Joan Baez

My father introduced me to Joan Baez. My father, the radical trade union representative in his youth, who didn’t like the politics of Joan Baez when he was older. He hated her singing ‘We shall overcome’ but couldn’t resist the beauty of her voice.

So, when he was standing on his market stall, next to someone who sold records, he bought two Joan Baez LPs. I still have them. I can’t resist listening. ‘Once I had a sweetheart’ is one of the saddest songs I have ever heard.

I can’t listen to the LPs without crying. Not for sweethearts as such, but for the loss of people you have loved, and have gone from your life – my father obviously, and others too. And the purity of her voice is just so perfect. But even now when I listen to it, all I can think is, ‘I wish things had gone differently.’

And on a more upbeat note. ‘Te ador’.

Miss you dad.

All from Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2


About roughseasinthemed

I write about my life as an English person living in Spain and Gibraltar, on Roughseas, subjects range from politics and current developments in Gib to book reviews, cooking and getting on with life. My views and thoughts on a variety of topics - depending on my mood of the day - can be found over on Clouds. A few pix are over on Everypic - although it is not a photoblog. And of course my dog had his own blog, but most of you knew that anyway. Pippadogblog etc
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9 Responses to Joan Baez

  1. oh this is so sad. Once I had a sweetheart, the words are beautiful and her voice is so pure.I miss my Dad sooooooooo much sometimes, I feel for you.Just lately I have had some dreams about him, but when I reach out, he is not there………..of course not, they are only dreams, but his presence seems so real in the dreams, I am always so dismayed when he melts away.I wish when I was younger I had realised how fleeting the time is, and told him I loved him, and also asked him stuff about his family, his past, etc, I was too busy growing up to take time with him.Letty


  2. Funny isn’t it too, how sometimes they drove you mad, and yet you even miss them driving you mad!


  3. geeton1 says:

    Thank you roughseas, will do a post that includes your words and joan baez,, thanks so much for your participation..;)


  4. cobbies69 says:

    Thanks roughseas, will do a post with your tale and hopefully you will like, thanks for taking part again..;)


  5. Such a J Baez fan myself. What an awesome story. I so wanted to emulate her in my singing, but could never be her. She is an icon from those days that I still have very much n my everyday life today with her music.
    Great post! ~ BB


    • She has total beauty. Her voice, her music, her expression, her poliitics (well mostly, I have slagged her off about animal rights) but by and large she is pretty good. Thanks for your visit and comment, appreciated, and we share some musical tastes I think.


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