It has come to my attention that I haven't been sharing as much music with you as I used to, and since there's really not a day in my life that goes by without some tunes I decided to call this baby into life. Playlist of the week, the title couldn't give away much more: weekly favourites, all sorts, no boundaries. Well, Spotify boundaries, actually, so having it installed on your laptop/phone/whichever tune carrier is a plus! Here goes.
Redbone by Childish Gambino. Ah, thank you, Solo and the 'This is America' shockwave for making me reach for this one again. You know those times you already heard a song, loved it, sure, then forget about it for a sec and then listen to it again, are mindblown, and don't listen to anything else for the entire week? That's exactly what happened with 'Awaken, My Love!', Redbone in particular. Part of the reason I love it so much is because I - like many (I'd even go as far as saying 'most') people - am just a teensy bit in love with Donald Glover. The man writes amazing stuff, but this one actually hits a bit closer to home than a lot of his other work. I grew up with great music (the likes of Prince) thanks to my parents, and I'm quite convinced they'd love this song as well and that kind of means the world to me. What d'you think Mum & Dad? Yes, no? ;-)
A Design For Life by Manic Street Preachers. I've done it. I'm in the Summer spirit and that always comes with integrating my favourite holiday anthems into my daily life. A Design For Life has always belonged among those, and I'm sure you'll hear the rest in the next couple of playlists!
A Lannister Always Pays His Debts by Ramin Djawadi. Ok, so I went to Game of Thrones: the Live Experience last week and I was SO impressed. I'm quite the Lannister girl so this was the obvious choice if I was to give the soundtrack a little nod in this playlist. That, and the fact that the version I saw - with amazing live singing and then those images! - was just. Epic. Goosebumps all over!
Little Lies by Fleetwood Mac. There's always room for a bit of Fleetwood in every playlist. They're a timeless band I never tire of and Little Lies is my current favourite. It tends to switch, but man it's catchy!
Men-An-Tol Live by Levellers. Another band I grew up with and probably the one band I've seen the most. They swing by Belgium every year and are so much fun. Think ten times faster live than on the album and - did I mention? - SO MUCH FUN. Nineties band, folky... I mean, what d'you need to know more?
Black Flies by Ben Howard. I saw Ben at a performing arts festival in The Netherlands when he was just starting out and I can remember the moment as if it was yesterday. Instant love. This one came on shuffle as a complete surprise while I was out walking just before sundown, and it just hit me right in the feels. Favourite moment in the song? Around the 3:18 mark. I love it when a singer with a voice like that - well, I don't know any other way to put it - screams. What can I say.
Lucky Man by The Verve. I know this album (Urban Hymns) by heart, it's one of my all-time favourites, and there's hardly any playlist I make that hasn't gotten one of the songs featured on this album in it. Although I do feel like The Verve's songs scream 'Summer!' at this time, I'm actually pretty sure I feel the same in Autumn. D'you know what I mean? Brilliant all year, every year.
Paint It Black by (once again) Ramin Djawadi. This was playing while we waited for the GoT show to start and I was reminded of its pure brilliance. And now I can't wait for my brother to finish his school work already so we can finally start watching season two. I've been so good avoiding spoilers, both when it comes to the show itself and to which songs Ramin has given a spin this time, but you know... A girl can only sustain for so long.
Anna Begins by Counting Crows. Counting Crows is another band I grew up with, but sort of grew out of after a while. How I came across this one then, you ask? Well, I was making a playlist to surprise my nephew with some must-know nineties and nillies tunes and I unavoidably came across their Mr. Jones. Felt a bit nostalgic, decided to look up what I remembered was my actual favourite and discovered I still quite liked it. Still know the words, as well. So it goes.
The Sound of Silence - Live from New York City, 1967 by Simon & Garfunkel. This was another one I rediscovered while out walking. It's wonderful how a song can have a different impact depending on the mindset you're in, isn't it? I chose this version because it's the one shuffle threw upon me, but also because I love how they sing "Fools," said I, "you do not know!" in it. Their harmonies are more noticeably epic and just plain beautiful in their live versions, as well, trust me.
Fisherman's Blues by The Waterboys. Do you know the Timehop app? Well, it's been showing me hints of the preparations of last year's trip to Scotland the last couple of days, and I've been feeling a bit nostalgic. And I put that lightly (I want to go back SO bad). Putting a bit of folk into this week's playlist (see: Levellers) was just a logical outcome. Especially with this band being Scottish, eh lad.
Pillar of Davidson by Live. Another nineties band, another band I grew up with thanks to the parents. The song comes from their best album (in my humble opinion), way before they got a bit too cheesy to my liking. The whole album has a bit of a religious yet ominous feel to it which I adore, and this song is the fav. GREAT to sing along to. And again: good voice screaming. Yaasss.
Everybody Wants To Rule The World by Tears for Fears. As much as I love Lorde's take on this classic, there's nothing that can beat this eighties original. It's featured on Spotify's Easy 80s playlist and I can't recommend it enough. It's utter perfection.
Here's my full Playlist of the Week, I hope you enjoy it!
Q: are you currently loving a particular song? Which one(s)?