Fantasy Concert Song Sequence

If I were a better singer, I would definitely want to give concerts. Not to be famous, maybe at a small pub or something. I’d like to mix genres, from easy listening to disco, from Israeli to remixed pop, from R&B to classics.

Every so often, I come across a sequence of songs on my iPod that blend into one another so seamless despite crossing genres that it almost feels like the same people could be singing. I usually forget those combos, but tonight I decided to change that, so behold, my first ever Fantasy Concert Song Sequence post. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue, but these songs sure do.

The first song, is “House on the Lake,” from the Black Cadillac album by Rosanne Cash. It has a nice little gentle flow to it, not quite soporific, but soothing – a light, easy listening/country/folk number. After it faded out, the next song to come on was from the 90s R&B girl power song “Don’t Let Go” by En Vogue. It’s a similar tempo, but a with a little more punch to it, and would most likely wake the audience back up, especially with the rapid genre change. As I was getting into the shower, that song ended and the next one began. It was from the same era and genre, but it fit nicely just the same, “Words” by Anthony David & India.Arie. These are not my three favorite songs in the world, but they loop together quite nicely, so take a listen.

Hopefully this will be the start of an interesting new series of posts.


Rosanne Cash and a New Look

Normally, I don’t follow the Grammys (Grammies? Grammys just looks wrong). Most of the time, the nominees are people who I don’t really know or care about, although I do have to admit I felt a certain amount of satisfaction when Esperanza Spaulding beat out Justin Bieber and Drake for Best New Artist, hopefully she won’t fall victim to the Paula Cole/Shelby Lynne/Milli Vanilli curse.

This year, I was pleasantly surprised with three nominations, and subsequent wins for The River and the Thread, the latest from Rosanne Cash. I do not buy many CDs, what with YouTube and Pandora, but I bought The River and the Thread last year, and had it in my CD player for about a year, just playing on repeat,and I never got tired of it.


Rosanne Cash and her awards


My love for Rosanne Cash started my junior year of college at UMass Amherst. My birthday is in October, and having just arrived at school a month earlier, I didn’t have many friends, but I wanted to do something special for my birthday, just for me. So I looked around for something to do, and on the website for the university’s concert series, it just so happened that Rosanne Cash was performing on campus as one of the final stops on her Black Cadillac tour, a short walk from where I lived, so I decided to check it out. I invited some friends, however it ended up being just me, but that was okay.

As soon as the lights dimmed, I knew I was going to have a surreal experience. The stage’s backdrop was a projection of roses shimmering on a black background. Rosanne Cash’s disembodied voice reverberated throughout the theater, explaining the reason for the creation of this album, as a tribute to her late mother Vivian Cash Liberto; her late stepmother June Carter Cash, and her late, great father, Johnny Cash.

She came onstage in a black and silver tunic, looking elegant, but every bit a rock star. She performed the songs from the album beautifully, as well as a few others, like Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billie Joe,” which she did a great justice too. In between sets, she engaged in banter with the front of the audience, updating them on the Red Sox score, because at the same time, the Sox were in the qualifying stages of the World Series (which they won that year). Much of the audience had gone when she came back out and did an extra encore, a rendition of “The Wheel” that was so on point. It was chilly outside, but her rich and soulful voice warmed me up like a good cup of coffee or bowl of vegetable soup.

Shortly after that, she went in the hospital for brain tumor surgery. I hoped and prayed she would survive, and she did, continuing to sing and make records, and now, she’s won three more Grammys. Good on you, Grammy Award Committee, for getting it right. Rosanne Cash is one of the great voices of America and I hope she’s around for a good long time to come. If you don’t know her music, look it up now.

Also, I’ve been struggling to get a good, new look for my blog. Thanks to Canva.com, I made a fun header graphic, but I feel like the background could use a little spice or something. I just want to make it jazzy, make it a little more me. Any thoughts would be much appreciated 🙂