Friday BBQ Spotify 5/17/13
Well, in all the preparation for last Friday’s Spotify collection, I never stopped and realized that Mother’s Day was only two days away. Typical. Moms do so much for our lives – besides granting us the opportunity to live at all – and too often are the last priority we think of. Sorry to all the Moms out there – let’s rectify this. We may be late sometimes Mom, but we do love you. We really do.
Fortunately, it wasn’t too hard to come up with a decent mother songs collection, and the list could have gone on for days, but here we are. Thomas Newman’s short poignant instrumental from the movie Skyfall, with his representation of Dame Judi Dench’s venerable M as caught between calculating intelligence chief and vulnerable mother figure. Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks headlining her new solo album with a nice cover of a Pink Floyd classic. Houston’s own Johnny “Guitar” Watson with one of my favorite rock-soul songs from the 70′s. The Band Perry telling it like it is about good mothers everywhere. Tracy Bonham’s classic from the 90′s that tells her mother in its own special angst that “No really Mom, everything’s fine” regardless of – just like with most of us – what her life was really like. Christina Aguilera dials it back with a heartfelt look at a mother’s life reflections. Paul Simon with a reminder that your parents really did have a life of their own before you entered the picture. When Ryan Bingham wasn’t winning an Oscar for writing Jeff Bridges’s Crazy Heart, he was penning a nice bluegrass song telling his mother abut the nature of his wanderlust. I know that feeling. Who else but The Temptations could make a tribute to Mom that makes you just wanna get up and dance with her? And I’m sorry, but what self-respecting Texas barbecue site with a list of songs about mothers of all kinds couldn’t help but include Jerry Jeff Walker’s live classic . . . well, you know what it is. Have a wonderful weekend everyone. And if she’s around, give your Mom a call.