What is the Best Music for the First Monday in April? For My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day the Top Songs start off with a song from The Who’s Quintessential Music-Movie-Rock-Opera Quadrophena. Next, The Jam brings the first song of my morning, then it is one of Bowie’s Best from his Album Low. My Favorite Dawes Album, All Your Favorite Bands (read more here), is where I pulled the 4th song from Today’s Top 5. And it all wraps up for the Day’s Best Music with the Duet of Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield (pictured above) of Elliott Smiths’ “Between the Bars”, from their tribute Album to Smith’s Music, Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith (read more here).
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 add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.
My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:
1. “Love Reign O’er Me” :: The Who
can make it rain,
the way the beach is kissed by the sea.
can make it rain,
like the sweat of lovers’,
laying in the fields.”
Watching Quadrophena again after years and years gifted me a new appreciation for not just the film itself, and not just the story – though both are fantastic – but what struck me the most this re-watch was the way the music is almost a character in the film. It is synched up so perfection emotionally, visually, aurally and cinematically. It really is a Rock Opera for the screen. I’m so glad I got to see it again. This song was my Favorite within the film, for all the reasons stated above, and more.
2. “Man in the Corner Shop” :: The Jam
“Sells cigars to the boss from the factory,
he is jealous of the man in the corner shop,
he is sick of struggling so hard,
says it might be nice to own a factory.”
The first song I heard this morning. A song I turned up loudly and sang-a-long to. This song is yet another reason why Paul Weller is such a tremendous songwriter, his songs ever painting a vivid story while commenting on life and society.
For more Paul Weller, in all his incarnations, check back on Wednesday for Weller Wednesday (see last week’s here).
3. “Sound and Vision :: David Bowie”
“Don’t you wonder sometimes,
’bout sound and vision?“
In 1992, I had this fantastic Bowie Box Set called Sound and Vision that I played obsessively. At the time I felt it had everything Bowie I’d ever want (that “want” would grow exponentially as my obsession for his Music grew). it had the Best of the Best, at the time. This song immediately reminds me of that collection whenever I hear it. I wish I still had it.
4. “Somewhere Along the Way” :: Dawes
“She was my lullaby personified,
my vision in the mist,
but her contacts were all promoters,
and a westside therapist.
the worried friends,
the parting of her lips,
but I needed to witness someone wrestle with what it means to just exist.”
This is my Favorite Song on Dawes’ Album, All Your Favorite Bands, which is my Favorite Album of theirs. There is something so Los Angeles to this Song, in all the best, and the worst, of ways. I love Songs about, or set within, Los Angeles. The version above is a great live Pink House Session. If you get the chance to see Dawes live, don’t miss it.
5. “Between the Bars” :: Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield
“Drink up, baby,
look at the stars,
I’ll kiss you again,
between the bars,
where I’m seeing you there,
with your hands in the air,
waiting to finally be caught.”
Its tricky for me to listen to Elliott Smith Cover Songs because I love his Music so much. Its hard to hear other’s sing his Songs. But, Seth and Jessica more than do it justice with their fantastic Album of Cover Songs. This one is my Favorite Track from it. And, this Live version from KEXP is gorgeous (see video above). It makes me wish I’d gotten to see them when they did their Elliott Smith Cover tour.