"I've discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it."
- William Faulkner

Monday, February 9, 2009

groovy mix and grammys

Hello, readers, and happy Monday.

I went to Indianola on Friday for work to hang out with some European journalists at the BB King Museum. I wasn’t in my car, which means I was away from my XM radio – it’s pathetic how attached to those things you can get. Anywho, whenever I have a long drive in the car, XM or not, I love to make a mix CD to enjoy on the road. Claire and I have called these compilations “groovy mix” for as long as I can remember. And since I always like to hear what other people listen to, I thought you might enjoy seeing what appeared on my latest groovy mix – in the actual order in which they appeared.

anyone else but you - the moldy peaches
This is that weird, hilarious song on Juno. The lyrics are completely random, but are actually pretty sweet.

blackbird - the beatles
I absolutely love this song. So much in fact, that I replaced my missing White Album just to get it.

colorblind - counting crows
This song will forever remind me of Cruel Intentions. Weird movie, great soundtrack.

come on get higher - matt nathanson
Even though it’s a little pop rock-y for me, I really like this song. Not sure why, I just do.

elenore - the turtles
I’m sure this one looks familiar to most of you.

a falling through - ray lamontagne
OK, if you aren’t listening to ray lamontagne, you are missing out. I can’t think of another way to describe his voice other than “smoky.” He sounds like a guy you’d hear in an obscure piano bar.

farewell - rosie thomas
Another song that I’m not sure why I like it. And it’s not really the words that I like, but the actual melody and the voice of the singer. It’s kind of sad and mournful.

God only knows - the beach boys
Every time Big Love starts a new season, I am reminded of how much I love this song. I love to watch that show start.

honey pie - the beatles
Another song off the White Album. It’s so fun to hear musicians do something outside their normal style. I can imagine Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby dancing to it.

i'm the man who loves you – wilco
Thanks to iTunes Genius for recommending Wilco and to MK for suggesting which album to download first. This one is my favorite of their songs I’ve listened to.

let it be me - ray lamontagne
another appearance by the smoky piano man.

listen to the darkside - charlie mars
Who doesn’t love a hometown (or home state) musician? This song is off Charlie’s new album Like a Bird, Like a Plane. How sad that I had to ask what the Darkside was, but it was just MK and she knows I’m not cool. But let the record show that when I was told, I knew exactly what it was.

love, save the empty - erin mccarley
I just mentioned this song in an earlier post, and I still love it. Thanks, Kendy, for encouraging me to get more Erin.

lovebug - jonas brothers
OK, if you can get past that it is a jonas brothers song, you’d really like it. I think it’s fun. And Joe Jonas is hot. I’m just saying.

moon river - peter mayer
Another oldie but goodie.

new york state of mind - billy joel
I’ve sort of had NYC on the brain lately, so this song was a natural choice.

sympathy for the devil - the rolling stones
Even though Mick Jagger grosses me out, I still love The Stones. And this is my absolute fave of their songs.

until i fall away - gin blossoms
Who doesn’t love a little 90’s rock? The Gin Blossoms remind me of high school.

you found me - the fray
The lyrics of this song were so intriguing, I made Harris find the meaning for me while I was in the car. Fascinating. And a good song, too.

You might also notice that the above songs are in alphabetical order by title. I like to arrange my groovy mixes this way so it assures a haphazard layout of songs (though not really haphazard at all) and most of the time prevents any singer from being right next to himself or herself. Weird? Perhaps.

In other music news, the Grammy Awards were on last night. Who knew Alison Krauss was such a critic’s darling? I don’t know that I’ve ever listened to a second of her music, but maybe I should. And let me just say Flo Rida and T-Pain got ROBBED. “Low” so should have won.

Have a good week, friends.


Anisa said...

"blackbird" is a fabulous song. i will definitely have to check out more ray lamontagne.

and i must be a total dork too. i don't know what the darkside is either!

mary-kathryn said...

Stick with Wilco. you'll fall in love. maybe i should make you a mix and bring it to Gov. Conference?

LT (and Max) said...

interesting list i must say.

ny state of mine is a fave of mine. top 20? you'll have to wait and see for yourself.

that's interesting how you arrange the songs on your cds. i always think about the songs and space out the similar songs. ex. i don't want to slow songs in a row or 2 songs by the same artist in a row. that's just me!

Lindsey and Jeremy said...

#1, I love Ray Lamontagne. He has such a fab voice. #2, have you listened to Band of Horses? If not, check them out. They are SO good. They are from the Carolina's & super talented. #3, I didn't actually watch the Grammy's, however, I was really impressed that Allison Krauss & Robert Plant walked away with a few awards. Raising Sands is a pretty good album. Very catchy songs. Have a great week!

Anonymous said...

How was Indianola? I've heard a lot about that town...mostly good. It's cool they have that museum for BB King--hope it's not too cheesy.

Courtney and Jason G. said...

a. Love Ray
b. NYSOM- Billy Joel, I cant even talk about it.

AND- Yes, listen to more Alison- she's amazing. Listen to her with union station- their live album. Addictive.

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