There’s something just so perfect in that low gravelly voice Kenny Rogers starts out with in “The Gambler”. This recording of this song may in fact be responsible for my preferring to be an alto rather than a soprano in choirs (I have the range for both). I’m afraid this is the least upbeat of my lists so far. Still, the songs listed here are a lot more varied than what I would otherwise be listening to while hiding away from the world after a long slow draining week like this one. “Chesay” stands out here as the only truly chipper tune, and made the cut in part because I have been fascinated by it all week- it hardly sounds like classic Elvis at all, and shows another facet of this man’s performance range, outside what he was pigeon-holed into over the span of his music career.
1. “The Gambler”- Kenny Rogers, from The Gambler
2. “A Chuisle Mo Chroi”- Ross Crean, from Blackwater
3. “I Could Fall in Love”- Selena, from Selena Remembered
4. “Dimming of the Day”- The Corrs, from Home
5. “Chesay”- Elvis Presley, from Frankie & Johnny
6. “Come Share the Wine”- Bing Crosby, from The Complete United Artist Sessions
7. “Break Me Shake Me”- Savage Garden, from Savage Garden
8. “Blue Sky Mine”- Midnight Oil, from Blue Sky Mining
9. “In Too Deep”- Ryan Kelly, from In Time
10. “Wichita Lineman”- Celtic Thunder, from Take Me Home
11. “You Are Loved- Don’t Give Up”- Josh Groban, from Awake
12. “Lost and Tender”- Pale Blue Jak (on Faces)
13. “I Will Love You”- Paul Byrom, from This Is the Moment
14. “Whiskey Lullaby”- Brad Paisley with Alison Krauss, from Mud on the Tires
15. “The Lighthouse’s Tale”- Nickle Creek, from Reasons Why: The Very Best
16. “Close to You”- Iain Bellamy, from Mirrormask (film soundtrack) : This is a gorgeous movie, a modern day brand new fairy tale. The album is NOT on spotify, so this one you’ll need to hunt down elsewhere. I’d recommend checking out the movie, as a first step. The soundtrack, on amazon, is VERY pricey, unfortunately.
17. “Land of My Fathers”- Rhydian, from Rhydian
18. “The River”- Garth Brooks, from The Ultimate Hits
19. “Leaving on a Jet Plane”- Peter, Paul and Mary, from The Very Best of Peter, Paul and Mary
20. “Pie Jesu”- Gabriel Faure, Martha Angelici, from Les Plus Beaux Chantes Sacres : This song has been recorded many times by many great singers, but which I prefer sung with a tone like what Martha Angelici uses in this recording. This is what it sounded like when we performed Faure’s Requiem years ago, and just as we compare remakes and covers to their originals, I compare recordings of “Pie Jesu”, the 4th movement of Faure’s Requiem, to the beautiful performance by our own lovely CU choir soloist, ages ago now.