Though at the end of the day we are all the exact same doomed dust balls, we humans still like to entertain the idea we are “special” & that we personally are unlike anyone who has ever walked the earth before us. While the latter applies or has applied to say David Bowie, Prince or Kate Bush, the rest of us are not that special…which is to say it’s never nice to find out you are an utter cliche. As I watched the new & pretty cool “High Fidelity” series on Hulu yesterday, several moments within it hit dangerously close to the bone, including our hero as played by Zoë Kravitz breaking down Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” track by track & acknowledging her preference for “Tusk” & then later correcting a major chronological error made by an asshole regarding the release date of the “Wings Over America” album. I watched in abject horror & thought ” uh oh, that sounds like me”.
At some point each & every day I think of Fleetwood Mac & Paul McCartney. I might not always be talking about them but not a day has gone by in the past trillion years when they haven’t made their daily cameo in my mind. Don’t get me wrong, I still think of my family & stuff like I’m supposed to, it’s just I also think of Fleetwood Mac & Wings. It’s too late to recalibrate & fix at this stage, just know if anyone needs breakdowns on which live versions of “Sara” are the best or wants someone to rank all the McCartney releases from 1970- 1980 in meticulous detail, I’m here for you.
And with that WELCOME to the latest & greatest in pop music from recent days within the WEEKLY NEW WONDERS PLAYLIST. You can listen below on Soundcloud or Spotify. Here’s hoping you meet your new favorite song & future favorite band there.
This week, in an effort to clear space & make my computer “run faster”, I deleted a bunch of stuff. And in my haste I accidentally obliterated about 100 songs from my hard drive. While there a were a few beloved friends among them, long term loves that I rushed to recover immediately, I was surprised to find that most of what I’d lost I could do without for a minute, even though some of the songs been high on my hit parade at some point over the past 10 years. As an example, I’d gone through a weird phase one summer where I was obsessed with deep cuts by Seals & Crofts , the mustachioed pop-folk duo of ’70s “Summer Breeze” fame. For an entire July and August, I’d had them playing in an endless loop. I still have no idea what drove this impulse, I mean shouldn’t America’s Greatest Hits have provided all the soft rock any one person would ever need ? One day I just found myself rummaging through all the Seals & Crofts albums on I-tunes & next thing you know I was rocking a carefully curated 20 song playlist every time I walked out the door. And so you can probably guess what I’m about to say. Yes, a bunch of those Seals & Crofts songs died during in my accidental purge . Although it may have been a “disaster” had it happened 10 years ago, as of this week I just didn’t care. They’d ceased to be important anymore.
There are songs that are only meant to soundtrack a specific part of your life and then evaporate into the ether once you’ve gotten everything you need from them which I guess means songs are like people. And so it was with Seals & Crofts who inexplicably rocked my world for 2 whole months until I no longer needed them. But hey “Summer Breeze” is still a classic.
And here are some gorgeous new songs we’ve heard over recent days that I hope you never get sick of…
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