A tune in my heart

Our excellent friend Kevin writes about all sorts of interesting things on his blog, Keeping Score. He’s a terrific writer, smart and with a generous heart. I enjoy reading whatever he writes, but I particularly love his end-of-year posts, where he shares his favorite music from the concluding year. He doesn’t just list and link the tunes, he gives us a little bit of insight into what he loves about each song, and that just makes each choice a bit sweeter.

Inspired by Kevin, and by the ongoing dreariness of the overcast weather and my generally overcast temperament this time of year, I’ve decided to post a song here each day from now until the new year.

They won’t all be new songs; in fact most of them will probably be old, but I’ll try not to bore you with too many repetitions, and I’ll do my best to follow Kevin’s lead and let you in on why I’ve shared each song.

Today’s song, for instance, “Call Off Your Dogs” by Lake Street Drive.

I heard it for the first time last night on my drive in to town to attend my monthly book group meeting (our next book is Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, if you want to read along).

I had the car radio on with no particular expectations because we have very poor radio choices around here, but two seconds into this song I was hooked. It was obvious why: it hearkens back to the music of my youth, with a frothy 70s groove. It reminds me, maybe, of E.L.O and long, carefree summers. It’s the kind of song that begs to be turned up loud and danced to.

I cranked it as I drove along the river in the drizzle. I couldn’t open the windows, but if you passed me you’d have seen my head bopping and my smile huge, all thoughts of rain and darkness banished for three minutes and 29 carefree seconds.

You know you want to know

Admit it, ever since yesterday’s post, you’ve been wondering, “What are those embarrassing, guilty pleasure songs she mentioned?” Well, tonight’s your lucky night. The four of us (M, H, my sister L, and I) have each chosen two songs we hate to love — I, for one, had trouble narrowing it down to just two.

Can you guess who picked which songs? If you leave a comment with the correct answers, we’ll send you your choice of either some homemade goat cheese or some candies from Sweet Lolo’s And while you’re at it, let us know your guilty pleasure songs. You know, the songs that you love to sing along to when you’re alone but claim to hate when someone else is within earshot? Those songs.

Okay, are you ready to cringe? Here we go…

“The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia” – Vicki Lawrence

“Afternoon Delight” – Starland Vocal Band

“Fantasy” – Aldo Nova

“Watcher of the Skies” – Genesis

“Baby” – Justin Bieber

“Xanadu” Olivia Newton John & ELO

“Gypsies Tramps and Thieves” – Cher

“Snowbird” – Anne Murray