Weekly 20 Songs Playlist: July 31

I finished moving into a new apartment, and finally got the last bit of furniture assembled and in place, and more importantly I got the wireless internet set up, after being completely offline for almost 2 days (oh, the horror!!!). I had enough songs downloaded onto my computer to not be without music while unpacking, but the songlist that ought to be posted on Wednesday could not even be created without an internet connection. So, a bit late, but finally posted, here’s that list for this week. This week’s playlist includes 2 songs by Celtic Thunder singers, one from a Celtic Thunder show and the other from an independent solo album. Also included are a couple of foreign-language (non-English) songs, and a bunch of songs on the various strains and trials of romance and love.

The List:

1. a-ha – “Take on Me” – A song conveying that suggestion so awkward to bring up, the ‘here I am, take me if you want me’ that if actually spoken and understood is one of those existential moments that cannot be taken back easily. There are probably lots of great missed relationships that never started because the risks involved with conveying this message seemed too great.

2. Pale Blue Jak – “Grenade” – One of the covers off Neil Byrne’s solo project album from 2011. The version of this song on the radio is catchy pop, while this one is slower and more heartfelt- my sister prefers the original peppy pop version, but this one has grown on me considerably since it came out.

3. Girlyman – “Best I Could” – An expression of realization that there are limits to what one person can accomplish and that people are not able to execute all their grand plans perfectly all the time.

4. Miranda Lambert – “I Can’t Be Bothered” – I wish much of the time that I could be this nonchalant about the fellow I am in love with, but he himself is not an ex and has done nothing wrong, so being bitter at him doesn’t work, and if I ever think I have thoroughly absorbed the tough resolve this song suggests, I have only to see my beloved again to be sure I am just as much in love as always.

5. Rising Appalachia – “Caminando”  

6. Dolly Parton – “Why’d You Come in Here Looking Like That” 

7. The Brothers Four – “Greenfields” – Besides songs by local musicians, this is a song I have had stuck in my head a lot lately.

8. Post Paradise – “Never Be Yours” – A token Colorado band, as well as a great lament about the speaker’s frustration at not being able to hook up with the person he wishes to be with. It is pretty vague for most of the song as to why this relationship is impossible, so it is a pretty versatile tune.

9. Paul Simon – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”- My mom was singing this one to herself while carrying boxes when she was helping me move on Wednesday, so I figured it was a good week to include this one.

10. Celtic Thunder – “All Out of Love” 

11. David Francey – “Sorrows of the Sailor” 

12. Cheryl Wheeler – “My Cat’s Birthday” – It is my cat’s birthday this season.  I have no idea what his actual birth-date is, but he is now 6 years old, and still as adorable and brattish as when he was a kitten.

13. Stevie Wonder – “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” 

14. Ayub Ogada – “Wa Winjigo Ero” 

15. Abigail Washburn- “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”

16. Whitney Houston – “I Will Always Love You”  

17. Calhoun – “Tellmewhenyouthinkthatitstime” – I love the title of this song.

18. Heather Maloney – “Quantum Physics”  

19. Dierks Bentley – “That Don’t Make it Easy Loving Me” – For the fact that I live in a world populated by lots of attractive working musicians, this song is a great one to keep in mind. Working musicians live by a different schedule and with different constraints on their relationships, and dating one might not seem like such a bad idea, but it might not turn out so well in practice. They are not all like these stereotypes, but these stereotypes grow out of a reality that isn’t always likely to result in great romances.

20. Sugarland, Little Big Town– “Life in a Northern Town” – Easily one of the best covers to turn up on mainstream radio over the past few years.

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3 Responses to Weekly 20 Songs Playlist: July 31

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  3. I listened to Greenfields when it was first released by The Brothers Four. Nice seeing this oldie on your list.

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