Top 5 Music Obsessions featuring Cat Power

Monday is moving quickly which I’m tremendously grateful for. I can’t wait to be heading home tonight. Mondays are hard to get through, and sometimes Monday nights are rough, but even if they are, there is nowhere I’d rather be than home with my love and my kids. To me, the fact that he’s who I want to be with, even when we have struggles and tough times in our lives, or with each other, is just another piece of proof how big and rare and true and immeasurable our love is. He is my favorite person, my person, the person I want to spend the rest of my life with.

All that said, I’m rooting for a good day and night, this Monday.

Today’s Top 5 Music Obsessions could have been Today’s Top 10, as I listened to at least 10 songs that I can’t get enough of already today. But, I narrowed them down and will save the others for later in the week.  Its a sign of a good day, and week, when there is so much music to obsess over.

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Top 5 Music Obsessions – Monday, September 24, 2018

Listen via Spotify and YouTube

1. “Metal Heart” by Cat Power
from the album, Moon Pix (1998)

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“Sew your fortunes on a string,
and hold them up to light.
Blue smoke will take,
a very violent flight,
and you will be changed.”

It was “Metal Heart”, and “Cross Bones Style”, that were my introduction to Cat Power and Chan Marshall’s music. Though it was the 4th Cat Power Album these songs were off of (Moon Pix), it was my first encounter with Chan/Cat Power’s haunting and beautiful sound. I was hooked from my first listen.

The album was primarily written in a single night, following a hallucinatory nightmare Marshall experienced while staying at a farmhouse in South Carolina.

Happy 20th birthday, Moon Pix.

2. “Take Yo’ Praise” by Camille Yarbrough
from the album, The Iron Pot Cooker (1975)

“You’re so rare.
You’re so fine.
I’m so glad your mine.”

The opening lyrics are more popularly-known from the Fatboy Slim hit single, “Praise You”. The 1975 track, “Take Yo’ Praise”, by Camille Yarbrough, is a delight – catchy, soulful, sexy. I want to hear this version over and over again. It reminds me of how I feel about the man I love – the love of my life.

I heard this track in the Netflix series, Sisters, a show that has a tremendously terrific soundtrack, as well as being a fun watch.

3. “Way To Be Loved” by TOPS
from the album, Picture You Staring (2014)

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“Is that the way that you want to be loved?
I can picture you staring,
out the window,
not caring.
The nights go by.
Oh, the nights go by.”

Another Spotify Discover Weekly discovery. “Way To Be Loved” is the title track to TOPS 2014 album, Picture You Staring. Catchy, indie pop goodness that infuses needed energy to my Monday.

4. “Waltz Across Texas Tonight” by Emmylou Harris
from the album, Wrecking Ball (1995)

“But the moon is so full,
the stars are so bright,
and my hand is steady,
my touch I’d light.
Look in my eyes,
hold on real tight,
and I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight.
I’ll waltz you my darling across Texas tonight.”

The first song my love sent me today. This morning. I love when we trade songs. This track is off of my favorite Emmylou album, Wrecking Ball, from the mid-90’s and produced by Daniel Lanois.

“Waltz Across Texas Tonight” has always been one of my favorite tracks off of the album.

5. “This Woman’s Work” by Kate Bush
from the album, The Sensual World (1989)

“I should be crying but I just can’t let it show.
I should be hoping but I can’t stop thinking.
All the things we should’ve said that I never said.
All the things we should have done that we never did.
All the things we should have given but I didn’t.
Oh, darling,
make it go.
Make it go away.”

This song always makes me cry. No exceptions. No matter, it is still one of my favorite Kate Bush songs, and one of my all-time favorite songs, too. “This Woman’s Work” hits on losses I’ve had in my life, real loss and loss of things that I wanted, but that never happened, or never will happen. All that sadness though comes in such a gorgeously beautiful song. Breathtakingly beautiful.

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