TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY FOR JULY 31, 2017
Welcome to Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day Featuring 5 of the Best Songs to start your week with. Fantastic 5 Songs for Today starts with one of the Coolest Women in Music with a Song that Celebrates the most important Monday morning accessory (besides Coffee and Music, that is). Next up is a Flashback to 1984 that merges Ska, Reggae and Pop together. The 3rd Track of the Day comes from The Hollies, and from my Music-Infused brain that woke me up with one of their Songs Singing in my head. It worked out though, as it fits perfectly in this Mix of 5 and it flows so well into a Song by the Faces that I heard on 8-Track this past weekend. The incomparable Grace Jones takes us to the end for today with a Song that started off the “Your Discover Weekly” Playlist that Spotify provides every week. It was the 1st Track there, and the last one here – which just seems to make Music Obsessive sense.
We hope that Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions treat you well and that these 5 Songs that I’m obsessing over help pull you through any dreaded case of the Mondays you might have. Tune back in every day for another infusion of 5 Songs that are obsessing us at Lyriquediscorde. And, if you miss a day, don’t worry, each day’s 5 Songs get thrown into both a Spotify and a YouTube Playlist so you can catch up anytime (see the links above).
Also, tune in later today for a Full Month of Music Obsessions – a July Playlist that will include all the Songs that were posted in July for the Daily Top 5 Music Obsessions. It
We hope this Mix of Summer 5 gets you in that Summer Mood, and that it has you Turning Up the Volume and maybe even Singing-A-Long. Tune back in every day for an infusion of 5 More Music Obsessed Songs to Listen to. Don’t worry if you miss a day – we throw each day’s 5 Song into a Playlist, both on Spotify and YouTube so you can catch up there – just look up and hit the links above for both. Starting next Month we will be posting a Full Month’s Music Obsessions for your Listening Pleasure – look for July’s here the First Week of August.
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY:
1. “Dark Sunglasses” by Chrissie Hynde
“A kind of glamor,
you can lend yourself –
like dark sunglasses.”
Produced by Bjorn Yttling (Peter, Bjorn, and John), this ode to wealth and status under the guise (and decor) of dark sunglasses reminds me a lot of Peter, Bjorn and John’s Hit, “Young Folks”, in the style/sound/sensibility of this Song.
Is there anything you need more at the start of your week than Coffee, Music and DARK SUNGLASSES (especially if you have a long freeway commute, like here in Los Angeles).
2. “Wings of a Dove (A Celebratory Song)” by Madness
“Take time for your pleasure,
and laugh with love.
Take the hand of another,
and sing for the wings of a dove.”
“Wings of a Dove (A Celebratory Song)” was released in 1983 as a stand-alone Single and later in 1984, it was included on the American version of Madness’ album Keep Moving. The Single spent 10 weeks in British charts peaking at # 2. It peaked at # 1 in Ireland.
The Song was written by Suggs and Chas Smash and they also share lead vocals here. The Song is quite unusual for Madness, featuring steel drums by Creighton Steel Sounds and a gospel choir from The Inspirational Choir of the Pentecostal First Born Church of the Living God.
The song enjoyed a brief resurgence in popularity in 1999 when it was featured in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You.
Lyrically, and Musically, this Song feels hopeful and full of the kind of Spirit I’m sure we all could use – especially on a Monday.
3. “Just One Look” by The Hollies
“Say you will,
you will be mine,
On my ever-expanding list of Favorite Love Songs.
Originally Performed by Doris Troy, who made it a Hit in 1963, and co-wrote the Song with Gregory Carroll. The Hollies’ Cover is my Favorite. Anne Murray and Linda Ronstadt also have Versions of the Song.
4. “Stay With Me” by Faces
“Red lips hair and fingernails,
I hear you’re a mean old jezebel.
Let’s go up stairs and read my tarot cards.”
Indulging in some 8-Track Music over the weekend with this Song, and the Album (with the L-OOOO-NG name) “A Nod is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse”. This Song has been a Favorite of mine for a LOOOOO-NG time, and it was a Delight to hear it on the unique 8-Track format.
Written by Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, “Stay with Me” was Recorded in 1971. It reached # 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and spent 2-weeks at # 10 on the Cash Box Top 100. It also reached # 6 in the UK and # 4 in Canada.
5. “Williams’ Blood” by Grace Jones
“Why don’t you be a Jones like your Sister,
and your brother Noel?
When are you gonna be a Jones,
just like your Dad,
God bless his soul.”
A new discovery via Spotify’s “Your Discover Weekly”.
Grace Jones is an Artist I’ve been digging deeper into. Some of what I’m finding, like this Song, is just incredible.
“Williams’ Blood” is an autobiographical song, written by Grace Jones, along with Music Duo Wendy And Lisa (once worked with Prince). The Song speaks to how Grace takes after her mother’s, Marjorie Jones née Williams, Musical side of the family rather than that of her disciplinarian father Reverend Robert Jones.
According to the Lyrics, Jones’ mother reveals that her grandfather was a Musician who traveled with Nat King Cole, womanizing and drinking from town to town. The Song describes her family’s lament that she isn’t more of a Jones like her sister or brother Noel while she expresses her desire to be free (see quoted Lyrics above).
The song was released as the second single from Hurricane in late 2008. 1,000 12″ singles were released featuring mixes by Mad Professor, Greg Wilson, Ivor Guest, and Aeroplane. Balearic disco remix by the latter was initially rejected by Jones’ label but eventually approved.
We hope you enjoy this Monday’s Edition of the Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, and that you Press Play and Turn Up these Tunes from Chrissie Hynde, Madness, The Hollies, Faces, and Grace Jones – and Enjoy!
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