No introduction needed, further explanation at the bottom of the list, and so here is this week’s first installment of the List of the Moment Volume 10. I’m pleased to say that the List has become a regular feature and will be coming at you twice weekly from now on. As ever, I look forward to hearing from you all with such thoughtful comments and the amazing connections we always seem to find between artists (last weeks’ was Sia, I believe being the niece of an eighties group, though the name eludes me now). Still, six degrees of separation indeed! Here for you, and in no particular order (the order is not a ranking order).
"If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Or Else You Gotta Stay All Night)" by Bob Dylan – I prefer the live version of this song, Live, 1964 at Philharmonic. If you like Dylan, then this is one sexy and fun song. I know Dylan makes the list a lot, but why not try it? The version I have seems to be the best that I’ve come across. Not only is Dylan cheeky as ever, but he’s clever as ever, and the lyrics, albeit not brilliant or life-altering anthems as some of his songs have been held up to be, are still great fun.
"Young Americans" by David Bowie – I recently saw a video of this from the Dick Cavett show and that reminded me of how much I love Bowie. This particular song in not among his best, not like "Suffragette City" for example, which would have been a good and easy pick and is a great great song. Since there are too many by Bowie to list, I chose this one because the mood of it strikes me as we move into spring this song is full of promise. Obviously, with Bowie, there are so many songs to choose from that in some sense, I had to go with my gut. It was this or “Sound and Vision”, which is another great song, but not quite right for the beginning of spring. I like the optimism in the music here – whether the lyrics are optimistic or not, ehhhhh... that’s a toss up, but he certainly makes it sound good.
"Strange Currencies" by REM – Doesn’t love warp the mind a little? This song, along with "What’s the Frequency Kenneth", is the best on the record, in my view. "Strange Currencies" is a sad song, to be sure – the perfect song for break-ups in some ways or make-ups or the relationship that is indecisive and can’t seem to make up its mind. Hence the lyrics:
- You know with love come strange currencies
And here is my appeal:
I need a chance, a second chance, a third chance, a fourth chance,
A word, a signal, a nod, a little breath
Just to fool myself, to catch myself, to make it real, real
These words, "You will be mine"
These words, "You will be mine" all the time, oh…
The whole album is good and worth buying, in my view, with songs like “What’s the Frequency Kenneth” and “Crush with Eyeliner” and “*69” all worth your time. “Strange Currencies” seems to me to be the most sincere of the lot, but take a listen and see what you think.