The new Contrast Podcast is out and it's an episode I always look forward to, the one where the contributors pick a favorite song of the year so far. I always find a whole lot that I missed. For my own submission I went with the title track from the new Wilco album, about as sweeping and perfect a pop song as you could ask for. I am surprised by how much I like the entire album- with the exception of Yankee Hotel Foxtrot I tend to fall for a few individual songs on each new release, the albums as a whole not as much- and there are several other tracks I could easily have gone with. So since you can hear Whole Love there let's have I Might here:
The Contrast Podcast is one the very best things I've been involved with since I took up blogging. Only a creative genius could have cooked it up. Tim is the mastermind behind it all and he is an amazingly talented fellow. His band Harold's Leap has got a new CD out and I was lucky enough to get a copy and have been enjoying it for several weeks. Here are couple of my favorite tracks- the first one has a kind of funky exuberance that reminds me of early Chili Peppers.
And finally, here is a touchingly beautiful song Tim wrote with one of his students, Alana. She has such a strong, expressive, gorgeous voice and this really took my breath away. Enjoy and pass it along.
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In other news, my 10 year old self was in heaven Saturday night as I got to see Stevie Nicks at the Fillmore. Apparently she had never played there before, she seemed thrilled and she told the audience of seeing The Byrds and Jimi Hendrix there when she was very young. She was in exceedingly fine voice and utterly magnificent in every way. And her hair- long golden blowout now as opposed to feathered golden halo then- is still a marvel. Legend. Rock on ancient queen.
It may be quiet here for a little while longer, partly because I am dancing a lot. But I'm just down, not out.