Wagon Wheel

Old Crow Medicine Show is a Nashville based string band that has been recording since 1998. Their music has been described as Americana, alternative country, folk country, and bluegrass. They have garnered many nominations and awards in their long career, including the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album of the Year for Remedy.
My favorite single, “Wagon Wheel” (which has been covered by various artists), was nominated for Song of the Year in 2013 by the Country Music Association, and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry of America in 2013.

How You Learn To Live Alone

“How You Learn To Live Alone” is from the album Trouble & Love by Mary Gauthier, an American folk singer and songwriter.

The following quote pertaining to this album is from NPR Music:

“To be affected by these songs, you don’t have to know anything of Gauthier’s backstory (Louisiana orphan addict chef turned sober troubadour), the respect she commands across gender lines in the Americana scene, or the heavyweight catalog she’s built out of unflinching introspection and Southern Gothic-shaded storytelling.”

And another from Rolling Stone:

“Every tune is a rough gem of melody, misery and economy, as Gauthier excavates romantic wreckage like an archaeologist telling a story of fossilized love.”

“How You Learn To Live Alone” is my favorite “gem” on this album. In the following video, Mary Gauthier is joined by fellow singer/songwriter Gretchen Peters and Duane Eddy on guitar.

 

Pumped Up Kicks

FosterThePeople“Pumped Up Kicks” became a viral success in 2010 for the American indie pop band, Foster the People, garnering the group a record deal from Startime International. In 2011, they released their first album, Torches, which included “Pumped Up Kicks”. It finished the year as the sixth-best-selling digital song of the year with 3.84 million copies sold. Foster the People received five nominations on the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, winning rock song of the year for “Pumped Up Kicks”. Though the lyrics are dark, and may be disturbing to some, the song has an upbeat sound made for dancing–which I’m prone to do while listening.

Lyrics follow video.

Robert’s got a quick hand.
He’ll look around the room,
he won’t tell you his plan.
He’s got a rolled cigarette
hanging out his mouth.
He’s a cowboy kid.

Yeah! He found a six-shooter gun
in his dad’s closet, with the box of fun things.
I don’t even know what,
but he’s coming for you. Yeah, he’s coming for you!

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Daddy works a long day.
He be coming home late, and he’s coming home late.
And he’s bringing me a surprise.
’cause dinner’s in the kitchen and it’s packed in ice

I’ve waited for a long time.
Yeah, the sleight of my hand is now a quick-pull trigger.
I reason with my cigarette,
Then say, “Your hair’s on fire, you must have lost your wits, yeah?”

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

(Run, Run, Run, Run. Run, Run.
R-Run, Run, Run.
R-Run.
R-Run, Run, Run.
R-Run.
Run, Run.
Run, Run.
Run, Run, Run.)

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, outrun my gun.
All the other kids with the pumped up kicks,
You better run, better run, faster than my bullet.

Read more: Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks Lyrics | MetroLyrics

You’re The One That I Want

GreaseYoureTheOneThatIWant7InchSingleCoverToday, I want to share my happy song, the one that makes me grin like an idiot and want to jump up and shake it every time I hear it.

Performed by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John,  “You’re the One That I Want” was written by John Farrar for the 1978 film version of the musical, Grease. The single reached number one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 in June 1978, and topped the U. K. Singles Chart that same summer for seven weeks, some months before the film had even been released there.

I’ve included a second video of the song made in 2002 at the Grease DVD release party. Twenty-four years between the first and second video, but John and Olivia still had it. And I bet they still do.

Yes I Am

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This morning, I finally broke down and caught up on a little housework, a chore I hate with a passion, but from time to time have to take care of anyway. (Somebody’s gotta do it.) To make the task a little more bearable–and to drown out the curse words–I decided to listen to music while scrubbing away. I rummaged around in my CDs, looking for something I hadn’t listened to in a while, and came out with one of my top five favorites. And after popping the CD into my computer and turning up the volume on the external speakers, I cleaned away, singing instead of mumbling words and phrases I won’t mention here.

