Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tunes for the Month: August

Another big mix of stuff- some new songs I found recently, some from my kid days, a good many from the eighties and a few from some random guy's Spotify playlist!

1. Stokholm- Jason Isbell
I've heard love songs make a Georgia man cry

On the shoulder of somebody's Saturday night

Read the good book, studied it too

But nothing prepared me for living with you

Lock me up tight in these shackles I wear

Tied up the keys in the folds of your hair

And the difference with me is I used to not care

Stockholm let me go home
Once a wise man to the ways of the world

Now I've traded those lessons for faith in a girl

Crossed the ocean, thousand years from my home

In this frozen old city of silver and stone

So, Peyton discovered this one somehow. He literally thought he knew the guy or something. Anyway, I like it. I love love the sound of it and the lyrics seem deep and reflective even though the music doesn't initially seem to have that feel. It's a good combo. 

2. Sweet Annie- Zac Brown Band
I been burning bright
So long I cant remember
Pretty girls and late night bars
Seem to be my line of work
Believe me when I say
I cant stay this high forever
This mans had all he can stand,
Time to lay this body down
Sweet Annie
Can I stay with you a while
Cause this roads been putting miles
On my heart, Sweetheart,
Ive been livin in a fantasy
But one day Lightning will strike
And my bark will lose its bite
But dont give up on me
Sweet Annie.

You know the gig. An old country rocker/boozer finally finds a girl to settle down with....if, of course, she'll have him. I like it. It feels sweet and sincere. And the girl? Her name is Annie. It skeeves Peyton a little becuase you know it's an intimate relationship and he's thinking of our BABY. But I love it a lot. I saw someone mention it on IG and simply because of the name, I had to check it out. Glad I did. 

3. Colder Weather- Zac Brown Band
She'd take Colorado if he'd take her with him
Closes the door before the winter lets the cold in,
And wonders if her love is strong enough to make him stay,
She's answered by the tail lights
Shining through the window pane
He said I wanna see you again
But I'm stuck in colder weather
Maybe tomorrow will be better
Can I call you then
She said you're ramblin' man
You ain't ever gonna change
You gotta gypsy soul to blame
And you were born for leavin', born for leavin'

So here's the thing- I used to like (love) country music, but then it got to where it was all too much pop and too little country. Someone on the YouTube video I watched of this pointed out that these guys still feel a little "old school country" or something like that. Now, they are a WAYS away from Alabama, and Johnny Cash, and Garth Brooks. But it's a lot better than most of today's country, which, in my opinion, leaves something to be desired. 

4. Do You Believe in Magic?- The Lovin' Spoonful
Do you believe in magic, in a young girl's heart?
How the music can free her, whenever it starts
And it's magic, if the music is groovy
It makes you feel happy like an old-time movie
I'll tell you about the magic and it'll free your soul
But it's like tryin' to tell a stranger 'bout rock and roll

If you believe in magic, come along with me
We'll dance until mornin' 'til there's just you and me
And maybe, if the music is right
I'll meet you tomorrow, sort of late at night
And we'll go dancing, baby, then you'll see
How the magic's in the music and the music's in me.

I wanted to included a few more favorites that feel like "Summer" to me. I've thrown it back to songs from junior high and some from my childhood in recent playlists. These next few are more childhood favorites, originally introduced to me by my 60s era music aficionado rents (and also movies like My Girl and Now and Then). I love this song and while it's nothing super deep I used to just love the way the lyrics spoke of music being magical and soul-freeing, because that's all I ever knew it to be but I didn't yet have the words to say exactly that. 

5. I'm a Believer- The Monkees
I thought love was only true in fairytales
Meant for someone else but not for me
Love was out to get me
That's the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my dreams
Then I saw her face, now I'm a believer
Not a trace of doubt in my mind
I'm in love, I'm a believer
I couldn't leave her if I tried

The Monkees! This was another huge favorite in my young life. At seven and eight and nine and ten, I looked so forward to the fireworks experience of falling in love. And then I had it...several times. Turns out it hurts to fall, a lot sometimes. Of course, I found the one that couldn't leave (even if he did try once or twice in college) and I still love it so much. 

6. Daydream Believer- The Monkees
Oh, I could hide 'neath the wings of the bluebird as she sings
The six o'clock alarm would never ring
But it rings and I rise wipe the sleep out of my eyes
The shavin' razor's cold, and it stings
Cheer up, sleepy Jean, oh what can it mean
To a daydream believer and a homecoming queen?

I love this one because the lyrics and the music literally feel like a daydream to me. I don't know that there's a word for that. But the mood of the music plus the whimsical imagery just really captures the theme. It's been one of my favorites for probably oh...twenty years.

