Friday, April 03, 2009


Welcome to yet another Friday Random Ten at Blog d’Elisson, that insufferable weekly feature in which I post ten tunes, pooped out at random by the iPod d’Elisson.

This evening, we’re headed into Decatur to catch a country music show at Eddie’s Attic. Not that we’re great big honkin’ country music fans (Q: What country? A: Poland), but one of the performers, one Bonnie Bishop, is an old friend of Elder Daughter from her high school days in Texas... and a fellow veteran of the Broadway Theatre Project. It’ll be fun catching up on what’s been happening in our respective lives over the past dozen years.

Meanwhile, let’s see what’s on the box today:
  1. Thousand Island Park - Mahavishnu Orchestra

  2. Si Tu N’étais Pas Là (Fréhel) - Yann Tiersen

    From the Amélie soundtrack.

  3. MacArthur Park - Richard Harris

    A guilty pleasure, featuring overblown lyrics, lush mid-1960’s orchestration, and the quavery voice of Dumbledore the First, hizzownself.

  4. Freedom Jazz Dance - Miles Davis

    Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express did a nice cover of this... but this is the unmatchable original.

  5. Kolmannen linjan Mona Lisa - Tuomari Nurmio & Alamaailman Vasarat

    Alamaailman Vasarat’s third album was a collaborative effort that brought in Finnish vocalist Tuomari Nurmio. I personally don’t think Nurmio’s rough-edged vocals contributed a whole lot, except maybe on one or two songs... and this wasn’t one of them.

  6. Act I, Scene 2: Like the Ming Tombs - John Adams, Nixon in China

  7. For A Thousand Mothers - Jethro Tull

    From the incomparable Stand Up album, which is now (gasp!) 40 years old.

  8. Sofa No. 2 - Frank Zappa

  9. Look At Me - John Lennon

  10. Inca Roads - Frank Zappa

    One of Zappa’s most complex compositions, this is a live version from the Edinboro 5-8-74 album, a bootleg recorded at Edinboro State College in Pennsylvania. Some of the music from this concert ended up on the Zappa/Mothers Roxy & Elsewhere album. Among the performers were Napoleon Murphy Brock and Don Preston, both of whom I’ve met at Project/Object concerts here in Atlanta.

It’s Friday. What are you listening to?

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