1: Krista Detor – Abigayle’s Song ~ Zalamanda
Poor old Abigayle. People tell her things. Things in confidence. Things she doesn’t want to know (anymore). This country-tinged song is a lovely slice of life in small town America, cut at an unusual angle.
2: Show Of Hands – Cars ~ Treefrogdemon
I first saw SoH at a festival, and introducing this song Steve Knightley asked us to put up our hands if we’d walked there. Which was a bit unfair, I thought. It’s a festival dammit! That was a long time ago, but the message is still relevant – more so. It’s Ralph McTell playing the harmonica on this by the way.
3: Neil Halstead – Two Stones In My Pocket – Fintan
All I want to say about this is it’s simply lovely and like any good Earworm it sometimes haunts my dreams.
4: Wait. Think. Fast – Trouble ~ SpottedRichard
If it’s a cover, I can’t match it up with the original. If it’s an original, then it’s most definitely an earworm. Can anyone help me out?
5: Bob Dylan – When The Deal Goes Down ~ Severin
It’s his “My Way” isn’t it? A tune borrowed from Bing Crosby, a lyric that veers wildly between the trite and the sublime, a cracked voice that has seen better days but still carries more emotion than many a diva, a sense of utter conviction. Why would you listen to anything else? Now I just need seven other songs, a book and a luxury……..
6: Embrace – The Good Will Out (Live) ~ DarceysDad
Forget the fact they were the uncoolest band in the world. Just let yourself relax into the singalong vibe of this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink live version, and go with the flow. Works for me!