Songs to hear

Here are some of the songs I heard this week and why I love them. 
Enjoy and take a listen!

1. Paint the Town Beige, Robert Earl Keen
This song reminds me of how I used to think I was such a wild, “city” girl. Now I live a quiet life in the country and quite enjoy it, though sometimes I get a wild hair and do things like paint my door bright green (among other stuff that shall go unmentioned 😉 Maybe I don’t paint the town red anymore, but I think am okay with just painting it beige…

“I gave up the fast lane for a blacktop county road.
Just burned out on all that talk about the motherlode
I traded for a songbird and a bigger piece of sky.
When I miss the good old days I can’t imagine why…”
I love how young REK looks in this video. 
2. Last Request, Paulo Nutini
Speaking of “the good old days” I saw Paulo in concert at the Virgin Music Festival in Baltimore with my good friend Kara back when we were just phasing out of the “college scene.” By the end of the day we were exhausted, wrinkled from the sun, and sick of all the fifteen year old girls screaming for Paulo.

Now I take music festivals in small doses.
This song is sweet and romantic, and pretty Paulo is not too bad on the eyes.

3. Please Call Home, The Allman Brothers
Speaking of sweet and romantic, this song is just that. I sadly JUST heard this song for the first time this week. How could I have missed it?  I love that raw, bluesy voice. You must listen to get the full effect:
4. The Perfect Space, The Avett Brothers
Like most of The Avett Brothers songs, the writing is phenomenal. Here is a little snippet:
I wanna have friends that I can trust,
that love me for the man I’ve become not the man I was.
I wanna have friends that will let me be
all alone when being alone is all that I need.
I wanna fit in to the perfect space,
feel natural and safe in a volatile place.
And I wanna grow old without the pain,
give my body back to the earth and not complain.
Will you understand when I am too old of a man?
And will you forget when we have paid our debt
who did we borrow from?

Don’t we all just want to fit into the “perfect space”?

5. Brand New Day, Van Morrison
This song has, quite possibly, my favorite lyrics of all time. Thank you, Van. I just might have to name my first son after you (if of course, my husband will allow…and it’s not looking good. Maybe we should make “TEAM VAN” shirts…”)

When all the dark clouds roll away
And the sun begins to shine
I see my freedom from across the way
And it comes right in on time
Well it shines so bright and it gives so much light
And it comes from the sky above
Makes me feel so free makes me feel like me
And lights my life with love
Please listen to this unplugged and AMAZING version here.
Anyone know how I can get this version on my I-pod?!

6. Typical Situation, DMB

Man, I love how these songs are flowing together so perfectly. I didn’t even plan it like this…this is the order I heard them in throughout the week. Speaking of feeling free, this song also has some of my favorite lyrics, though it’s one of those I usually skip because I see the title and think, “Oh, I’ve heard this song a million times…” When I actually let it play through I remember how much I love this part: 
“Oh, everybody’s happy, 
everybody’s free,  
We’ll keep the big door open
And everyone’ll come around…
You can watch it here.
I think it’s safe to say I am drawn to music reminiscent of all things
good, wild, sweet, romantic, and FREE
Happy Friday!

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