Thursday, 14 October 2010

ZZZZZzzzzz....


With the weekend approaching rapidly (and a busy one at that) I try and grab as many quick cat naps and relaxed moments as possible, with the bus and train journeys too and from work and my trust ipod at hand I've managed to squeeze in some beauty sleep while keeping a third eye open on my phone and bag...

Here are 6 of the tracks currently drifting me off to the pleasant land of semi-nod....

1) A Case Of You - Prince ; Cover version of the Joni Mitchell classic, starts with the second verse and builds it up slowly. Easily the best track on the Joni Mitchell Covers album, effortless.

2) Saturday Sun - Nick Drake ; Even without his guitar, just playing piano and singing should still put Nick Drake up with the best of them...

3) Echoes - Pink Floyd ; Not for the faint hearted and definitely not for The Ramones fans, this track builds at a snails pace but when the harmony vocals drop in it makes you realise why they have sold a zillion copies...

4) Solid Air - John Martyn ; I actually love this song so much when I saw him play live at Shepherds Bush Empire and he DIDN'T play it I went looking for him and as he drove out of the back entrance banged on his car window, looking visibly freaked out (and pissed) his driver sensibly floored the accelerator leaving me clenched fist...listen to this title track about his friend Nick Drake and you'll understand why, its hypnotic.

5) Your A Big Girl Now - Bob Dylan ; This track from possibly his best work "Blood On The Tracks" just floats along with such loose precision and throw away lines that somehow still work because of the sentiment and bigger picture surrounding the songs and the album as a whole.

6) Drifting - Jimi Hendrix ; This track released after his death in 1970 is just another piece of evidence that as well as being the greatest guitar player ever to twang a stratocaster he was also an amazing songwriter and producer. In the same Curtis Mayfield guitar style as "Bold As Love" this song weaves in and out of the listeners speakers along with a vibraphone as a perfect complement.

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