Yes I Am was released in 1993 by American rock singer-songwriter, Melissa Etheridge, and contained three top 40 hits, including my two favorites, “I’m the Only One” and “Come To My Window.” It was considered her mainstream breakthrough album. And yes, I’ve always been aware Miss Etheridge is a lesbian, but I think her amazing lyrics speak to anyone, no matter their sexual preference, who has been in love and had their heart broken.

Bitch

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A while back, I posted a music video from the guy’s perspective called “Changing,” and today I wish to share one of my all-time favorites told from a woman’s point of view.

The Grammy-nominated, “Bitch,” (Also known by its censored title, Nothing In Between.) was released in May 1997, and was the lead single from Meredith Brook’s debut album, Blurring the Edges. It peaked at number two for four weeks on the Billboard charts and was used in the 2000 film, What Women Want. Mel Gibson sings the chorus while wearing makeup and dressing in women’s tights. From then on, he’s able to hear what women want.

Lyrics follow the video.

“Bitch”

By Meredith Brooks

I hate the world today
You’re so good to me
I know but I can’t change
Tried to tell you
But you look at me like maybe
I’m an angel underneath
Innocent and sweet
Yesterday I cried
Must have been relieved to see
The softer side
I can understand how you’d be so confused
I don’t envy you
I’m a little bit of everything
All rolled into one

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

So take me as I am
This may mean
You’ll have to be a stronger man
Rest assured that
When I start to make you nervous
And I’m going to extremes
Tomorrow I will change
And today won’t mean a thing

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

Just when you think, you got me figured out
The season’s already changing
I think it’s cool, you do what you do
And don’t try to save me

I’m a bitch, I’m a lover
I’m a child, I’m a mother
I’m a sinner, I’m a saint
I do not feel ashamed
I’m your hell, I’m your dream
I’m nothing in between
You know you wouldn’t want it any other way

I’m a bitch, I’m a tease
I’m a goddess on my knees
When you hurt, when you suffer
I’m your angel undercover
I’ve been numb, I’m revived
Can’t say I’m not alive
You know I wouldn’t want it any other way

Songwriters: Meredith Anne Brooks, Shelly M Peiken

 

Dance in the Graveyards

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Delta Rae is an American folk rock band that formed in Durham, North Carolina in 2009. Consisting of three siblings, Ian, Eric, and Brittany Hölljes, along with Elizabeth Hopkins, Mike McKee and Grant Emerson, Delta Rae’s name came from a fictional story the Hölljesus’ mother intended to write (I suppose this means the story never bore fruition.) about a Southern girl named Delta Rae who summoned the Greek gods to earth.

Their debut album, Carry the Fire, was released in June 2012 and features “Dance in the Graveyards.”

They released a second album, After It All, in April 2015. I can find no record of follow-up albums, but they continue to tour, and gathering from what I have watched on YouTube, their live performances are popular.

Quoting from their official website bio, “Their music continually reveals a tension between male and female, dark and light, and life and death.”

I couldn’t have described their music any better myself.

I have also included a link to anther song, “Bottom of the River”—it came in a close second to “Dance in the Graveyards”—which is also on the album, Carry the Fire.

I hope you enjoy.

 

Dancing in the Dark

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Ah, Bruce Springsteen . . . be still my beating heart. I could listen to the man sing all day and all night.

His music has evolved over the years, but I can honestly say that I love the entire body of his work.

My long-time favorite, “Dancing in the Dark”, was the first single released from his 1984 album, Born in the U. S. A., becoming his greatest hit to date. It spent four weeks at #2 on Billboard Hot 100, and has sold over one million singles in the U. S. alone. It garnered The Boss his first Grammy award in 1985 for Best Rock Vocal Performance and won MTV’s Video Music Award For Best Stage Performance. In 1984, Rolling Stone readers voted it single of the year.

The video below features Courteney Cox–at the time an unknown actress–as the lady Bruce pulls out of the audience near the end of the song to dance onstage with him. Lucky woman!

