Song of the Day #4,000: ‘Feeling No Pain (Live)’ – Josh Rouse

Milestone time! Today marks my 4,000th consecutive Song of the Day post, a streak I’ve kept alive for a week shy of 11 years now.

I wanted to post a special song for this occasion, and as luck would have it I had a very special musical experience a mere nine days ago that provided just the track.

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Song of the Day #3,999: ‘Throng of Blowtown’ – Mary Lou Lord

Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, especially my own father, who has loved, supported and challenged me in so many ways over the years.

If the Random iTunes Fairy has a sentimental streak, she’ll serve up a little Frank Sinatra in honor of my dad. Let’s spin the wheel and see what we get.

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Song of the Day #3,998: ‘The Sweetest Taboo’ – Sade

‘The Sweetest Taboo’ was the lead single on Sade’s 1985 album Promise. It stayed on the U.S. Hot 100 for six months, while the album topped the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K.

This was back when an easy listening light jazz/soul act could become a chart-topper. I guess the closest we get to this sort of thing these days is Adele, but she’s not quite in the same mold.

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Song of the Day #3,997: ‘Petals’ – Chromatics

My final movie of the week is the most bonkers of the bunch. NetFlix’s The Perfection is best seen with no prior knowledge of the plot (although perhaps it’s best not seen at all, depending on your tastes).

Starring Allison Williams (Girls, Get Out) and Logan Browning (the Dear White People series) as cello prodigies and lovers, the film is packed with twists, turns and shocks. Director Richard Shepard plays with time and perspective in some neat ways. I’ll just leave it there.

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Song of the Day #3,996: ‘Tennis Ball’ – Hello Peril

NetFlix has become the unofficial home of the romantic comedy, and I think that’s just great.

Would movies like Set It Up, Ali’s Wedding, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before or The Incredible Jessica James ever have found a home, let alone an audience, on the big screen? And do they really need to? I’d argue these movies play even better while cuddled on the couch with a bowl of microwave popcorn.

Yes, the platform is also responsible for the horrific The Kissing Booth, but I’ll let that one slide.

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Song of the Day #3,995: ‘Your Song’ – Taron Egerton

This has been a week for conflicted movie reviews. I enjoy these films and recommend them, but with reservations. I guess that describes about half of the movies I see every year.

Rocketman is a biopic about legendary rocker Elton John, directed by Dexter Fletcher (who took over the reins of Bohemian Rhapsody from Bryan Singer), starring Taron Egerton, and produced by Elton himself. That last fact is key, because you have to be a little wary of a film purporting to be a “warts and all” depiction when it is delivered by the subject himself.

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Song of the Day #3,994: ‘Unchained Melody’ – Lykke Li

If Aladdin benefitted from my low expectations, Booksmart suffered because my expectations were too high.

The Olivia Wilde-helmed high school comedy blew through Sundance and left a trail of rapturous reviews and breathless recommendations in its wake. Its Rotten Tomatoes score sat at 100% until The New Yorker‘s Richard Brody spoiled the party. Comparisons were made to Superbad and Lady Bird.

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