I’m drawn to songs that showcase an artist’s unique voice. This playlist includes some great voices and the mood is a mix of every kind of emotion – mirroring my own state of being these days. I hope you enjoy – Alexis
My comments on some of the songs…
Sideways – Citizen Cope. Now covered by many artists but I like the original with Cope’s voice the best.
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) – Vitamin String Quartet. No voice at all – but it allows you to channel your inner Adele.
Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile) – Van Morrison. Van is the godfather of all the incredible music that has come out of Ireland in my lifetime. Plus, my husband and I had a great Van Morrison cover band play our wedding reception, so there you go.
Call Me – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Mystery of Love – Sufjan Stevens. Stevens sings in hushed tones with the technical tweak of vocal multi-tracking creating something airy and magical.
Fade Out Lines – The Avener. French born artist Phoebe Killdeer never achieved much notice in the US apart from this song, which is a shame.
I’ll Take You There – The Staples Singers. Mavis Staples – started singing with her family in 1950, gospel and blues goddess, Civil Rights Activist, still performing at 80. Wow.
Sleeping on the Blacktop – Colter Wall. A twenty-something with an old voice – deep and dark.
Golden Slumbers / Carry That Weight – Jennifer Hudson. This one will make you sit up straight in your chair and take some cleansing breaths. I do not apologize for it being featured in an animated movie (Sing!).
Just Breathe – Pearl Jam.
Yellow – Richard Cheese. Who doesn’t love a bad lounge act?
Once in a Lifetime Live – Talking Heads.
Sky Full Of Song – Florence + The Machine
Save Me – Aimee Mann. A Berklee College of Music grad in the late 70’s, Mann hit my radar with her band ‘Til Tuesday in the 80’s.
The Chain – Fleetwood Mac
This Bitter Earth / On The Nature of Daylight – various artists with voice of Dinah Washington. Ultimately uplifting, transcendent.