In The Deck
In The Deck allows me to give you some idea of the type of music I like, while staying current and avoiding a lengthy itemization. Here is a listing of the five disks that are currently in my home cd-changer, as well as the in-dash player in my car. Ill try to update this every coupla weeks or so.
Updated April 19, 2000:
In CD Changer:
- Magnolia, Music from the Motion Picture - Aimee Mann
Aimee Manns songs are like Chicago on a dreary gray and rainy afternoon. Seemingly simple and a little unfinished, but revealing fascinating complexities upon careful consideration. Gloriously unique, truly sad and ultimately beautiful, with just the tiniest bit of hopeful optimism peaking out from around the corner. I adore Aimee Mann.
- Everything's Different Now - Till Tuesday
The last Till Tuesday album. J is for Jules is one of my very favorite love/hate songs. Poppy and not as sad as Aimees solo stuff... unless, of course, you pay attention to the lyrics.
- On How Life Is - Macy Gray
If you havent heard of Macy Gray yet, then you must be living in a cave. Known primarily for her distinctive voice, which sounds sort of like Tina Turner channeling Billie Holiday, this ingenues lyrics are equally intriguing--if at times a bit off-putting.
- Telling Stories - Tracy Chapman
As dark as ever, perhaps a bit more jazzy than before. My favorite is Wedding Song, which somehow takes the subject of true love and devotion and gives it the depth and seriousness it deserves.
- I've Got a Right to Cry - Mandy Barnett
This wonderful woman performed on the boat cruise at this years Bear Jam in Nashville. What a knockout! Known locally for her role in the stage production of Always Patsy Cline, her sensational voice is perfectly suited for these traditional country covers. The disk is perhaps an even truer tribute to Patsy Cline than kd Langs Shadowland, (one of my absolute all-time favorite disks ever). Epecially remarkable is Owen Bradleys backing vocal arrangements. A must-hear.
In the Car Deck:
- Southern Decadence 1999 - MixSir Productions
This is the dance mix CD I bought from the DJ at Lafittes last year. Still sounding fresh... with cuts like Sexual by Amber and Whitneys Its Not Right... But Its Okay. Boom, boom, boom... drawn to the throbbing disco beat.