This is the third Mindy Smith track featured on the blog, all three on Random Weekends. Smith is a country rock artist who was born in Long Island and raised in Tennessee by a Protestant minister. The only album I own of hers, 2004’s One Moment More, is filled with allusions to her Christianity.
The song ‘Come to Jesus,’ her biggest hit, showed up on the blog seven years ago and led to a pretty good discussion about satire, with commenters Dana, Amy and Andrea all chiming in.
This is the second time Heather Nova has appeared on the blog, and the first in 10 1/2 years.
Nova is a Bermudian singer-songwriter who spent most of her childhood living on a sailboat in the waters of the Caribbean. That has nothing to do with this song, but it’s a pretty interesting fact. She has been releasing albums for 27 years now, including her latest — Pearl — just two years ago.
Of the three lists of favorite songs posted last week, one pick appeared on all of them. That was Elton John’s ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters,’ which Amy, Dana and Madison all singled out. The track is one of my very favorite Elton John songs — up there with ‘Tiny Dancer,’ ‘Rocket Man’ and ‘Your Song.’
I’ve posted ‘Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters’ before, 12 years ago, so I’m setting it aside today in favor of a track that showed up on two of the three lists.
Another favorite song entry from Madison, ‘Saturdays’ is a 2018 release by Twin Shadow, the stage name of singer-songwriter George Lewis Jr.
This song appeared on the soundtrack of the Netflix film Someone Great as well as on Twin Shadow’s most recent album, Caer. I’m not sure if Madison first heard this in the movie, but if so, it’s yet another favorite song with a tie to a movie. There’s definitely something to that connection.
Frequent commenter Dana named Don Dixon’s ‘Renaissance Eyes’ as one of his favorite songs. This one is new to me, as is the idea of Don Dixon as a recording artist.
I know Dixon best as the producer of R.E.M.’s first two albums, Murmur and Reckoning, as well as The Smithereens’ debut album, Especially For You. In the mid-80s, Dixon was the go-to producer for alternative acts pioneering the jangle pop sound.