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