My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 2/14/17
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Valentine’s Day. I’m not a fan of this day and all its contrived, retail fueled sentiment. I’m not fond of how it makes so many people feel, and I truly believe that I don’t need a day carved out to remind me of love. I love, all days, and I think (I hope) it shows. I’d rather celebrate love without a reminder to.

So, its Tuesday. I’m celebrating love, and music, and song obsession, and life, per usual. For this Tuesday My Top 5 Music Obsessions start with some mid-to-late 60’s goodness, two songs in a row, to be precise. Then we are on to some more Trip Hop (think this will be a reoccurring theme this week), and some chill-out, down tempo electro-pop songs.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I will add each five songs shared to the playlist each day.

1. “Why Do I Cry” :: The Remains

“I would lose all my blues,
if you promise that your love,
was true now.”

Boston sixties rock group who were also known as Barry and The Remains, led by led by Barry Tashian, who was later a vocalist and guitarist for Gram Parsons, The Flying Burrito Brothers and Emmylou Harris (all bands/artists that have made appearances on the Top 5 music obsessions lists before). Boys singing about girls who’ve done them wrong, as they seemed to do in the mid-to-late sixties – singing about crying. Though, I suppose this theme of boy sad about girl was prevalent in the eighties, too (i.e. The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry”, just to name one).

2. “Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut” :: The Pretty Things

“I’m in love with your little girl,
and your little girl is in love with me.
I’m happy most all the time,
and that’s how we’re gonna be.”

This one is in a box of 45’s I inherited. I woke with it in my head, and wished my stereo was not giving me grief right now. The Pretty Things, hailing from London, who took their name from Willie Dixon’s 1955 song “Pretty Thing”, seem to channel the sentiment of 50’s rock songs. There is no whining or crying here, no, this is about standing up the your girl’s parents and saying “this is how we’re gonna be”. Press play and maybe you’ll wake tomorrow with it stuck in your head.

3. “Glory Box” :: Portishead

“Give me a reason to love you.
Give me a reason to be,
a woman.”

I’m pretty damn sure I will love this song forever.

4. “Breathe” :: Télépopmusik

There’s nothing to do but believe.
Just believe.
Just breathe.”

I picked up the novel again last night. Its been neglected over the last three months due to so many life changes, but it was time to open it back up again. This was the first song playing in the background when I started typing away on a new chapter. It is now saved in the ever-growing, writing soundtrack playlist.

5. “Destiny” :: Zero 7

“Old moon fades into the new
Soon I know I’ll be back with you.
I’m nearly with you.
I’m nearly with you.”

I’ve been spending time rediscovering Zero 7. Its been a really good rediscovery.

Tuesday’s My Top Five Song Obsessions of the Day began with some sixties flashing back with The Remains and The Pretty Things (always “The” back in those days), then it was on to Portishead’s ode to love, and being a woman (and sampling Isaac Hayes in Trip Hop), which led into songs about breathing  and destiny (Yay Télépopmusik and Zero 7).

What are you listening to on this Tuesday?

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