Friday, August 10, 2007

My Friday 10

As inspired by Tommy at The Sticking Point, here is another installment
of "The 10", wherein you set your IPOD to Shuffle, let the Fates pick your
Top 10, and write about them. Try it and comment here.
We'll all feel better if you do...
And so, my 10:

1) Fela Kuti - Witchcraft - The '69 Los Angeles Sessions.
Frenetic and manic, and makes me move. Fela was an amazing character.
Along with being the African James Brown, he seceded from Africa
and declared his compound an independent country. And was
beaten to death for it.

2) Charcoal Blues - Wayne Shorter - Night Dreamer.
Wayne is my all time favorite musician. It is all weirdness and beauty.
This tune is so regal, so smooth. In my Lifetime Top 10.

3) Sabotage - The Beastie Boys - Ill Communication.
My favorite album from them, the one I feel has the most musicianship.
The song still fires me up.

4) Power of Love - Jimi Hendrix - Band of Gypsys.
"With the power, of Soul, anything is possible...". Man, this blues trio
makes me feel good and filthy.

5) The Same Boy You've Always Known - The White Stripes.
I really, really like this. And it IS pretty tough to think about the
beginning of December.

6) Sometimes - James Brown - Hell.
Classic R & B. Like china silk, this tune. So much passion, character,
and tone. "Sometimes... I've got to meet you on the
dark side of the street..."

7) You Don't Know What Love Is - John Coltrane - Ballads.
Whew. This song has been with me since I was 13. It is rainy-day
perfection and brings tears and reflection to my heart in an instant.
God, I think this may be the most beautiful thing I've ever heard.

8) Friends - Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III.
Wonderful use of strings on this tune!
"Mmm, I'm telling you now, The greatest thing you ever can do now,
Is trade a smile with someone who's blue now, It's very easy just...
So anytime somebody needs you, don't let them down, although it
grieves you, Some day you'll need someone like they do,
looking for what you knew."

9) The Dream of the Blue Turtles - Sting - (Album Title).
Funky Jazz thing. Fun and rang-y.

10) Quick and To The Pointless - Queens of the Stone Age - Rated R.
Awesomely awesome. I can vividly picture succubi in cheerleader
outfits singing "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah!". This tune is so much fun.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Blue Magnetic Eagle

"To be yourself, in a world that tries, night and day,
to make you just like everybody else -
is to fight the greatest battle there ever is to fight, and never stop fighting..."
~ E.E. Cummings