Doin' the Friday Shuffle
1. "Walk On (Live)" - U2 - America: A Tribute to Heroes
A nicely understated, yet still energetic, rendition of of one my favorite U2 songs.
2. "All Things Bright and Beautiful" - Mandy Patinkin - Sings Sondheim
A live recording of Patinkin's Sondheim concert, with just Paul Ford on piano as accompaniment. A hushed and sweetly-sad nostalgic take on the song.
3. "Temptation" - Elvis Costello - Get Happy!
Elvis cranking out some old-school rock/soul stuff. Great bass line on this one.
4. "Viva Las Vegas" - Bruce Springsteen - The Essential Bruce Springsteen
An energetic, fun live take on the Elvis cheesefest.
5. "Fragile" - Sting - America: A Tribute to Heroes
A mournful take on the one Sting song that has the best shot of lasting for the long haul.
6. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" - Roger Whitaker - A Time-Life Christmas
Cheese all the way. Kids singing and the whole nine yards.
7. "Tropical Storm" - John Adams - Nixon in China
Adams takes a page from Britten's Peter Grimes score and applies his repetitive minimalist style to the musical evocation of a wild tropical storm.
8. "I Made a Fist" - Frank Loesser - The Most Happy Fella (2000 Studio Cast)
The heretofore-milquetoast, eternally happy Herman has his moment of truth when he decks a cowhand to protect his love's honor.
9. "Scene: The Ballroom" - Marsha Norman and Lucy Simon - The Secret Garden (Original Broadway Cast)
Mary meets her new guardian, her imposing and aloof uncle Archibald, for the first time.
10. "Rook: - XTC - Nonsuch
XTC indulging perhaps a tad too much in the dramatic declamatory piano chord.