These days, the Negress has been randomly pulling CDs out of here collection to get through the day at the cube farm. Some of the words are worth sharing in and out of context. So let’s get to it.
1. Del Amitri. “Drunk In a Band” probably is the best song in terms of putting the true face of the music business in perspective. The Negress has linked to the words because Del Amitri wisely did not make a video for this masterpiece
2. Butch Hancock has written enough songs to fill 18 one-hour cassettes and that was 20 years. As far as the Negress knows, He’s still in Terlingua and still writing. However, “Just A Wave, Not the Water” contains a stunning couplet: “I tried to kill myself but it made no sense/committing suicide in self-defense.”
Here’s Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s version of the song:
3. Kacey Musgraves. While Musgraves has written some very cool songs such as “Your Mama’s Broken Heart” and “Follow Your Arrow,” the Negress loves “Blowin’ Smoke” for every meaning of the phrase. This Texas girl is onto something.
4. Tragically Hip. The Negress is less than secretly in love with Gord Downie and was thrilled to find out the Hip is touring the States beyond the parts that hug the Canadian border (two nights in Chicago. Yay eh?) Anyway, the Negress has had “Little Bones” on a playlist for about a year now. here’s why:
5. John K. Sansom. The Negress works with a bunch of kids drowning in student loans and dreaming of MFA programs, which is just about as productive as dreaming of sugar plums. This song Makes the Negress laugh out loud every time she hears it.
6. Whitehorse. The Negress has sung this band’s praises before but the line that slays her is “I got a woman down from the Park Ridge/Who is finer than sand.”
7. Leon Russell. “If the Shoe Fits” is another encapsulation of an era the Negress caught the tail end of. There are very few things that have changed including the idea of getting greased into a friend’s show. Pay the artists people.
8. Lyle Lovett. Sometimes you can say a lot without saying very much at all. Mr. Lovett (In the interests of full disclosure, the Negress and he crossed paths in Houston a few times). This song is masterful.
9. The Posies. The Negress could have picked at least five songs from this band, but this one kills in so many ways.
10. Calle 13. Prepareme La Cena. This is one the Negress’ favorite songs. She’s included the video here, and a less than reliable English translation of the lyrics for all her monolingual friends.