Last night my sister called me three minutes after I had turned off my light to go to sleep. I had been focusing my energy on relaxing my toes when the phone rang, but happily put off that task when I realized it was her. We chatted aimlessly for about ten minutes, about her four hour gig earlier that day at the Portland Farmers’ Market, the dead logic board in her 4 year old iBook and music. We sang a long distance duet of a song our dad wrote called, “It Will Be Alright in the Morning.” The phone call ended when she pulled up at the bank to make a deposit and we both reminded each other how lucky we feel to have the other for a sister. It was a good way to end a Thursday.
But enough of that! It’s Friday which means it’s time for another set of the Random Ten. You know the rules, but in case you have short term memory loss, I’ll repeat them. Set your pod or other, less aesthetically pleasing, digital music devise a’shufflin’ and report back the first ten (or eleven if you must) songs it spits out. No skipping, omitting, obfuscating or justifying allowed.
1. Few and Far Between, 10,000 Maniacs (Our Time in Eden)
2. What a Good Boy, Barenaked Ladies (Rock Spectacle Live)
3. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes, Modest Mouse (The Moon and Antarctica)
4. Power in Music, Maria Muldaur (Meet Me at Midnight)
5. When it Don’t Come Easy, Patty Griffin (Impossible Dream)
6. La La, The Polyphonic Spree (The Beginning Stages)
7. I Don’t Make Promises [I Can’t Break], Shannon Curfman (Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions)
8. Compound, Mare Wakefield Band (Factory)
9. Salt Water Sound, Zero 7 (Simple Things)
10. Les Choristes, Bruno Coulais (Les Choristes)
Favorite Song: When It Don’t Come Easy by Patty Griffin. This is one of the songs that is infused with the power to transport it’s listeners to another place. I love to travel this way.
Favorite Album: Meet Me at Midnight by Maria Muldaur. When I was a freshman in college, I called my dad one day, begging for new music. In response, he sent me a small box of very old cassettes onto which he had copies albums in the mid-70’s. One of these cassettes was this recording by Maria. I had never heard of her before that moment, but I was hopelessly hooked. Her quirky, clear voice was what I had been looking for all along.