Song of the Day #2,410: ‘Have You Seen My Baby?’ – Randy Newman

12_songsOf all the great albums in my music collection, Randy Newman’s 12 Songs is one of the most unassuming.

The album has no grand vision. It is simply, as the title suggests, a collection of 12 songs. The instrumentation is pretty bare-bones. Several of these songs had been recorded previously by other artists (today’s SOTD, for example, was released as a Fats Domino track before Newman offered up his own version).

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Song of the Day #2,409: ‘All Along the Watchtower’ – Jess Greenberg

jess_greenbergYesterday, frequent commenter Dana joked that I could feature topless women singing Bob Dylan songs. Well, this is probably as close as you’re gonna get on YouTube.

Jess Greenberg is a very talented guitarist and vocalist who has opted to call attention to her music by putting her ample bosom on display. It seems to have worked, as all of her clips are at or above the 1 million view mark.

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Song of the Day #2,408: ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ – Emily Shepherd

emily_shepherdI’m lagging behind on my posts this week. The past few days I’ve found myself writing the entries an hour before midnight, just getting them in under the wire.

So to buy myself some time, I’m resorting to an old standby… attractive women covering Bob Dylan songs. This is the gift that YouTube keeps giving.

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Song of the Day #2,407: ‘Hero (Live)’ – Family of the Year

boyhoodOne point I forgot to make in yesterday’s Oscar post… I hate that the Academy passed up their best chance to honor two of America’s most talented and unique auteurs — Wes Anderson and Richard Linklater.

A Best Screenplay Oscar for the former and Best Director Oscar for the latter were so tantalizingly possible. And given the alchemy of luck and timing involved in winning an Academy Award, it’s quite possible neither will ever be that close to the prize again.

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Song of the Day #2,405: ‘Elastic Heart’ – Sia

sia_elastic_heartSia’s ‘Chandelier’ video generated some controversy from those who thought an 11-year-old girl dancing in a nude body suit was catnip for pedophiles.

That controversy died down pretty quickly, though, as people realized how friggin’ good the song was, and what a talented dancer little Maddie Ziegler was. It clearly wasn’t a stunt but a real work of art on both of their parts.

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