I got to work this morning feeling crappy and only lasted there until 1 pm, leaving after a tedious xerox machine training and a meeting with a student. I went home and slept for three hours, and I’m only now starting to feel a little better. So that’s why this is about 14 hours late.
But without further adio, my Random Friday Ten for the week. The rules are simple. Send your pod or other digital music device a’shuffling and report back the first ten songs it spits out. There is no skipping or omitting of songs, no matter how strange or obscure they may be.
1. Florida, Patty Griffin (Impossible Dream)
2. There’s a Place, The Beatles (Please Please Me)
3. Reunion, Indigo Girls (Retrospective)
4. Seasons of Love, Original Broadway Cast (Rent)
5. In The Lord’s Arms, Ben Harper (Burn to Shine)
6. I Was Healed by the Wounds, King Britt (King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan)
7. Pastures New, Nickel Creek (Nickel Creek)
8. Suzie Blue, Ben Harper (Burn to Shine)
9. Lazy Days, Enya (A Day Without Rain)
10. For Your Love, The Yardbirds (Smokestack Lightening)
Favorite Song: I’m pretty fond of “There’s a Place.” I had a phase of life (ages 9-13) where I was deeply devoted to the Beatles. If I would see them on TV, I would channel the teenage girls of yore and start screaming and swooning. I bought books about the Beatles by the dozen and couldn’t get enough. So, whenever the Pod serves up a dose of the Fab Four, I’m a happy girl.
Favorite Album: King Britt presents Sister Gertrude Morgan. I heard about this album on a rerun of Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Thanksgiving Day while I was standing in my kitchen making pumpkin pies to take over to the CA House for their dinner. I found King Britt’s remixing of this really unique gospel album Sister Gertrude Morgan had made to be appealing and fun to listen to, so I told my sister that that was what I wanted for Christmas. She delivered.
Personal Connection: I know, I can’t post a Random Ten without having some connection to at least one of the artists on the list. This is a pretty good one. My uncle Bill is a musician, just like my dad and their oldest brother Mike. So the story goes, if I’m getting it right, that Bill gave Ben Harper his very first slide guitar, an instrument that he is now known for. Last year, when we still had hope that John Kerry was going to win the Presidential election, my uncle Bill started planning a fundraising concert. One of the performers he got to do that show was Ben Harper.