Okay, this one is a toughy, but this song came on my iTunes today:
And I thought of all the times I had hit repeat on this particular track. One of the best songs ever. So I thought I would make a list of what I’m currently considering my favorite tunes. (Note: if you asked me tomorrow, these would probably be different. Also note: these are not necessarily desert island artists. Neil Young will always top out the charts there. And everyone knows not to get me talking about Joe Pug, correct? Okay, here we go.)
1) American Pie by Don McLean.
This has been my favorite song for as long as I can remember. I clearly recall sitting in the backseat of the family sedan as a child, devising lyrics to make this an “opposite song”. You know. Hi, hi, Mr. Russian Cake. We were weird kids with hippie parents. This album by McLean remains one of my favorites to spin to this day.
2) Kashmir by Led Zeppelin.
No justification required on this one.
3) Wagon Wheel by Old Crow Medicine Show
I know this one is played out, but I don’t care. Everything about it is perfect which proves one thing: Bob Dylan is universal and I love him. (Don’t believe me? See Exhibits B: Jimi Hendrix’s All Along the Watchtower and C: The Byrds’ Mr. Tambourine Man.)
4) The Spy by The Doors
Not only is it a fabulous song that never appears on “Best of” albums (because the very best never do, do they?), this is the song that inspired an ENORMOUS creative pursuit for me. It’s the song that launched one play, one patron saint, three novels, five talismans and countless nights of dreams. It also rekindled my childhood love of the Doors, and for that I am eternally grateful.
5) Black Coffee by Peggy Lee
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sung this in my car acapella. (The other song I tend to break into just to hear myself is, oddly enough, the national anthem. But I’ve always been a weird chick.)
6) Dance Me to the End of Love by Madeleine Peyroux
“Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove.” Sigh. I have a thing for jazzy tunes like this. Nick and I had our very first dance to In the Mood (big Glenn Miller people), our “song” is Strangers in the Night by Sinatra and the first dance at our wedding was to I Could Write a Book by Harry Connick Jr. But this song… this song makes me think of dances we haven’t had yet. Geesh. Romantic much?
7) Crimson and Clover by Tommy James and the Shondells
Wow. My family has a deep, profound love of Tommy James and the Shondells. In the sixties my grandfather owned a music hall with his best friend and they got some really great acts. The Zombies. Strawberry Alarm Clock. The freaking Box Tops. (THE BOX TOPS.) And then Al (grandpa’s partner) procured Tommy James and my mom lost her mind. Her very favorite artist played the hall and she got to meet him. (She’s still oddly mortified that all she could think to say to him was “I like your music”. Um… that’s not embarrassing, Mom.)
So now I’m set to groove for the day. What’s on your list?