The Allyn-a-Dale Playlist

A while back, I shared a number of songs Will Scarlet and I like to get down to on YouTube. I also made mention of a couple of songs Allyn enjoys, thinking at the time that I’d be hard-pressed to scrounge together enough to warrant a playlist of his own.

But since that post’s drafting, Allyn’s been exposed to more of our world’s musical offerings. And though, as a card-carrying minstrel, he rightfully maintains a high standard regarding what he’ll allow in his brain via his ears, he is willing to concede that we’ve got our share of songs worthy of a replay or ten.

So pull out your headphones, Ever On Wordians, for the Merry Men’s minstrel and I have songs to share!

“Play Me” by Neil Diamond

This simple ditty had Allyn at the chorus:

You are the sun, I am the moon
You are the words, I am the tune
Play me


“All About That Bass (Postmodern Jukebox cover)”

While you might have to cough up some cash to get him to listen to the Meghan Trainor original or most of its numerous parodies, Allyn’s enough of a sucker for old-school jazz to give this reinterpretation top marks.


“Vincent (Starry Starry Night)” by Don McLean

Speaking of covers, words can’t tell you how I’d love to hear Allyn’s rendition of this number. A quiet, melancholy tribute to a tortured artist? That’s Allyn-a-Dale all over.


“All the Rowboats” by Regina Spektor

Another number appealing to Allyn’s tortured side. He’s all beautiful angst during the lines:

But the most special are the most lonely
God, I pity the violins
In glass coffins they keep coughing
They’ve forgotten, forgotten how to sing, how to sing


“Health to the Company” as performed by Blackmore’s Night

A Renaissance Faire favorite, and Allyn’s #1 pick of the five songs listed today. Its mournful piping is lovely to sit there and cry to, if you’re into that sort of thing (which Allyn and I often enough are).


Now that you’ve got an idea of his tastes, what songs do you think Allyn-a-Dale ought to give a listen? ^^ The comment section awaits your recommendations!

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