Wednesday, March 21, 2007

I'll Bite...

I've decided to bite on Sage's open invitation to participate in the songs meme - that is 7 songs that I have been enjoying lately. I will warn you that some of these are old and obscure. But most of them are new(ish) and fun! 1.I am a Big Total Girl, so I'm a little surprised that some young hottie like Paolo Nutini knows how magical New Shoes can be, but he's pretty much nailed it. 2. Sly by The Cat Empire 3. A couple weeks ago my husband and I went to a concert in Seattle featuring Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, and Lyle Lovett. I know, unbelievable, right? Anyway, it was just these four guys and their guitars. Period. No back up vocalists, no band, no set list, and supposedly no rehearsal. They do this every year. It was different from any concert I've ever been to, but pretty cool. I had heard of Lyle, John and Joe, (this makes six times seeing Lyle Lovett for me) but never heard of or from Guy Clark. He played Magdalene from his "Workbench Songs" release, and we both decided that we need to know more about Guy Clark. 4. I don't usually go for lyrics that seem too contrived, like "I was made for you" but Brandi Carlile makes it work in her new release The Story. Plus she's a local girl from Seattle. 5. Boys Want Sex in the Morning by Uncle Bonsai. Do you really need to ask? I couldn't find an adequate clip by Uncle Bonsai, the link is to a recording of this song by Three Weird Sisters (who I've never heard of before) - I think they do it justice, but no one can do it like U.B. 6. Zebra by the John Butler Trio. This is one of those songs that I will just never grow tired of. Ever. I Loooooove this song. Nuff said. (click the "John Butler Trio Videos" link - Zebra should launch) 7. Beau Soir by the Goff's. This is a gratuitous plug for my best friends in the whole wide world. Elaine, Amy, and their mom, Peg, recorded a cd of lullabies while I was pregnant with Ben. About two months after his birth they presented me with the finished product. Every night since we have read stories while it plays at bed time. The stories are usually over by the time the Brahm's Lullaby comes on, then it's lights out and snuggles. 97% of the time Ben is snoring by the time Beau Soir plays. It's not one of the tracks currently available to preview, but you can listen to Babs Streisand do a bit of it here. Also, don't try to buy a cd from their web site. I stayed with Elaine for a couple of nights last week and she confessed to me that she doesn't check the site, EVER. If you like what you hear and are interested in purchasing a cd, let me know and I will put you in touch. So, that's that. I don't even know seven bloggers to pass this along to, but if they want to, I'd ask the No Whey, Mama, Sara and Swistle to play. ***edited: I'm adding videos for New Shoes and Sly (a live Letterman performance because I think the music video is kinda dumb)***

11 comments:

nowheymama said...

I'll do it! It'll give me a chance to practice my linking skills. :)

Sara said...

yes, i'll play for sure. :)

NotSoSage said...

Wow, I don't know ANY of this stuff. I'm at work, but I'll check some of it out on Friday, when I have the evening at home with just a sleeping toddler to keep me company!

I think the Three Weird Sisters might be Canadian...I would normally say, "YAY!", but if so, they also launched some kind of a lawsuit against the makers of the Harry Potter movie because there was a (n unnamed) band in the 4th movie which, in the book, is referred to as The Wyrd Sisters...kind of off the mark, I think.

theflyingmum said...

Thanks, Sarah and Sara! I'm always interested in what kind of music other people listen to. It's a good way to get turned on to something new. Which leads me to Jill - I'd never heard of the Dresden Dolls before but I LOVED that song - "Girl Anachronism" and now must find the cd. Also liked the ani. If you want to keep the toddler sleeping, wear headphones - especially during "Sly."
Hey, does Joe listen to music a lot? My singer friends almost never turn on the radio, but those who play instruments do.

Alpha DogMa said...

Guy Clark, Joe Ely, John Hiatt, and Lyle Lovett -HEAVENLY. I'm so jealous.

This meme has been a true testament to the diversity of music. I guess blogging mothers are not into Top 40. Or else we are all die-hard Britney Spears and Beyonce fans but aren't big enough to admit it.

NSS - the Three Weird Sisters are from Atlanta and they agreed to let Warner Brothers use a version of their band's name in the HP movie (it was so named in the book. too). Notso the Wyrd Sisters from Winnipeg who sued the movie makers and attempted to block the movie release in Canada.

The Wyrd Sisters lost the suit and had to pay the legal fees for the studio. It also kind of ruined the trio's image (and sales) as a happy, positive, feminist folk band. Guess being litigious isn't something folkies value?

This concludes our daily segment of obscure Canadian music bands and Harry Potter trivia. Thank you for tuning in.

theflyingmum said...

I'm not big into top 40, it's true - but I did just check a Christina Aguilera cd out of the library. I'm putting together a collection of songs about 'being beautiful' and her "Stripped" album has her song "Beautiful" on it. It's actually a really good song, and well, there's no denying the girl's got pipes!

theflyingmum said...

Also, to NotSoSage and AlphaDogMa, thanks for all the Harry Potter / Weird Sisters info. I love those books, I really can't let myself think about the new book, but my sister-in-law OBSESSES about it. We got into a very lengthy conversation about the outcome of the last book over Christmas. I won't divulge anything - but she has thought about it A LOT. She has figured out who R.A.B. is...

jen said...

ah...you are a wise and wild woman, for sure. i love hearing all these new picks...perhaps i can be hip by proxy.

theflyingmum said...

jen: wise? working on it. wild, oh - so, so not. sooooo unwild. or maybe just denying the gypsy in my soul. wait, isn't there a song about that?

Mad Hatter said...

"Home grown tomatoes
Home grown tomatoes
Ain't nothin' in this world like home grown tomoatoes.
There's only two things that money can't buy
And that's true love and home grown tomatoes"

Yep, I'm a Guy Clark fan. The envy I feel about that concert is, well, about as green as envy gets.

theflyingmum said...

this is for you, Mad Hatter.
ps, thanks!