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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 08:10 UK time, Sunday, 6 March 2011

Last week I was looking for your suggestions of songs about islands, and thanks to one of our listeners, I am now on the look out for songs about rivers. What is it about rivers that inspire musicians and songwriters to compose classics like Mercer and Mancini's "Moon River" or the gorgeous "Shenandoah" which no-one does better than Van Morrison and the Chieftains and is about the Missouri River.

If you like Boney M, how about "By the Rivers of Babylon" or if your preference is classical, what about "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss or if you're deeply patriotic what about "The Song of the Clyde". Bruce Springsteen's "The River" is a popular choice, but a very old favourite of mine is a Gaelic song which Calum Kennedy used to sing called "Loch Maree". The music and the words always remind me of my first sighting of Loch Maree - in a gorgeous corner of Scotland - in the middle of one sunny summer. How many of you will go for Joni Mitchell's wonderful but sad Christmas song "The River"?

Send me your suggestions and especially your favourites.



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