New Year Playlist

My first solo walk of the New Year on Hampstead Heath today, cold with perfect blue skies, a miserly 8,000 steps that took me, nevertheless, around a couple of ponds and up a couple of slow inclines, careful to watch out for what remained of the treacherous iced-over water that had run down onto the concrete paths.

Whichever route I take – and there are several – I usually aim to take a rest on one of the benches that surround the Tumulus, knowing that I’m now some 30/40 minutes from home.

View through the trees on the Tumulus

If I’ve remembered to slip a book into my pocket, I’ll spend a little time there reading – today it was The Letters of James Schuyler to Frank O’Hara – and before setting off on that last leg, take my little MP3 player from another pocket, set ear buds in place and press shuffle …

From which comes this first playlist of the year …

Leonard Cohen
Chelsea Hotel

Louis Armstrong
Chantez Les Bas
from Louis Armstrong Plays W. C. Handy

Bill Morissey

Bonnie Raitt
Not ‘Cause I Wanted To

Joni Mitchell

Jimmy LeVave
For Everyman
from Looking Into You: A Tribute to Jackson Brown

Billie Holiday
On the Sentimental Side
with Lester Young and the Teddy Wilson Orchestra

Gretchen Peters
When All You Got is a Hammer

Rosemary Clooney

As Long As I Live
with (I think) Scott Hamilton (tenor) & Warren Vaché (tpt/c’net)

Frank Sinatra
Nice Work If You Can Get It

John Prine
Morning Train

Author: John Harvey


5 thoughts on “New Year Playlist”

  1. John – re the Rosemary Clooney: both Scott and Warren present and correct. The album – ‘Do You Miss New York?’ – also features Bucky Pizzarelli and his son John. It’s very good. Happy New Year to you and yours. Long may you run – or at least walk. Best wishes – Jane and Tim

  2. Good to know that you’re down in Penwith checking the details! I think i do have the album somewhere – a gift, I think, from a friend in New York. Hope you are both getting your walking in. Best for 2022.

  3. Happy New Year John. After the depredations (apart from Camillieri), of the Christmas books. It’s time for the Resnick canon again. Here’s to ’22. Brian

  4. Here’s to ’22 indeed. Promotion for Notts; Spurs finish in the top 4. I carry on dreaming. Hope Charlie stands up to a little gentle re-reading. Against all the known advice, I’ve just re-read the final Elder, ‘Body & Soul’, and, even though I knew what was coming, found it quietly compelling – even moving. If you haven’t tried it …

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