Friday, November 16, 2018

Not Guilty, Just Pleasure - Out of the Game

Well folks, I have made it to day 16 of NaBloPoMo without missing a day.  My entries may have been short and not interesting but they are up.  I actually sat down, composed them and posted them.  Let's see if my streak continues and I can make it to the end of the month!!

So, today is not guilty, just pleasure day around here and that means I'm sharing a song that I love, just for the heck of it.

Regular readers here will have noticed by now that I absolutely love Rufus Wainwright.  His songs have been part of my daily soundtrack for a while now, yikes, almost 20 years now if I really think about it.

I love his voice and the way he writes.  He also interprets classic songs in a way that is definitively Rufus (and this in my estimation is a very good thing indeed).  For a wonderful example, you should check out his "Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall" album.  Listening to that is a fun ride!!

So it should be obvious by now that today's song is by Mr Wainwright himself.  I'm sharing "Out of the Game."  It can be a lovely earworm so be warned, you may end up with this fabulous song in your head all day.  The video is great as well and features the incomparable Helena Bonham Carter (wow!!). 

We've had a bit of snow here, you may be waking up to a winter wonderland in your neck of the woods too.  Bundle up, grab your favourite hot water beverage and check out Rufus Wainwright's "Out of the Game."  You'll be glad you did xo

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Cancon Thursday - Leave Alight

For Cancon Thursday, I've decided to share a song by the wonderful singer-songwriter, Krista Muir.

I'm sharing "Leave Alight" with you today because I happen to love this song.

November is a ridiculously dark month.  It's also a cold month.  Dark and cold, not a great combination.  Turning on some lights, living "lives that are illuminated" would be good... of course, she doesn't mean just turning on a light fixture, the song is about more than that.

I think you should listen to Krista's beautiful song.  See if you feel the light inside of you, maybe you'll smile.  I doubt very much that her sweet voice could make you frown. For sure you'll be singing a long with the song by the time it gets to the end.  If you're very lucky, you'll be humming it all day too.  Enjoy kiddos xo

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Way Back Wednesday - Eggs and Sausage

It occurred to me after I posted about my breakfast the other day, that I should have probably shared a favourite Tom Waits song with that post.  I did not think of it at the time so I'm sharing it for Way Back Wednesday.

"Nighthawks At The Diner" is probably my favourite Tom Waits album.  When we had our restaurant, we used to play it, in it's entirety, regularly.  For Way Back Wednesday, I'm going to share with you "Eggs And Sausage [In A Cadillac with Susan Michelson]."  Now, back in 1975, even in California, he probably wasn't singing about the vegetarian sausages I cooked on the weekend.  Most likely, they were pork breakfast links of some variety, his eggs were probably over easy (mine were scrambled).  

Thinking about "Nighthawks At The Diner" brought back some warm memories of our restaurant and all of the delicious breakfasts that came out of that kitchen.

Eggs and sausage and a side of toast
Coffee and a roll, hash browns over easy
Chili in a bowl with burgers and fries...

May there be some delicious, warm your bones breakfasts in your near future.  With the weather turning cold this week, chili in a bowl sounds pretty good.  I hope you enjoy this week's stroll down memory lane.  There really is no one better to take a stroll with than Tom Waits.  Enjoy xo

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Because It's Tuesday - week of November 13

There are certain songs that for no particular reason, just hit you hard the first time you hear them.  Like love at first listen.  Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" is one of those songs for me.  There is just something indescribable about it that I love.  It's a sweet song about love, evolved, mature love.  It's the kind of song you could dance to at a wedding or a 50th anniversary party... it is tender and simple and lovely.

Over the years, I've discovered that I have a lot of affection for covers of "Harvest Moon."  This doesn't always happen when you love a song.  Sometimes the covers seem tacky or silly or just bad.  Perhaps the folks who have covered it have done so with great care.

Today, because it's Tuesday, I'm sharing a cover by Lord Huron.  I hope you enjoy it, I really did. Happy Tuesday kiddos xo

Monday, November 12, 2018

The Days of the Week - Groovy Tuesday

For last week's first installment of "the days of the week," I kicked it off with a Monday song, "Monday" by Wilco.

I sort of like where this is going so for week two, we're moving along to the second day of the week, Tuesday.   There are a lot of songs about Tuesday and I've picked one of my favourites to share this week:  "Groovy Tuesday" by the Smithereens.  Originally released in 1986, it still sounds fresh to me.  The Smithereens have such a fantastic sound, it's ageless.

For those of you who were too young to remember the Smithereens, their music is on all of the places you are probably listening to music.  They are worth checking out.  Their songwriter and lead singer, Pat DiNizio passed away last December but I hear that they are still playing.  The songs are too good not to be played live, I'm glad that they are keeping on. If you like power pop, you'll love the Smithereens.

So, to start off this Monday, I give you a Tuesday song, "Groovy Tuesday" (sorry there is no video but the audio is good!!).  enjoy xo

Woke up on a groovy Tuesday.
Even my hangover's fine.
Woke up on a groovy Tuesday.
Hung my mind out on the line.