In between my last preparations for starting nursing school in a couple of weeks-- I have to go in for a checkup and a bunch of blood tests today-- I've been trying to catch up with blogging. I've been neglecting it for a while. Indeed, I've noticed since Facebook took the world by storm, a lot of blogs have been slowing down or even falling by the wayside entirely. For me, Facebook has been a nice way to keep in daily touch with old friends who have scattered, geographically, to the four winds. But it'll never replace blogging, either reading or writing, for me.
Speaking of catching up, I was catching up with one of my long-time favorite bloggers, Barbara, and her preparations to send the soon-to-be-non-Resident Offspring off to college. When I started reading her blog three years ago, her daughter was my son's age, 15. I got a little preview of my future reading her post.
She also mentioned Tim Hardin, an artist who seems to have been forgotten over the years. He wrote some wonderful songs in his short life-- he had a long-time heroin problem that finally killed him in 1980 at the age of 39-- that were mostly known for their covers: both Bobby Darin and Johnny Cash covered "If I Were A Carpenter," Johnny Cash did a nice cover of "Lady Came From Baltimore" and Rod Stewart's cover of "Reason To Believe" was on Every Picture Tells A Story. As much as I like those covers, I loved the originals even more.
Searching Youtube, I could only find one clip of him, performing "If I Were A Carpenter" at Woodstock. I also found a lovely cover of my favorite Tim Hardin song, "Reason To Believe," performed by Billy Bragg and Lisa Miller on a television show. Enjoy.