Posts Tagged: ballad

Song of the Day: “Misunderstood”

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The incredible cacophony of the bridge on Wilco’s definitive ballad “Misunderstood” is all the more striking because of its contrast with the rest of the tender, harmonious song. The brilliance of songwriter Jeff Tweedy is on full display here as the speaker laments his own bad attitude with a self-deprecating tone.

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Song of the Day: “White Shoes”

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You can get your hair all wet sleeping on the riverbed
Kiss a frog and then dissect, gotta find out what’s inside
And you can have my bad side too, anything you wanna do
Sure anything you wanna do

…Conor Oberst sings on “White Shoes,” a slow and beautiful ballad that appears on the record Outer South, released in 2009 with the Mystic Valley Band.

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Song of the Day: “Coney Island Baby”

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When listening to Tom Waits’s stately ballad, “Coney Island Baby,” one pictures an ancient Italian grandfather, standing on a windswept boardwalk, boasting about his granddaughter to anyone who will listen. “When I am with her,” he rattles, “I’m the richest man in the town.” A mournful violin and trumpet provide a lonely reply, a modest counterpoint to this beautiful June day.

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Song of the Day: “Try Me”

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The resilient R&B singer Esther Mae Jones adopted the stage name of Little Esther Philips at the age of 14, allegedly taking it from a gas station sign in Los Angeles. She had a rough-and-tumble career, a tumultuous relationship with the billboard charts, and ongoing addiction problems that endowed her voice with a worldly authenticity reminiscent of Nina Simone.

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