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Everybody remembers Scott MacKenzie's San Francisco.  That is not all he sang.  Here are some more goodies

Scott MacKenzie and Harry Chapin were my favorite artists.  They sang of peace, love, gentleness.  They were about flowers and children.  Scott has died.  Here are some beautiful non-San Francisco songs from Scott:

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Stained Glass Morning

What's the Difference v. 1,2 and 3

Like an Old Time Movie

Twelve Thirty
Look In Your Eyes

Rooms

Especially in the last two, his voice is sweet and lyrical, almost beyond this world
I will miss him

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  •  San Francisco (2+ / 0-)
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    JKTownsend, worldlotus

    That song was written by John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas.

    I  always blamed that song for the cascade of lost children who flooded the Haight and became prey for people like Charles Manson.  In his new history of San Francisco, Season of the Witch, David Talbot pretty much takes the same view.  

    McKenzie's song and Time Magazine pretty much were the death knell for the scene in San Francisco.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:35:20 PM PDT

  •  big chapin fan (5+ / 0-)

    as a teen, i was working on a congressional campaign and harry came out to do a benefit for my candidate (who was running for reelection, after one term in what had been a republican district- and he won, and no republican has held the seat since). not only was harry a mensch, he also had as much stage presence as any performer i've ever seen.

    mackenzie wrote an anthem. opol used it in the title of a rec list diary just a few days ago.

    The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

    by Laurence Lewis on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:49:51 PM PDT

    •  I saw Chapin @ the Air Force Academy ... (4+ / 0-)

      ... in Colorado Springs, either 1975 or 1976. Weird venue in retrospect. More than 99 percent of the audience were cadets and the commanding officers. I was neither, and really stood out with my shoulder length locks and facial hair and blue jeans. The cadets were dressed in formal clothing as were their dates. They also sat on their hands and didn't applaud or make any sounds, unless the commanding officers did. It reminded me of attending a classical music concert in the stuffiest hall imaginable. And Harry's comments to the listeners struck me as politically right-wing -- at least for that era -- including remarks about how he could see the audience because there was no "smoke" obscuring his vision. He even changed the concluding lyrics to "Taxi" -- one of my favorite tunes -- so that he was no longer flying so high, when he's stoned. He also changed the words to several other songs, in a self-censoring move. It was startling to this fan who'd memorized his albums to that point. The idea I had in my mind about Harry Chapin was not the performer I saw on stage. He morphed into Pat Boone that particular night.

      Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

      by JKTownsend on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 02:33:11 PM PDT

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      •  just being polite (4+ / 0-)

        he was very liberal, but i'm guessing he felt it pointless to offend people. the specific words weren't the point, anyway, his stories spoke his values, and i'm guessing those didn't change.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 02:55:59 PM PDT

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        •  I realize that he was being polite ... (3+ / 0-)

          ... and I was careful to note that his performance that night at the academy was atypical. He was playing to his audience, and it was an honor to perform before the cadets. I think he was also reacting from his own distaste at the negative reactions and marginalization that many Vietnam vets experienced in that era. His opening act that evening, BTW, was his brother Tom Chapin, who is a huge talent in his own right.

          Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me, "how good, how good does it feel to be free? " And I answer them most mysteriously, "are birds free from the chains of the skyway? " (Bob Dylan)

          by JKTownsend on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 03:36:35 PM PDT

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  •  RIP Scott n/t (5+ / 0-)

    Trade always exists for the traders. Any time you hear businessmen debating "which policy is better for America," don’t bend over. -George Carlin-

    by not4morewars on Sun Aug 19, 2012 at 01:54:14 PM PDT

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