Song of the Day, March 31: Streets of Your Town by Bryndle

bryndleToday’s song features on the realization of a long-deferred dream. In 1969, four like-minded musicians got together as Bryndle. Karla Bonoff, Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold, and Wendy Waldman all had an interest in country-tinged folk-pop and great craftsmanship. They signed with A&M and recorded an album. Only a single was released however, and the lack of a strong response to their carefully crafted recording broke up the band and shelved the album.

Over the next two decades, all four found success as writers, singers, producers, and session musicians, including shared projects with Linda Ronstadt. Finally, in 1995, they gathered again and recorded an eponymous debut — a quarter century after their first try. The result was magical, with the intervening years honing their talents. Regular collaborators, they meshed even better than they had in 1970. Bryndle is a fine album without a dull moment.

The standout was written by Gold with folk singer Jenny Yates. Streets of Your Town is a fun road song and tale of frustrated romance. It’s energetic and compelling, making the most of the fine group harmonies and solid musical talents of the quartet.

Enjoy this fun song today.


Song of the Day, December 30: Different Drum by the Stone Poneys

stonedrumToday’s song is a wonderful collaboration that launched a legendary career. After a semester of college, Linda Ronstadt decided to pursue a music career and moved to Los Angeles. She reconnected with a friend from Tuscon, Bobby Kimmel, who had begun collaborating with Kenny Edwards. The three shared a fondness for folk-tinged pop, and formed the Stone Poneys.

They released three albums in fifteen months, the second of which featured their lone single. Different Drum was written by Mike Nesmith before he joined the Monkees, and it’s a perfect fit for the Poneys. A song of romantic frustration and independent spirit, it finds magic in Ronstadt’s delivery. She retained the reference to her suitor as “pretty”, a nice twist that makes her declaration of the need to find herself even more powerful.

The trio split up after their third album. Kimmel became a successful folk musician, Edwards a strong pop presence who collaborated with many artists before his death in 2010. Ronstadt honed the folk-pop sound the Poneys had started and launched an impressive solo career, culminating with induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

Enjoy this classic song today.


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