Some Thursday Love: Kenny Rankin, “Silver Morning,” 1974
I’d forgotten how beautiful this Kenny Rankin song is. And it doesn’t finish the way it begins, either…
What can you say about a guy who was directly influenced by another idol of mine, Laura Nyro; who played guitar with Dylan on the seminal Bringing It All Back Home, and who wrote the song “Peaceful,” for Helen Reddy? His covers of Beatles songs so impressed Paul McCartney, that he asked Kenny Rankin to sing a medley of them when McCartney was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987. Johnny Carson invited him some 20-odd times to perform on The Tonight Show.
Kenny Rankin was a Renaissance guy. His work was an amalgam of the best of jazz, folk, and pop music.
Rankin is no longer with us; he died of lung cancer in 2009 a year after he sang at the funeral of his touring buddy, comedian George Carlin. He was definitely grayer, and he had shaved his trademark mustache. But he did write, and interpret, some great, beautiful songs. There are some days when it doesn’t pay to get up in the morning, so to speak. And then there are mornings when you are joyful just to breathe.
This is one of those days.
Enjoy yours. If anything, the weekend beckons. ♥
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