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“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: SOTD

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“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: SOTD
from the album, Becoming X (1996)

“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps

“I’m open…
to falling from grace.”

“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: Song of the Day :: About the Song:

Today’s Song of the Day comes from Sneaker Pimps. A nineties trip-hop/pop hit from the 1996 album, Becoming X.  “6 Underground” is the fourth track on Becoming X. It was first released as a singled in the UK in September of 1996. The song reached # 15 on the UK Singles Chart, and had moderate airplay in the US.

After the song was used in the 1997 US film, The Saint, radio stations began playing it more frequently. The single was re-released in the UK in May of 1997, where it reached # 9 on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, the song peaked at # 45 on the Billboard Hot 100, and at # 7 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.

Originally, the song was a club hit in the UK. After the commercial success and popularity of the album version, the group released several remixes, some of which became hits in dance clubs and radio stations with a dance format. The version that was most frequently heart on the radio was the remix by Nellee Hooper, which appeared as a hidden track on the album.

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“6 Underground” :: Sneaker Pimps :: Song of the Day :: My Thoughts:

Take me back to 1996 in a whir and a trip hop beat. “6 Underground” was a mix tape favorite, tucked in between Tori Amos and Portishead usually, sometimes adjacent to Sarah McLachlan, Lush or Fiona Apple.

1996 was full of Women in Music for me, and not just because of Lilith Fair. There seemed to be such a plethora of female voices, in so many genres, but this one, the Trip Hop/Pop genre that was 90’s emerging, was right in my lane. I was coming out of my Goth/Death Rock phase, still carrying with me the love for that music, but hungry for something new. Brit Pop and Trip Hop were it.

Music often reminds me of people and specific places, but this one reminds me of the year it came out in, and a few years that followed. It reminds me of the me I was in those years, and the way Music was evolving and expanding for me.

“6 Underground” (live) :: Sneaker Pimps

“6 Underground” by Sneaker Pimps was Today’s Song of the Day. What is your Song of the Day?

Northern Soul Monday

“I’m Com’un Home in the Morn`un” :: Lou Pride :: Best Northern Soul Music Monday

“I’m Com’un Home in the Morn`un” :: Lou Pride
Best Northern Soul Music Monday

“I received a call from my woman,
tellin’ me she was feelin’ bad.
She didn’t know what to do,
she was all alone,
wanted me to come home,
she was feelin’ sad.”

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The Best of Northern Soul Music coming to you on a Monday starts off with Lou Pride’s Northern Soul “I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un”. Starting here, with the volume turned up high, let’s read up on Pride and this Stomper of a song.

George Louis “Lou” Pride was born in Chicago, Illinois, in May of 1950. He grew up on the “North Side” and attended the First Baptist Church, where the pastor was Nat King Cole’s father. It is said that after watching a B. B. King performance with his mom, blues singing became Pride’s career goal.

His first Music gig was with the Karls on service shows, in Germany. When he returned to Chicago from that stint he formed a duet with a female singer who went by the initials JLC. The two had a Sam & Dave type act and got on so well together that they eventually married, and settled in El Paso, Texas.

It was in Texas that Pride recorded “I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un”, along with the other acclaimed single, “Your Love is Fading/Lonely Road”, both on Seumi Records, in the early 70’s.

Pride’s “on the road” resume include performing with Clarence Carter, Betty Wright, Ko Ko Taylor, Kool & The Gang, and B.B. King.

Following a period of illness, Pride died in Chicago, in June of 2012. He as 68 years old.

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The song, “I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un”, was recently featured in the movie, Northern Soul (2014), a British historical film directed by Elaine Constantine. It tells the tale of two teenagers from Lancashire, Matt and John, who are forever changed by the discovery of Northern Soul music, and the dance culture that grew up around it, in Britain.

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From Fusion Magazine, written by Daniel Salas:

What makes “Im Com’un Home in the Morn’un is all its individual elements—the bass and drums are charging along like crazy train in the middle of the night backed with that northern soul beat, then the horns come in blaring full of energy. Its undeniable charge is enough to get your feet tapping or like the northern soul kids, go crazy on the dance floor. On top of the up-charged track is a smooth layer of Pride’s vocal. The b-side “I’m Not Thru Lov’un You is a great bluesy/soul song, smooth and complementary of the flipside, but the a-side far overshadows in popularity. What makes this record so rare is that it was pressed by a small label, and only so little were made. This little record out of El Paso was a huge hit in the UK’s northern soul scene.

