This week, these songs latched onto my soul. I also saved them in Spotify and intend to seek out the vinyl.
1. Bonnie Raitt – “Thank You”
This showed up on my Discovery Weekly Playlist and I’m grateful. I never bothered with Bonnie Raitt. But her voice shimmers here and that makes my soul shiver. It sounds like lo-fi folk, an AM radio love song that might have played in your parents’ Pontiac Lemans. The instrumentation is sparse but it saunters like someone deeply in love.
2. The Beach Boys – “Little Bird”
More psychedelic Beach Boys. Rougher and more childish than the gems on Pet Sounds. I love the lilting rhythm and the absence of the typical sing-song harmonies.
3. Steely Dan – “Dirty Work”
There are at least two other classic Steely Dan songs on Can’t Buy A Thrill: “Do It Again” and “Reeling in The Years.” But I got hooked on “Dirty Work” the minute I heard the organ and David Palmer’s dirge. For me, this one is about contrast. Resignation in each verse. Bombastic but unfulfilled promises in the hook.
I hope you enjoy these as much as I do.