Song of the Day #3,194: ‘Cluster Pluck’ – Brad Paisley

I forget if I created an exception early on in Random iTunes Weekends that disallowed instrumental tracks. I vaguely remember instituting, or at least considering, such a rule.

But if I did, I’m rescinding it now, not because this track from Brad Paisley’s largely instrumental album, Play, is particularly special, but because I don’t see any reason why songs with vocals should be deemed more legitimate than those without.

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Song of the Day #3,005: ‘Rainin’ You’ – Brad Paisley

Time-Well-WastedHere’s a real tear-jerker from Brad Paisley that falls into one of my favorite categories: Dead or Dumped?

The singer is mourning the loss of a loved one, but is it a death or a break-up? The lyrics favor either interpretation.

So do the YouTube comments, which contain tales of best friends who no longer speak, dumped boyfriends and girlfriends and people who’ve lost members of their family.

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Song of the Day #2,777: ‘Easy Money’ – Brad Paisley

Time-Well-WastedDuring the 2000s, Brad Paisley put out five or six albums that were just chock full of great, fun songs like today’s Random iTunes Selection.

‘Easy Money’ is catchy, funny and sly like so much of Paisley’s work. Songs like this feel like they were written and recorded in a day, and I mean that as a compliment.

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Song of the Day #2,690: ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_wheelhouseBrad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse was a rare miss for the artist (and best remembered for the laughably ill-advised track ‘Accidental Racist’) but opening cut and lead-off single ‘Southern Comfort Zone’ is a keeper.

The track’s theme epitomizes Paisley’s appeal as a bona fide country star whose creative purview extends well past Nashville.

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Song of the Day #2,370: ‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley


Best Songs of 2014 – #10
‘High Life’ – Brad Paisley

After the disastrous ‘Accidental Racist’ derailed his ambitious album Wheelhouse, Brad Paisley retreated to lick his wounds and came back this year with a good-old country record, Moonshine in the Trunk.

It’s a fun album but not an entirely memorable one, especially when compared to the excellent stretch of records that culminated in American Saturday Night.

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Song of the Day #1,377 (2 1/2 years late): ‘Some Mistakes’ – Brad Paisley

5th_gearI’ve been living a lie.

On April 19, 2012, I posted a song from Fiona Apple’s When the Pawn…. It was during a countdown of my favorite albums of the 90s, and Apple’s sophomore effort was #2 on my list.

That was Song of the Day #1,376.

The following day, I posted my #1 album of the 90s. It was Ben Folds Five’s self-titled debut.

That was Song of the Day #1,378.

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Song of the Day #2,307: ‘All You Really Need is Love’ – Brad Paisley

paisley_part_iiHere’s a cute song from Brad Paisley’s second album, 2001’s Part II. It contains all of the signature qualities that would define his music through the following decade-plus.

It’s short, sweet, funny and features a guitar part or two that sound delightfully out of place in a honkytonk country song.

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