The Listening Booth: Week #9

“I’ve taken my bows, and my curtain calls.”

Hello and Happy Friday to you, dear reader.

Welcome to Week #9 of The Listening Booth. I’ve been looking forward to sharing this week’s selection with you as it is full of many tracks that I have enjoyed over and again through the passing years.

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: Alive And Kicking
Artist: Simple Minds


Title: Ego
Artist: Beyoncé
Album: I Am…Sasha Fierce

The woman has some serious skills – not least of all being able to bust quality moves in 6-inch heels (gotta give props where it is due). I love this track – something about the rhythm and playfulness of it. Locating this on YouTube was the first time I’ve seen the video. I personally don’t rate it, but don’t let that put you off the track.



Title: Election Night
Artist: Bic Runga
Album: Beautiful Collision

I find Bic Runga’s voice just nice to listen to. Does it work for you?



Title: Many Of Horror
Artist: Biffy Clyro
Album: Only Revolutions

I’m just getting into this band, so can’t wax lyrical just yet. But this was the track that made me want to hear more from them.



Title: In A Big Country
Artist: Big Country
Album: Classic Rock: 80’s

The 80s somehow seemed to spawn some really good one-hit wonders – and this is one of them.



Title: Still Not a Player
Artist: Big Pun featuring Joe
Album: [Single]

This song has to be included as one of the modern day classics for R&B/Hip-Hop clubbing tracks. Dang, I’ve known parties break out in hallways and bathrooms when this track is played.



Title: Who is He (And What Is He To You?)
Artist: Bill Withers
Album: Jackie Brown: Music from the Miramax Motion Picture

That baseline is low, dirty and primal – just perfect for the dancefloor; any dancefloor. Clear yourself some floor space and test the theory.



Title: Violets For Your Furs
Artist: Billie Holiday
Album: Lady In Satin

You know those voices you can instantly recognise – even as a child? Well Billie Holiday was one of those for me. Such a distinctive sound and the way her voice seemed to slide almost lazily from note to note coupled with musical arrangements that oozed class? Just. Plain. Superb.



Title: Eyes Without A Face
Artist: Billy Idol
Album: Greatest Hits Of The 80’s

I do not own many Billy Idol tracks, but this one has always been present in my music collection. It seems such a simple track, but there is just something persistently haunting about it.



Title: Scenes From An Italian Restaurant
Artist: Billy Joel
Album: The Stranger

I cannot even begin to tell you the number of times I have played this song. There are so many delightful elements to it that it blows my mind. A superb track from a phenomenal album: this is a piano man at the height of his storytelling prowess.



Title: Caribbean Queen
Artist: Billy Ocean
Album: What A Wonderful World – Happy Songs

It had to be done because this track reminds me of making up backing dancer routines with friends in primary school. Yes, it really has been that long since this was first release.

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 the song lyric “I’ve taken my bows, and my curtain calls”. 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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