Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday Random 10 and Flags of the World

Welcome to visitors from Mexico, Australia and Estonia who stumbled onto my daily ramblings. Friday is the day to set the iTunes to random and see what comes out, ten tunes and usually one more as a bonus. This time, the random 10 is truly random, as I didn't have to edit songs to make sure some artist didn't show up twice or overwrite some tune which had shown up only last week.

1. Groove Is In The Heart Deee-Lite
2. Offering Ravi Shankar & Philip Glass
3. Heat Wave Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
4. (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes Elvis Costello
5. It Makes A Fellow Proud To Be A Soldier Tom Lehrer
6. Fool That I Am Etta James
7. Under Your Spell Amber Benson
8. That Day Is Done Paul McCartney
9. River Deep, Mountain High Annie Lennox
10. Soldier’s Things Tom Waits
Bonus 11. Seventh Son Mose Allison

The most obscure artist is likely Amber Benson, who played Tara on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and this is her big song from the musical episode. The One True Living Elvis shows up twice, since he and Sir Paul wrote the song The Cute Beatle sings at position #8. Tom Waits, Tom Lehrer and more 60's soul tunes. All of these things are as they should be.

With the bonus 11, we get the great Mose Allison singing the great blues tune written by the great blues composer Willie Dixon, who was also the bass player for the great Chuck Berry. I saw Mose about ten years back in Palo Alto; in the 50s and 60s, Allison was the epitome of a sardonic style of jazz that sounds very much like it was born in a smoky metropolitan nightclub, but Mose himself was born in Mississippi, and boy does he sound like Mississippi when he talks. I shook his hand and thanked him for the show, lamenting that there was only one song I wanted to hear that he didn't play, Parchman's Farm. He smiled at me and said "Well, Ah haven't played that song in nigh on twenty years."

Thanks again for all the songs you did play, Mr. Allison.

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