Song of the Day #3,119: ‘Big Day in a Small Town’ – Brandy Clark

brandy_clark_big_day_small_townMy appreciation for country music continued in 2016, but I’ve learned that — Brad Paisley aside — it’s isolated to the fairer sex.

Recent new releases by Kacey Musgraves, Maren Morris, Miranda Lambert, Lucinda Williams, Ashley Monroe and Brandy Clark have earned time on my playlists while Chris Stapleton is the only country dude to claim that honor.

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Song of the Day #3,118: ‘Desperado’ – Rihanna

rihanna_anti2016 wasn’t a typical year for me, musically. Any year that sees Donald Trump elected president isn’t a typical year, period, so that’s not surprising.

When I sat down to compile my year-end 2016 best song list, I had trouble coming up with a solid top ten, let alone the 20 or so I usually offer. I didn’t buy as many new albums as usual and I was disappointed in most of the year’s Billboard hits. So rather than half-ass a best-of list I’ve decided to instead write about ten meaningful musical memories from 2016.

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Song of the Day 3,116: ‘Godspeed’ – Jenny Lewis

acidtongueJenny Lewis’ 2014 album The Voyager was my second-favorite album of that year and in my top ten for the decade so far. Just mentioning it here has me wanting to cue it up in my car — I think I’ll do that.

Despite my love for that album, I haven’t spent a lot of time revisiting Lewis’ other solo efforts, including 2008’s Acid Tongue, on which today’s Random SOTD appears. My guess is I’d appreciate this album even more in light of The Voyager.

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Song of the Day #3,115: ‘Nobody Knows’ – The Lumineers

petes_dragonAnother film checked off my 2016 to-see list. Pete’s Dragon came highly recommended by my nephew Daniel, who named it his favorite film of last year (though it might be battling Hidden Figures for the spot as of the last update).

It is indeed a worthy film. Daniel’s mother used the term “lovely” to describe it, which he took as an insult but I think is spot-on. It’s effectively touching and thrilling by turns and if it doesn’t climb into the upper echelon of classic family films, well, why should it have to?

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Song of the Day #3,114: ‘What Have I Become?’ – The Ain’t Rights

green_roomI’ve crossed two more movies off of my 2016 to-see list: Hidden Figures and Green Room. You’d be hard-pressed to find two less similar films.

The former is a very by-the-book, emotionally satisfying tale of three Black women who broke ground as NASA scientists in the 60s. The latter is a brutal thriller about a punk band trapped in a nightclub by a group of vicious white supremacists.

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Song of the Day #3,113: ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’ – Belinda Carlisle

black_mirror_san_juniperoYesterday, I lauded the wonderful network and cable shows I enjoyed in 2016 but I neglected to mention the ones I streamed. Well, that’s because there weren’t any for most of the year.

I’m only halfway through the new season of Mozart in the Jungle, a show I absolutely love. [NOTE: Since writing this, I finished the season.]  I’m thisclose to starting Stranger Things but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. I’m a season behind on Orange is the New Black. I hear great things about Bojack Horseman and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt but, well, see all of the above.

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