Friday Five : ‘frī-(,)dā,-dē ‘fīv : On the sixth day of every week, I hit the shuffle button on my iTunes, then share the first five tracks and thought for each track. Sometimes there is a playlist involved, occasionally we’ll have a guest, but most of the time it’s just me. The rest is up to you, our friends and readers! Fire up your media player of choice and share the first five random track of your shuffle in the comments.
“Naima” by John Coltrane (from Giant Steps, 1959)
I spent the better part of my 20’s as a full on record store junkie—albeit, a paid one. On the occasions where I found myself opening the store on a Sunday morning, I had only one requirement: Coltrane was to be played for the first three hours of the day. It’s a ritual that I carried for years, and to this day, when I’m up early on a Sunday morning I’ll revisit one of his classic sides.
“P Control” by Prince (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
Oh, Prince … you dirty motherfucker, how I miss you.
“Boy” by Ra Ra Riot (from The Orchard, 2010)
I’m still quite smitten with The Orchard.
“Burning Up” by Madonna (from Celebration, 2009)
I think it was my musical “brother from another mother” Mike Heyliger who started the discussion on Madonna’s lesser appreciated singles a few weeks back. I completely forgot about “Burning Up,” opting instead for “Angel.”
“Sometimes You Can’t Make It on Your Own” by U2 (from How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)
Speaking of under-appreciated singles, this should have been every bit as big a hit as any of the band’s hits of the aughts.
What’s on your shuffle today?