A mixed list, with hopefully something for everyone, at least something to keep all of us happy and to turn you on to some new music as well (or in this case, old music, but what is The List for if not to turn you on to both new and old music and to remind you of what you really loved in the first place and why you came here to begin with?) This time, we went all the way back to Robert Johnson with the blues of "They're Red Hot" and then back again to ABC and "The Look of Love" and everything in between (no Dylan this time though he is mentioned offhand, bien sur).
"They’re Red Hot" by Robert Johnson – Go back a way to the early blues tradition and you’ll find Johnson seated there. "They’re Red Hot" is one of his most memorable songs, one of the easiest to dance to and the sort of thing you would expect to hear in a gin joint. Likely you don't know this song, but it is well worth your time to look up this simple number. It’s worth looking for. It takes a while to appreciate early blues -– or it took me a while anyway -– but once I got there it wasn’t long before I found Johnson and really got into his riffs and his lyrics most especially; simple though they may be, they seem to pulse with a sexuality that is blatant and come-hither. Give it a chance; you just might like.
"Transatlanticism" by Death Cab for Cutie – I couldn’t find much on this album that I liked, though this one song appealed to me so much that I went through a phase of playing it over and over again. "Transatlanticism" is a classic love song (“I need you so much closer” is the line he repeats again and again as the song builds and builds on itself). You think the whole thing will come tumbling down as it keeps building but miraculously it does not - it is a gentle letdown. A summer song, or at least for me it was, and even though a few years old now, what on this list isn’t old, and isn’t that sort of the point? To refresh us of what was and to bring it forward and perhaps make it new again? This is our hope. You probably know Death Cab for Cutie. If you don’t know "Transatlanticism", find it and take a listen. It’s a long song – probably about nine minutes in all,; it certainly feels that long and could even be longer, and although the lines are repetitive, a lot of this is made up for by the fact that the song is so musically interesting.