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A Few Things I’m Listening To These Days

I don’t know if it’s dreary January Berlin (where, oh where, has the little sun gone, oh where, oh where can it be?) or just my general state of mind, but I’ve been listening to a lot of kind of lowkey stuff these days. Here are a couple of my favs for your listening pleasure.

Love Jarvis Cocker’s voice and Chilly Gonzales has been a go-to for a while now.

I was actually supposed to perform this Patricia Barber tune, but I went to Cali instead when the performance was taking place (an accident, but not such an unfortunate one, because if I had gone a week earlier I wouldn’t have been able to spend much time outside because of the air quality from the fires).

Discovered the Milk Carton Kids on Spotify a few weeks ago. Love!

This song, because who doesn’t love Leonard Cohen? Well, my sister apparently. We had an awesome three-hour impromptu karaoke fest together with my brother-in-law and my mom (apparently I have a thing for power ballads–who knew?) in the living room of my brother’s cabin near Yosemite (sister-in-law not as amused). Anyway, I suggested we sing Cohen’s Hallelujah and my sister said, “I can’t stand that song or Leonard Cohen.” What?? Whatever sister. Keep on jonesing over 80s Lionel Richie then and leave me my Leonard. 😉

Another random lyrical and poetic Spotify find I’m really into these days.

I was crazy into Kate Bush in my early 20s until one day I wasn’t. I listened to some of her stuff on a whim again a few days ago and, while it’s still not really my thing anymore, I do love this song.

It’s only after posting this song that I realized Graham Nash was part of Crosby, Stills and Nash. What can I say? I’m sometimes a little slow on the uptake. My husband likes to call me Treebeard.

Another early 20s staple I’d more or less forgotten about is Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs). Love this song.

Although beautifully shot and intriguing at times, Babylon Berlin is absolutely terrible. I do like this song though (not totally lowkey, so sue me.)

I’m mildly obsessed with Jacqueline du Pre (she’s an important element of the novella I’m working on right now) but Yo-Yo Ma has recently really been growing on me. He plays so elegantly. I don’t think I could ever get sick of Bach’s Cello Suites.

Also not lowkey, but who doesn’t love a good roller skating song. Did roller skates really once have keys? Yes, they did. (I do remember 45 RPM record adapters, although mine was plastic).

Another fab, more upbeat tune is this one by David Byrne.

How did I get to be (nearly) 45 and not realize I like Patti Smith? Yikes! I think it’s because I always associated her with PJ Harvey who I could never warm up to, which is kind of funny because I’m listening to PJ Harvey as I type this and she’s basically a slicker, watered-down rip-off of Patti Smith. There, I said it. Sorry, PJ.

Happy listening and winter-surviving everyone!



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