Friday Fives bonus music edition

*** editors note > I wrote this the day before Amy Winehouse died. Just a coindicence, really.

Hey all,

The last two weeks of ‘fives’ have frankly beeen phoned in crapola.  I have been super engaged in moving and settling.  You deserve better.  Not much better, but better.  So, here is a free look at my awesome music psyche.  Here are the first five songs that come up on full random on my iPod.

There are 14,292 songs on my iPod.  here goes:

Rehab- Amy Winehouse

man, what a talent.  Too bad she hasn’t done ANYTHING in five years.  I remember the first time I heard her sing.  I was listening to the local clear channel factory.  I was impressed they were playing 50’s R&B (black people music, in a nutshell).  The song was ‘back to black’.  The wifey explained it was a young hot limey chick.  I could hardly believe it.

Anyhow, your reaction might be that she is an overrated hack.  Not the case, watch this clip:


This drinking will kill me – Dwight Yoakum

normally, I don’t like country.  Certainly not any comtemporary country.  But, for Dwight I have an exception.  I was over at Eddie’s house many Easters ago.  Dwight doing ‘guitars, cadellacs…’ a capella.  Just him and his voice.  It is off this album, which converted me instantly.   I love it so much, i actually picked up one of the songs and perform it in my band. Also, Dwight is a great actor, and you have seen him in tons of movies.  He does bit parts, mostly.  Sling Blade, Crank 2, and a bunch of others.  He gets about five lines, and you would not recognize him because without his hat he is balder than I am.

Don’t Tell Me – Madonna

I LOVE this song.  I don’t have much Madonna on my iPod.  only two songs, I believe.  This, and ‘Ray of Light’.  I also remember when I met this song.  Madonna was on Letterman and played it, on acoustic.  It was impressive.  Here is that clip. 

Kick Drum Heart – Avett Brothers.

This song is ok.  Like everyone else, I fell in love with them on ‘I and Love and You’.  GOD that is a really really great song.  The rest is marginal.  They need someone to help write their songs and flesh out their ideas.  A Mutt Lange, a Steve Lillywhite, or a Glen Ballard.  Those guys are the modern ‘Brill Building’.  They are hit factories.

Lonely – Tom Waits

Tom Waits is the bomb.  This song, which is a complete downer, is from his first album.  Written in 1972, the year I was born.  Actually, almost all the songs on this album (Closing Time) are downers… but beautifully written.  You won’t hear Tom Waits on the radio, ever.  But, his songs are out there.  Rod Stewart made ‘downtown train’ a hit.  The Eagles made ‘Ole 55’ a hit, and Springsteen made ‘Jersey Girl’ a hit.

Friday Fives

1.  Why is the music of the Beatles important to you?

The Beatles are critical not just for making the best music, or being the greatest band (which they were).  People don’t realize, the Beatles changed everything about pop music.  See, before the Beatles, everything was done one way.  All songs were written by professional songwriters.  They lived in cubicles like you and me.  They worked in a place in NYC called the Brill Building.  These people wrote songs and then record companies would assign them to their stars.

Back then, stars never wrote their own music.  Hell, remember the Monkees?  They didn’t even play instruments.  The Beatles changed all that by writing their own songs and playing their own music in the studio.  It completely changed the nature of the music industry.  Because the Beatles were so insanely successful at this, it became expected of musicians and bands.
2.  Do you have a favorite Beatles song or album?

If I had to choose one, it would be Abbey Road.  It is amazing songwriting.  It has the pop sensibilities of early Beatles, but some of the total wackiness of their drug faze a few years earlier.  I should clarify.  I think the best Beatles album is St Peppers.  However, I listened to that so much in high school I kinda burned myself out on it.  So, it isn’t my favorite, but it is definitely the best.
3.  Who is your favorite member of The Beatles?

duh, George.  The silent weapon.  Hardly featured through most of the Beatles’ career.  Understandable, when your bandmates are Lennon and McCartney.  Look what he gave us, though:  Here Comes the Sun, Something (in the way she moves), While My Guitar Gently Weeps etc.  I think his post Beatles stuff is the best of all the Post Beatles stuff.
4.  Who is Eleanor Rigby anyway, and what makes her so important?

don’t know
5.  Do you have a favorite Post Beatles project/song/album/band?

George Harrison’s ‘All Things Must Pass’.  Plus, George’s work with the Traveling Wilburys.  How awesome was that?