Here are another 15 great tracks from my spotify starred playlist. Originally these were posted 20 at a time, one post a week, on my blog ravenmount.com. I haven’t decided how I am going to keep track of songs I’ve used already now that spotify has changed its interface, but I plan to make a new playlist post on my Ravenmount blog soon.
- Miranda Lambert – “Me and Charlie Talking” – This was one of the songs on the radio while I was becoming hooked on modern country, and this was one of my favorite songs on the radio that season.
- Lesley Garrett – “Amazing Grace- Nearer My God to Thee” – This recording has Ladysmith Black Mambaso singing their arrangement of these two gospel classics, but weaving in Lesley Garrett’s voice, part of the time as a cool descant over the top of the men’s voices. It’s really lovely.
- Rhydian – “Not a Dry Eye In the House” – Rhydian Roberts came in second place on X-Factor, and Simon gave him a contract anyway. Years later the guy who won is practically forgotten, and Rhydian has been working on yet another new album. I’m not always sold on his over-the-top showmanship, his bleached hair, or his not touring the US, but I forgive him easily enough because he makes great music. Very few singers perform really good, modern commercial-quality Welsh music, and Rhydian at least comes close. His cover of this Meat Loaf song is very nice, too.
- Alison Krauss, Robert Plant – “Trampled Rose” – My other sister made me listen to this album, a collaboration between Led Zeppelin star Robert Plant and folk singer Alison Krauss. It is a highly successful combination.
- Celtic Thunder – “Brothers in Arms” – Here, at last, is Celtic Thunder. I included one song at the end of the first of these lists, and another at the start of the second, so in these posts they end up back to back. This song is sung by Ryan Kelly, and the next one is sung by Keith Harkin. Both of these lads are still in the group now, as they tour Australia.
- Celtic Thunder – “Mountains of Mourne”
- Josh Groban, Ladysmith Black Mambaso – “Weeping” – I owe my younger sister for making me listen to Josh Groban, back in 2004. I was pointedly avoiding anything too popular in those days, and Josh Groban’s name had been everywhere for a few years by then. But, I had to admit he was very good. This song is from one of his more recent albums. He has developed a more unique sound and steered more towards original music and covers of lesser-known songs now, a happy change from the stuff he was covering under the guidance of David Foster. Covering the same stuff everyone else does is easy, sells a lot of records to people who like familiar music, and allows for easy voice comparisons, but it gets dull after a while. Many of Josh’s early albums’ songs turn up on albums from almost ALL the other baritones and tenors who have strayed into pop music.
- John Barrowman – “It’s Alright With Me” – Here’s an unlikely singer. many people know John Barrowman as the sexy Jack Harkness on Doctor Who and Torchwood, a pretty-faced talented actor who doesn’t mind showing off his very well-formed figure on screen. But, he also has a side career of sorts in music.
- Brooks & Dunn – “Neon Moon” – As I said in the previous post, modern country is a bit of a gateway drug that can lead to other music in the country genre. Ronnie Dunn has such a neat voice, that of course I had to check out some of his earlier recordings in this duo.
- Celtic Thunder – “Song for the Mira” – Here is a more recent Celtic Thunder song, which features the young voice of Daniel Furlong, a lad who has been back in Ireland since his tour with Celtic Thunder, probably waiting for his voice to change properly. The line-up in this recording, besides Daniel, includes the then new guy Emmet Cahill, plus Ryan Kelly, Keith Harkin, Neil Byrne and George Donaldson. Neil was originally the guitar/bass player for this group and became one of the singers around this time.
- The Corries – “The Hills of Ardmorne” – I would love to hear Celtic Thunder cover this beautiful song, though when I imagined it in their style, I was imagining George Donaldson as one of the primary singers, and he died this year.
- Guillaume Cantillon – “Mamie Ma Belle” – My French instructor in my last semester of grad school put up a youtube video one day that had part of this song in it, but with no song information. and she had no idea whatsong this was, so I learned a bit more French in the course of tracking it down (I was in the second semester of basic French, so I was still learning the very basics). I also found the other song she played a piece of, which is on a later playlist.
- Gypsy Wanderers – “Volare” – I started out focused on Celtic music, but I love music in general. I watched a movie about flamenco dancing and ballroom dancing in Australia, and had to start branching out a bit on my playlists.
- Hayley Westenra – “Sonny” – I am normally an alto, but this song sits just right with respect to my range, so I can actually sing it in Hayley’s key, though not as nicely I’m sure. This song does a great job capturing that deadening fear of the unknown and of risk in general that paralyses us all so easily sometimes.
- The High Kings – “Step It Out, Mary” – This song always gets me wondering what Irish step dancers were like before modern commercialism. Mary is clearly dancing something like what modern Irish dancers do, but I can’t imagine her father letting her wear those outlandish short dresses, and the poof of curls seems equally unlikely. My best guess is that Mary would be dancing in her ordinary, heavy, long skirts, so you’d just see flashes of her legs as her skirts swirled.
My Starred playlist is available at open.spotify.com/user/128264634/starred if you want to listen to all 1676 tracks. I’ll post another 15-song chunk whenever I get the itch to write a new post. 🙂 Happy Listening!