June 12, 2008

chicago shorty

it's been brought to my attention that there was a glaring oversight commited on that chicago mix i posted last week, & i'm not talking about the omission of sinatra's "my kind of town", but the fact that i didn't include a song from chicago folk legend steve goodman...known as "the songwriter's songwriter", goodman was also an accomplished guitar player, a consummate performer, & an avid cubs fan who's life was cut tragically short by leukemia at the age of 36...so to make ammends, here are a few tracks off his 1973 album, somebody else's troubles, including the ode to chicago tow-truck drivers, "lincoln park pirates"...also, be sure to listen for bob dylan playing piano & singing backup on the title track.

download: steve goodman - lincoln park pirates
download: steve goodman - chicken cordon bleus
download: steve goodman - somebody else's troubles

related: i guess i should also include goodman's classic tribute to the lovable losers on the north side...especially with talk of curses beginning to circulate again after soriano broke his hand last night...whatever, this is still the year.

download: steve goodman - a dying cubs fan's last request


Clay Eals said...

Good to see your fond tribute to Steve Goodman. He often doesn't get his due. You might be interested in my 800-page biography, "Steve Goodman: Facing the Music." The book delves deeply into the genesis of all the songs you mention -- and given the Wrigley setting of your accompanying photos, I should point out that "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" and its semi-sequel, "Go, Cubs, Go" get special treatment.

You can find out more at my Internet site (below). Amazingly, the book's first printing sold out in just eight months, all 5,000 copies, and a second printing of 5,000 is available now. The second printing includes hundreds of little updates and additions, including 30 more photos for a total of 575. It just won a 2008 IPPY (Independent Publishers Association) silver medal for biography: http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1231. To order a second-printing copy, see the "online store" page of my site. Just trying to spread word about the book. Feel free to do the same!

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derek@fsmail.net said...

'My Old Man' still brings tears to this 53 year old's eyes, so a post of that would be great.
Steve Goodman deserves to be remembered for not selling City of New Orlaens to Arlo Guthrie, who tried to claim the creidt anyway.
Sadly missed steve.