Here’s 5 more songs I put together to share with you.
For the first song, I decided to give you one by the popular Irish rock band from the 90s, The Cranberries. The song is called Dreams. It was released as the band’s debut single from their debut studio album ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’ in the year 1993.
We’re all pretty familiar with The Cranberries for their song ‘Zombie’ and for Dolores O’Riordan’s “lilting mezzo-soprano voice, and strong Limerick accent”, (Thank you Wikipedia for that). I chose the song Dreams because among all the band’s music that I’ve heard, this one has a unique effect on me. O’Riordan sounds amazing always.
The first thing my brother and I noted when we heard this track was that it was just so aptly named Dizzy with all those key changes throughout the song. There are eleven key changes in total between four keys. The key used for the verses is the lowest, while the choruses start off in a higher key, quickly increases to an even higher key, then increases yet again. Is that fun or what!
Fruko y sus Tesos, from Columbia, enjoys immense popularity throughout Latin America and the United States. The band has been an incubator for Colombian salsa talent. Starting with “Tesura” in 1969, Fruko y sus Tesos has recorded 42 albums through 2011. Lead singer Joe Arroyo who joined the group in 1973 made the band’s music even popular for his singing in a combination of salsa and James Brown-styled funk, with a dash of ’60s psychedelia thrown in.
El Preso is track #1 from the group’s 1998 album ‘Todos Bailan Salsa’.
The song is from Chapman’s 1995 album ‘New Beginning’. It is also her biggest US hit to date, reaching #3 on the US Hot 100. Chapman earned the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song for the track, that was also nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Female Rock Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards of 1997.
So that’s me giving you not one, but about five reasons to not only listen to the track, but also love it.
Saying I saved the best for the last would be very unfair to the four tracks you heard so far on this week’s playlist. I guess it is okay to claim though, that I chose a fitting song to close this playlist with. For the next 3 minutes and 45 seconds, I suggest you temporarily terminate all connections with everything else and simply allow Jeff Beck to transport you to an altogether different state of mind.
This track is called Nadia.
Jeff Beck covered this beautiful song on his eighth studio album ‘You Had It Coming’ in 2001. The original track is by British Indian musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney, and is from his album ‘Beyond Skin’. If you do find the time, you should definitely listen to Mr. Sawhney’s Nadia. It is a beauty by itself. For now though, let the sheer guitar genius of Jeff Beck, and the musical genius of his troupe mesmerize you.
PS. For all you non-Indian listeners out there ‘Nadia’ (pronounced nadiyaan) means ‘River’ in Hindi.
That’s playlist #47 for you. I hope you love these tracks. I look forward to talking to you again real soon.