Duets

3 Jul

There is something about the melding of two voices together in a duet that I absolutely love. In addition to the layered voices and harmonies, I love the complexity of the story telling between the two “story tellers”. You can feel the tensions and emotions build as they progress through the song. Last winter a friend of mine turned me onto a great song by a band called Shakey Graves. This song is “Dearly Departed” and it it features a woman named Esmé Patterson. Listen below. It is so good! And lucky me…I will see them this summer at the Newport Folk Festival.


I’ve always had a soft spot for duets featuring a man and a woman. Here are some of my favorites from years past…

1. Stevie Nicks & Tom Petty: Stop Dragging My Heart Around

2. Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes: Joan of Arc
If you like this song or are already a Leonard Cohen fan, you should be sure to check out the rest of the songs on Famous Blue Raincoat, an album that he did with Jennifer Warnes. Brilliant.

3. Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell: Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

4. The Civil Wars: Poison & Wine


I’m certain that there are many, many more duets that I could share with you. But for now, I’ll call it a night. Happy listening my friends…

One Response to “Duets”

  1. Deb Dunn August 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm #

    Glad to see you in the muse saddle again! Cool song by Shakey Graves. Love the other duets as well! How can you not love Marvin Gaye?

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