Put your player on shuffle and write about the first 10 songs.
01. Beth Orton - Ali's Waltz
I came to Beth Orton's music through BtVS fanfic some years ago; I was reading a -sadly, never completed- fic called Half-Gifts in which all the chapters were named after songs. One of them was Central Reservation and as if by fate, very shortly after publication of that chapter, I came across the cd. So I bought it because I wanted to find out about the song that had been the inspiration for that chapter, and I've been a fan of Beth Orton's ever since. This particular track is from her 2003 album, The Other Side Of Daybreak.
02. Madonna - Shanti/Ashtangi
If I have a musical kink, it's Indian and Indian-inspired music, which came about as a side effect from my interest in yoga. I can't understand a word, but the repetition of chants helps me to focus and reach that state where the asanas begin to flow and feel like a slow dance. This track is from what I think is Madonna's best album to date, the William Orbit produced Ray Of Light.
03. Kula Shaker - I'm Still Here
Given my interest in Indian-inspired music, it's no wonder that Kula Shaker were one of my favourite bands of the second part of the 90s. I was really sad when they folded, and then really happy when they reformed and started touring again. They issued their third full-length album last month, called Strangefolk, but this track is from their second, and as most of their songs are usually rather uptempo, this one is uncharacteristically...quiet.
04. Liza Minelli & Joel Grey - The Money Song
From the musical Cabaret, which my mum, sister, and I were quite besotted with in the 70s.
05. The Korgis - Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime
One of those one hit wonder hits that have been imprinted on my musical memory for years. Speaking of which, does anyone have Tinseltown in the Rain (I think it's called), by The Blue Nile to share? I had it before, but then my mp3-player gave out and I lost it.
06. George Michael - Praying For Time
In my opinion, George Michael's songwriting skills, and his delivery of the songs he writes, are nothing short of brilliant; although obviously, I like some songs more than others. This one e.g., is not one of my favourites, as I feel he overdoses on the pathos a bit.
07. Bright Eyes ft. Emmylou Harris - We Are Nowhere And It's Now
I don't really have much to say about this one. It's a song found on Bright Eyes's 2005 album I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning, that I used to play a lot when it first came out, but that I haven't really listened to in the past year or so.
08. Levellers - Julie
Granted, the first 3 mins 10 secs of this, my favourite Levellers song, are fairly unremarkable, but then the outro, and the magic, begins. Of course, you will have to like the sound of Northumbrian pipes to hear it.
09. The Chieftains ft. Sinéad O'Connor - The Foggy Dew
Another type of music I like is the Irish, or any other kind of Celtic language, traditional, and I usually enjoy it most in a local (pub) setting played by local musicians. For their 40 year anniversary, The Chieftains teamed up with several top performers of rock, folk, reggae and Chinese classical music to produce their album The Wide World Over; and this is one of the songs on that cd. It's an Irish lament that "chronicles the Easter Uprising of 1916, and encourages Irishmen to fight for the cause of Ireland, rather than for the British, as so many young men were doing in World War I." (source: Wikipedia)
Right proudly high over Dublin Town they hung out the flag of war
'Twas better to die 'neath an Irish sky than at Suvla or Sud-El-Bar
And from the plains of Royal Meath strong men came hurrying through
While Britannia's Huns, with their long range guns sailed in through the foggy dew
'Twas England bade our wild geese go, that "small nations might be free";
Their lonely graves are by Suvla's waves or the fringe of the great North Sea.
Oh, had they died by Pearse's side or fought with Cathal Brugha*
Their graves we'd keep where the Fenians sleep, 'neath the shroud of the foggy dew.
Oh the night fell black, and the rifles' crack made perfidious Albion reel
In the leaden rain, seven tongues of flame did shine o'er the lines of steel
By each shining blade a prayer was said, that to Ireland her sons be true
But when morning broke, still the war flag shook out its folds the foggy dew
Oh the bravest fell, and the Requiem bell rang mournfully and clear
For those who died that Eastertide in the spring time of the year
And the world did gaze, in deep amaze, at those fearless men, but few,
Who bore the fight that freedom's light might shine through the foggy dew
As back through the glen I rode again and my heart with grief was sore
For I parted then with valiant men whom I never shall see more
But to and fro in my dreams I go and I kneel and pray for you,
For slavery fled, O glorious dead, when you fell in the foggy dew.
10. The Chemical Bothers vs. John Williams - Galvanize The Empire
I love a good mashup, and Party Ben offers some great ones on his site; including this, which should appeal to the Star Wars fans among us.