Song of the Day #4,453: ‘The Long Race’ – Bruce Hornsby &amp the Range

This is the third Bruce Hornsby song to show up on a Random Weekend in the past nine months. Prior to that, the only Hornsby song on the blog came more than nine years earlier, in September of 2010.

This song is new to me. It’s the fourth track on his debut album, a record I know through its singles: ‘The Way It Is,’ ‘On the Western Skyline,’ ‘Every Little Kiss,’ and ‘Mandolin Rain.’

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Song of the Day #4,447: ‘Dig Down Deep’ – Marc Cohn

Here’s a track from an album making its first appearance on Random Weekends: Marc Cohn’s 1991 self-titled debut.

This is the only Cohn album I own, so it’s no surprise that it took this long for it to win the Meet Me in Montauk lottery. We’re talking 11 songs out of more than 13,000.

Cohn has released nine albums since this one, though two are live albums, one is a greatest hits, one is a collection of unreleased tracks, one is an album of covers of songs from 1970, and one features re-recordings of his own songs with the gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Song of the Day #4,446: ‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’ – Rihanna

‘Same Ol’ Mistakes’ is the ninth track on Rihanna’s excellent 2016 album Anti. After releasing seven albums in eight years, Rihanna took her time before releasing Anti, waiting four years after 2012’s Unapologetic to drop this record.

The approach worked, with Anti generating the best reviews of her career and producing four hit singles.

It’s been another four years since Anti‘s release and, despite rumors about her ninth studio album, there’s no indication yet of when we might hear it.

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Song of the Day #4,440: ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko’ – The Beatles

This is a wacky coincidence. I spun the dial on the old Random iTunes Generator just minutes after finishing a 90-minute podcast on the real story behind Yoko Ono’s role in The Beatles’ breakup, and lo and behold, I’m served up ‘The Ballad of John and Yoko.’

The podcast, called You’re Wrong About, features journalists Sarah Marshall and Michael Hobbes digging into topics that have been widely misunderstood. That includes serious issues like sex trafficking and murder rates, and lighter fare such as, well, Yoko’s role in The Beatles’ breakup.

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Song of the Day #4,439: ‘That Teenage Feeling’ – Neko Case

I was surprised to see that I hadn’t featured this song on the blog already. It’s one of my favorite tracks on one of my favorite albums, Neko Case’s 2006 Fox Confessor Brings the Flood.

It turns out I’ve blogged about a third of the album’s 12 tracks, but never this one.

‘That Teenage Feeling’ is short and sweet, and it captures the yearning spirit of this album better than almost any song on it.

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