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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Songs of the Week

DATELINE: My Heart, Your Ears -

You know, for someone who lives his life for great music - and for someone who expounds on the virtues of misunderstood and unappreciated artists and remarkable songs.... I don't listen to as much music as I would like, or I should (or that I need to - based entirely on my inbox and mail backlog.)

Life gets you messed up worried and twisted around. I'm behind at work (not so much that anyone gets on my case - I'm a type-A person and I want to be caught up at all times. I get on my own case.) My kitten is sick and has to see a specialist. The bills are due and I just found out about a very old one that somehow got lost in the shuffle and has been killing my credit score. These are my plights right now - but you know exactly what I'm talking about. What am I getting at? I really enjoy sharing music - but I like it best when it's songs that have already moved me. That exactly what happened with five short songs this week.


Probably at the busiest, most problematic point of my week (the literal apex of stress) - I found 40 minutes to use my ipod. Sitting in my office I knew not what to expect. I had loaded the songs randomly. These five songs changed my day and my week. Here they are in the original order that they appeared for me. Please take a listen and enjoy the music. Now that's passion.


THE 5 SONGS THAT SAVED MY WEEK:

Weezer - Freak Me Out


WEEZER

Neil Young - Old Man (live at the BBC, 1971)

NEIL YOUNG, 1971

Wilco - Magazine Called Sunset
(Yankee Hotel Foxtrot demo version - unreleased)

WILCO

The Editors - Orange Crush (REM cover)

EDITORS

Frank Black - Los Angeles


FRANK BLACK

Shortcuts to the Best on the Page this week:

Jonathan Rice - One to Watch in 2008
Day of the Dead - a look back at Valentine's Day
David Ford, Matthew Perryman Jones and Ingrid Michaelson
The Adam Duritz Interview
Georgie James to appear on Conan O'Brien
WORK SONGS - mp3s for the Job
Justice of the Unicorns - Something Special
Artist to Watch - THE MOTION SICK
Bob Dylan - the San Jose Concert (1992)

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