Monday is back again. Back with its early morning wake-up alarms, coffee pot brewing to help wake me up, and a staggering to-do list. I’m all about the fresh start of the week and the tall cup of Sumatra coffee, but I could really have used one more day this weekend. The ocean was a delight, the sunrise on Sunday morning gorgeous, and time spent with my boyfriend exquisite. We spent a lot of time with Music this weekend, restoring 8-Track Tapes, and working on writing/producing a Song of our own. I will take the memories of all of it with me to get through Monday. Kind of like a postcard of my own, wishing I was still there, but knowing that there is always next time to look forward to.
Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions will help, too. Every Monday there’s a little extra push of Music. The Top 5, the Song of the Day, a Northern Soul Song, a New Wave Song, and a Monday Playlist. We all know Mondays need all the help they can get. But, it all starts with the Music I’m Obsessing over. It starts here and bleeds into all the other Monday Music delights. I’d love to hear what you are Obsessing over, too. Care to share?
Song 1 is from Elvis Costello (see above), Today’s Top 5 Featured Artist. “Watching The Detectives” is my absolute, all-time Favorite Elvis Costello Song. There’s something about it that harkens Film Noir Stories, and also a dream I had once about a female detective in a green dress and red hair. She was part femme fatale, and part jaded detective. It was awesome.
Next up is “Old Habits” from Hot Bodies In Motion. This is a new discovery for me. I found it randomly via Spotify while searching for Playlists from TV Series. I love the heavy sound this Song has. It feels like Rock meets Bluegrass meets the Blues. Hot Bodies In Motion remind me of Welshly Arms, Royal Blood, The Dead Weather, The Heavy, and The Veils, who are up next.
“Low Lays the Devil” is one of my Favorite Song by The Veils. It makes me want to take a road trip, stop in a small town and have a drink at a local dive bar with a good jukebox. Then have a burger and slice of pie at the 24-hour diner that’s right off the off-ramp. Maybe I’d drive until I was in the South. Maybe Louisianna. Because the more I listen to this Track the more I think of “True Blood”, and the Sookie Stackhouse books. I feel like The Veils would play live at Fangtasia.
The 4th Song is from Juliana Hatfield’s Cover Album of Olivia Newton-John Songs. This Week’s Song of the Day’s are dedicated to JH and ONJ, but I’m so into it that I had to add one to Today’s list of Obsessive Music. “A Little More Love” is the first Song I heard from the Cover Album. It was a pre-release Single that was put up online when the Album was announced. I love it so much!
Last, but not least, is another Cover Song. This one from Meshell Ndegeocello who Covers Tina Turner’s “Private Dancer”. I forgot how much I like this Song. The original was released in 1984 and got quite a lot of MTV coverage for the Video. The Track was written by Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits fame. Meshell’s version is so raw and vulnerable and heartbreakingly beautiful.
Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day – April 16, 2018
1. “Watching the Detectives” by Elvis Costello
2. “Old Habits” by Hot Bodies In Motion
3. “Low Lay the Devil” by The Veils
4. “A Little More Love” by Juliana Hatfield
5. “Private Dancer” by Meshell Ndegeocello
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I hope your Monday is filled with good coffee and Songs you are Obsessing over, and all the other things that make your Monday better. Hope you enjoyed Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions featuring Elvis Costello, Hot Bodies In Motion, The Veils, Juliana Hatfield, and Meshell Ndegeocello.
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Top 5 Music Obsessions for the Week of 4/16/18