I know it’s been a while since my last share, but to be fair, I did try to squeeze this one in some time earlier. My devices have been giving me a trying time, and with all that happening, I decided to just let the phase pass before I shared again.
Here’s an exciting playlist #96 for you-
I’ve been following Zero 7 for a while now. Good Lord! How I love all their music! Quite recently though, while in a cab and wading through Bengaluru’s rough sea of traffic, I found myself enjoying Pop Art Blue like I’d never heard it before. There’s no doubt that Zero 7 taps into a very unique blend of voice and instruments to create this brilliant stuff.
Also, Martha Tilston’s smooth voice and evident English accent is such a damn tease!
Still in that state of mind, I give you Zero 7 with Pop Art Blue.
Remember the boy band decade? Okay, remember Westlife?
I’ve been listening to their version of Mandy for a long time now. I like listening to a lot of their work, but Mandy stood out. I decided to share with you Barry Manilow’s original of that very song.
There really is no comparing either version of the song. Manilow wrote a beautiful love ballad, and listening to his voice and his song, I find so much emotion flowing through it. While Westlife didn’t ruin the song, I reserve judgement on whether or not their cover did justice.
I’m a 90s kid, so no matter how much of any other decade of music you throw at me, the 90s will resonate the most.
I remember the song Tyler by The Toadies playing occasionally on “Bob”, WorldSpace Satellite Radio. If nothing else, this song made the playlist because of how much of the 90s feel it brings along with it.
But if you really need another reason, I think it’s a good song.
Here’s another one for you, not exactly from the 90s, but not that far from it either.
It’s Anastacia with her hit Left Outside Alone.
I remember listening to this one on Worldspace as well, but something brought the song back to me recently.
Aside from the memories of hearing the song back then, I realised that Anastacia has an insanely cool voice.
I’ve been listening to it since.
My first Jorge Drexler song was Al otro lado del rio, and while I’m still not over that initial head-over-heels feeling for that song, I’ve already gone and found another Jorge Drexler song to feel the same way about. This one is called Bolivia.
I think the one disappointing thing about this song is that it’s over in four minutes.
That’s four. very. quick. minutes.
I mean, this song is like a carnival in my head. It’s got all the right levels of pick-me-up and adrenaline-rush and let’s-partay! But before you’ve fully indulged your senses, it’s over.
P.s. Keep a keen ear on the bass section and the brass section that joins in sometime around 2:50.
I decided to include this song as a footnote at the end of this playlist, because it’s not something I would normally do.
Share a song that’s up and current, I mean.
I’m talking about Childish Gambino’s This Is America, which has been doing rounds since a couple weeks, grabbed my attention, and now I can’t stop thinking about how good it is.
For a lot of reasons.
One, it’s a statement that needed to be made. An issue that needed to be addressed.
Two (and coming from the musician in me), this track is astounding from a creative arts POV. That video speaks for itself plenty, but if you listen to the song by itself (audio only), it’s sinister, dark, and very VERY sensory.
I’ve had this one on loop since it came out. I’ll let you know when it wears itself out (if it ever will).
I hope you enjoy #96. I’ll share with you again real soon.