7. Do Wah Diddy Diddy- Manfred Mann
There she was just walkin' down the street
Singin', "Do wah diddy, diddy, dum diddy do"
Snappin' her fingers and shufflin' her feet
Singin', "Do wah diddy diddy, dum diddy do"
She looked good, she looked fine
(Looked good, looked fine)
She looked good, she looked fine
And I nearly lost my mind
Before I knew it she was walkin' next to me
Singin', "Do wah diddy diddy, dum diddy do"
Holdin' my hand just as natural as can be
Singin', "Do wah diddy diddy, dum diddy do"

This was one of the VERY first songs I heard Mickey ever sing to me. Like almost THIRTY years ago. Like when I was a toddler. I think I was sassy even then and I think it was one of his favorite songs. This is sort of embarrassing, but I didn't realize it was a real song until I was probably ten or eleven. I thought it was a song he made up for/about me!

8. Escape (The Pina Colada Song)-
I was tired of my lady, we'd been together too long
Like a worn-out recording of a favorite song
So while she lay there sleepin', I read the paper in bed
And in the personal columns there was this letter I read
'If you like Pina Coladas, getting caught in the rain
If you're not into yoga, if you have half a brain
If you like making love at midnight in the dunes on the cape
I'm the love that you've looked for write to me and escape'

This one wasn't part of Mickey's collection, so I don't think I discovered it until later, when I really started watching movies on my own. The subject matter is a little risque (Imma take out an ad looking for a romantic partner even though I'm supposedly in a monogamous relationship and oh wait! same lady...well, guess maybe we can work this out after all) but I'v loved it for forever. It's a good beach song and I'll probably always enjoy it.

9. Love Will Turn You Around- Kenny Rogers
You can run, you can hide never let it inside
Keep livin' your life in the dark
But sooner or later that gentle persuader
Is gonna catch up with your heart
Make you a dreamer
Believer, believin' in love

Okay, so a weird thing happened. I typed in Pina Colada Song into Spotify and I came up with a guy's playlist (in addition to the song). He had some good stuff on there, so I ended up using that instead of pilfering Peyton's iTunes library. A little Kenny Rogers never hurt anybody, right?

10. Cracklin' Rosie- Neil Diamond
What happened to the girl I used to know?
You let your mind out somewhere down the road
Don't bring me down, no, no, no, no, no
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down
You're always talkin' 'bout your crazy nights
One of these days you're gonna get it right
Don't bring me down, no, no, no, no, no
I'll tell you once more before I get off the floor
Don't bring me down

 It's been forever since I've heard this song. I'm not even sure where I've heard it before. But I like it. Sooooo old school.

11. Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)- Christopher Cross
When you get caught between the Moon and New York City
I know it's crazy but it's true
If you get caught between the Moon and New York City
The best that you can do
The best that you can do is fall in love.

Well, it talks about New York City =) Another one I've heard before, but wasn't super familiar with but I knew I had heard before. And I liked the idea of falling in love "between the moon and New York City". 

12. Copacabana- Barry Manilow
Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would meringue and do the Cha-Cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across the crowded floor, they worked from eight till four
They were young and they had each other who could ask for more?
At the Copa, Copacabana
The hottest spot north of Havana
At the Copa, Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa
They fell in love

Okay, yeah, it's Barry Manilow. So...sort of lame even for me and I can really indulge in some cheese sauce. But I thought it was another good fun Summer song. 

13. Red Red Wine- UB40
Red, red wine
Stay close to me
Don't let me be alone
It's tearing blue heart.

This is from random guy's playlist, too, but it's another old favorite of mine. There's not much worthwhile about it lyrically. I mean the guy is serenading his wine. But I still LOVE it and have for years. 

14. Too Much Time on My Hands- Styx
Too much time on my hands,
It's ticking away with my sanity
I've got too much time on my hands,
it's hard to believe such a calamity
I've got too much time on my hands
and it's ticking away,
ticking away from me
(Too much time on my hands)
It's tick tick tick tick ticking away
(Too much time on my hands)
And I don't know what to do with myself
(Too much time on my hands)

This is probably the most random addition for me (even including the Barry Manilow and upcoming Culture Club features). It's just not totally my style. But I listened and enjoyed it, so I added it. It could be that I've been on a real '80s kick (more on that later).

15. I'll Tumble For Ya- Culture Club
I get a crazy feeling
That chases in my head
It's nothing that you do to me
It's nothing that you said
It's love in stereo
And when I can't let go I say
I'll be your baby
I'll be your score
I'll run the gun for you
And so much more
I'll tumble for ya

Yes, I know, there is nothing stranger than Culture Club. But this song is fun. And I like it. So it made the cut. Also? The intro....I'm trying to figure out where I know it from (other than the song). Maybe a part of a drill team mix at high school football games? Not sure. 

