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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Thirty-Two

INTENDED FOR POSTING ON May 21st, 2014. DUE TO TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, IT WAS NOT.

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Wednesday. Hump day. No matter what name you give it, the middle of the week can be a pain to get through. But hopefully, there will be some songs on this playlist to amp me back up for the weekend.

1. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

As previously stated, I love Van Morrison. That man could play guitar and sing the phonebook, and I’d be pretty happy. “Into The Mystic” is such a charming little song, and the music has this gorgeous, slow, summertime feel to it. I find myself swaying and daydreaming about driving along the coast. It’s the perfect song. Can we have more of this for the rest of the challenge please?

2. Get Up (I Like Being a) Sex Machine – James Brown

This is such a bold, in-your-face song, with a definite style. James Brown is outgoing, and his unique ability to get the crowd involved makes this song fun to listen to. I feel like this should be a song people should listen to before they go out or when they wake up in the morning, just for an energetic jolt.

3. Ohio – Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young

Instrumentally, I found this track pretty enjoyable. The harmonies are also really impressive, although it does feel a bit much occasionally throughout the song’s timing. It’s still an interesting listen, but after James Browns’s fantastic jolt, it falls a bit flat.

4. The Only Living Boy In New York – Simon and Garfunkel

Simon and Garfunkel were seriously talented, and here’s a song that showcases that talent beautifully. I love the acoustic vibe, and the ¬†storytelling aspect of the lyrics. Seriously, give it a listen, and tell me you don’t fall in love.

5. In a Broken Dream – Python Lee Jackson

Rod Stewart is a guest vocalist on this track, the band’s most famous song. There is a definite power to his voice, especially when paired with the moody instrumental, with its raging guitar solo. I must admit, I found myself in awe, wanting to listen again and again.

6. Oh Lonesome Me – Neil Young

Just as the title would suggest, this is a definite sad song for the ages. If you’re looking to throw yourself a bit of a pity party, this is the anthem for you, my friend. While I love it for the emotion that is brilliantly conveyed, it’s a bit of a downer, even with its great beats.

7. 54-46 Was My Number – Toots and The Maytals

A prison/protest anthem for the ages, there is something so soulful and rebellious in this song’s spirit. It’s the awakening of the punk era slowly coming into life. I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this, but I found myself enamored with it.

8. Working Class Hero – John Lennon

The third Beatle whose solo work is featured over the last two days. Half-spoken, half-sung, the vocals on this track aren’t incredible by any means, but I think it’s more of the lyrical narrative that people fall in love with when hearing this song. There is a power to his commentary on how the world will beat you down and then tell you to get up and make a decision, no matter its effect. It’s a fantastic social commentary that wakes people up by shattering the illusion they have been spoon fed since birth.

9. Box of Rain – The Grateful Dead

The Grateful Dead always reminds me of high school journalism class. My love for this band was something my teacher and I initially bonded over, as she had a Grateful Dead poster by the board. If you don’t listen to this track and fall in love, there is something terribly the matter. The vocals aren’t perfect, but they’re wonderful¬†because¬†they’re flawed.

10. Life On Mars? – David Bowie

Once again, who doesn’t love David Bowie? There is a dream-like quality to this song that is entrancing. It seems so ambiguous, in a sense that almost anyone could find something to latch onto in regards to meaning.

 

Today’s playlist was interesting, to say the least. There was an eclectic mix of tunes to enjoy, which kept me intrigued from track one onwards. At least I survived the middle of the week, that sneaky bump in the road.

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1001 Song Challenge: Day 27

*ORIGINALLY INTENDED FOR POSTING ON MAY 16TH, 2014.

 

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Nearing the one month mark for this challenge makes me feel excited and nervous all at once, and I’m not sure why, as I still have a ways to go. One thing’s for sure, I’m going to enjoy every day until the end!

 

1. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones

The beats featured on this track, along with the fading in of the piano is brilliant. What a great Rolling Stones’ track. It just has such a great vibe to it.

2. Pressure Drop – Toots and The Maytals

Yet another song I think many people will recognize by sound, but would probably not know by name. This incredible track has been covered numerous times, and no matter what, the happy energy of it is irresistible. One thing I love about the original though, is the pure reggae sound that it has.

3. Cyprus Avenue – Van Morrison

I love Van Morrison, and it’s for his ability to sing in what feels like a stream of consciousness. Everything sounds so natural and unrehearsed (in a good way), and it just gives his music a really raw, clever feeling.

4. Hey Jude – The Beatles

Easily one of my favorite Beatles’ songs of all time. There is something so perfect about it, it’s just a wonderful song. It also contains the ultimate group vocals.

5. Voodoo Child (Slight Return) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

There is something very haunting about this song. I don’t know whether it’s because Jimi Hendrix’s guitar playing is so epic in this song or if it’s the thought that he was probably about 25 years old when he managed to put this together.

6. The Pusher – Steppenwolf

I do respect this song, if not for its narrative or for the honesty that it comprises. However, I wish the vocals, as wonderfully gruff as they are, were stronger. Its greatest trait is how it is cold and apathetic and yet caring and passionate all at once.

7. The Weight – The Band

When I say you know this song (“You know, the track by The Band?”), you really do. With their somewhat precocious name (which is now probably leaving modern-day Hipsters feeling aggressive that they didn’t get to use the almost-anonymous name themselves) and fantastic sound, it’s no wonder this song is such a classic. I imagine that it sounded familiar even at the time of its debut, with its timeless feel.

8. Days – The Kinks

I’m on a real kick with The Kinks right now; love them. I love this song when they do it. I hated the majority of the covers I’ve heard of it over the years. No one seems to be able to capture the wistful spirit of the track. If you can find a cover that does this song justice, please feel free to link it or send it my way.

9. My Way – Frank Sinatra

There really isn’t much to say, except that, once again, I love Sinatra. He really can do no wrong in my eyes. A true classic, I love Sinatra’s showcasing of his vocals on this track. He really seems to push them to the next level to make the song stand out from his amazing discography.

10. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – Roberta Flack

If you say this song doesn’t give you chills every time you hear it, you’re a dirty liar. The slow, sweeping entry, followed by the gorgeous build of the tempo, there’s just no way to resist this song.

 

Today really was a day of true classics. I enjoyed every single one of these songs in some way, and a majority proved to be a great picker-upper after a “blah” day.

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