The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

My buddy, President Obama of The San Diego Chargers, had a rough week. At a town hall meeting, a woman stood up and after giving her credentials, said to him, “I’m one of your middle class Americans. And quite frankly, I’m exhausted. Exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for.” She goes on to say, “My husband and I have joked for years that we thought we were well beyond the hot dogs and beans era of our lives, but, quite frankly, it’s starting to knock on our door and ring true that that might be where we’re headed again, and, quite frankly, Mr. President, I need you to answer this honestly. Is this my new reality?”

Here’s the video:

Here’s Obamer’s response:

Interesting. When I texted The Prez after this, he simply texted back, “Can’t talk, watching NFL Total Access.”

So I guess we’ll just have to try to figure out what he was talking about on our own… until then, here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.

EastmountainsouthYou Dance – Eastmountainsouth

Note: Vedera‘s track, “Forgive You” easily topped this week’s list but since I wrote about them yesterday in this post, that song is now ineligible. AWWWWWW.

Eastmountainsouth‘s “You Dance” is just a beautiful song that reminds me of the feeling you have when you know you’re sharing something special with someone. Ok, that might not have been the most elegant way to put it, but there you go.

I just read an article on Eight Myths About Being Single… examples of these myths: Single people are not as healthy as people who get married, and Single people favor solitude.

It’s an interesting article… I don’t know how many of you are single out there, but take a look and see if you agree with it.

“You Dance” reminds me that it sucks to dance alone. You have nobody to work off of, nobody to react or respond to, and nobody to make what you’re doing something more. Say… that’s kind of like being single!

I played this song 14 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: You Dance

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Paul Pena - DebutMy Adorable One – Paul Pena

I can’t seem to stop listening to the debut album by Paul Pena. Here are some interesting bits of trivia about Pena that I found via Wikipedia:

– He played bass on Bonnie Raitt‘s debut album.
– Pena was born with congenital glaucoma
Jeff “Skunk” Baxter played guitar on Pena’s debut album
– Pena wrote “Jet Airliner,” the huge hit for The Steve Miller Band
– His latest album, New Train was released 27 years after it was recorded.

If you recall, I was hooked on another Pena track, “The River,” back at the start of September… well, this time it’s “My Adorable One.” It has a great Motown feel to me, and if I weren’t single, I’d probably call up my local radio station and dedicate this song to my better half.

But for now I’ll enjoy it because it’s just a great song, and that Hammond organ sounds soooo good in the backdrop.

I played “My Adorable One” 10 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: My Adorable One

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Miranda Lambert - RevolutionMakin’ Plans – Miranda Lambert

Miranda Lambert‘s latest album, Revolution, was released a year ago this month. It’s received positive reviews most everywhere and was awarded Album of the Year at the ACM awards.

Lambert continues to amaze and impress me. She’s an excellent writer, singer, performer, and I think the thing I like about her most is that she has maintained her own voice. She’s one of my favorite country artists and I always know I’m going to like what I hear.

“Makin’ Plans” wasn’t a single off Revolution… it’s one of the three solo writes Lambert has on the album, and fits into this “bein’ single” theme I have going in this post.

Lambert sings, “You know me like the back of your hand,” which is one of the things I love about being in a relationship. It’s embarrassing at times, but ultimately it allows you to be yourself completely.

And the whole idea of “makin’ plans” with someone is what life is all about, isn’t it?

Ah, this song hit me well this week, which is probably why I played it 9 times.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Makin’ Plans

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Tired Pony - The Place We Ran FromGet on the Road – Tired Pony

I wish I could remember where this track came from. Tired Pony‘s “Get on the Road” is just a gorgeous piece of music. The band is a bonafide “supergroup” consisting of Gary Lightbody, Richard Colburn, Iain Archer, Jacknife Lee, Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey and Troy Stewart. I’m sure you recognize at least one name from that list, right?

