Doin' the Friday Shuffle
1. "Wave" - Antonio Carlos Jobim - Antonio Carlos Jobim's Finest Hour
Trust me; you know this track. Jobim is kind of singular, isn't he?
2. "Why Was I Born?" - Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Jerome Kern Songbook
Sweetly plaintive rendition of the wistful standard.
3. "Go Away" - Living Colour - Stain
One of the hardest rock songs I own, all crunchy, head-banging guitars and angry singing.
4. "Road So Clear" - Cassandra Wilson - Belly of the Sun
It's not that Cassandra Wilson is a bad songwriter, but just that her covers are so good that you almost wish she's just record them.
5. "Drive" - Burkhard Dallwitz - The Truman Show (Film Score)
Paranoid, skittery, almost-funky track from the point in the film where Carrey's Truman has effectively kidnapped his wife and is desperately trying to leave the island.
6. "Angela (Theme from "Taxi")" - Bob James - Touchdown
This is the only TV-theme I've hunted down and bought. Such a wonderfully sweet/melancholy piece of soft jazz. And I usually have no patience for soft jazz.
7. "Cathedral" - Thomas Newman - Road to Perdition (Film Score)
Quiet, slow, moving theme from the underrated film.
8. "Ofyn Pripetshik" - Mandy Patinkin - Mamaloshen
This is from Patinkin's all-Yiddish album, and it's a tender and nicely essayed rendition of an old Jewish folk tune (the same melody pops up in John Williams' Schindler's List score).
9. "Shawshank Repemption" - Thomas Newman - The Shawshank Redemption (Film Score)
One of my all-time favorite cues. This is the music used when Andy (SPOILER ALERT--SPOILER ALERT!!!) escapes from Shawshank. The triumphant, horn-blasting bit at the end is brilliant in how it manages to mix that sense of triumph with a real sense of loss and tragedy as well. Newman doesn't let us forget that Andy may have escaped, but that he still lost a huge chunk of his life for a crime he didn't commit.
10. "Lover, You Should Have Come Over" - Jeff Buckley - Grace
This song has a little bit of a sea-shanty air to the accordion-fueled opening, which soon gives way to a strong, ailing ballad.