Ventura – Charles Lloyd And The Marvels, Lucinda Williams – First up is Lucinda’s mouth full of marbles singing amd just after that is The Marvels jazz interludes, which builds towards a huge chorus totally unlike what we are used to from Lucinda, or Americana, as it blows up.
May Your Kindness Remain – Courtney Marie Andrews – Not only does this have some wonderful singing but it has a wonderful sense of shared humanity, the hope that when life has ripped you apart there is still something there that is always worth keeping. Martin Amis once wrote how love is the last thing to leave before we die, Courtney tells us that kindness is the last thing to leave before our humanity dies.
Can’t Take A Joke – Drake – Chosen at random, Drake speeds his way through his blessed life, nice to hear him spit some bars.
South London Forever – Florence + The Machine – Yes, I am no Florence fan but this memory song got to me, the line that pulled me in goes “High on E and holding hands with someone that I just met, I thought “it doesn’t get any better than that”.
November Rain -Acoustic version/1986 Sound City Session – Guns N’ Roses – So apparently Axl had this in pocket earlier than we knew
Only God Can Judge Me – Lecrae, Zaytoven – Rap lends itself to Christianity because Christianity is about subjective spiritual resurrection and rap is about subjective social redemption
Get Myself Together -Louie Vega Remix – Luther Vandross, Louie Vega – A re-written “Don’t Leave Me This Way” that Vandross never released and Vega makes into a world class disco beat extended dance mix.
I was happier because I knew I was happy
a snapshot of big hits and high tides, mostly high tides.
There is just a lot to love
the sound seemed to erupt from every side of the room
still on top
“danceable music for the end of days”
contracts its world in Nashisms
let’s take what we are offered
It’s the music, stupid