Heidi Ewing Part Four (E40)
The Catskills provided a fitting backdrop for a deep conversation about music, life, culture, movies and… a few singer-songwriter-ey tunes that are mesmerizing, euphoric and fit right in to Heidi’s theme. We hear music from Rhye, The Innocence Mission, Dream Academy, Mario Lanza, and Elis Regina & Antonio Carlos Jobim.
We’ve been doing this routine for four weeks now. And it has been so so much fun. Sure, we could have squeezed Heidi’s selections into two shows. But why do that when we can go down every path, surround each track with context and references, try some things out to see if they work. That is exactly what this show is all about. We explore and we learn and we have a joyous time doing it.
One More Time… what is this Paralysis and Euphoria Again?… That Moment in a Bar (or Starbucks)
You are having drinks with friends in a crowded bar. Chatting away. Having such a good time. And then something tingles in the back of your brain. A new sensation… certainly… but odd. Does it feel good? You think so. Yes… it’s good. You pay attention. Your ear follows this new sonic “thing.”
And then… the topic of these shows with Heidi… euphoria and paralysis. While you may not have the same emotional connection with each tune as Heidi does, I am pretty sure you will see the magic in each, and what compelled Heidi to add them to this list of stunning songs. Music is highly personal and you are likely to have your own list of songs that create euphoria and paralysis. Share your list in the comments below.
From Rhye to Antonio Carlos Jobim – Keep Exploring
The Innocence Mission
There is a lot more to this band than I thought.
The Innocence Mission is an indie folk band from Lancaster, Pennsylvania composed of Karen Peris (née McCullough), her husband (and fellow guitarist) Don Peris, and Mike Bitts (on bass guitar). Although all members of the band have contributed to their music, Karen Peris is their main writer.
The band was formed in 1980 when the members met during a Catholic school production of Godspell. Before being signed to a record label, the band was originally called Masquerade and played covers at local clubs, events and at Lancaster Catholic High School (the alma mater of the band members). Within a few years, the band began to write original music and released a self-funded EP titled Tending the Rose Garden in 1986, of which only 1,000 copies were produced. The song “Shadows” from the EP was recorded by Amy Grant on her 1988 album Lead Me On.
Their third A&M album, Glow (1995), was a departure from Klein’s heavier production style. Herring’s lighter touch gave more emphasis to the group’s guitar work and to Karen’s vocals and lyrics. Glow contains songs that appear on the soundtracks of the films Empire Records and Dream for an Insomniac, as well as the television series Party of Five. The album’s second track, “Bright as Yellow,” peaked at #33 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks.
The Playlist – Keep Exploring
Tracks included in order of appearance.
|Song||Artist / Album||Year|
|Keeping Awake||The Innocence Mission / Glow||1995|
|Skin and Bones||The Sundays / Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic||1990|
|Rainy Days and Mondays||The Carpenters / The Singles 1969 – 1973||1959|
|Luna D’Estate||Mario Lanza / Caruso Favorites ’59||1984|
|O mio babbino caro||Giacomo Puccini & Renee Fleming / Gianni Schicchi||2000|
|Circles||Post Malone / Hollywood’s Bleeding||2019|
|The Ghost in You||The Psychedelic Furs / Mirror Moves||1984|
|Life in a Northern Town||The Dream Academy / The Dream Academy||1985|
|The Love Parade||The Dream Academy / The Dream Academy||1985|
|Águas De Março||Elis Regina, Antoñio Carlos-Jobim / Elis and Tom||1974|
LEST-OMETER – 1985
In this episode our music centers around the year 1985 as you can see from our LEST-OMETER below. Yep – that’s how we roll around here… the very latest in music technology!!