Happy Friday Eve, or Friday Junior as one of my co-workers calls it. Our office systems are down so I was gifted a “work-at-home” day, which means yoga pants, good coffee, and feline assistants. Since its International Women’s Day I decided to keep all posts today in the Women In Music vein, so Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions are all fantastic Women in Music. Honestly, I love so many Women Musicians that there are endless Songs to choose from.
Song 1 came from Ryan, who sent the Song to me via the lyriquediscorde Instagram. I’m always so excited for recommendations and requests. This one is a gorgeous Leonard Cohen Cover of the Song “Suzanne” by Bridget St. John. Bridget is a Singer-Songwriter and Guitarist from the UK. The infamous John Peel produced her debut and released her first three Albums on his label, Dandelion Records.
Next up is another beautiful Cover, this time of The Rolling Stones’ “As Tears Go By” by Marianne Faithfull. Though in some ways this isn’t a Cover, at all. Did you know that although Mick and Keith of The Rolling Stones wrote the Song, with the help of their manager Andrew Loog Oldham, it was first recorded and released as a Single by Marianne, in 1964? Marianne’s Version even charted, reaching #9 in the UK the same year of release. The Stones did go on to record their own version in 1965, and it became a Hit in the US. I know it was their Version I heard first, and when I stumbled on Marianne’s Version I loved it but assumed it was a Cover that came later. So really, The Rolling Stones’ Version is the actual Cover Version.
Track 3 is “Holiday” by Julie Byrne. This is a New Discovery Artist and Song that I found by selecting “Artist Radio” after listening to Bridget St. John. Discovering New Music is one of my Favorite things.
A Song straight from my childhood is next. “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt. Listening to it I can see myself in the backseat of my Mom’s light blue station wagon. My Mom singing-a-long, and eventually me joining in.
Last, but not least, is “Rise” from one of my Favorite Women in Music duos, Azure Ray. I remember so vividly when I saw them play live in Detroit, back when I lived in Michigan. They sounded heartbreakingly beautiful, and this one live made me cry.
Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day – March 8, 2018
1. “Suzanne” by Bridget St. John
2. “As Tears Go By” by Marianne Faithfull
3. “Holiday” by Julie Byrne
4. “Blue Bayou” by Linda Ronstadt
5. “Rise” by Azure Ray
I hope you enjoy your Thursday and all the Music that comes your way today. Hope you enjoy these Top 5 Music Obsession Songs, too. What Music are you Obsessing over today? Share in the Comments. I’d love to Hear.