“I’m Com’un Home in the Morn’un” by Lou Pride started us off for our Best Northern Soul Music Mondays. Check back every Monday for more of the Best Northern Soul Music and start your Mondays out right.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/27/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/27/17
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What Music is playing on My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day today? Its a Monday, the day so many dread, but with Music isn’t anything conquerable, bearable, and maybe even joyous? For this Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions we tune in to The Supremes’ covering my favorite Sam Cooke song. From there we hear from Saint Etienne with “You’re In a Bad Way”. I chose a track from Pulp’s His ‘N’ Hers album for number three, and then a third released track from Goldfrapp’s soon-to-be-here album. The five Music Obsessions for Monday wind up with a track from Morcheeba (pictured above), “Friction”, taken off their 1998 album, Big Calm.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Bring It On Home To Me” :: The Supremes

“If you ever,
change your mind,
about leaving,
leaving me behind,
bring it to me,
bring your sweet lovin’,
bring it on home to me.”

I had no idea that The Supremes had an entire album of Sam Cooke covers. This is a delightful surprise, especially as Sam Cooke is one of my all-time favorite singers. This song, my favorite Cooke track, sounds lovely, melodic, with the right amount of hope sewn in that the original always carried with it. I look forward to spinning the rest of the album today.

2. “You’re in a Bad Way” :: Saint Etienne

“Toast is burned,
and your coffee’s cold,
and you leave all the post,
’cause it’s nothing but bills again.”

Reminds me of a “Manic Monday” kind of song, perfect for a Monday. This is a fun, feel good, impossible not to smile kind of song. Another reason for it to be perfect for a Monday. Saint Etienne always reminds me of my trip to Manchester, UK. It was in a small record store that I picked up a double-CD, greatest hits album of theirs: London Conversations: The Best of Saint Etienne.

3. “Do You Remember the First Time?” :: Pulp

“Now I don’t care what you’re doing,
no I don’t care if you screw him.
just as long as you save a piece for me.”

Oh Uncle Jarvis, you always seem to capture the way adolescent, or early twenty-something love feels like. The kind that is fraught with desperation, with strung out feeling, with first times and starts and stops, and unrequited love.

4. “Moon in Your Mouth” :: Goldfrapp

“I want stay here now.
Every moment is a luxury.”

In preparation for this week’s release of Goldfrapp’s new album, Silver Eye, here is the latest pre-album single released by the band. This track, and “Ocean”, are both so fantastic. I cannot wait for their seventh album to get here.

5. “Friction” :: Morcheeba

“Friction is turning to fire.
Friction is burning much higher.”

A Spring song to me, full of newess and cool mornings, off-and-on rain falling from the sky, dancing, and love. The song features Spikey T on vocals.

Let’s here it for Monday, or at least Monday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/22/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Wednesday, the eve of my birthday, the last day of my 47th year of a Music Obsessed Life. Today’s 5 starts with Andy Lewis and Paul Weller singing the question “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” Up next is The Housemartins celebrating “Happy Hour”. Sleep is the subject of Song #3, with Cornershop, then its Aztec Camera’s “Somewhere in My Heart”. The 5 Music Obsessions for today finishes with The Lightning Seeds’ “Change” (which is more about not changing).

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Are You Trying to be Lonely?” :: Andy Lewis & Paul Weller

“Are you trying to be lonely?
Well, it’s working for you.
Are you trying to be lonely?
What are you trying to prove.”

Weller Wednesday with a new Weller discovery off of Andy Lewis’ album, You Should Be Hearing Something Now!

2. “Happy Hour” :: The Housemartins

“Where they open all their wallets,
and they close all their minds,
and they love to buy you all a drink.”

I picked up The Housemartins’ album, London 0 Hull 4, in 1986, at Music Market, one of my favorite – at the time – record stores. It was the source of many music discoveries, albums I still have in my collection, and revisit on occasion. I thought of this song earlier today when a coworker was complaining about the stilted conversations at happy hours with other coworkers.

3. “Sleep on the Left Side” :: Cornershop

“Sleep on the left side,
keep the sword hand free –
whatever is gonna be,
is gonna be.”

I read an article about the health benefits of sleeping on your left side. Not once did they mention keeping the hand on the other side free for a sword.

4. “Somewhere in My Heart” :: Aztec Camera

“Somewhere in my heart,
there is a star that shines for you.
Silver splits the blue.
Love will see it through.”

