Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I'm in a coffee shop in the small town where i went to school 25 years ago,and a song came on, "if ever i lay with you" edit: The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face. roberta flack. It's the better known version but I first it by Orielle Smith, a really obscure folksinger. The internet's never heard of the album "A voice in the wind" but it was the sweetest version of the alan lomax type appalacian folk songs, sung by a 17 year old opera-trained girl in 1963.
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/orrielsmith has "Forever in the wind" Same girl maybe 50 years later.
This is about my 7th cup of coffee today, in lieu of sleep. I was in Missouri yesterday, Nebraska today,and am trying to get home to Indiana.

I didnt know until just now that the song was written for Peggy Seeger. I really like her "Engineer's Song."

"The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" is a 1957 folk song written by British political singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl for Peggy Seeger, who would later become his wife, to sing. At the time the couple were lovers, although MacColl was married to someone else. Seeger sang the song when the duo performed in folk clubs around Britain. During the 1960s, it was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972, winning the Grammy Awards for Record and Song of the Year.Billboard ranked it as the No. 1 song of the year for 1972.[1]

wow there are like 100 recorded versions. If i get time i might track down some of them and see if i can splice together a mashup version.

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