Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Top Ten Tuesday: Songs I'm Currently Enjoying
This week's Top Ten Tuesday theme, a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, is a freebie so I decided to go a different route this week and talk about music. Listed below in alphabetical order by artist are ten songs I'm currently enjoying, not all of which are new but are definitely worth a listen:
Let Her Dance by The Bobby Fuller Four -This song was featured in the movie adaptation of Fantastic Mr. Fox (which if you haven't seen, you really should). This list could have easily comprised the entire soundtrack of the movie actually. I recently rewatched the movie and remembered how much I liked this song.
Hounds by Della Mae - Della Mae is a fantastic up-and-coming bluegrass group. This particular song is from their last album, This World Can Oft Be. They've just released their newest self-titled album and I can't wait to hear it!
Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy - I've always like this band and I don't know why but I haven't got their two most recent albums. I just heard this on the radio yesterday and it's stuck in my head - definitely my favorite of their recent singles. And, you just can't go wrong with The Munsters theme song!
Budapest by George Ezra - George Ezra has a stunning voice. I heard him a couple times on the radio and was very impressed by his performance on Saturday Night Live. Doesn't look at all like I would have thought, though. His album, Wanted on Voyage, is pretty great.
I've Been Everywhere by Hank Snow - You know the Johnny Cash version of this song, right? (If you don't, look it up!) If you thought Cash didn't waste any time in naming the places he's been, think again. Hank Snow's 1962 reworking of the Australian Lucky Starr hit makes Cash sound like he's going incredibly slow! I can't imagine the concentration it would take to perform this song live like he does in the above video!
Wishing Will Make It So by Harry James and His Orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra - Before Frank Sinatra worked with Tommy Dorsey, he worked with band leader Harry James in 1939. They weren't together long, but their combined talents really acted as a catalyst for Sinatra's career. I just happened to stumble upon this album a little while back and I can't get enough of it. You may notice Sinatra has a quite a different sound in the early days.
Old Home Place by J.D. Crowe and the New South - I'm a fan of bluegrass music and you can't go wrong with this band - this song is one of my favorites of theirs. I particularly like Tony Rice on guitar and lead vocals, Ricky Skaggs on mandolin, and Jerry Douglass on the dobro. I hope you're not too put off by the '70s clothes and hair.
Baggy Pants by Jan and Dean - Before this pair hit it big with surf music along with The Beach Boys, they were known for their doo-wop music. Basically, I stumbled upon Golden Hits, Volume 1 in the record bin at my local Goodwill. All of the songs are a lot of fun, but I laughed aloud at this! Who Put The Bomp is also great for a good laugh.
Rollin' and Tumblin' by Muddy Waters - This song has been covered by so many artists, but my favorite and probably the most well-known version was recorded by Muddy Waters, the father of modern Chicago blues, in 1950.
Vagabond Shoes by Vic Damone - If you're interested in artists like Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Jo Stafford like I am, you'll have to check out Vic Damone's work, especially from the Mercury years.
What do you think of my topic this week? Hear any songs or artists you like? Thanks for checking out my blog - comments are always appreciated!