This, fellow ‘Spillers, is the officially designated* Earworms-100. It is the 100th Earworms post to be categorised as “Earworms” (there were a few posts that were put into this category that were not yer actual, bona fide, official Earworm playlist posts). It is the 100th Earworms post since Earworms became known as Earworms (instead of “Earworms of the Week” or “S&M”, which stood for “Spill and Music”).
*Unilaterally, by me, if you must know.
On with the show…
Burl Ives – The Ugly Bug Ball
When it comes to music I can “do” serious and I can “do” fun, I prefer fun. Come on, crawl.
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights
I was in need of ‘100’ titles for a playlist, so a-googlin’ I did go and my very favourite track of all those thrown at me turned out to be this one: I love the voice, I love the arrangement, I love the sentiment! I can’t believe I’d never heard of Sharon Jones before (I rather suspect I’ve not been paying enough attention on here), who just has to be a contender for the Aretha of her generation.
The Kamikaze Hearts – No One Called You a Failure
Fell in love at first listen with this harmony and mandolin drenched tune by these sadly now-defunct upstate NY porch rockers.
Bob Dylan – Blind Willie McTell
Desperate, haunting and unforgettable; for me, the greatest song he’s ever written.
Silly Sisters – The Grey Funnel Line
Well, I think it’s special. Silly Sisters (aka June Tabor and Maddy Prior) and “The Grey Funnel Line”. Probably a bit marmite but the old folkies will be happy!
Emeline Michel and Kali – Haiti cherie
Emeline is from Haiti and Kali is from Martinique, both are among my favorites from the non-Jamaican Caribbean. This is the first time I’ve heard them sing together. Kali plays the banjo and also leads his own group.
Finally, we have a late addition to this weeks’ earworms; I’m told that it’s something of a “scoop”.
Dan Coyle – Back Around (DEMO ONLY)
There’s so many singer-songwriters out there, it’s easy to dismiss the ones that don’t ”make it big”. This is a big-time song (a demo for an album) from a NYC journeyman, explained in his own words: “As a touring singer songwriter playing 100+ each year, I spend most of my time traveling; which is great for music, but can be very difficult on friends, families, and loved ones. It often feels like I’m constantly leaving someone behind. This song is about that. It’s about reassuring someone that you will be back, and giving them a few ways to remember you while you’re gone.”
Here’s to the next 100 earworm posts…
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