Written by singer/songwriter Roddy Frame, and produced by Michael Jonzun, “Somewhere in My Heart” was the biggest hit by Aztec Camera. It was the 12th single ever released, and the 3rd single coming off of their 1987 album, Love. Love was the first Aztec Camera album I ever owned, bought at the same time I picked up a Cassette Single (remember those?) which had their cover of Van Halen’s  “Jump”on the “b-side”.

5. “Change” :: The Lightning Seeds

“You never gonna to be like all those fools,
you’re going out tonight.
There’s nothing to lose,
you’re gonna give all a try.”

This feels like coming-of-age in a song.

Cheers to Wednesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day…on my birthday.

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My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

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My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs :: Top Ten Tuesday

Looking for the best Music from Hope Sandoval? Whether it be Songs from Mazzy Star, her solo work with The Warm Inventions, or her Musical Pairings, there is a lot of beautiful Music to wade through. Years of listening to Hope in all her incarnations has led me to this quintessential list of My Top Ten Hope Sandoval Songs for this Top Ten Tuesday. So, take a look, and a listen, to the Top Ten Best Music from Hope Sandoval.

1. “Fade Into You” :: Mazzy Star 

I wanna hold the hand inside you.
I wanna take the breath that’s true.
I look to you and I see nothing.
I look to you to see the truth.”

One of those songs I never, ever get tired of hearing. The opening track from the 1993 album, So Tonight That I Might See, this song is a thing of timeless melancholic beauty.

2. “Halah” :: Mazzy Star

“I guess that you believe you are a woman,
and that I am someone else’s man.”

So quintessentially 1991 to me. I close my eyes and I can see everything so clearly, where I was, the feel of a black crushed velvet baby doll dress, short hair, that upstairs apartment with the claw-footed tub and the painted flowers on the window panes.

3. “Into Dust” :: Mazzy Star

“I could possibly be fading,
or have something more to gain.”

In the mid-to-late 90’s this was my favorite Hope/Mazzy Star song. It all started with hearing it in the film Foxfire, and grew through pen pals and mix tapes, Music fueled crushes, and dreams of being lost, or at least just someplace else.

3. “California” :: Mazzy Star

“I think I hear the whisper of my own best friend.
I think I hear the bells ringing in the square,
California,
California.”

Songs about California are a thing to me, one of my Music Obsessions. I collect them and could list them, but it would take a list far more vast than any “Top Ten Tuesday” could hold. This song about California reminds me of leaving, and coming back again. How this state is in my blood, and always will be. How this is the place I always come back to.

4. “Five String Serenade” :: Mazzy Star

“And on my easel I drew,
while I was thinking of you.”

There is something cinematic about this song. I close my eyes and I picture episodes of Twin Peaks, or films in the desert like Kalifornia, and Natural Born Killers. I see pages of the desert story I’ve been writing, too, about cults and coming of age in a dusty, nowhere desert town existence.

5. She’s My Baby” : Mazzy Star

“She’s my baby,
she belongs to me,
but yesterday she walked home all alone.”

The fuzzy guitar is everything here. I love the way it compliments, and contradicts, Hope’s vocals.

6. “On the Low” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“All this time,
I always,
have the light,
on for you.
But, I know,
I’m a fool.
Yes,
I know.”

I listen to this song and I think that I want to hear Ryan Adams and Hope do a duet together.

7. “Sometimes Always” :: The Jesus & Mary Chain, featuring Hope Sandoval

“I gave you all I had.
I gave you good and bad.
I gave,
but you just threw it back.”

The perfect break up/get back together song. It also is a stellar road trip song, too.

9. “Butterfly Mornings” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions

“I found you in the corner,
down there sitting on the sea.”

Lush and lullaby like. This song makes me long to be by the ocean, sleeping a dreamless sleep, floating.

10. “Let Me Get There” :: Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions, featuring Kurt Vile

“It was always our story,
if you forgot.”

A late 70’s, light rock, AM radio kind of feel. In the best way.

 

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/21/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Tuesday starts out with a parenthetical love song with Frank Wilson’s “Do You Love You (Indeed I Do)” which leads into the title track from the newly released Spoon album (reviewed here). Mary Wells takes it from there, leading into another Weller-creation with “My Ever Changing Moods” from The Style Council. Lloyd Cole And The Commotions bring the Music to 5 with “Perfect Skin”, which completes our Tuesday Music Obsessions of the Day.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” :: Frank Wilson

“The very thing that I want most,
is just to have and hold you close.
Do I love you?”

“Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)” was first pressed in 1965 on the Motown subsidiary label named Soul. Approximately 250 demo 45’s of the song were originally pressed and scheduled to be released in December of 1965. Owing to a combination of Frank Wilson deciding he’d rather focus on producing, and Motown’s Berry Gordy’s rumored lukewarm reception of the vocals, and also supposed prevention of his producers having recording careers, the demos were almost all destroyed.

At least two survived, maybe five. One fetched £25,742 from a collector, in 2009. Another is supposedly owned by Gordy himself. Due to its scarcity it remains one of the most collectible 45’s, especially by followers of Northern Soul.

Owing to the demand for the song caused by DJ’s playing it at the famous UK Northern Soul nightclub, the Wigan Casino, it was first “officially” released in the UK in 1979 on the Tamla-Motwon label, and again in 2004 with a version of the same song by Chris Clark on the “b-side”.

2. “Hot Thoughts” (live) :: Spoon

“Hot thoughts melt in my mind,
could be your accent,
mixing with mine.”

Fresh off the new album from Spoon, “Hot Thoughts” is the title track, and one of the strongest songs on the band’s ninth album. The above video is a live version recorded on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Listening to this live version has me wishing and hoping that I’ll get the opportunity to finally see Spoon play live this year.

3. “You Beat Me to the Punch” :: Mary Wells

“That day,
I first saw you passing by
I wanted, to ask your name but I…
was much too shy.”

This Music Obsession Song actually started late yesterday afternoon when I found myself hitting replay, over and over. I listened to the track again early this morning, as I woke with it playing on a loop in my head.

The song was released in 1962, and was co-written by Smokey Robinson And The Miracles, who were responsible for the majority of hits released by Mary Wells while she was a Motown artist.

The song was produced with a “mock-calypso” beat which inspired an “answer” song by soul singer Gene Chandler called “You Threw a Lucky Punch” which used the same music, but with different lyrics. Chandler’s “answer” became a Pop and R&B chart hit that same year.

4. “My Ever Changing Moods” :: The Style Council

 

“The cool before the warm,
the calm after the storm.
I wish to stay forever,
letting this be my food,
but I’m caught up in a whirlwind,
and my ever changing moods.”

This was the first Style Council song I ever heard. My first Weller, actually. I remember going to the Music Plus that was down the hill from my school and buying the cassette of the album Cafe Bleu (titled My Ever Changing Moods here in the U.S.) and playing it over and over again. It was the 5th released single from The Style Council at that time.

“My Ever Changing Moods”, backed with the Hammond organ instrumental “Mick’s Company”, reached # 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. The song remains Weller’s greatest success in the US (including his efforts in The Jam and as a solo artist).

It will always be one of my all-time favorite songs.

5. “Perfect Skin” (live) :: Lloyd Cole And The Commotions

“Louise is a girl,
I know her well.
She’s up on the pavement, 
yes she’s a weather girl.
And, I’m staying up here so I may be undone.
She’s inappropriate,
but then she’s much more fun.”

A few years back I went through a Lloyd Cole obsession, playing his Music, his albums, while I was working on a memoir. The name Louise stuck out in this song, especially with the lyric “she’s inappropriate, but then she’s much more fun”. I had to gift one of the characters the name because this song, and that lyric, fit her so well, and I was in need of a handful of “re-names” to give these non-fictional people.

“Louise” can be found a bit in the title song from the album “Perfect Skin” is off of — “Rattlesnakes”.

That was Tuesday’s 5 Songs. Check back tomorrow for another set of 5 Music Obsessions of the Day.

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/17/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/17/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Friday start out with the song that was stuck in my head on waking this morning. I think it has been spinning around in my subconscious ever since I watched The Jam documentary this past Wednesday (About the Young Idea – check it out here). Next up, Music-wise, is Sleaford Mods’ “B.H.S.”, which gets stuck in my head at about the halfway mark of my daily commute, for some reason. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds brings it next, with my favorite track from his self-titled, bird-flying album. Pete Yorn comes around with “Crystal Village” next, a song and video he recently posted, explaining the inspiration for the brown suit in the video (i.e. Nic Cage in Valley Girl). Tones on Tail ends this My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day in honor of finding out today that they put more Poptone tickets on sale…can’t wait to see them in Las Vegas, in May.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “The Eton Rifles” :: The Jam

“Thought you were clever when you lit the fuse.
Tore down the house of commons in your brand new shoes.
Compose a revolutionary symphony,
then went to bed with a charming young thing.”