Dancing in the Dark

By Bruce Springsteen

I get up in the evening
And I ain’t got nothing to say
I come home in the morning
I go to bed feeling the same way
I ain’t nothing but tired
Man I’m just tired and bored with myself
Hey there baby, I could use just a little help

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

Message keeps getting clearer
Radio’s on and I’m moving ’round the place
I check my look in the mirror
I want to change my clothes, my hair, my face
Man I ain’t getting nowhere
I’m just living in a dump like this
There’s something happening somewhere
Baby I just know that there is

You can’t start a fire
You can’t start a fire without a spark
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark

You sit around getting older
There’s a joke here somewhere and it’s on me
I’ll shake this world off my shoulders
Come on baby this laugh’s on me

Stay on the streets of this town
And they’ll be carving you up alright
They say you gotta stay hungry
Hey baby I’m just about starving tonight
I’m dying for some action
I’m sick of sitting ’round here trying to write this book
I need a love reaction
Come on now baby gimme just one look

You can’t start a fire sitting ’round crying over a broken heart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
You can’t start a fire worrying about your little world falling apart
This gun’s for hire
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Even if we’re just dancing in the dark
Hey baby

Bad Romance

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I miss the old Lady Gaga. I want her back, strutting around with next-to-nothing on while she belts out a song with a driving beat that makes me want to get up and dance along with her. Singing “Cheek to Cheek” with Tony Bennett just doesn’t do it for me.

For a couple of years, while commuting to work, I would slide The Fame Monster in the CD player in my car, crank up the volume, and zip down the highway singing along with Gaga. By the time I arrived at my job about twenty minutes later, I’d be all psyched up, ready to take on the world.

My favorite song, the one I’d play over and over, was “Bad Romance”. Released in October 2009, it has sold over 12 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. I don’t know how often the video has been viewed on YouTube, but I’d bet my collection of Stephen King books that it has been more than 12 million.

I miss the old Gaga. I miss her badly.

Please settle back with me, and let’s watch the one and only Lady Gaga at her outrageous best.

Warning: the following video contains brief, partial-nudity and sexual content.

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!

Caught in a bad romance

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

I want your ugly
I want your disease
I want your everything
As long as it’s free
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love)

I want your drama
The touch of your hand
I want your leather-studded kiss in the sand
I want your love
Love-love-love
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love)

You know that I want you
And you know that I need you
I want it bad, your bad romance

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
(Oh-oh-oh–oh-oooh!)
I want your love and
All your lovers’ revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

I want your horror
I want your design
‘Cause you’re a criminal
As long as your mine
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love-uuhh)

I want your psycho
Your vertigo stick
Want you in my rear window
Baby you’re sick
I want your love
Love-love-love
I want your love
(Love-love-love I want your love)

You know that I want you
(‘Cause I’m a free bitch baby!)
And you know that I need you
I want your bad, your bad romance

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
(Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh!)
I want your love and
All your love has revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!
Caught in a bad romance

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance

Walk, walk fashion baby
Work it
Move that bitch crazy

Walk, walk fashion baby
Work it
Move that bitch crazy

Walk, walk fashion baby
Work it
Move that bitch crazy

Walk, walk passion baby
Work it
I’m a freak bitch, baby

I want your love and
I want your revenge
I want your love
I don’t wanna be friends

Je veux ton amour
Et je veux ta revanche
Je veux ton amour
I don’t wanna be friends
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh!
I don’t wanna be friends
(Caught in a bad romance)
I don’t wanna be friends
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh!
Want your bad romance
(Caught in a bad romance)
Want your bad romance!

I want your love and
I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh!
I want your love and
All your lovers’ revenge
You and me could write a bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!
Want your bad romance
(Caught in a bad romance)
Want your bad romance

Oh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh-oooh-oh-oh-oh!
Want your bad romance
(Caught in a bad romance)

Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-roma-mamaa!
Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!
Want your bad romance