Today has been a whoosh kinda day, everything moving a bit too fast, to-do lists a bit too long, the world spinning by a bit too fast. In an effort to catch my breath I’m pausing to Turn up the Volume and spin Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions. Sometimes you have to hit the brakes and breathe before you let yourself be whooshed into the spinning, and running, and go-go-going. So, let’s give these 5 a Spin.
Song 1 is a New Spotify Discover Weekly discovery. Nat Johnson has a voice that immediately reminds me of Rosie Thomas, and this song, its songwriting tone, also reminds me of Sufjan Stevens. Lyrically it speaks to me today. I think I’d be OK with being a dog today, or a cat. Next up is Turin Brakes, who I originally heard on the TV Series The OC (such great Music played on that show). It made me smile that this one also has a dog reference, in this case, an “underdog”. “Breathe Around You”, by Tanya Donelly, is Song 3. I love Tanya and have been getting excited about the new Belly Album that is on its way soon, so I’ve been revisiting Tanya’s Music, with Belly, Throwing Muses, and her Solo work (which this Song is). Lovesongs for Underdogs (oh look, dogs again) is one of my Quintessential Albums, that’s for sure. Orange Juice comes next, bringing the energy up with “Falling and Laughing”, and last but not least is John Lennon’s Hit, “(Just Like) Starting Over”, a Track that always brings tears in my eyes as it immediately reminds me of when John died. This Song was a huge Radio hit, and they played it on the Radio, and then the DJ cut in to report his death. I was reading in my bedroom, humming along, and felt the sting of it immediately, my heart breaking, especially for my Mother who was such a huge Beatles fan. But, today I’m focusing on the idea of “Starting Over”, which I think I need today, a breather for a minute and start all over again sentiment. Today, when listening, I’m digging the ELO sound to the Song. I’m not sure I ever noticed it before or made the Musical-connection.
So, are you ready for this Today’s Top 5? What Songs would you add to Today’s list?
Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day – January 23, 2018
1. “Dog” by Nat Johnson
2. “Underdog (Save Me)” by Turin Brakes
3. “Breathe Around You” by Tanya Donelly
4. “Falling and Laughing” by Orange Juice
5. “(Just Like) Starting Over” by John Lennon