Eton, in the “Eton Rifles”, refers to England’s elite college, Eton, in this class warfare anthem. As I mentioned before, this song was stuck in my head when I woke up today, as well as going in and out of my consciousness ever since watching The Jam documentary this past Wednesday. I do wish I had a time machine to go back in time to see live Music that I’ve missed – like a Jam show – yes, please.

2. “B.H.S.” :: Sleaford Mods

“It’s at night when they come,
when I’m alone,
and not with anyone.
Through the shouts and music,
of the crowd down the road boozing,
near the free car park,
the bins and the alleyway,
of the Chinese restaurant:
number 3 for 2,
and number 4 for 1.”

I can’t wait to see Sleaford Mods play next month. I’m so ready.

Also, turn this one up loud.

3. “If I had a Gun…” :: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

“Excuse me if I spoke too soon,
my eyes have always followed you around the room.
‘Cause you’re the only god that I will ever need.”

I love this song. It definitely holds a permanent place in my all-time favorite songs list. It holds a lot of new meaning to me now. One of my favorite love songs…yes.

4. “Crystal Village” :: Pete Yorn

“You were there,
and it was good in the beginning.”

Another song that will live in my all-time favorite songs list permanently. Another song that will always be very special to me.

5. “Go!” :: Tones On Tail

“Living it up.
It’s a big kick.
It’s good for you..”

Turn this one way up loud, too. This song makes me want to dance so badly. I remember so many nights dancing to it, smoky dark clubs, the vibration of the music ricocheting off the walls. I could feel this song beat in the center of my chest.

I can’t wait to see them in May.

Happy Friday! Here’s to Friday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. Do you have any songs to add?

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/16/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/16/17
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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day for Thursday meet at the crossroads of dance and chill, infusing “Friday Eve” with an eclectic energy of Music to help get us through the day. It starts out with a new track off of the anticipated new album from Goldfrapp. From there we here some Chemical Brothers, who enlisted some help from Beck. Flunk comes around to spin this mix of Top 5 Songs around. Daughter grasps hands with M83 to take us into a breathing space, easing our minds and soothing us into the flow of another busy day.  Turn these two up loud though. Just because they are melodic and mellow, does not mean they do not benefit from some booming sounds.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day:

1. “Anymore” :: Goldfrapp

“You’re what I want.
You’re what I need.
Give me your love.
Make me a freak.”

Normal is overrated. Love makes the living parts easier. Freaks, especially Music ones, are everything.

2. “Wide Open” :: The Chemical Brothers, featuring Beck

“Some day love’s gonna hurt me.
Turn back,
and soon I’ll believe it.”

I keep coming back to this song ever since I found it a few weeks back. It is as addictive as it is beautiful. It reminds me of a book I just finished, and the way a journey of self found love, and home, unexpectedly. If I were to create a playlist for the story I would want to include this track.

3. “Spring to Kingdom Come” :: Flunk

“I´m waiting for spring to come to my kingdom.”

Winter is never really a thing here, and yet the rains brought on this longing for the sun. Spring becomes Summer quicker than the months would signify. The weather turning quickly from downpours to the collective whirring of air conditioners and climate controls. Do we have one more rainstorm yet to come?

4. “Medicine” :: Daughter

“You could still be,
what you want to,
what you said you were,
when I met you.”

This song just reignited a story I’d put away for awhile. I love when that happens. Music my forever muse. I think I’ll start working on it (again) later today/tonight.

5. “Lower Your Eyelids to Die with the Sun” :: M83

(Instrumental)

So cinematic. I close my eyes for the time it takes this song to play, letting it wash over me, allowing anything I am feeling to release, swirl and twirl and fray, and then let go. This helps to ease my jagged emotions this week, letting go of some new insecurities/fears that have surfaced, and breathe in all the good. Trust it to stay. I mean, oh my stars, this really is a beautiful song, and Music, it makes it, and me, so much better.

That was this Thursday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What has you singing-a-long today?

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/15/17

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My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/15/17
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Welcome Wednesday’s music for My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, starting off with some Weller for Wednesday. From there Throttle takes over with a high intensity cover version of “Hit the Road Jack” (not sure what I enjoy more, this take on the song, or the video). The Go-Go’s flashback, and The Libertines warn about looking back into the sun. The five for today ends with some Small Faces, the song of the five that requires a turn-up-the-volume moment, so come on, turn it up.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

1. “Sunflower” :: Paul Weller

I’d send you a flower,
a sunflower bright,
while you cloud my days,
messing up my nights.”

