My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 2/21/17
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Today feels like a Monday. The consequence of a three-day weekend, I suppose. Not that I’m complaining. Having an extra day was bliss for many reasons. But, we subsequently a day behind on My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, so let’s make this a good one, shall we?
How about a tune about daydreaming via a gorgeous BBC Radio 2 Session? And then let’s take it to a Hawaiian tale of a band, and relationship, on vacation. We can “get our rocks off” with Primal Scream next, then we can wake up with some Weller, and maybe contemplate our time on Social Media (if we can pull ourselves away from it, that is).
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. “Daydream in Blue” (BBC Radio 2 Session) :: I Monster
I fell asleep amid the flowers,
for a couple of hours,
on a beautiful day.”
Something about this song reminds me of Alice in Wonderland, the version that played in my imagination as I read the book, the Alice I saw before I ever watched the Disney version. It also reminds me of a take on Alice I wrote once, a fairy tale retelling with a dark twist that was part of a writing challenge I was working on. I may need to revisit it someday.
2. “Aloha & the Three Johns” :: Jenny Lewis
“Is this the beginning of expectation?
Or is this the end of our vacation?”
I think I may love Jenny best when she is storytelling in her songs. This one, and “Late Bloomer”, are by far my favorite tracks on “The Voyager”. I remember seeing her live, at the Observatory, in support of this album. She mentioned a comic book version of this song being made. I would love to read that, as well as see a mini-film version of this song.
Also, “Aloha and the Three Johns” is such a great song title.
3. “We Don’t Die” :: Tricky, featuring Francesca Belmonte
“Times not mine,
we meet sometime.”
I can’t get enough of this song this morning. This is one of those tracks that I keep hitting repeat on, and repeat again, and repeat one more time. It has me thinking about time. Time as a construct. Time as measurement and memory. Time evaporating.
4. “Rocks” :: Primal Scream, with George Drakoulias
“Get yer rocks off,
get yer rocks off, honey.
Shake ’em, now-now,
get ’em off downtown.”
Play this one LOUD.
5. “Wake Up the Nation” :: Paul Weller
“Get your face off the Facebook,
and turn off your phone,
the death of the post box,
no one is home.”
This one’s been stuck in my head since this weekend – especially the above lyrics. I could go on quite a diatribe regarding my feelings about Social Media and Facebook, the social construct of Social Media, and the manifestation of a perceived collective consciousness that is veering into “group think” – but I’ll just let the music play instead, at least for today.