Okay, followers of Blog On The Tracks who also check in on the dedicated Facebook page (the link is always at the bottom of each post here) will know that I like to ask people what they're listening to over the weekend - I share what I'm playing and people get involved and share their favourite albums, their playlists, the radio station they're on, the album they're currently listening to. There's no mocking - well, hardly ever (I can't control that, mind). But what I like about it is the spirit of community - people get enthused, people get on board. We remind ourselves and each other of old favourites as well as introducing new material.
And one of my favourite updates to make is the one where, anywhere between about 4pm and 6pm, I ask people what their Friday afternoon/evening walk-out-and-start-the-weekend music is. Meaning of course that it's the end of the working week and whether you're listening to an iPod on the bus or during the walk home, or maybe you're in your car tuned to a station or with a CD or playlist spinning, whatever the situation it's a prompt for people to share the music they're listening to - because that time, that moment, would seem to be a joyous occasion. It's Friday - and the weekend is up ahead, by 4pm you can smell it. And it's good. It's there. Just waiting. Go on and grab it. Grab yourself a little piece of the weekend. Enjoy it...
So today I thought we could do that here - first - and maybe it doesn't need to just be for the 5pm knockoff time. These should be songs that put you in the mood for the weekend - a vibe, a feeling. Songs that make you feel good.
I'll start with my list of ten must-have/must-hear Friday songs. And then you guys can join in. Share ten songs - but no more than ten - that you think are essential Friday songs, tunes that pep you up and prep you for the weekend.
1. You Haven't Done Nothin' by Stevie Wonder - taken from Fulfillingness' First Finale. Well it's hard to have one single favourite song by Stevie Wonder. Hard to have one single favourite song for that matter - but for me this comes close. And I just love the vocal performance, that funky clavinet, all thick and creamy and isn't it something to have a funk song that actually means something; that isn't just a groove-piece. Taking aim at Richard Nixon, Wonder lines him up and guns him down with this song. He had The Jackson 5 on backing vocals and young Michael was listening to the way Stevie sang here, storing away some of the vocal tics for his own use later on. One of my favourite walk-out-of-work Friday songs. Always.
2. Kindergarten by Faith No More - well you could pick anything from Angel Dust really couldn't you? Yes, you could. I've chosen this. Because it's awesome. Now you pick your favourite.
3. Back In Baby's Arms by Patsy Cline - I first heard this via the Natural Born Killers soundtrack. And actually that whole album is a favourite Friday thing - or a weekend-listen (or any time, day/night, in fact). But the best thing about that album, for me, was introducing me to Patsy Cline and though, again, it's hard to pick a favourite, this one is the sentimental favourite. Plus, you want a skip in your step on a Friday.
4. If I Had A Hammer by Trini Lopez - there's really no happier album for me than Trini Lopez At PJ's. Always a happy experience.
5. Part 1 of The Koln Concert by Keith Jarrett - I tend to think of The Koln Concert as a whole thing, one piece, even though it is broken up, divided. So I'll excerpt the first track here (just 26 minutes of majestic glory). Might not seem like the right Friday music to you - but it's perfect for me. And it's one of my most-played Friday albums/pieces. Just stunning. Perfect.
6. Swing Lo Magellan by Dirty Projectors - a new one, from the album of the same name. But already I know this is going to be a great Friday song. I wrote about the album just yesterday, click here to go back to that post.
7. For My Lover by Tracy Chapman - from the self-titled debut. Well, there are several gems from this album - but this song is my favourite. Just a great, great song.
9 Love, Oh Love by Lionel Richie - some people might consider this the cheesiest song by Lionel Richie. And some people might consider that that is saying something. And yes there is certainly competition. I say own up to your guilty pleasures, don't feel any guilt at all (in fact) and enjoy the music you enjoy. I love this song. I really do.
10. Farmer John by Neil Young - this ratty old cover appears on Ragged Glory and though I love the whole album I think this song is such a great slice of messy garage-rock goof-off fun.
Those are my ten songs for Friday. It might not make the best playlist for you - but I'm going to load that up as a playlist and enjoy it today. And on other Fridays. And maybe there's something there for you. If not - or even if there is - please add your own list of ten songs for Friday below. Share some of your prepare-for-the-weekend favourites.
And what are you doing music-wise this Friday? Lawrence Arabia and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are in town on the same day. It's coin-toss time.
Happy weekend - now share your ten Friday songs for all.
And a bonus track: Raspberry Beret by Prince. One of my all-time favourite Prince songs.
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