- Nard Claar
Essential Saturday night listening: If I still partied, which I pretty much do not, it would be something along the lines of the Allman Brothers or Marvin Gaye. Different vibe, same joy.
Essential Sunday morning listening: Earth Town Square by Peter Mayer, who’s probably been my favorite songwriter for the last 15 years or so. I met Pete back in 2000 at the Lyons Folk Festival, and his set was sublime and perfect for a Sunday morning. The album’s closing track “Coming Home” is so deeply about the journey every human heart longs for, it makes me cry every time.
First record I bought with my own money: Three Dog Night’s Greatest Hits. Still smile to think of forking over, what, like $2.50? 1976 was a very good year.
“Wish I’d written that” song: Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill.” Arguably the most jamming 7/4 song in the history of, well, the world. Clearly inspired by a mystical moment, although I’ve heard tell it’s mostly about his decision to leave the band Genesis. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.
“Wish I could unhear that” song: “She’s too Fat for Me Polka.”
Artist more people should know about: Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer’s Tanglewood Tree album remains a favorite of mine and my wife Kristen. Dave died a number of years ago, but his lyrical genius still remains in songs like “Crocodile Man” and “Farewell to Saint Dolores.”
Guilty pleasure: I’m not getting paid enough to share that kind of information. I do love low-salt potato chips.