Play Me All Your “Firsts” :: A March First Playlist

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Play Me All Your “Firsts” :: A March First Playlist
First Album Tracks
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“Let’s Go Crazy” :: Prince & the Revolution
“Come Together” :: The Beatles
“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels) :: Arcade Fire
“Beetlebum” :: Blur
“Spark” :: Tori Amos
“Know Who You are at Every Age” :: Cocteau Twins
“Angel” :: Massive Attack
“Age of Consent” :: New Order
“Up the Junction” :: Squeeze
“Bitter Sweet Symphony” :: The Verve
“Life on a Chain” :: Pete Yorn
“The Changingman” :: Paul Weller
“Time to Pretend” :: MGMT
“Daniel” :: Elton John
“Second Hand News” :: Fleetwood Mac
“To Be Young (is to be Sad, is to be High)” :: Ryan Adams
“Miss You” :: The Rolling Stones
“Everything in its Right Place” :: Radiohead
“Pink Moon” :: Nick Drake
“All My Days” :: Alexi Murdoch
“Fade Into You” :: Mazzy Star
“Five Years” :: David Bowie
“Cover Me Up” :: Jason Isbell
“(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay :: Otis Redding
“Reel Around the Fountain” :: The Smiths
“Rid of Me” :: PJ Harvey
“Seven Nation Army” :: The White Stripes
“Walk On By” :: Isaac Hayes
“Born to Die” :: Lana Del Rey
“Plainsong” :: The Cure
“It Could be Sunshine” :: Love & Rockets
“Dazzle” :: Siouxsie & The Banshees
“Jackie” :: Sinead O’Connor
“Zero” :: Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Gloria: In Excelsis Deo” :: Patti Smith
“The Great Big No” :: The Lemonheads
“Smells Like Teen Spirit” :: Nirvana
“Janie Jones” :: The Clash
“Vertigo” :: The Libertines
“Wanna be Startin’ Something” :: Michael Jackson
“I Wanna be Adored” :: The Stone Roses
“Mojo Pin” :: Jeff Buckley
“Girls on Film” :: Duran Duran
“Violet” :: Hole
“What I Am” :: Edie Brickell & New Bohemians
“It’s a Hit” :: Rilo Kiley
“Little Plastic Castle” :: Ani DiFranco
“Maggot Brain” :: Funkadelic

“Ready to Start” :: Arcade Fire :: SOTD

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“Ready to Start” :: Arcade Fire
from the album, The Suburbs (2010)

“If I was scared,
I would.
And if I was bored,
you know I would.
And if I was yours,
well, I’m not.

About the Song:

“Ready to Start” is track two of Arcade Fire’s third studio album, The Suburbs. The album was released in August, of 2010. The album debuted at #1 on the Irish Albums Chart, the UK Albums Chart, the US Billboard 200 chart, and the Canadian Albums Chart.

The Suburbs won “Album of the Year” at the 2011 Grammy Awards, “Best International Album” at the 2011 BRIT Awards, “Album of the Year” at the 2011 Juno Awards, and the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album.

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“Ready to Start” was released as a single on October 3, 2010. The band performed the song as their second performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards, immediately following The Suburbs winning “Album of the Year”.

The band also performed the song at the Brit Awards days after the Grammy Awards.

The song peaked at #67 on the UK Singles Chart, the band’s highest placement since “Keep the Car Running”. “Ready to Start” also peaked at #16 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, in the U.S., the band’s highest ever placement on that chart.

Additionally, the single peaked at #25 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart, and in the band’s native Canada it reached #49.

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My Thoughts:

This song is chill-inducing to me. One of those songs that you turn up and let wash over you, emotions kicking in to overdrive, and sometimes it is my tears that accompany. There is a sense of revolt in the song, but there is also an undercurrent of insecurity, of loss, and of wanting more.

The dynamics of a break-up, of heartache, of losing someone are all present and accounted for. There is also that simmering strength that comes after a fall, if you allow it, if you grab a hard hold of it and survive.

“Ready to Start” (live) :: Arcade Fire

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/1/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/1/17
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Wednesdays are a favorite. Today is no exception. The sun is bright in the sky, warm rays sneaking in through my office windows saying good morning to my skin. It has been so gloomy and grey lately, so this is a happy reprieve.

The best time to hit play on My top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day selections.

The first track is a new one from Moby. A collaboration with The Void Pacific Choir and KDA. Then it is a dip into the Brit Pop pool with a big Blur hit. Next up, and pictured above, the lovely Marc Bolan, then its a visit to 1983 with some Fun Boy Three. We end it all, for the day, at least, with The Vaselines “Son of a Gun”.

As always, these songs are best played loudly. So, go on, turn that volume up. It’s Wednesday!

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. “Are You Lost in the World Like Me?” :: Moby, featuring The Void Pacific Choir & KDA

“Are you lost in the world like me?
If the systems have failed?
Are you free?”

I’m not sure what I am enjoying more – the song, or this video.

2. “Girls & Boys” :: Blur

“Girls who are boys,
who like boys to be girls,
who do boys like they’re girls,
who do girls like they’re boys –
always should be someone you really love.”

It is impossible to play this song and not want to dance.

3. “Hot Love (A Side)” :: T. Rex

“I don’t mean to be bold,
a-but a-may I hold your hand?”

If I had a time machine I would use it to go back and see artists and bands that I missed seeing live. First on my list? T. Rex. Can I time travel tomorrow and find myself at a Glam Rock show? Maybe a tour done for the Electric Warrior album?

4. “Tunnel of Love” (Kid Jensen Session, 1/16/83) :: Fun Boy Three

“Walk through the fields where the flowers are growing,
carve out your names on the first tree you see.
There are 22 catches when you strike your matches,
and get down on your knees.”

Another band I’m finding myself re-discovering lately – Fun Boy Three. This is a current favorite, this song, and this version.

5. “Son of a Gun” :: The Vaselines

“Swing swing up and down,
turn turn turn around,
round round round and about and over again.”

Turn is the song I woke with in my head. This one really, really needs to be turned up loud. Also, if you can, dance to this one, too.

Happy Wednesday, everyone. Hope you enjoyed this Wednesday’s My Top 5 Music Obsessions.

What are you listening to today?