Song of the Day = Let The Day Begin by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (The original version by The Call has long been one of the favorites around my house. Dad played it loudly and often on the stereo and this version is just as worthy of the same treatment. Michael Been’s son, Robert, couldn’t have done a better tribute to his dad than this lovely version of one of my family’s favorites. Turn it up and enjoy.)
Song of the Day = Rolling People by The Verve (This is live at Wigan in 1998. God, what I would have given to grow up in the UK in the 90’s where I could’ve seen these guys play. Richard, Nick and Simon are a magical combination. One of the most underrated bands ever. I get angry when people compare them to Oasis. It’s an apples & oranges comparison. There’s a level of musicianship here that deserves so much more respect. The layers and sounds these guys are able to build. No wonder I love them so.)
Song of the Day = Out of My League by @fitzandtantrums (I personally love the new direction that Fitz & the Tantrums are heading with their new record and can’t wait to hear the rest of it. I’ve heard some “fans” whining about the fact that the R&B/soul flavor is gone, but what they don’t understand is those roots are still there. Just listen to the progressions and the lyrics. They haven’t abandoned those roots, they’ve just experimented with them in a different context.)
Song of the Day = Birmingham by @shovelsandrope (I’ve loved this duet since I saw them open for Butch Walker a few years ago and it’s so much fun to watch them grow and sell out shows of their own in Atlanta and Athens. Now, they’re making their national television debut on Letterman. If you’re not familiar, do yourself a favor and get some Shovels & Rope in your life. Cary Ann and Michael’s solo records are amazing too. I just can’t help but think this is something my godfather, Bryan, would have enjoyed.)
Christmas Playlist - A quick collection of some of my favorite Christmas songs. I’m not trying to prove my coolness by picking a bunch of rare or random stuff. I’ll admit it’s pretty predictable. But, these are the Christmas songs that make me happy, year after year. Enjoy.
1. Darlene Love - Christmas Baby Please Come Home 2. Muppets & John Denver - 12 Days of Christmas 3. Bowie & Bing - Little Drummer Boy 4. Fitz & The Tantrums - Santa Stole My Lady 5. Mannheim Steamroller - Deck The Halls 6. Annie Lennox - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 7. The Monkees - Riu Chiu 8. Ella Fitzgerald - Have Yourself A Merry Little Chirstmas 9. Elvis - I’ll Be Home For Christmas 10. Carpenters - Merry Christmas Darling 11. Eartha Kitt - Santa Baby 12. Peggy Lee - The Christmas Song 13. The Pogues - Fairytale of New York 14. John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War Is Over)
Song of the Day = Cuckoo Cocoon by Genesis (I saw The Musical Box perform the Lamb Lies Down on Broadway in its entirety, complete with costumes and projections, last night and I’d forgotten just how much I love this song. Peter Gabriel’s voice is just so perfect on this track and the simplicity of the flute part over the keyboards and percussion are just musical earcandy. It was fun to see this with my dad and my sister, I just wish my godfather could have been there with us. He would have absolutely loved it.)
Song of the Day = Yeah Yeah Yeah by @myradioband (This song has been in my head since I saw them on Tuesday and I’m not sick of it yet. It’s so damn catchy and fun. Pardon me while I go play the CD… again…)