Friday, January 18, 2008

Doin' the Friday Shuffle

1. "Romance in Durango" - Bob Dylan - Desire
Dylan in a rare mood for him: languid and impetuous.

2. "Stalking Carl" - John Williams - Munich
Moody suspense music from the master. Lots of low piano chords.

3. "Finale" - Danny Elfman - Batman
This sounded so new 20 years ago, and so non-heroic compared to what we were used to. Now it sounds downright Williamsesque.

4. "It's All the Same" - Wasserman and Leigh - Man of La Mancha (2004 Revival Cast)
A great, dark song - a whore sings of how men are all the same and how sex with one is no different from sex with another.

5. "Hey Joe" - Jimi Hendrix - The Essential Jimi Hendrix
Is this now the definitive "I killed my wife for cheating" song or is there a rap song that has taken its place?

6. "Isn't It Romantic?" - Ella Fitzgerald - Ella Sings Rodgers and Hart
Sweet and pure.

7. "I Can't Stand Up for Falling Down" - Elvis Costello - Get Happy!!
Vintage-sounding rock from Elvis.

8. "Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy" - Queen - Queen - Greatest Hits
Cheeky music hall fun.

9. "On the Right Track" - Stephen Schwartz - Pippin
I love how this jazzy, upbeat duet is really all about the narrator of the story convincing his protagonist to keep going so that there will be an Act II (at the end of which the narrator plans to immolate the protagonist so that the audience will be entertained). Pippin is really pretty dark.

10. "Rain on the Scarecrow" - John Mellencamp - Scarecrow
Angry or sad Mellencamp is the best Mellencamp.

Until Whenever

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