She'll Grow Back: Multiple Mondays - Be Thankful For What You Got

Monday, November 24, 2008

Multiple Mondays - Be Thankful For What You Got

In 1974, minor government worker William DeVaughn went into a vanity recording studio in Philadelphia and paid $900 in cash so he could record a song he wrote. As a devout Jehovah's Witness, he was interested in music with a spiritual message (and in fact would preach to live audiences during his shows).

I've collected 23 different versions of this song (many from a wonderful cover blog called Versions Galore), with a message you might want to consider this Thursday. Normally, I keep Multiple Mondays posts to ten or less versions of any given song, but I'm incredibly thankful to all of you out there who are reading, downloading, commenting, and hosting your own blogs. I'm so grateful I zipped up every single version of this song I own, AND I cherry-picked them to upload a few files you can download one at a time.

Artists included here: Bunny Clarke, Bunny Rugs, Cornell Campbell (original + dub remix), Donald McCollum, Donovan Carless (original + dub remix), Fingazz, Fo Clips Eclipse, Kings of the City, Love, Ludacris, Massive Attack, Omar feat. Angie Stone, Pauline Henry, Portrait, Rare Gems, Slammin All Body Band, Big Hands Colvin Band, Walter Beasley, William De Vaughn, Yo La Tengo.

First, the big ol' zip file (130 MB).
Now, some individual files:

William DeVaughn (the original)
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Love (1975, the standout track from an otherwise largely unappreciated album)
Massive Attack (1991, from their first album)
Yo La Tengo (1997, from one of their many EPs)
Big Hands Colvin Band (2007, an indie folk-blues band)

Ladies and gentlemen, I'm not a particularly spiritual person, but counting your blessings is really underrated, and the best way I know to ensure you don't overlook them. Peace and love to all. (Be sure to be back here December 1, when I'm going to try to post something every day till the 25th.)

4 comments:

Leopold Stotch said...

Thanks for the link back.
I'll have a gander at your collection soon.
Great Blog BTW.

LS
http://versionsgalore.blogspot.com/

Mark H. Besotted said...

Thanks to YOU, Leopold.

I haven't had time yet, but I'm going to be mass-downloading about ten of your posts from the last couple months this week too.

Hooray for trading.

Te said...

Hi & congrats... Hey & could you check the zip please? After two downloads (Mega and Rapid), it keeps giving "error -1" and doesn't open with various unzip programs (software), so I'm guessing it's the file. Thanks a bundle !

Mark H. Besotted said...

*SIGH*

I had this problem last year, and thought I'd fixed it when I changed my zipping software.

I'll post again when it's reupped.

Sorry.