I heard “The Way You Make Me Feel” three times today. Clearly a sign for today’s Record Store Day project. It happens to be from my favorite Michael Jackson album, Bad. 1987’s Bad also brought us “Man in the Mirror”, “Dirty Diana”, “Smooth Criminal and, of course, “Bad”. I’m happy that1987 happened, I just wish the duets that were planned for this album happened too.
Since Pink Floyd’s 1973 album, The Dark Side of the Moon, is meant to be played continously I had to play the beginning. Wish there was enough room for the whole story. So the beginning, a “Speak to Me” snippet then “Breathe”, perfect songs for a Monday night. Oh snap, I forgot to sync up The Wizard of Oz.
Winding down on this beautiful Sunday night with Odetta’s “Joshua” off her debut solo album Odetta Sings Ballads and Blues from 1956. Odetta inspired many artists from Bob Dylan to Harry Belafonte to Janis Joplin. Her inspiration didn’t end with musicians, Odetta was a major voice of the Civil Rights Movement”. The world is a better place because of this woman.
Stevie Nick’s debut studio album, Bella Donna released “Edge of Seventeen” in 1982. Nick’s wrote the song, with one of the most memorable riffs, after her uncle and John Lennon passed away in the same week. There was so much recorded music not included in beautifully hard album, I hope it all surfaces one day soon.
Only a week away from Record Store Day! I fell asleep before posting yesterday’s Record Store Day project! If you haven’t been folllowing, I’m posting one record a day as a countdown to RSD. You can find the rest of my RSD projects by using #rsdproject. I’ll post two today to make up for yesterday. First, Neil Young with Crazy Horse “Cowgirl in the Sand” off Neil’s second album (Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere) in 1969. He wrote the song while having a 103° fever. Some say it’s about a loose woman, some say the song is about Young and Neil Young claims it’s about the beaches of Spain (he’s never been). Either way, thanks for being so fevered that night Neil Young.
A fun collectors item to get at each Record Store Day are the Side by Side Series. A 7” with the same song on both sides but by different artists. There’s a mystery Side by Side released on Record Store Day, the song and artists unknown, in an all black album cover with a question mark. I knew what I was getting with this one. On gold colored vinyl, the song is Respect; both recorded in 1967. One side with Otis Redding and the other has my personal favorite, Aretha Franklin.
Taken from us at only 27-years-old in 2011, the same year Amy Winehouse’s posthumous compilation album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released. So many beautiful songs on this album. “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” by The Shirelles has always been one of my favorite songs, I’m not alone either. Everyone from The Bee Gees to Lauryn Hill, Neil Diamond to The Four Seasons, Dusty Springfield to The Zombies, Elton John to Cher and Ronnie James Dio to Amy Winehouse.
It’s my birthday!!! Here’s to obvious choices! Off their self titled album (or The White Album) The Beatles singing a par-tay song to moi! “Birthday” was recorded in 1968. I was born in 1983. One thing we both have in common: #TheGirlCantHelpIt.
First day of working 8am-9pm so it’s time to relax with Tommy James and the Shondells “Crystal Blue Persuasion”. Apparently Tommy James was getting high off Jesus Christ in 1969, “Crystal Blue Persuasion” is a religious song and not about meth or LSD. Did I just kill your buzz, mannnnnn?
It’s too nice outside to listen to music indoors sometimes. Sunday is becoming our family day together so I thought I’d include my love and the pooch. Released nearly a month before I was born, “Sunday Bloody Sunday” is my favorite U2 song off their War album. A political song once misinterpreted by the hilarious Alan Partridge as a “frustration of a Sunday”. “You wake up in the morning, you’ve got to read all the Sunday papers, the kids are running around, you’ve got to mow the lawn, wash the car, and you think “Sunday, bloody, Sunday!”