Song of the Day #4,645: ‘Speak Now’ – Leslie Odom Jr.

Best Films of 2020
#4 – One Night in Miami…

In a year of strong ensemble casts, none impressed me more than the quartet at the center of Regina King’s One Night in Miami….

King directs a script by Kemp Powers, based on his own play, about an encounter between four legendary Black icons: Malcolm X (Kingsley Ben-Adir), Cassius Clay (Eli Goree), Jim Brown (Aldis Hodge), and Sam Cooke (Leslie Odom Jr.). The four men alternately clash and harmonize about their roles and responsibilities in a society that worships them but would never invite them in for dinner.

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Song of the Day #4,267: ‘Dear John’ – Taylor Swift

Continuing my ranking of Taylor Swift’s albums…

#4 – Speak Now – 2010

One of the biggest surprises for me when reassessing Taylor Swift’s catalog was how far 2010’s Speak Now slid in my estimation.

Don’t get me wrong… it’s a great album. But before my deep dive into each of her releases, I would have named it as her best. In fact, I did just that when I recently placed it on my list of the best albums of the decade.

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Song of the Day #4,171: ‘Never Grow Up’ – Taylor Swift

Best Albums of the 2010s – #17
Speak Now – Taylor Swift (2010)

On past lists like this, I’ve had single artists dominate with multiple appearances. I realize that can be a little boring for the reader, and it ends up pushing out acts deserving of a mention.

So this time around I am limiting myself to just one title per artist, though I will list other albums of theirs that might have otherwise made the cut.

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Song of the Day #943: ‘Sparks Fly’ – Taylor Swift

I had a dream about Taylor Swift last night.

Not last night, February 8, but last night as I’m writing this. I write these in advance, sometimes well in advance… hope that doesn’t shatter anybody’s illusions. I’m writing this on January 29, so last night was January 28.

And last night I had a dream about Taylor Swift.

It wasn’t that kind of dream, and the truth is I’ve never thought of Swift in that kind of way. She’s attractive, I suppose, but also kind of awkward and lanky. Unlike most teenagers in the music industry who look and act like they’re 25, she’s a 21-year-old who looks and acts like a teenager.

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Song of the Day #908: ‘Mean’ – Taylor Swift

Best Songs of 2010 – #9

Taylor Swift has been a pretty big deal in my household for a couple of years now, thanks to my 8- and 4-year old daughters who caught the bug from my 15-year old niece. The hits from her record-breaking album Fearless have run on repeat in their rooms and our car for some time.

So when Swift released Speak Now in 2010, I made a preemptive strike and bought the album myself. No surprise, it immediately went into constant rotation for my daughters, who can sing along word for word to every song.

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