Today’s Bloganuary prompt is: What’s on your playlist?
I don’t have a playlist so much as a set of songs which I like. I play them and then YouTube suggests similar songs. I play my music on YouTube because sometimes I like the video as much as the music. Sometimes, even more. Like “She Burns” by Foy Vance which features actress Lucy Hale. I like the visual esthetic of the video and how the camera seems to have a love affair with actress.
For entirely different reasons, I love this stop-motion animation and song by Elliot Park.
I have a on-off obsession with Ed Sheeran. He habitually plants ear worms which are hard to shake out of my head. Just before Christmas he released an acapella version of “Afterglow” which is love song disguised as an ecclesiastical hymn.
But it is his re-mix of “Peru” with Nigerian singer Fireboy DML which is my current favorite. The song was my introduction to the Afrobeat genre, a combination of West African musical styles influenced by American jazz and soul.
YouTube recommended this song to me when if first came out. I liked it then when it had less than 20,000 views. Now it has 24M and the song is at or heading for the #1 spot in the UK and US billboards. For this particular song, the better sounding version is this one but I dislike the video. This acoustic version is almost as good with more tasteful visuals.
And finally, a song that I first heard years ago when “Tears For Fears” rode the airwaves and videographers focused on dental work; “Shout” remade by IVESY. It is on the soundtrack for ‘Discovery of Witches’ and is almost unrecognizable from the original. You can judge.