16. To Be With You- Mr. Big

When it's through, it's through
Fate will twist the both of you
So come on baby, come on over
Let me be the one to show you
I'm the one who wants to be with you
Deep inside I hope you feel it too
Waited on a line of greens and blues
Just to be the next to be with you

Okay, this was legitimately my FAVORITE song in seventh grade. As I've mentioned on here before, I had a cassette tape of "Monster Ballads" and this was the one I was always manually rewinding (and occasionally calling in to Y101) for. I don't know why I was so obsessed with it. But I would think about my seventh grade crush (the one who is, to this day, my best friend and now Annie's godfather) and just weep. It was super intense. Oh, I should mention, the rest of the list is power ballads because I saw Rock of Ages on Broadway and got on a kick. 

17. Every Rose Has Its Thorn- Bret Michaels
We both stand silently still in the dead of the night
Although we both stand close together, we are miles apart inside
Was it something they said or something I they did? Did your words not come out right?
Though I tried hard to hurt you, though they tried but I guess that's why they say
Every rose has its thorn
Just like every night has its dawn
Just like every cowboy sings his sad, sad song
Every rose has its thorn, yeah it does

This is probably runner up to Mr. Big. I think it's just a beautiful melody but the words ring true as well. I mean, not the part about finding somebody new. But the part where you stand (or lie) right next to someone you love and you feel miles apart. I've been there. And it sucks. But every night has it's dawn. 

18. Take My Breath Away- Berlin
Watchin' every motion in this foolish lover's game
Haunted by the notion, somewhere there's a love in flames
Turnin' every turn to some secret place inside
Watchin' in slow motion as you turn my way and say
Take my breath away
My love, take my breath away
My love, take my breath away

Strangely, this is one that Peyton and I liked when we were first dating. No fear, we both realized how amazingly corny it was. But such are the two of us. I don't know, I think I'm incapable of falling in love and it not being super corny. If we're honest, though, it does take our breath away, yes?

19. Sister Christian- Night Ranger
Where you goin' what you lookin' for
You know those boys
Don't want to play no more with you
It's true
You're motorin'
What's your price for flight?
In finding Mister Right
You'll be alright tonight
Babe you know you're growin' up so fast
And mama's worryin' that you won't last
To say let's play
Sister Christian there's so much in life
Don't you give it up before your time is due
I think it's true and I know it's true yeah

No paticular reason, but another eighties hit that I love.

20. Heaven- Warrant
I don't need to be the king of the world
As long as, I'm the hero of this little girl
Heaven, isn't too far away
Closer to it every day
No matter what your friends might say
How I love the way you move
And the sparkle in your eyes
There's a color deep inside them
Like a blue suburban sky
When I come home late at night
And you're in bed asleep
I wrap my arms around you
So I can feel you breathe
I don't need to be a superman
As long as, you will always be my biggest fan
Heaven, isn't too far away

These next two are probably my least favorite eighties songs on the list. But I still loved them in the day of my old Monster Ballads cassette tape and I still love them to this day. 

21. Something to Believe In- Poison
Well I see him on the TV
Preachin' 'bout the promised land
He tells me to believe in Jesus
And steals the money from my hand
Some say he was a good man
But Lord I think he sinned, yeah
Twenty-two years of mental tears
Cries a suicidal Vietnam vet
Who fought a losing war on a foreign shore
To find his country didn't want him back
Their bullets took his best friend in Saigon
Our lawyers took his wife and kids, no regrets
In a time I don't remember
In a war he can't forget
He cried Forgive me for what I've done there
Cause I never meant the things I did...
I drive by the homeless sleeping on a cold dark street
Like bodies in an open grave
Underneath the broken old neon sign
That used to read Jesus saves
A mile away live the rich folks
And I see how they're living it up
While the poor they eat from hand to mouth
The rich is drinkin' from a golden cup
And it just makes me wonder
Why so many lose, so few win
And give me something to believe in
If there's a Lord above
And give me something to believe in
Oh, Lord arise

I didn't even really notice until I gave it a re-listen, but this one actually goes beyond the typical message. It's a little existential. I don't know if you can get past the glam band image and Bret Michel's big persona, it can feel truly spiritual.

And with that, you have my last playlist for the Summer of 2014. I'm sad to see it go, but I'm looking forward to Fall. Can't wait to see what I can mix up to go on September's playlist.

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