[Just to make this blog a little more random, I thought I’d start posting some of the playlists I compile for friends and loved ones. I have awesome and eclectic taste in music, and am enthusiastic about sharing it when the opportunity arises.]
This set came about from a post-performance conversation with my favorite Texas musician, Terri Hendrix. She asked me what I’m listening to and after fumbling for good recommendations in the moment, I asked if she’d let me put something together for her. I discovered Terri when she opened for the Indigo Girls in spring, 2010; she shares their passion for life and their bluesy-country-folk foundation, but Terri is more upbeat than pensive, and where the Indigo Girls are vocally adventurous, Terri is musically so. Almost everything I know about her comes from her music, and from it I gleaned the following guidelines:
- Be diverse and avoid other folk singers (most contemporary folk I could suggest were already on that stage in 2010, and Terri clearly draws from many outside influences).
- Favor musicians who echo her “spiritual kind” positivity (especially those who do so from a secular/universal place, per my own preference), as well as those with ties to Dallas or Austin.
- Include only music from the last decade or so (the newer, the better).
Hope you (and Terri) enjoy it!
What Free Is Listening to, 2012
- Matisyahu: One Day (from Light, 2009)
- Dave Matthews Band: Funny The Way It Is (from Big Whiskey and The GrooGrux King, 2009)
- Vusi Mahlasela: Sometimes You Just Can’t Make It On Your Own (from In The Name Of Love Africa Celebrates U2, 2008)
- Johnny Lloyd Rollins: Take Your Watch Off (from Let’s Be Poor Together EP, 2005)
- Esthero & Sean Lennon: Everyday Is a Holiday (With You) (from Wikked Lil’ Grrrls, 2005)
- Clive Tanaka y Su Orquesta: Neu Chicago (Side A) [For Dance] (from Jet Set Siempre 1°, 2011)
- Kimya Dawson: Tree Hugger (from Remember that I Love You, 2006)
- The Ting Tings: That’s Not My Name (from We Started Nothing, 2008)
- King Wilkie: Wrecking Ball (from Low Country Suite, 2007)
- White Rabbits: Percussion Gun (from It’s Frightening, 2009)
- Santigold (AKA Santogold): Say Aha (from Santogold, 2008)
- The Asylum Street Spankers (featuring Christina Marrs): Be Like You (from Mommy Says No!, 2006)
- Elizabeth & The Catapult: Taller Children (from Taller Children, 2009)
- Madeleine Peyroux: I’m All Right (from Half the Perfect World, 2006)
- Josh Groban: Now or Never (from Awake, 2006)
- Esperanza Spalding: Little Fly (from Chamber Music Society, 2010)
- Jemina Pearl & Iggy Pop: I Hate People (from Break It Up, 2009)
- The Dresden Dolls: The Jeep Song (from The Dresden Dolls, 2003)
- Playing for Change: All You Need Is Love (from Starbucks (Red): All You Need Is Love, 2009)
- St. Vincent (AKA Annie Clark): Just the Same But Brand New (from Actor , 2009)