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.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted the top 5 songs played from my iTunes… so what better time to start again than the present? Yes, I’m excited about doing this weekly list again, as it gives me an idea of what I’m gravitating towards. It’s kind of like a weekly music diary for me – I can look back and see what sort of mood I was in. Was I in a nostalgic mood? A mellow mood? A drop-my-pants-and-do-the-helicopter mood?
I text my buddy Obama and told him I’m starting this list again, and he text back:
“2 kool 2 kool I b chillaxin 2 it yo.”
He’s excited, and therefore you should be as well… so without any further ado, here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes.
I have no idea where I got this live performance of “The Poet” by Ryan Bingham, but I must have gotten it from somebody super-dee-duper cool… which means I must have given it to myself.
“The Poet” is the first track off of Bingham’s Junky Star album. I love this album. I love this album so much I have it fake-tatooed on my right butt cheek. Why the right one, you ask? Because it right thing to do at the time.
This live acoustic version could be an earlier draft of the final tune, as it differs from the album cut in the arrangement and some of the lyrics. Regardless, it’s a great beautifully dark listen. I have the entire Live at the Connoly’s show somewhere in my collection… I’ll look for it and post it sometime.
I played this song 13 times this week.
The Poet (live at The Connoly’s):
I actually have the Cowboy Junkies‘ Trinity Session album on cassette tape. I was surprised when I found out. So surprised that I wrote a poem about it:
Hey hey, Bob Dylan, I found an old cassette tape
No, it’s not of one of your records
It’s by a band named The Cowboy Junkies
I bet you wish you thought of that name for a song
Well, you didn’t, so I guess that sucks.
I never said it was a GOOD poem.
“Misguided Angel” was apparently the last song recorded for the album. Story goes that the band had to wait for the extra musicians to arrive in order to track this song. The session was running late, so they paid the security guard a few bucks to let them stay. When everyone arrived, they recorded “Misguided Angel” in one take. Very cool.
So cool that I played this song 10 times this week.
Sheyna Gee is a country artist that has been making a name for herself out here in Southern California. She’s been in the business for the majority of her life (if not for all of it), and has been developing a following the old fashioned way: by playing out relentlessly. I think she continues to play out at least 4 times a week either with her band or solo. That’s quite a schedule to keep up for a performer.
She’s known for her more energetic and upbeat side, but “Breathe” brings her down into the depths that we all go to when we take inventory of our lives. This track showcases the intimacy of her voice, which is a side I love hearing from any singer. The power of a whisper is something not to be underestimated.
Check out her website and Facebook page for upcoming show dates and news. She does a great job keeping in touch with her fans, so throw her a note and tell her Swap sent you. She’ll know what you mean.
I played “Breathe” 9 times this week.
Here’s another Southern California band from Southern California. Jeramiah Red was formed in 2010 and has since achieved some pretty impressive things. They’ve won in the “Best New Artist,” “Best Blues,” and “Best Rock” categories at the Orange County Music Awards, and their debut single, “My Baby,” currently plays at the Honda Center every time the Anaheim Ducks win a game.
Impressive. Most impressive.
What’s their music sound like? Their bio states, “Their boot stomping combination of blues guitar, steel-driven harmonica, and raucous vocals, created a perfect storm that continues to destroy everything in its path.”
That sort of description intrigued me, so I played this song 6 times this week to thunderous applause.
Can’t Help Myself:
Jeramiah Red on Facebook
Do I even need to tell you who John Lennon is, or anything about his signature song, “Imagine?” I certainly hope I don’t.
I mean, how can anyone that listens to music NOT know who John Lennon is? And how can anyone that listens to music NOT know this song?
So to test my theory, I went and asked my 101 year old grandmother (yes, she’s got her eye on becoming the oldest person alive) if she knew who John Lennon is, and whether she has ever heard “Imagine.” Do you want to know what she said to me?
Her exact words (translated from Chinese): “I am greatly offended by your line of questioning. Please step outside so’s I can whomp your ass.”
Now, I do not enjoy having my ass “whomped,” so I apologized and rubbed her feet as I played this live acoustic version of “Imagine.” It played 4 times before she fell asleep and I could sneak outta there alive.
Imagine (live acoustic)
There you go! That’s it for this week. Thank you always for reading and be sure to visit our Facebook page to stay updated on all that goes on here at TheFrontloader.com! Some exciting things are coming up in the near future… you won’t want to miss it!