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.
“God Is Love” by Marvin Gaye (from What’s Going On, 1971)
A simple prayer, rife with the soul of the record.
“The Wicker Man” by Iron Maiden (from From Fear to Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010, 2011)
The lead-off single from Maiden’s triumphant return to form in 2000. The triple threat of Murray, Gers and Smith is in full churn here, with Smith burning through a killer solo. I recall the trepidation with which I approached listening to a new Iron Maiden tune at that point, and the surprise when it was as strong as this.
“Cherish the Day” by Sade (from The Ultimate Collection, 2011)
I’m going to just sit back and enjoy this one.
“Never Land (a Fragment)” by The Sisters of Mercy (from Floodland, 1987)
They weren’t kidding when they said “a Fragment.” This is, at best, an incomplete thought.
“Blue Flame” by Joe Jackson Band (from Volume 4, 2003)
It occurred to me while this tune played just how much Ben Folds copped Jackson’s shtick. I’m not sure why it never dawned on me before this. Maybe this is why I hold Folds in such contempt.
What’s on your shuffle today?