With all the soul talk on here the other week, I found myself drawn to big, stop you dead in your tracks, soul anthems and this is one of the biggest and best.
This version of Boots of Spanish Leather is one of the few Dylan covers that I like better than the original. Well enough known, I hope, not to need a translation. I've been a fan of Mikael Wiehe's since the 1970s when I first went to Sweden.
One blog I saw claimed that this was John Peel's second favourite song ever. i've never even been to Liverpool, but this big-hearted indie anthem never fails to put a lump in my throat and a sway in my step. I pull this song out a few times a year and listen to it over and over and fall in love with it all over again. (There's a charming Liverpool-related ghost story behind the inspiration for the track here)
Every so often, I hear a song that - don't ask me why - just makes me want to give the singer a hug. I got a belter this week. I had Eels' new album Hard Times on really just as background noise, but this song stopped me dead. I don't know if it's the slow pace, the lyrics, or that piano sound, but I think this is just lovely.
- Darcy's Dad
The vocal style may seem corny, but this song reminds me of a perfect memory, driving along to the song on a tree-lined road the day after a wedding on a beautiful day last summer.
A six-month acting job in Rajasthan got me hooked on Bollywood - and I've been a huge AR Rahman fan ever since. Great to see him finally get some international recognition with the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack. This track, from the gorgeous but tedious historical epic Jodhaa Akba, is a Sufi qawwali in praise of a famous saint and the devotional nature touches something in me. Plus, I love the leisurely way it builds.
This was my post-deadline 'Doh!' song for forgetting last week & having dug it out I've been playing it (and the rest of the EP - 'Belinda') ever since. A lovely prog-tinged song based on the Welsh myth of the 'Cantre Gwaelod'.
I hadn't heard this for years until my cousin-of-sorts recently sent us a recording of his old pub band and it was the first track they covered. Since then I can't get it out of my head.