This week’s set comes with an “ALI ADVISORY” message: there are some strong songs here and you may need a box of tissues or a large glass of something at hand. When you’ve recovered, send more worms to firstname.lastname@example.org … I’ve got some cracking music here but I need more! More, I tell you! Mwha-haha!
Lori McKenna – Leaving This Life – tincanman: This is about a little girl losing her Mum, and is going to be cabbage-throaty for parents. You are forewarned, and – no joking – I recommend skipping it entirely if that sounds at all close to the bone.
Hazel O’Connor – Rebecca – Zalamanda: A song to a missing friend. Someone, I think, who was a nicer person than the titular character of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel…
Rodriguez – I Wonder – glasshalfempty: Watching Rodriguez perform at Glasto, was like seeing a man back from the dead. After an undeserved failure in the music biz in the seventies, he gave up. He was rescued from the wilderness by the slow growth in his fan base outside his native US, and the movie ‘Searching for the Sugarman’. He is now enjoying his belated day in the sun – and another timely opportunity to plead the causes of peace, and the poor. His most earwormy song, in my view, is the quirky, but still political, ‘I wonder’.
Brad – Through The Day – DsD: Darcey was messing about on her keyboard, and accidentally played something approximating the piano motif on this. It’s been lodged in my head ever since.
Johnny Cash – Hurt – CaroleBristol: This is one of the most stunning and insistent pieces of music I have ever heard. The sheer intensity of the performance is almost painful in its honesty and bleak confessional tone. The song was surely made for Johnny to sing.
Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now – AliM: My friend told me to listen to this the other night, “When you go to bed”. He said he can’t stop listening to it. It’s powerful stuff and, in my view, all the better for being recorded in her fifties, when her voice is deeper. It won a Grammy for best accompanying arrangement, according to Wiki.