For our feature Nice Playlist, Brah, we ask some of our favorite musicians to make a themed Spotify playlist for us. You know, Songs to Make-out To, The Worst Bands I Have Ever Heard, Songs Your Mom Would Like, we just ask them to be creative, and then we post them to The Ardent Music Blog and share them with you. When you’re looking for a good Spotify playlist, now you know where to look. This week we invited singer/songwriter Michael the Blind to put one together for us. We invite you to take listen to the playlist while you read why the musician included each song. Enjoy!
1. “A Feeling” – Throwing Muses
Throwing Muses taught me not to be afraid to use the insanity stuff from my life in my songs. “A Feeling” has about it a twitchy, but sinewy sensibility that lends itself to near-obsession.
2. “On Doing An Evil Deed Blues” – John Fahey
The title of this John Fahey track says it all for me and makes it perfect for the playlist. “On Doing an Evil Deed Blues”. His playing on this early version is so half-broken sounding that you want to break down.
3. “Summertime Suidice #2″ – David Donedero
Summertime in the south is a time of stickiness and heat, and bug noises and more heat. That kind of weather makes a lot of folks feel slow and dreamy, but David Dondero‘s lilting number makes me think of how I’d just about lose my cool trying to think of a way to calm down in that nearly stifling atmosphere.
In almost the same way, the utterly placid, groovy feel of this Tommy James song in particular makes me want to tear my hair out every time I hear it. It is this very quality of calmness about it that unsettles me so.
5. “Seasons in the Sun” – Terry Jacks
“Seasons in the Sun” might be the best song to throw a total foot-stomping, screaming-at-the-sky kind of “Losing It” party over, ever. Luckily, it’s found on spotify.