Song for a Moment: Blossom Dearie – “Try Your Wings”

It’s raining.

I sit in a laundromat of a new locale. This large space shared only by three other people. The natural soundtrack is the vibration of washers and dryers, the droning of ABC news, and the cascading of raindrops against the window.

Like always I opt for my own soundtrack instead of settling for what is given to me. When it rains, I love to listen to Blossom Dearie. It’s not that her music is depressing, or sad, but between her words and just above the music, it’s almost as if you can hear the gentle tapping of rain.

It’s not a rain of sadness, but it’s not a rain of new beginnings. It’s the rain that creates puddles children splash in. The rain that rinses a few days of dirt off of your car. It’s the rain that we need for growth. It’s safe, but enough of a bother that it’s not comfortable.

When I listen to Blossom Dearie I can hear her baby doll voice juggle these feelings, these emotions, in ways that a more powerful voice might not manage. There is a deftness, a gentleness that holds onto you and walks you to the other side of the road letting you know that it’s okay.

You aren’t alone and the marathon you’ve run in your head your entire life can end. It’s not an assurance that tomorrow will be better, but that it can’t be if you continue down the same path.

When she sings she plays the strings to my insides. One word could tip off a smile, a longing, a love, or a sadness but it always comes back to balance. Never going too far but never denying it all.

So I watch the rain and smile. I still live and still have time to be who I have always wanted to be.

 

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Breakfast at Timothy’s #20

 

Days like these I’m glad my crappy iPhone 5C is incapable of being updated.

While the lack of storage space gives endless hours of frustration when I have to decide between taking a picture, having a downloaded podcast, having Instagram, having Spotify, or none of the above. There is the blessing that I am not awakened by the horrible news of the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas.

The veneer of hope is gone, and we’re confronted daily by the world’s ugliness. It takes no more than two downward scrolls on your Facebook or Twitter timelines to be confronted by a new tragedy. The weight of everything can be exhausting and demands people take an extra measure of self-care. If you don’t take care of yourself it can be hard to make it through each day. That not only touches on the issues in the world but also the things we carry in our own lives.

My form of self-care has been music, and while I have no musical abilities of my own I’ve found pleasure diving head first into music. Whether it’s old favorites, Spotify recommendations, or songs in my own collection that I haven’t spent enough time with it is just about coming up for air and gathering myself.

So without further ado here is another collection of songs for the 20th edition of Breakfast at Timothy’s. Hopefully, these songs add to your sanity and make your day at least 1% better.

Playlist:
1.) Sabrina Claudio – Too Much Too Late
2.) Tom Misch, Carmody – Wander With Me
3.) Steve Lacy – Some
4.) LION BABE – Hit the Ceiling
5.) Franc Moody – In Too Deep
6.) Aeble, Tom Aspaul – Better By Your Side
7.) Ekkah – Figure It Out (Night Edit)
8.) KAYTRANADA, Syd – YOU’RE THE ONE
9.) Tove Lo – Disco Tits
10.) Joe Hertz, James Vickery – Ritual
11.) M.I.L.K. – Following The Sun
12.) Two Another – The World Demands It
13.) Reva DeVito – Kisses
14.) Sunni Colon – Sweet Pearl
15.) Sinead Harnett – Unconditional
16.) Jarreau Vandal, Olivia Nelson – Someone That You Love
17.) HONNE, Izzy Bizu – Some That Loves You
18.) Jessie Ware – Midnight

Below are links to listen:
Mixcloud | Spotify | Download

Music: June Marieezy & FKJ

The weekend is right around the corner.

If you close your eyes you can see yourself running out of the office doors and into the weekend. But when you open them there is an immediate disappointment that there are a couple more days left in your week.

So instead of daydreaming, I figured I could share a song that currently has me stuck and give you a little break from your work day.

Today, I’m sharing an impromptu track by FKJ and June Marieezy (two artists I discovered through Spotify) recorded in Red Bull Studios Amsterdam. If you hear this and can only play it once, or it doesn’t transport you to some place nice you and I aren’t the same.

Breakfast at Timothy’s #19

In 2013, I started a blog called Breakfast at Timothy’s.

The name was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn, and the site itself featured music I loved and wasn’t ashamed of. When it comes to music I always believe that there should be no such thing as guilty pleasures. If you enjoy a song you should enjoy it without qualifications.

While I loved sharing songs, quotes, and writing about the music itself, my favorite part was the Breakfast at Timothy’s mixes I made. The goal behind the mixes was to share music I loved in one shot. They were intended to be little musical vacations in the listener’s day as they visited whatever place I decided to take them. The goal was never to be bigger than life, or even known, but to share my taste with those who were willing and open to venture into the world of pop.

Over the past three years the blog went away and the mix series went dormant. But now thanks to Spotify’s Discovery Recommendations the inspiration has returned and here is the 19th version.

Playlist:
1.) Lorine Chia, Blended Babies – I Just Want to Love You
2.) Glasses – Close to You
3.) Xavier Omar – Special Eyes
4.) Kelela – Rewind
5.) Tom Misch – South of the River
6.) Lipstick Gypsy – Infatuation
7.) Gavin Turek – Good Look for You
8.) Little Dragon – Sweet
9.) Tuxedo – Livin’ 4 Your Lovin’
10.) NAO – DYWM
11.) Leisure – Know You Better
12.) Joe Hertz, JONES – Simple
13.) Abby Diamond – Love to Watch You Leave
14.) Chairlift – Moth to the Flame
15.) Sinead Harnett – Rather Be With You
16.) Chris McClenney – Pearl

Below are the links to listen:
Mixcloud | Spotify |Download

Enjoy!

 

Lisa Stansfield – “Taken Around the World”

Lisa Stansfield, Taken, Liam Neeson, mashups, experimental video, comedy, funny

One of my favorite things about the early 90’s were music videos for songs from a soundtrack. A classic example of this is Case’ “Touch Me, Tease Me” which shoehorns clips from the Nutty Professor in the most hamfisted way imaginable. So in an attempt to recreate this phenomenon I decided to mashup Lisa Stansfield’s 1989 hit “All Around the World” with the 2008 Liam Neeson film Taken. The only thing that ties these two things together are the search for Stansfield’s and Neeson’s respective babies, but that’s fun right? Who really wants something that matches exactly? Not me. That’s who.