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1. Downtown Lights – The Blue Nile
The first time I heard this song, I was about an hour and a half away from Nashville, headed there from Atlanta. I put it on repeat for the rest of the drive.
2. Rise – Public Image Limited
My penchant for this song is somewhat of a mystery.
3. So Wrong – Patsy Cline
There are 2 “before my time” vocalists that I adore: Chet Baker and Patsy. She had a way of making country music sound sophisticated. I’ve only just discovered this song and I love it.
4. Fall At Your Feet – Crowded House
The magical blend of the words, the chords played as the vocal melody ascends, and the vocal sustain as the words are held out evokes some unspoken emotion. I’m really bad at reading between the lines, so I have no idea what this song is about, but it gets me. And in a way, I kind of get it.
5. Comin’ Through – The War on Drugs
I’m in a dream when I hear this song. This band made me love repetition.
6. From The Pinnacle To The Pit – Ghost B.C.
Let’s be honest, folk/americana music is pretty boring. Ghost opened for an Iron Maiden show I went to last summer and now I really like them.
7. Oleander – Caleb Groh
Not many hymns are written anymore. This song is one.
8. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi – Radiohead
I don’t know every word of every Radiohead song, but I mumble along anyway, in a trance. This is one of the most perfect songs in the world, as far as my ears are concerned.
9. Balance – Charlie Whitten
I like this song a great deal.
10. Separate Ways – Carl Anderson
Carl has a miraculous way of writing about heartache. It feels like I’m there. I cried a lot when I heard this song.
Listen to Molly Parden’s new song “Who Did You Leave Me For” here:
2/8- Union Stage- Washington DC*
2/9- (le) Poisson Rouge- New York, NY*
2/11-City Winery Boston- Boston*
3/31- Lincoln Hall + Schubas- Chicago
* w/ Peter Bradley Adams