Sad version of “Happy”

This made me laugh today. I am actually quite sad this song has been sooooo overdone on the radio of late. I love it. I will always love it, but I’m thinking I need a vacation from it. It is on every station all the time.

I tend to love songs in the minor key anyway. Hope your day is great!

2.17

I just returned from Santa Fe. The High Desert air always does me good.

Each visit brings new and lasting memories and this trip was no exception. The weather was gorgeous and I got to spend lots of time outside. I had the good fortune to spend the weekend with my brother who had all kinds of fun music recommendations, but far and away my favorite tidbit he shared was the documentary, Twenty Feet from Stardom, which was so great that two days later I am still thinking about it. I adore the voices; the music, and it is at once life affirming and heartbreaking. It is the story of the backup singers to all of the musical giants since the 60s. There are many layers to that movie. Hopefully it will win an Oscar.  Many scenes stick with me from the film, but I was riveted by Merry Clayton’s description of how she came to sing “Gimme Shelter” with the Rolling Stones. That is my favorite Rolling Stones song (or at least high top five), and she absolutely makes the song what it is.

Enjoy!

Lullaby

It’s Friday and I’m officially down the rabbit-hole of Beatles cover songs this week. I love this Ben Folds cover of “Golden Slumbers”. Such a gorgeous song with beautiful inflections and background strings. Anything with a Cello just kinda kills me. It is different to hear this without the immediate addition of Carry that Weight right after, as they are together on Abbey Road, but it makes it just sort of sweet and mellow. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend!

2.6

It is February after all, so snow shouldn’t surprise me, but I had no idea it was going to snow today. It is a beautiful and unexpected sight. I’ve got Beatles’ covers on my brain now, so thought I would share this really lilting and lovely cover of “Here Comes The Sun.” Timely because I am looking forward to Spring; craving the sun and warmth. This song is just so sweet and so optimistic. It is one of those tunes to keep in your reserves to turn a day around.  It is, again, a collaboration from some super talented artists: David Crosby, Graham Nash and (one of my all time favorites) Paul Simon.

This weekend I will see Paul Simon for the first time and I am so excited to hear him live.  Sting will perform as well and I am crossing fingers that they will collaborate on something special. Regardless, it will be a real treat to hear two artists do what they do best.

February Fave

I really REALLY wanted to love the new Broken Bells album. So far it is just ok. Which is kind of disappointing because I think the Broken Bells is such an interesting side gig for these two musicians. I love musical collaborations. So, it was with unexpected glee that yesterday I heard a fabulous cover of the Beatles’s “And I Love Her” by Broken Bells. It was featured on David Letterman who is honoring the Beatles this week due to the anniversary of their legendary Ed Sullivan Show performance that forever changed the musical influence and direction of this country.  First, I will say that it takes serious chutzpah to cover the Beatles. Ever.

But I really, really like what the Broken Bells did with this song. I think that they pull it off handily.  It is very pretty. I only wish they had chosen such an interesting direction for their own album. No one can replace Paul singing that song, BUT, James Mercer’s Shin-zy warble around the 2 minute mark is perfection. Enjoy!

Top Five of 2013 (actually top seven)

I can’t really narrow it to five. (and frankly I will probably be frustrated by the constraints of seven, but seven is lucky, so here goes…)

2013 was a super interesting year for me musically. The alt disco trend seems to be taking over the alt folk dominance  of late. For me, the results are mixed. Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories was refreshing; an injection of irreverent  fun. The whole album is pretty great and despite it’s disco influence it is 100% 2013.  I eagerly await Broken Bells’s  After the Disco which has an early January release date, and while I love the first single, “Holding on For Life,” I heard “The High Road” off their 2010 debut album today and couldn’t help but be struck  by how much more I like that sound for them.

Meanwhile, the Mumford and Sons type folk bands seem to be taking stock of the fickle nature of musical trends (or at least they should be). I think they are as the Hopeless Wanderer  video seems to suggest that Mumford and Co is even a little sick of themselves. It’s pretty funny if you haven’t checked it out.

So, in no particular order, here are my top seven of 2013.I chose these for varied reasons, either I loved them on first hearing or they just will always be 2013 to me.

1. Daft Punk “Get Lucky”

2. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Better Days” I’m a sucker for ESMZ. Just a happy and upbeat optimistic song. Good for 2013 and beyond.

3.Grouplove “Ways to Go” This video and this song were a revelation. Really unexpected and happy. Just a feel good song. Always makes me want to dance.

4. My hands down favorite album of the year (not counting Alt J, which is technically 2012) is Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City. Top to bottom, I just adore it. Tough to pick one song. So much to love. Hannah Hunt crept up on me and I could give a reason for every other song on the album, but the first released single, Ya Hey gives me the chills every time.

5.Loved it from the first listen. Vance Joy “Riptide” (different version than I posted before)

6. The Head and the Heart- (proving that alt folk isn’t going to go quietly if at all) “Shake” Live KEXP version which is always kind of fun.

7.Arcade Fire “Reflektor” I just love it so much. Long and self-indulgent for sure, but I’m buying what they are selling. David Bowie back up vocals seal the deal for me.

There you have it. I will probably angst about what I left out, but there it is 2013 in a nutshell for me. Happy New Year!