Ten Songs Getting Me Through

I’ve been a little blue, as my mother says, this week. The thunderstorms kept me awake and the shifting weather extremes have put me a little off kilter. That’s probably why this week’s playlist is a little scattered, but these are the ten songs I’ve been humming all week:

Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

I know everyone thinks of this song as the soundtrack to the horribly sad scene with Emma Thompson in Love, Actually, but something about Joni just says summer to me, and I’m on a real Johnny Cash kick lately and have really loved watching his old TV show on YouTube, and this version isn’t as heartbreaking as the one from the movie.

Holding On – Kerrigan & Lowdermilk (Kacie Sheik and friends)

The lovely thing about being a musical theater nerd is I can unironically adore an admittedly cheesy song. This is my walking to the train mantra-song.

Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side – Magnetic Fields

My friends’ were in a ballroom dance show a couple of weeks ago, and they danced to this song. I still haven’t gotten it out of my head.

Golden – Kelly Hogan

It’s gotten to the point that I have posted so many Kelly Hogan sons that I don’t know if I’ve shared this one on the blog before. Anyway, it’s Kelly’s love letter to Neko Case, and it makes me cry.

Light – Original Broadway Cast of Next to Normal

See previous note about musical theater and inspiring songs…

Better Than A Dream – Judy Holliday and Dean Martin from Bells are Ringing

I warned you that this list was going to go all over the place. No shame though, I love Dean Martin in this movie.

Rock Star – Benjamin Walker and OBC in Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson

Yeah, I have a lot of complicated feelings about this show. I either hate it or am obsessed with it depending on my mood. I’ve been a pro-Bloody, Bloody phase this past week.

Forever – HAIM

Fun new discovery from Confessions of a Music Snob. I love the dance moves in the video too, mostly because they look how real people dance to music like this. You look silly, but like you’re having fun.

Jolene – Miley Cyrus cover (trust me it’s fun…)

Though it upsets me that a lot of people on YouTube think this is a Miley Cyrus song, and nothing will ever beat Dolly, I was pleasantly surprised when YouTube recommended this to me…

We Shall Be Free – Garth Brooks

My previous statements about musical theater also apply to a certain kind of country music. Also check out Kerri Russell circa awful Felicity haircut introducing Garth in this video…of late nineties WB starlets…


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