The 7:40 Songbook – March 7, 2014

So sue me.  Been cheating on the dates as it took me a day between thinking up the 740 and actually implementing it.  That means that the 7th is actually the 6th’s tune.  Clear as mud?  Going forward the weekend will be a time of #1’s, remembrance, new Canadian releases and top 500’s, maybe the odd interesting cover and some random music that I Shazam from time to time.  Or maybe nothing at all.

Today’s tune has a distinctly Calgary flavour as it featured Freak Motif, a Calgary funk/soul group who have released this song “Killin’ Me”, as a single last month.  The song features another Canadian artist “Lady C”.  Bring on the funk.

If you enjoyed this, hit the links for more on this band.

Freak Motif Home

Freak Motif on CBC Music

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My Top 10 for 2013 – 6 to 10

Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend

Today we post the first 5 of my Top 10 for 2013.  The Canadian content in this group consists of a great song by Donovan Woods.  The Wire is likely the poppiest tune I have posted (or will post) but it is very catchy and becoming a huge hit.  Having said that, some “purists” will contest John Mayer being on any list.  I am a huge fan of his and greatly appreciate his abilities as both a songwriter and as an excellent guitarist.  Both are highlighted in Wildfire.  Enjoy!

10 “The Wire” by Haim

9 “Rumble and Sway” by Jamie N Common

8 “Wildfire” by John Mayer

7 “Put On, Cologne” by Donovan Woods

6 “Unbelievers” by Vampire Weekend

 

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Random Songs From My Phone – Eliza Doolittle – “So High”

Eliza Doolittle performing at the Q-Music studios

Eliza Doolittle performing at the Q-Music studios (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Quirky English singer Eliza Doolittle moved her way into my music world with the release of her self titled first album  The song that originally caught my interest was “Pack Up” and I believe it made my year’s top 10 in 2011.  Eliza (real name Eliza Caird) released the record in 2010 and is working on her follow-up.  This song is a great ballad that showcases her voice and her talent as an up and coming song writer.  Enjoy your Friday.

 

 

Song Of The Day – Mavis Staples – “Can You Get To That”

Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of the day returns with a gem.  CBC2 is playing the crap out of this new song (yes new) from 74-year-old Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers fame.  A great R&B/Gospel/Countryish tune that really gets you going.  Enjoy.  I’ll be doing some travel updating over the next few days, so much in the brain, so little time to spew it out.

Random Songs From My Phone – The Commitments – “Mustang Sally”

The Commitments (film)

The Commitments (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I am adding a new feature to my Song Of The Day category.  I hit random on my iPhone and whatever song pops up is my Song Of The Day.  This feature joins my current group consisting of “Remembering”, “Canada’s Best Music”, “Let’s Explore The Blues” (which I’m resurrecting) and the “Song Of The Day” (which makes up everything else).

 

I couldn’t have chosen a better song to start this series.  The Commitments, filmed in 1991, follows the forming of a soul group in Dublin, Ireland.  It is unique in that the actors were chosen for their musical talent and not their acting ability.  Kind of like the Blues Brothers in that respect.  The result, a terrific movie and an absolutely great soundtrack.  The song that popped up was the Mack Rice classic, “Mustang Sally“.  The song has had a great life, being recorded by Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and many others.