I don't like to link up with YouTube, since uploads come and go, but I'll do it here. So until they disappear, you can click below on the song titles to hear them. The music is in no particular order:
1. St. Teresa (above) by Joan Osborne - Intoxicating beat. A sympathetic look at a woman who is addicted to drugs and must support her habit anyway she can. I picture her high on a street corner in front of a church when a big statue of St. Teresa catches her eye. She is a human being who has fallen on hard times. "Every stone a story, like a rosary."
2. Crazy - Cee Lo Green - Love the lyrics and sentiment. A bluey-hip hop sound.
3. Whenever, Whatever - Shakira - Great rhythm, great voice, great body (like you didn't notice).
4. All Along The Watchtower - (Written by Bob Dylan) Performed by Jimi Hendrix - An ancient song, which never gets old. The introduction is classic, and the composition builds and builds.
5. Give In To Me by Michael Jackson - Mega hits like Billie Jean and Thriller get more play, but I like his lesser known songs too. This one features Slash on guitar.
6. Sweet Child Of Mine by Guns & Roses - Speaking of Slash, his opening guitar riff (and later solo) make this the memorible rock and roll song that it is. Nice lyrics by Axl Rose. Rose isn't a bad singer; however I would give ANYTHING to hear Freddy Mercury sing this; a pure fantasy, since Mercury died in 1991 before the song came out.
7. Rocks by Primal Scream - You have to love a song with brilliant lyrics like "Dealers keep dealin, Thieves keep thievin, ... Aint no use in prayin. That's the way it's staying." This song came out nearly 20 years ago, but it sounds so current, doesn't it?
8. Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson - Kelly has a terrific voice, so I'm a fan.
9. Someone I Used To Know by Gotye (with Kimbra) - Sure it was wildly popular all last year. But you know what? I still love it.
10. Get This Party Started by Pink - I always listen to this in summer. Pink is another good singer with a strong voice.
Extra: If that's not enough, play a song by Lana Del Rey - I realize she bombed on SNL. Was it nerves? She's a good musician who writes intelligent, atmospheric, torchy pop. I like her mezzo-soprano voice. Next time she'll have more experience performing LIVE.
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