Teacher Playlist – Richard Turner

Here’s an eight-song playlist and comments courtesy of Mr. Richard Turner, comprised of acoustic classics, piano ballads, Dixieland jazz, and even some Debussy. The artists range from established Canadian folkies such as Neil Young to prominent indie songwriters such as M. Ward. Enjoy.

  1. Early Mornin’ Rain by Gordon Lightfoot – one of many classics from a Canadian icon.
  2. Comes a Time by Neil Young – see comment for #1.
  3. That’s the Way the World Goes Around, John Prine – A humorous yet profound song, typical of arguably one of the greatest singer-songwriters.
  4. Escarpment Blues, Sarah Harmer – There are so many fabulous Canadian female singer-songwriters. She’s one of my favourites. An environmentalist too.
  5. The Great Escape, Patrick Watson – I need at least one sad song. Another Canadian, but very different usually. This featured at the climax of a great Canadian film One Week.
  6. Chinese Translation, M. Ward – My philosophical selection.
  7. Si Tu Vois Ma Mere, Sidney Bechet – I had to include some jazz. This was at the opening of the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris. Wish I was there.
  8. Clair de Lune, Claude Debussy – A classical piece to round things out.