The first gift I gave my son was music. He was only a few weeks old when my wife asked me to put together some mixed CDs for her middle-of-the-night feeding sessions.
Creating a Top Ten Rolling Stones playlist was no easy feat. For days I was wracked with indecision to the point of paralysis as I pondered the question of what self-respecting Stones fan would snub “Street Fighting Man”?
For each sappy love song, I have added a counterpoint, a tune that approaches the concept of love with, shall we say, a jaundiced eye. Because the most powerful love songs, like all the most powerful art, are not happy occasions.
Trigger Hippy’s self-titled debut album mixes rock, blues and country. The musical combinations at play create a sound that is both fresh and classic.
This Playlist is a sampling of tunes on my musical map, songs that have become inextricably linked with certain places.
To immunize your child against pop, play this mix late at night while the infant is nursing. For best results, repeat often.
“The Way We Move” is filled with finely crafted acoustic nuggets that defy easy categorization. Some have a Celtic quality, others a jazz influence, but always present is the spare, troubadour spirit of Bob Dylan.
While brass drives the music of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, the roots of classic rock are all in there, blended together in a powerfully unique sound.
Not only has the Streaming Age eliminated our ability to give albums and CDs as gifts, but we are now living in a world without mixed tapes. This week’s Playlist features songs from the embarrassingly-sappy “Matt-in-Mourning” mixed tape I made for my now-wife when she went to Europe for a summer during college.
One of the staples of my teenage radio-listening days was the “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue” sets on WNEW in NYC. This is my first post employing the format. It features, among others, the great Richard Thompson.