Set the iPod to shuffle...
1. Let it Be: The Beatles
Hands down, the best Beatles song ever. EVER.
Best Line: And when the broken hearted people, living in the world agree, there will be an answer. Let it be.
2. And so it goes: Billy Joel
I used to listen to a lot of Billy Joel (I have a soft spot for piano players), but I've gotten away from him in recent years. But lately, I've been rediscovering his music again. The thing I love about Billy Joel is his range -- he doesn't have a "sound." Every song is it's own.
Best line: But if my silence made you leave, then that would be my worst mistake. So I will share this room with you, and you can have this heart to break.
3. Dear Father: Neil Diamond
From the Jonathan Livingston Seagull soundtrack. The book was lame, and the movie was ever dumber -- but the soundtrack is magnificent; Neil Diamonds best work. If you're into sky watching -- and who isn't in the summer - then this is the music for you.
Best Line: Dear Father, we dream while we may.
4. Song for a Grounded Angel: Joshua Kadison
Joshua Kadison had a hit with "Beautiful in my Eyes" about fifteen years ago. And then he kind of went underground, but he's still been writing beautiful music, and singing beautiful words. He has something of an Elton John sound - if Elton John were from the French Quarter.
Best Line: Fly on little angel, fly away, I pray for you only beautiful things.
5. Forbidden Friendship: How to Train Your Dragon Soundtrack
I love movie soundtracks, and this one just soars.
6. Faithfully: Glee Cast
Everything the cast of Glee does sounds better than the original, and this is no exception. I love the original version of this song, as performed by Journey, but for the season finale of Glee, they turned this song into a male/female duet, and it just seems right.
Just like everything else Glee does.
Best line: I'm forever yours. Faithfully.
7. What about: Peter Breinholt
Peter Breinholt is a local artist. We actually went to one of his concerts tonight. You cannot see Peter Breinholt perform without coming away a happier person. And this song is about precisely that: everything that's right in the world.
Best Line: It's been said that to live is to sorrow, it's been said that there's no room for tomorrow. But what about all the September moons, and what about all the flowers in June, and what about every holiday song in a small town?
8. Like a Rock: Bob Seger
This song has always given me goosebumps. I love songs that build and build -- getting more powerful as they go.
Best Line: I stood arrow straight, unencumbered by all these hustlers and their schemes. I stood proud, I stood tall, and high above it all, I still believed in my dreams.
9. Over the Rainbow: Glee Cast
This is the ukulele version of the song made popular by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole. But this version is MUCH better, because Iz just slaughters the words to one of my all time favorite songs. The Glee folks get it right.
This is why I bought a ukulele last weekend.
Best Line: Someday I'll wish upon a star, and wake up where the clouds are far away.
10: Free/Into the Mystic: The Zac Brown Band
I've only recently discovered these guys. Their sound is something like classic southern rock, mixed together with Van Morrison and Jimmy Buffett. It's a great sound, and this song is a terrific anthem to living for the moment -- and halfway through, for good measure, they fall into a magnificent rendition of Van Morrison's "Into the Mystic."
Best Line: We drive until the city lights, dissolve into a country sky, just me and you. Lay underneath the Harvest moon, and do all the things that lovers do, just me and you. Free as we'll ever be.
Well, that about wraps it up. Check all these guys out on iTunes! Now!
You'll thank me for it.