relisten.
I think Judy Collins did "where the time goes", also ; and I loved that version.
Must seek out Sandy Denny.

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Paul F. said...

I always thought that was John Paul Jones singing on that song.

J_G said...

Goatman, Thanks for stopping by. I have been listening to Led Zeppelin forever and always knew that Battle of evermore had female voice in it but I never put it together with Sandy even though I've had the picture of Zeppelin and her for a long time. Judy Collins did sing Sandy's "Who Kows Where the Time goes. I like Judy too. Listen to both you tube and hear Sandy's distinctively beautiful vioce. Sandy was a favorite of the English for many years. Check out here website, Sandy

Hey Paul hope you enjoyed some of the music I listen too. I listen to many other varieties of music but Folk is a mainstay for me. I'm tracking down an obscure group that had another distinctive female lead singer called "The Pentangles", a celtic folk group. More later.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

What do you know of Glenn Yarbrough?

I'm only familiar with him, because of The Hobbit and Return of the King animations, from the 70's. Everyone seems to have hated the songs on there. But I loved them, along with Yarbrough's warbling voice.

I grew up on a lot of John Denver; although, he's not exactly folk music.

I'm mostly just trying to carry on a conversation here, but am out of my league.

J_G said...

Word, John Denver's Music can be considered folk music. I definitely liked quite a bit of his music.

Glenn Yarbrough music is along the lines of the Kingston Trio, the Limelighters and the Chieftans. I like that too. I remember some of that type of folk music from the Ed Sullivan Shew and the some of the early 60s TV specials that were popular. I grew up listening to "Tom Dooley" by the Kingston Trio and the battle of new orleans just to name one or two.

The later 60s and 70s folk music took on a more nostalgic type of 19th century and earlier feel to it. More later, got to go, always in a hurry lately for some reason.

Paul F. said...

I like a little folk myself. Of course Joan Baez and Bob dylan are at the top of the list, but I also like some others like Jean Ritchie. I guess you'd have to be a woman to sing higher than Robert Plant. Now it makes sense. I'm gonna have to check out some more of this Sandy Denny. It's too bad about her untimely passing. My dad was a folk musician too. He played autoharp. He has a CD called Free Range Autoharp. It's actually pretty good but there's no singing on it.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

John Denver's music can still transport me back to my childhood. Songs like Matthew and "Follow Me". And then recent songs like On the Wings of a Dream:

Yesterday I had a dream about dying
About laying to rest and then flying
How the moment at hand is the only thing
We really own
And I lay in my bed and I wonder
After all has been said and is done for
Why is it thus we are here
And so soon we are gone
Is this life just a path to the place
That we all have come from
Does the heart know the way
And if not, can it ever be found
In a smile or a tear or a prayer
Or a sigh or a song
And if so, then I sing for my father
And in truth you must know I would rather
He were here by my side
We could fly on the wings of a dream
To a place where the spirit would find us
And the joy and surrender would bind us
We are one anyway
Anyway we are more than we seem
There are those who will lead us
Protect us each step of the way
From beginning to end
For each moment forever each day
Such a gift has been given
It can never be taken away
Though the body in passing must leave us
There is one who remains to receive us
There are those in this life
Who are friends from our heavenly home
So I listen to the voices inside me
For I know they are there just to guide me
And my faith will proclaim it is so
We are never alone
From the life to the light
From the dark of the night to the dawn
He is so in my heart
He is here he could never be gone
Though the singer is silent
There still is the truth of the song
In the song
Yesterday I had a dream about dying
About laying to rest and then flying
How the moment at hand is the only thing
We really own
And I lay in my bed and I wonder
After all has been said and is done for
Why is it thus we are here
And so soon we are gone
Oh, why is it thus we are here
And so soon we are gone

Certainly it has to be heard to be fully appreciated.

Taking a visit to patterns of ink, and seeing his Carpenters post rekindled my lost love for Karen Carpenter's voice. I have every original album on cassettes.

Philip M Ward said...

Glad to see you name-checking the great Sandy Denny here. You might be interested in my Sandy blog at