Listenings, November 2015

This is a list of what’s been going into my ears lately. I’m going to try to make a list every month, so I can remember all of the musical phases I go through. We’ll see how that goes. Anyway, it’s November 3rd and all’s well so here are my current earworms.

dumb head by ginny arnell

  1. Ginny Arnell – Dumb Head from 1963. “Now I’m convinced that I must be insane / Or else I was born with a peanut for a brain.” Just the best thing ever recorded ever ever ever. That’s all.
  2. Robin Clark – Daddy Daddy (gotta get a phone in my room) from 1961. Oh, how times change…
  3. Grace – You Don’t Own Me. This arresting 2015 update is bringing the Lesley Gore classic to a new generation. (A generation, incidentally, who ALL have phones in their rooms.)
  4. Kelis – Trick Me. You can keep your milkshakes, THIS has always been my favourite Kelis track. Her cookbook’s on my shopping list too.
  5. Mary J Blige – Family Affair. “Turn that Dre track way up high” – this came out in 2001 which, let’s face it, was just yesterday, yes?
  6. Sly and the Family Stone – If you want me to stay. It is clinically impossible to stay perfectly still while you listen to this. I tried and then halfway through I realised I was tapping my thumb.
  7. Deniece Williams – Let’s hear it for the boy. Fact: I heard this on the radio and did not stop smiling for one whole week.
  8. Randy Newman – Short people. I’m a short person so I’m allowed to listen to this.
  9. Tom Waits – Martha. Forget Adele, and her latest overblown warble, and listen to this instead: it’s the beautiful 1973 song she’s accused of ripping off. It is scrumptious.
  10. John Hartford – Up on the hill where they do the boogie. This is my writing song. I’ll quite often have it quietly on repeat while I work. It is just exactly what I want to have on in the background, and it’s boosted my productivity something chronic. I’m always sad when the phone rings, or I have to concentrate on something particularly hard, and I have to turn it off. I think I am a bit addicted to it.

OK toodle pip til next time, whenever that may be x

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