Such a beautiful song full of love lost and longing. Another song that showcases what a songwriter Weller is. As I dig in deep and discover/rediscover his music I come up with a new favorite. This week – this song – “Sunflower” – is my favorite.

There is something about this song that reminds me of The Zombies.

2. “Hit the Road Jack” :: Throttle

“Hit the road Jack,
and don’t you come back no more,
no more,
no more,
no more.”

Though Ray’s version is my ultimate favorite, this take on “Hit the Road Jack” is stellar, as is the video. Doesn’t it just make you want to dance?

3. “We Got the Beat” :: The Go-Go’s

See the people walking down the street,
fall in line,
just watching all their feet.
They don’t know where they wanna go,
but they’re walking in time.”

Talk about wanting to dance. This song immediately brings back junior high, PE class, in the locker room, talking music with a new friend (music always is the key). She brought a vinyl of Beauty and the Beat to school one day and I took it all in, the cover art, the inside sleeve, before I took it home to listen. We sang this song, and “This Town” in the small hallways for weeks after.

4. “Don’t Look Back Into the Sun” :: The Libertines

“And they’ll never forgive you,
but they won’t let you go,
oh no.
She’ll never forgive you,
but she won’t let you go,
oh no.”

Sometimes you hear a song you loved, a song you haven’t heard in a long time, and you have to play it, over and over, and over again. Today that song is this song. That first Libs album, Up the Bracket, will always be my favorite. So many memories.

5. “It’s Too Late” :: Small Faces

“I’m askin’ you baby,
why make me wait?
You better love me now
(before It’s too late).”

Did I mention this is a turn-up-the-volume song? Well, what are you waiting for? Turn it up!

So, there you have it…Wednesday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What are you spinning today?

 

 

My 5 Music Obsessions of the Day, M5MO

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/14/17

Wolf Alice, M5MO, My 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day :: 3/14/17
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Tuesday arrived quickly this week. The music plays while March flies by, faster than January and February seemed to. Perhaps this is something that happens when you are happy, feeling engaged in each moment, and satisfied with where you are right now. That isn’t a feeling I’ve had too often in my life, but I certainly have it now. I don’t take it for granted, no. I cherish it. Turn the music up, sing-a-long, and feel damn lucky to be alive, in this life, in my life, right now.

Today’s MY Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day start with my favorite track off of Blur’s most recent album, The Magic Whip. From there I hit play for a track off Wolf Alice’s EP with the same title – “Blush” quite possibly being my favorite track of Wolf Alice (see pictured above). Arctic Monkeys’ “505”, tied for favorite with a “Mardy Bum”, comes in at song number 3, then there is a newly discovered track from The Courteeners. We finish up today’s 5 with Oasis’ “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, a song I referenced in a conversation I was having with my carpool early this morning.

You can click to listen to each video below, or choose the Spotify link to listen to the My Top 5 Song Obsessions of the Day :: Top Five playlist. I add each five songs shared to the playlist each day, so the playlist evolves as the week does.

My Top 5 Music Obsessions of the Day

1. “Ong Ong” :: Blur

“To the isle of the black kites and the wishing tree,
I wanna be with you.
On the slow boat to Lantau through misty seas,
I wanna be with you.”

I feel this song today something fierce, especially the wanderlust/longing to travel sentiment with someone you love sentiment.

2. “Blush” :: Wolf Alice

“Punch drunk,
dumb struck,
pot luck,
happy happy.”

I can’t stop hitting replay on this song today. I bet if you press play, you will want to replay when it ends, too. The song still brings chills to my skin, the kind that snake up and down my spine, and trigger the prickle feeling of tears in my eyes. It is just such a beautiful song.

3. “505” :: Arctic Monkeys

“I’m going back to 505,
if it’s a seven hour flight,
or a forty-five minute drive.
In my imagination you’re waiting,
lying on your side,
with your hands between your thighs.”

Cinematic and sexy – don’t you just want to makeout to this song?

4. “Are You In Love with a Notion?” :: The Courteeners

“Why are you so in love with,
why are you so in love with a notion?”

New (to me) band discovery alert. I have a feeling more songs of The Courteeners are going to be showing up in these lists in the future.

5. “Don’t Look Back in Anger” :: Oasis

“Cause you said the brains I had went to my head.”

I love that lyric. The irony in it, the winked eye sarcasm. I like it almost as much as the lyric “please don’t put your life in the hands of a rock and roll band who’ll throw it all away”. Truly a lot of truth right there.

So that was Tuesday’s Top 5 Music Obsessions of the day. What are you starting your week listening to?