Listen Back: 10 Songs I Can’t Live Without

Okay, the baby is wiggling around under bilirubin lights to my left, and the wife is sweetly snoring on the foldout couch to my right, so I have a few minutes to share with you 10 songs I can’t live without.

  1. From 2002, MeShelle Ndegeocello’s song Priorities 1-6. Bet even Papa Jo Jones would dig these crazy hi-hats [picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=meshell+ndegeocello&iid=3957287″ src=”7/1/8/b/The_Tonight_Show_4bf2.jpg?adImageId=9994842&imageId=3957287″ width=”380″ height=”254″ /]
  2. From 1996, Big Mama’s Door by Alvin Youngblood Hart In his early 30s, Hart brings you oooold school blues
  3. From 2004, Anais Mitchell sings her ingenious song, 1984. Combines Orwell’s 1984 w/ Prince’s 1999.
  4. From 2008, ♫ She Got To You by Esperanza Spalding. Damn, that’s cold! [picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=esperanza+spalding&iid=4698971″ src=”c/2/2/6/2009_New_Orleans_abe6.jpg?adImageId=9994998&imageId=4698971″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /]
  5. From 2002, the song Tika Ngai from Lokua Kanza. Beautiful vocals from this native of the Congo (Zaire)
  6. From 2004, ♫ Sleepwalking by The Bruces. Dark & earthy folk with some nice guitar picking.
  7. From 2004, trip hop artist DJ Krush on “Transition.” Piecing together samples clean as Irish Spring… [picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=DJ+Krush&iid=7547166″ src=”3/b/d/8/Musician_DJ_Krush_80e6.jpg?adImageId=9995377&imageId=7547166″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /]
  8. From 2001, Celtic singer Alyth McCormack on “A Mhairead Óg,” from album The Edge…dark piano chords, angel voice
  9. From 2004, Plunger by Umphrey’s McGee. Math-rock pyrotechnics that get me all in a tither. [picapp align=”left” wrap=”false” link=”term=Umphrey%27s+McGee&iid=3109130″ src=”6/b/b/e/5th_Annual_Jammy_e7f8.jpg?adImageId=9995155&imageId=3109130″ width=”380″ height=”243″ /]
  10. From 2003, you may have missed “Slide” with Jill Scott because it was on bone player Jeff Bradshaw’s album.

What are some songs you can’t live without? Let me know. I can’t wait to check out them out.

Gotta go. Baby just slid out of her lights mask…cute little rascal.

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One response to “Listen Back: 10 Songs I Can’t Live Without

  1. Um, can we get some photos of the cute little rascal?!? lol, I can’t wait to hear how you feel sleep deprived…

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