Picking songs for this week’s playlist was relatively easy since several of them were pre-planned.

Here’s playlist #32 for you- 

First off is Ben Howard with Oats In The Water.Ben Howard

My brother decided to download Ben Howard’s discography recently and then made me listen to a few tracks I hadn’t heard yet. Oats In The Water was the first of those and I loved it instantly!

The song is rather melancholy, but I think that’s the beauty of it. Ben Howard’s voice is very haunting through the verses.

The exact meaning of the song is very hard to decipher, but my guess is it talks about living for yourself and not following someone else’s path.

The Black Crowes1989 band The Black Crowes now for you with their cover of Sympathy For The Devil.

Sympathy For The Devil is a song by The Rolling Stones. Written and sung by Mick Jagger, the song is an homage to Satan, written in the first-person narrative from the point of view of Lucifer, who recounts the atrocities committed throughout the history of humanity in his name.

The Crowes’ cover of Sympathy For The Devil is from an amazing 2-CD set of Stones covers spread out through the years called ‘The Crowing Stones’.

I think you’ll find this version is awesome in it’s own ways.

A friend and I have this relationship where we just share music with each other, and sometime back he shared with me this-  The Suburbs by ArcadeArcade Fire Fire. I loved it so much, I watched the video three times straight and had the song stuck in my head for the next two days. I have no idea why it took me so long to put it on a playlist. It’s here now anyway.

‘The Suburbs’ is the third studio album by the Canadian indie rock band, released in August 2010.  It won Album of the year at the 2011 Grammy Awards, Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards, Album of the Year at the 2011 Juno Awards, and the 2011 Polaris Music Prize for best Canadian album.

Sacha Baron CohenSome fun music for you now. I decided to give you I Like To Move It by Sacha Baron Cohen.(It’s the version from the movie Madagascar).

I am a sucker for animation, and Madagascar’s first and second parts are a big favourite. I remember listening to the version of I Like To Move It from the first movie over and over after watching it. King Julien being a very dear character, the song is even more amusing to me.

I hope this adds some quirk and makes you smile.

Ventura Highway now for you by the popular 70s band America. The track is from the band’s second album America‘Homecoming’, released in 1972.

An interesting story about this song- Dewey Bunnell, the song’s vocalist and writer, has said that the lyric “alligator lizards in the air” in the song is a reference to the shapes of clouds in the sky he saw in 1963 while his family was driving down the coast where they had a flat tire. While his father changed the tire, he and his brother stood by the side of the road and watched the clouds and saw a road sign for “Ventura”.

IncubusThis song’s been on my mind a lot for a while but I just didn’t find the right playlist for it. I’m talking about Wish You Were Here by Incubus.

Not to be confused with Pink Floyd’s title track Wish You Were Here from their ninth studio album; Incubus’ song has special relevance of it’s own.

The track is a lead single from the band’s fourth album ‘Morning View’. Released in late summer 2001 it peaked at #2 on the Modern Rock and #4 on the Mainstream Rock Charts that year, and is one of the band’s most well known songs.

Earth Song now from Michael Jackson’s  HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I.Michael Jackson

Earth Song is a ballad that incorporates elements of blues, gospel and opera. Jackson had a long-standing history of releasing socially conscious material. However, Earth Song was the first that overtly dealt with the environment and animal welfare and centered on the destruction and rebirth of Earth.

The track went on to receive a Grammy nomination in 1997.

That brings me to the close of playlist #32. I hope you enjoy listening to the tracks I’ve shared with you. I’ll be back with more in a week or so.

Happy Listening!


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