Continuing in the folk culture spirit, it seems only fitting to sit back and listen to a little folk music (on vinyl, if possible). There are plenty of modern folk artists flooding the music industry right now, but we must not neglect those folkies who helped lay the groundwork in this music back in the 60s and 70s. So today, DFOF is drawing your ears to an often-forgotten musician of this era and a featured artist at Woodstock in 1969.
Known for her raspy, sometimes-whiney vocals and passionate guitar strumming, Melanie Safka defines what folk music is all about: she tells a story. In today's song "Good Book", Melanie describes kids going to a festival, excited about life and eager to discover more about it. In an especially catchy line (in word and melody), Melanie encourages listeners to, "Give the poet and poem and the singer a song. And then tell us you love us, so we don't feel alone." After listening to this song enough times, you will be humming and singing those words.
HEAR IT: "The Good Book" by Melanie
As you listen and sing along to Melanie, put together a vintage, folk-inspired look like the one above. Think carefree, ethnic, and embroidered with just a hint of flower child. By the way, elements of Southwestern Folk fit in quite nicely with the flavor of Melanie's music.
1) Leather Vest with Fringe – $29.99 – Borrowed Time Vintage; 2) Turquoise & Copper Necklace – $20 – Triciapher; 3) Ethnic Woven Carpet Bag – $49 – Light Years Vintage; 4) Floppy Boho Hat – $22 – Bountiful Goods; 5) Ethnic Summer Dress – $48 – Nicolas Vintage; 6) The Tigerlily Head Wrap with Feathers – $82 – L.A. Native; 7) Vintage Hurache Sandals – $25 – Spicy Vintage; 8) Butterfly Ring – $17 – Scarlet Duchess
By Sarah Corley