Sad Christmas Songs: “River” by Sarah McLachlan

OK yes it is a cover of the Joni Mitchell song that has been done a thousand times but it’s damn good one at that. I don’t exactly remember the first time I heard this song (I do know it’s off her 2006 Wintersong album though) but after hearing McLachlan’s version I felt like I had heard it since childhood. I know Sarah McLachlan get’s a ton of crap for how sad many of her songs are but she is one of the few vocalists that can truly translate that emotion so well in her songs.

 

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Favorite Sad Christmas Songs

With Christmas season in full swing now I figured I’d job on the blog train and post some of my favorite Christmas songs. Then I thought since I’m pathetically alone again this Christmas I might as well post some of my favorite Christmas songs that I tend to like get my holiday self-pity on. And yes you can expect some posts of a rendition or two of “Last Christmas”. For now though I think I’ll just post a video of Dolly’s “Hard Candy Christmas”. While it seems very melancholy she is saying she will be fine and dandy so really it’s pretty optimistic!

“Hard Candy Christmas” – Dolly Parton, 1982

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This song has a whole new meaning to me!

The first time I heard “The Hard Way” by Mary Chapin Carpenter was when I was about 10 years old overhearing my mom playing her greatest hits cd and it’s funny now because I didn’t really think her music sounded that great. But over 10 years later I can’t believe I ever didn’t like Carpenter’s music! And after watching this video now I am looking at this song with a whole new meaning of female equality undertones in it.

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Single Review: “Stripes” by Brandy Clark


Seriously can’t believe how this song gets stuck in my head. It takes a while for it to become catchy but once it does you’re hooked. The song feels like it fits into a genre all it’s own.

A

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My top three rebel songs right now


“Weed Instead of Roses” by Ashley Monroe
I’ve never even tried the drug mentioned in the song and I don’t condone it either but this song is so bad-ass that I can’t help but like it. I feel like Ashley is breaking the “good girl image” stereotype that seems to be put on women singing country music in particular. Not to mention this is one of the few new releases being sent to country radio that actually sounds like a country song. The retro-video also has a nice touch too.


“Follow Your Arrow” by Kacey Musgraves
This song also references the same drug sung in the other song but the real kicker is the line “kiss lots of boys/or kiss lots of girls if that’s something you’re into.” It’s rare for a song in any genre these days to sounds so matter-of-fact let alone country music! I gotta give this girl (and her team) props for having the courage to release this song. Speaking of…


“All Kinds of Kinds” by Miranda Lambert
This ain’t exactly a new release but it’s one of the best country single releases of the year. Miranda is simply stating that it takes all kinds of kinds while advising people to take a good look in the mirror before judging somebody else.

I’ve got to hand it to these three women for giving me hope that there is something more to current country music than just the “frat-boy country” that has clogged up the radio airplay these last couple of years.

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Blast From the Past: “Cold Day in July” by Dixie Chicks, 2000

Thought this is a fitting song to end out July with it being a rainy day where I’m at right now. “Cold Day in July” was released in April 2000 as the fourth single off of the Dixie Chicks successful Fly album. It went on to be a top 10 hit in July 2000 on the Billboard country charts. The song was also recorded by Suzy Bogguss in 1992 for her Voices in the Wind album. While Bogguss’s original is good the Dixie Chicks take this song to the next level.

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“All Kinds of Kinds” by Miranda Lambert

This single release could not have come at a better time for country radio. With so many current country songs being about fitting into country music by liking tractors, trucks, beer, and girls dancing at parties; Miranda Lambert goes left of field by releasing a song that embraces diversity.  The song opens with a circus wedding but what makes it even better are the examples of people she uses in the second verse like a cross-dressing congressman and a mom who slips her children Ritalin when they get a little fussy. Lambert sings it all without judgment or glorifying these characters; instead she just tells it like it is.  The song goes on to describe the narrators own childhood of feeling like an outcast with her scratching out her “number by hitching out under that bush league population sign”. The song saves the best verse for last, though.

Now some point a finger and let ignorance linger

If they’d look in the mirror they’d find.

That ever since the beginning to keep the world spinning

It takes all kinds of kinds.

So while other country artists are singing about what they think country music is all about, artists like Miranda Lambert are showing us.

A

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Blast From the Past: “Whatever You Say” by Martina McBride, 1999

“Whatever You Say” reached the number two spot on the Billboard Country charts back in 1999. This was the fifth single (and last) released off of Martina’s 1997 Evolution album.  See if you can pick out Sara Evan’s voice on the track since she supplies backing vocals to it. While Martina has a lot of great singles this is one of my favorites of her’s. Enjoy.

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Who remembers this 90′s hair do?

It’s been a busy weekend at work and I’m expecting a busy week of work ahead too. I wanted to blog about something more interesting but right now I am more concerned with relaxing so I think I will save one of my rants for another day.

Right now I’m sitting here watching Friends wishing that my 20′s were as interesting as the characters on the show while also wondering how

The Rachel

many different cable stations have this show in syndication? And in case you’re dying to know it’s the episode where Rachel finds out that Ross likes her for the first time. Anyway watching it I couldn’t help but think of “The Rachel” hairstyle and how popular it was at that time. I know Jennifer Aniston said she never really liked the hairstyle but I’ll always have a nostalgia filled spot in my heart for it.

Just thought I’d through a Friends video in for good measure.

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Blast From The Past: “Who Knew” by P!nk, 2006

One of my all time favorite P!nk songs, “Who Knew” was released off of her 2006 album I”m Not Dead and became her eighth top-ten single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. I always found it interesting how the song was released to U.S. radio in May 2006 but didn’t become a hit in the U.S. until over a year later when it was re-released . Makes me wonder what we were smoking at the time to not pay attention to this great pop song and artist.

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