Friday Playlist: Color Songs
Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Playlist where members of the Times-Tribune staff submit their music picks base on a theme. Since it’s Black Friday, we decided to go with a theme of Color Songs Enjoy: The Marcels - Blue Moon” Caitlin Heaney West I love me a good doo-wop song. The dB’s - Black and White Ted Baird This is one of my all time favorite songs. Great album. Grateful Dead - Brown-eyed women Chad Sebring This is my daughter’s favorite tune and “Tumble down shack in Bigfoot County” is a great lyric Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River Pat McKenna I can hear the bullfrog calling me . . . . . . Fleetwood Mac - Gold Dust Woman Gia Mazur I didn’t even have to think -- this song immediately popped into my head. I could listen on repeat and never get sick of it. Like most 20-something women, I love Stevie Nicks but I feel extra invested as I’ve always felt comfortable singing songs she takes lead on. A little rasp never hurt anyone. Rocco DeLuca - Colorful Jim Haggerty It fits the category very broadly. DeLuca turned his back on budding stardom after the album including this effort, but it is very catchy as he confronts a friend about her alcohol troubles. George Jones - The Color of the Blues John Cole Because George Jones, that’s why. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Almost Blue John Cole Great torch tune. Plus, “blue.” Bud Luckey - Boundin John Cole Any song that manages a clever rhyme for “heliotrope” deserves inclusion here. And RIP, Bud Luckey. Gogol Bordello - Start Wearing Purple Jon O’Connell I think it brings a little levity to the idea of growing old. The Rolling Stones - She’s a Rainbow Patrice Wilding I couldn’t pick just one color to make my song selection, so I chose them all. Plus, this song rules. Neville Brothers - Yellow Moon Borys Krawczeniuk I’ve loved the Neville Brothers since their 1981 album “Fiyo on the Bayou” introduced them to me. They emerged from another Neville family group, The Meters, who are simply tremendous. Fiyo was a great record, one of my top three that year, but the next one, now that was the masterpiece, the album “Yellow Moon”, with this song on it. No one sounds like Aaron Neville, whose voice mesmerizes me. If you get a chance check out their version of “With God on Our Side.” Saw them at a cajun festival in Philly twice in one day about 30 years ago. Just fabulous. Jack White - Black Bat Licorice Erin Nissley In addition to his great guitar licks, the lyrics on this are top shelf. It’s a longtime favorite.
The Decemberists - Red Right Ankle Erin Nissley I’ve said this before, but this band tells the best stories. This song contains three stories in just over three minutes -- but the second is my favorite.
David Bowie - Blackstar, stylized as ”★” Joe Healey Bowie’s final burst of creativity shown in this bluesy avant jazz sci-fi torch song