Snow Patrol‘s Gary Lightbody formed the band in 2008 out of his love for country music. I’m not sure if “Get on the Road” is a “country” song, but it’s such a good song I don’t really care.

Visit their official website to see a live performance of “Get on the Road.” I played the song 7 times this week and will undoubtedly pick up the record now.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Get on the Road

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Talking MountainI’m Kind of Leaves – Talking Mountain

Here’s another one of those songs that I kept listening to in order to make sure I heard what I just heard.

Talking Mountain‘s “I’m Kind of Leaves” has some pretty deep lyrics:

Well, there are leaves in my yard that fell down from the trees
Now the trees don’t have any leaves

Wow. Stellar.

Wait there’s more. They go on to sing:

And now I think it’s time to rake up all the leaves… uh-huh!

Double wow.

I think that’s all that needs to be said about this song.

Against all odds, I played “I’m Kind of Leaves” 5 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: I’m Kind of Leaves

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17 thoughts on “This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

  1. ~You Dance is all sorts of awesome.
    ~Really digging the Paul Pena I’ve heard lately, including this one. Thanks for the intro!
    ~Miranda had me at Kerosene.
    ~I actually did not recognize a single name from the Tired Pony list 🙂 but, yes, the song is gorgeous. Male & female vocals together always get me. Love. And the live video is even more gorgeous!
    ~I hear Cure influences in “I’m Kinda Leaves”. I may be smokin’ something with that statement… but I stand behind it! 🙂 I’m not saying I LIKE the song… just that I think they were ‘listening to The Cure a lot’ when they wrote it 😛

  2. While the first verse of the Talking Mountain song certainly begs the question of how stoned is too stoned to write lyrics, a few lines at the end are pretty alright.
    “You can use all of those muscles that you’ve got to hold on pretty tightly, and you can take a photograph to remember things more easily. But if there’s one thing that I know, it’s everything. Yeah, everything leaves.”
    Meh. I’ll probably check out the rest of the album.

  3. OK, after a few listens, I’m gonna say it… I like “I’m Kinda Leaves”. Yes, the lyrics are a little corny, but hey, I’m kinda corny too, so yeah… it’s so going on a playlist of mine, and you can’t stop me! LOL

  4. You’re right – the concluding verse does tie up the loose ends, but for me, that doesn’t make up for what came before it. I think the songwriter(s) could have found a better way to bring the listener into the point of the song without making the listener feel… well, stupid for listening.

    I think that’s the main problem of this song. The message is sound, but the execution isn’t.

    I’m hesitant, but I’ll give the album a spin. I’d hate to base an entire album off of this one song.

  5. Wow! It’s ending up on your playlist! I did not expect that! What is it about the song that grabs you? Read my reply below to lady Ga-Gary about my thoughts on the song… I’m wondering what you hear that I’m not hearing?

  6. Well, I didn’t say which playlist 😉 I have many. I’m just saying it’s not one that I’ll delete from my external.

    It’s hard to describe what I like about it… I actually didn’t get the whole message of the song… to me it was just a silly song with a fun beat.

  7. Like all of them up to the Leave song………….that said I will have to have the Leave song as rakeing music……..how do you spell rakeing? Raking? Nothing looks correct and I am tired and lazy …….so whatever.

  8. LOL when you put it that way, you’re right… what’s not to like?

    I like that song in the video much more than this one. Thank you for the link!

  9. There’s nothing wrong with a silly song with a fun beat… nothing wrong with that at all. I guess maybe I should look at the song that way, but I have a feeling they weren’t shooting for that. But then again, I’ve been wrong so many times in my life that I wouldn’t be surprised if I were way off the mark here.

  10. You should just email them and ask them what they were thinking. It could go either way, and either way will probably be at least mildly humorous.

  11. LOL that’s not a bad idea. Always good to get in the head of a songwriter. Even “I’m too Sexy” by Right Said Fred had it’s interesting points…

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