Music, like storytelling, has always been a creative, healing balm for me. Having grown up in the red, sandy fields of West Texas, it feels ironic how tied I am to the ocean, rivers and lakes. There are days when the wildflowers strewn across the hill country and the beauty of the sunset invoke serenity and a pensive mood. When I’m called to a such a quiet place, I invariably listen to my favorite music. Listen to one of my favorite songs, “Michael.”
The Highwaymen dropped part of the original name, “Michael, Row the Boat Ashore,” and called their recording, simply, “Michael.” The song was recorded and released in 1961. On the pop and easy listening charts, it ranked number one in the United States and United Kingdom. Billboard ranked the record as the number three song of 1961. The original song was a Spiritual sung by former slaves on St. Helena Island, South Carolina. You can read more about the history of the song here. I’ve frequently listened to it throughout the years and decided to share it this week in my Musical Memories blog.