The Listening Booth: Week #4

“ There she stood in the street: smiling from her head to her feet.”

Hello and Happy Friday to you, dear reader.

Welcome to Week #4 of The Listening Booth. There’s something that has only just crossed my mind to explain. Because the tracks are taken from my own personal music collection, some of the album information may differ from what you know. Most of the tracks will be listed under the album titles under which they were released, but some of them are part of compilation albums or singles that I have purchased and that is the information I will use when listing them in this series. Glad we got that cleared up, now on with the music.

To participate, share your thoughts on this week’s selection or submit your answers to the song lyric quiz and music trivia quiz questions in the Comment Box below.

Answer to last week’s song lyric quiz:
Title: Cool For Cats
Artist: Squeeze


Title: Tailor
Artist: Anaïs Mitchell
Album: Young Man In America

I tend to be drawn to “unusual” sounding voices. Anaïs’ can be something of an acquired taste, but on this track it lends a certain naïvety and charm to the lyrics and sentiment.



Title: Nel Cuore Lei
Artist: Andrea Bocelli feat. Eros Ramazzotti
Album: Sogno

That’s all I really want to say about this track. The blending of two distinctive and mouth-wateringly delectable male voices singing in Italian. It’s like having your ears being romanced.



Title: Easier Said Than Done
Artist: Angie Stone
Album: Mahogany Soul

A smooth, silky, soulful rendition of that point where you’ve had “enough!” Angie does it so skilfully that it eases any anger that you may have been feeling.



Title: Take You Away
Artist: Angus & Julia Stone
Album: Down The Way [Deluxe Edition]

Ideal for when you need a moment to just sit back, close your eyes and let go. There’s no rush here, so take your time and enjoy it.



Title: Untouchable Face
Artist: Ani DiFranco
Album: Dilate

A song about finding that special someone … only to discover that they have already found their special someone. Only Ani could capture the joy and disappointment so succinctly; and still make it sound so beautifully real.



Title: You Bring Me Joy
Artist: Anita Baker
Album: Rapture

This track is my love song to my family – the indefatigable McWog™ clan. Together, we make something truly beautiful. Thank God for you.



Title: I Can’t Stand The Rain
Artist: Ann Peebles
Album: [Single]

It starts, and you stop. Then you start swaying. What can I say? It’s a classic chooon!!!!



Title: Suzanne & I
Artist: Anna Calvi
Album: Anna Calvi

Big, bold and somehow, haunting.



Title: Too Far Gone
Artist: The Answer
Album: Everyday Demons

Playful, gently frenetic and a lot of fun.



Title: Honton Soukpo Gnon
Artist: Antoine Dougbé
Album: Legends Of Benin

A collection of rare gems from Benin. Buy the album and just dance your way from track to track.

Now it’s YOUR turn. Aural pleasure or just a load of noise? Share your thoughts on this week’s selection in the Comment Box below.

To add a little spice

This post opened with a song lyric. Can you identify the song and artist/band from which the lyrics are taken? No Googling now!
Use the Comment Box below to submit your answer. All will be revealed in next week’s post.

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AUTHOR: I am might war. I have a love of music, the written word, travel, Anime, polar bears, people and “sticking and colouring”.

9 thoughts on “The Listening Booth: Week #4

  1. Some great tunes there mightwar, love Ann Peebles. Anita Baker, Ann Peebles all faves of mine, the Ani DeFranco was right up my street and new to me…. LOVE the Benin! Wouldn’t have been my choice of rock tunes (although I love plenty). So interesting to see your choices. The lyrics are doing my head in, keep thinking Joan Armatrading but can’t place it. HELP!

      1. And THAT Ladies and Gentlemen, is a perfect example of the usual state of my functioning. LOL

        Shame Fiona, I burst out laughing when I read your reply. I didn’t make the connection at all. I think I know where you’re going with Joan Armatrading, but no it’s not.

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