Brave Astronaut did two of these posts lately, after one of his friends shared on her blog.
A few notes before I begin:
- My iPod has been edited recently to contain only my favorite songs. Hence a lot of "I love this one!" sprinkled throughout the comments.
- I tried to prune the Proustian involuntary memories so this post wouldn't be three yards long, but trust me when I tell you that I could say a lot more about each song/artist.
- I was going to link to the songs on Amazon/YouTube or perhaps make a muxtape or two featuring these tracks, but I ran out of time/energy for the first one and I couldn't violate the pop cultural rules for making a mixtape for the second. (Or tangle with the RIAA.)
(1) A Song for You — Aretha Franklin
I love this song, and have at least a dozen versions of it by various artists. I love Aretha — What white girl who wishes she could sing doesn't? Cf. Murphy Brown — but my favorite version is by the Temptations.
(2) Strangers in the Night — Frank Sinatra
This always makes me think of that scene in Mr. Mom, which makes me laugh.
(3) Lovers Rock — Sade
I bought this album on a whim, and I love every track. I like it when stuff like that works out.
(4) The Humpty Dance — Digital Underground
One of about a dozen hip-hop songs from 1988-92 that bring back a lot of high school memories. Mostly of Larry & Tony providing the soundtrack in one of the band buses on the way to a football game.
(5) I'm So Open — Cowboy Junkies
This one's a pretty uptempo, rockin' tune, which is not exactly typical CJ material.
(6) Waiting for the Sun to Shine — Lee Ann Womack
After many years of loudly detesting anything labeled "country," I've reluctantly come to find that I kind of enjoy some of the vintage/retro/alt-country stuff. Although released in 2005, this whole album is retro, right down to the cover art and the graphics on the CD itself.
(7) Total Eclipse of the Heart — Bonnie Tyler
Ha ha ha! This is the title track to one of the first LPs I ever owned. (Well, that didn't have "Sesame Street" in the title, anyway.) I still have it on vinyl, along with Thriller and Olivia Newton-John's Greatest Hits, Volume 2.
(8) Never Can Say Goodbye — The Jackson Five
You know what's awkward? Trying to sing along to the Isaac Hayes version after learning MJ's pitch/pacing.
(9) Hard to Handle — Black Crowes
Once upon a time, this video used to be on MTV a lot. I didn't know it was a cover of an Otis Redding song then, I just knew I liked it.
(10) I Could Never Love Another (After Loving You) — The Temptations
Not as well known as some of their other tracks, but definitely worth having on the Amythology. (My personal mix of my favorite songs by that artist: like an anthology, but better. I've made about a dozen.)
(11) Never Enough — The Cure
I still have the cassingle!
(12) Let's Hear It for the Boy — Deniece Williams
Would you believe that I about wore out my cassette of the Footloose soundtrack, but I have still never seen the movie in its entirety?
(13) See That Girl — Righteous Brothers
This guy I knew in college made me a mix tape of all these songs he loved because they were sad and depressing. This was on it. He wasn't wrong.
(14) Lay Down the Law — Switches
I came across this on iTunes the other week and took a flyer on it since the review promised a mix of Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, etc. Not bad.
(15) But Not for Me — Harry Connick Jr.
I love the When Harry Met Sally ... soundtrack, and I'm totally jealous of his jazzy arrangement of Winter Wonderland.
(16) Collecting You — Indigo Girls
I saw them live when they played the Convo @ OU my senior year. Great show, slightly freaky crowd. I see that they're playing Mem Aud in October — I totally want to go!
(17) Tones of Home — Blind Melon
I just saw Visually Impaired Cantaloupe (newly reconstituted with another lead singer) in St. Louis on Memorial Day Weekend. They played this, and the crowd was rockin' out.
(18) 83 — John Mayer
I love John Mayer, but I'm not sure I could see him in concert. He makes too many awkward faces.
(19) Day Tripper — The Beatles
I don't consider myself that big of a Beatles fan. I mean, I know the big hits and all, but . . .
(20) Bossa Nova Baby — Elvis Presley
You know that part in Pulp Fiction about how everybody's either a Beatles fan or an Elvis fan? I'm an Elvis fan.
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