Dionne Warwick produced by Burt Bacharach and Hal David? And she covers one of my favorite songs, George Harrison’s “Something?” Sign me up.
In honor of Christine McVie returning to Fleetwood Mac and the start of the band’s extensive touring schedule, let’s talk about some of my favorite songs from the British singer.
It is a point of pride that my record collection boasts original Zeppelin albums in good to excellent condition. Some albums must be treated with a certain amount of reverence when they lay the groundwork for so many forthcoming bands. Channeling the blues and with Robert Plant’s otherworldly yowl, Led Zeppelin’s first album makes the impending decade of rock possible, and it is likely one of the most important albums I own.
Have I really not mentioned any Oasis records yet? Goodness, let us remedy that at once!
The internet is weird. It gives you a billion songs at your disposal. Once you get sucked into the YouTube black hole, you find things out that you never knew existed before. I have found out about some amazing and bizarre covers because of just going down that rabbit hole. I was posting one such video the other day to my Facebook and I found out that people thought the cover I posted was the original version. This struck me as weird, but awesome. I had been kicking a list around for awhile of some of my favorite cover songs. I decided to just go with bizarre ones that actually work in their covered genre. Read More Ten Songs Keeping Me Sane This Week: Bizarre Cover Edition
Two weeks ago, I talked about how my dad preferred The Monkees over The Beatles, and how most of the Beatles records I own were originally my mother’s. Pictured therein was the group’s twelfth and last album, Let It Be, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about it in some way.
After the smashing amount of great music to choose from in 1983, 1984 was a little easier for me to narrow down to ten picks. Yes, it’s the year that everyone made the same Orwellian joke, and the year that Van Halen made sure to release that so-titled album in January, but my most-loved songs from this time head in a different direction. Once again, I must point out that I am not trying to make a definitive list of the “Greatest” songs from each year, but rather curate an unnumbered collection of personal favorites, while still attempting to be concise.
Pre-holidays, I posted about my on-going project to highlight the best of Ladytunes Lady Singers in a series of mixes given to my daughter every Christmas. To expand my musical suggestions, I crowdsource this project every year, looking for singers I’ve overlooked or songs I’ve never heard of. I’ve been very fortune to receive fantastic recommendations, and this year was no exception. Read More Crowdsourcing Ladytunes, 2011: The Follow Up