Song of the day: “Woodstock” was written by Joni Mitchell who famously skipped that event for a previously scheduled appearance on the Dick Cavett Show. But she made up for it by writing the definitive song about the gentle, peace-loving, utopian, laid-back, free-flowing hippie spirit of that moment in time. The earliest live version of this song is Joni at the 1969 Celebration at Big Sur, one month after Woodstock. The earliest studio version of this song comes from Jimi Hendrix on a September 1969 track he recorded with Stephen Stills, recorded about one week before Joni played it live at Big Sur. Hendrix plays bass and Stills sings. This track was only released in 2018 as part of a collection of never-before heard Hendrix recordings called, “Both Sides of the Sky.” Here are another 20 versions from 18 different artists, including the versions with which most people are familiar: Joni’s version. CSNY’s version. Eva Cassidy’s version. Matthews Southern Comfort’s version. Toto’s Bobby Kimball’s version. Tuck and Patti’s version. David Crosby and the Lighthouse Band’s version in the green room and their version on stage. James Taylor’s live version for induction of CSNY into the Rock and Roll HOF. And here’s James on the Howard Stern show. Richard Thompson’s version. Richie Havens’ version. America’s version. De Johnette, Grenadier, Medeski, Scofield’s version. Brooke Fraser’s version. John Otway’s version. Darlingside & Heather Maloney’s version. The Assembled Multitude’s version. John Legend’s version. Big Country’s version. And if you’re really interested, here’s a much longer list of six dozen or so cover versions.
Poem of the day: “what can a poem do?” by Darius V. Daughtry.
Fact of the day: Lord of the Flies was tested in real life. And that’s not what happened. Let’s think about this. The ‘red in tooth and claw’ presumption of modern liberal political theory — the foundational idea that underlies the social contract holding together most modern democracies — is a false theory.
Learned one thing today: A gratuitously unsympathetic yet provocative account of modern day salesmen.
Visual of the day: Where chess pieces are captured most often.
Good thing going on: Just desserts. A boat flying Gay Pride flags was harassed by a boatful of teenagers. And then the teenagers’ boat caught fire and they had to be rescued by the boat flying the Gay Pride flags.