Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions bring a Stellar Mix of 5 Songs to Sing-a-Long to during your Tuesday. It begins with Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings with a Killer Track from the 2007 Album, 100 Days, 100 Nights. Next up is a New Favorite at lyriquediscorde – Angel Olsen, with “Give It Up”. Alexi Murdoch’s Summer Dreamy “Orange Sky” is Number 3 which is followed up strongly with “Oh! You Pretty Things” from David Bowie. And the Last Track? That one comes from Nick Drake, with one of the Best Songs from the Album Bryter Layter, “One of These Things First”.
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY FOR AUGUST 8, 2017
TOP 5 MUSIC OBSESSIONS OF THE DAY:
1. “Nobody’s Baby” by Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings
“I ain’t nobody’s baby.
I ain’t nobody’s fool.
I ain’t nobody’s baby.
Get yourself a new one.”
Track 2 from the Album 100 Days, 100 Nights, and my current favorite. This Song and the Album were heavily influenced by 60’s Funk and Afrobeats. Recorded in the “in-house studios” of Daptone Records using an analog system. Singles were released as 45’s on Vinyl, as well, in order to keep with the throwback sound of the original Funk of the 60’s.
I’d love to hear this Track on Vinyl 45.
2. “Give It Up” by Angel Olsen
“And every time I see you,
I tell myself I’ll never,
have this feeling with another.”
Non-Single Track, “Give It Up” is off of Angel’s 2016 Album, MY WOMAN. It is my Favorite Track, one I’ve been “obsessing” over for almost a year now.
MY WOMAN was recorded in LA at Vox Studios and was structured as Sides of a Vinyl Record. It represents the complicated mess of being a woman with all its Songs.
Influences have been made to Fleetwood Mac, The Shirelles, Crazy Horse and the Musical Genres of Glam Rock, Country Pop, and Grunge. Pretty all over the place if you ask me.
I hear “Grunge” in this Track – especially in those opening riffs that remind me of Nirvana.
3. “Orange Sky” by Alexi Murdoch
“In your love, my salvation lies,
in your love, my salvation lies,
in your love, my salvation lies,
in your love, in your love, in your love.”
One of my all-time Favorite Songs. It is just so beautiful. It reminds me of Summers as a child, that carefree, endless feeling. It also reminds me of the first throes of falling in love.
4. “Oh! You Pretty Things” by David Bowie
“Look out my window and what do I see?
A crack in the sky,
and a hand reaching down to me.”
Written by David Bowie in 1971 for the Album Hunky Dory (my favorite Bowie), the Song opens with only Piano and David’s Vocal, before the refrain begins. The simple Piano Style has been compared to The Beatles “Martha My Dear”.
“Martha My Dear” by The Beatles
Do you Hear it?
Thematically, the song has been seen as reflecting the influence of occultist Aleister Crowley, philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, and Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s hollow earth novel The Coming Race – that would make for quite the Dinner Party guest list.
The Song has also been said to be heralding “the impending obsolescence of the human race in favor of an alliance between arriving aliens and the youth of the present society”.
5. “One of These Things First” by Nick Drake
“I could have been your pillar,
could have been your door.
I could have stayed beside you,
could have stayed for more.”
Another Song that makes me long for a Road Trip.
The Song appears on the 1970 Album, Bryter Layter, the only Compilation Release by Nick Drake released shortly after Island Records started selling their Records in the U.S. (distributed by Capitol Records).
The album included three songs from Five Leaves Left and five songs from Bryter Layter and was packaged in a gatefold sleeve that featured photos by Keith Morris.
I hope you enjoy Today’s Top 5 featuring Sharon Jones And The Dap-Kings, Angel Olsen, Alexi Murdoch, David Bowie, and Nick Drake.
Be sure to Tune in tomorrow for the next round of Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.