Changing my mind

John Martyn’s May You Never is one of my all-time favourite songs. It has everything: melody, lyrics, the warmth and delivery of a brilliant singer-songwriter, and, in my case, fond memories associated with people who aren’t around any more, in places that aren’t the same.


Some years ago, a friend told me he’d heard a great version of the song sung as a duet. And I wasn’t having any of it. No way. I wanted my nostalgia my way, felt like sending back the OBE I don’t have, or whatever it is people do in protest nowadays.

And then today. There I was, disturbing nobody, quietly listening to the Mamas and the Papas. And tweeting about it. Bad idea. Along came Halley, tweeting away, disturbing my reverie, letting me know she’d found this gem of a video.


I was listening to May You Never at the time, so naturally, while dipping my toe into YouTube. I had to look. Only to find this video, containing the duet with Kathy Mattea that I’d heard about and refused to hear.

And this time I heard it. And had to change my mind. What a wonderful treatment. For a wonderful song.

I think I’m going to concentrate on changing my mind a few more times this year. Look to weed out old prejudices with a vengeance. And one of the first things I’m going to do in preparation is to read all the responses to the question, there are still a few I haven’t finished.

5 thoughts on “Changing my mind”

  1. I’m a big John Martyn fan too though May You Never vies with One World as my favourite track. Been to see him loads of times live and no one can beat him.

  2. I love his joy at the end of what must be the umpteenth time he’s performed that song – the whole point of keeping things fresh is summed up in that moment for me.

  3. Loved the John Martyn / Kathy Mattea piece. Thanks for passing that along. I was practically raised on the Momas and Papas and had seen this video – a wonderful step back in time.

    Great posts – glad I found this. Keep it coming.

    Don Thorson

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