Without apology, I am breaking the rule of this series once again. In fact, I am driving a coach and horses through the rules.
To close a week of "song a day" tributes to Nanci Griffith, who died a week ago, aged just 68, I am offering not one clip but three plus a YouTube link to a fourth that cannot be embedded here.
But first let me thank all the readers who have come in their hundreds each day - nearly 500 one day - to see and, I hope, hear which gems I have chosen, or others have suggested, as drops in the ocean of magical music that Nanci leaves behind. One new reader, drawn here by what has been published since Nanci's death was announced, has sent me her own appreciation and that appears here.
Nanci Griffith wrote some beautiful songs and these made her an acclaimed storyteller and balladeer. But my final choices are, by pure accident not design, songs written by others.
If that was good, allow me to suggest that From a Distance was better still.
Julie Gold, a friend of Nanci's, wrote the song and Nanci recorded it first.
But it became a smash hit for Bette Midler though you won't find many Nanci fans who accept Midler's as the better version.
Here, Nanci sings it at an open-air event (the headline says Norway and there is Norwegian text superimposed on the video but the "more info" section identifies the setting as 1993 Anderson Fair in Texas.
To conclude. If Once in a Very Blue Moon was great, and From a Distance greater, I've saved the best for last.
Sandy Denny's classic, Who Knows Where the Times Goes?, seems a highly appropriate selection given the reason for this mini-series. Sandy's fans quite reasonably say her own versions have never been bettered, and I frequently feel the same way. What cannot be denied is that many - and I mean many - other superb artists have done Sandy's song proud. As Nanci does, save for the jarring shalala shenanigans at the end.
When I stumbled upon her live interpretation, preceded by a short scene from backstage beforehand, I knew this was where I wanted this series to end. It is described at YouTube as being from the "Transatlantic Sessions series 2 (1998)" and shows Maura O'Connell, Karen Matheson and James Grant as Nanci's musical partners.
Sadly, someone very precious, or maybe just some music industry suits, ruled that the clip could not be shown at another site, not even a wholly unprofitable and essentially non-profit-making one like Salut! Live.
So just follow the link to YouTube and tell me what you think. I will add a studio version but, good as it is, it's not quite the same.
So farewell Nanci. I hope this little series has lived up to its billing and properly respected your great talent, one that will be remembered as long as music is played.
From Transatlantic Sessions series 2 (1998).