Song of the Day #4,578: ‘The Things That Everybody Does (Live)’ – Tift Merritt

Concluding the chronological presentation of my 25 favorite songs…

Easy From Now On‘ – Miranda Lambert (2007)

The last time I posted Miranda Lambert’s ‘Easy From Now On,’ during a series on my favorite female vocalists, frequent commenter Dana suggested that Lambert was “this year’s model” and that “with time and perspective” I might not list her in my top ten.

That was a little more than a decade ago.

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Song of the Day #4,418: ‘Your Love Made a U-Turn’ – Tift Merritt

Today’s Random Weekend track is from Tift Merritt’s sophomore album, 2004’s Tambourine. This song is a cover of a rare cut by James Carr, a 60s soul singer best known for his recording of ‘The Dark End of the Street.’

This album was my first exposure to Merritt, who went on to become one of my favorite artists. I got Tambourine a few weeks before seeing her open for Elvis Costello, and the combination of this great album and her live show made me a fan for life.

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Song of the Day #4,191: ‘Never Talk About It’ – Tift Merritt

Merry Christmas, everyone! My best to you and yours this holiday season.

Now, back to the music.

Best Albums of the 2010s – #3
See You On the Moon – Tift Merritt (2010)

Yesterday I mentioned the “best of the 2010s so far” list I compiled five years ago. On that lineup, Tift Merritt’s 2010 See You On the Moon showed up at #9.

It’s a great illustration of how time can enhance (or diminish) the power of a piece of work that the same album now sits at #3.

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Song of the Day #3,386: ‘The Things That Everybody Does (Live)’ – Tift Merritt

The best 30 Day Music Challenge categories are the ones left completely open to the participant’s interpretation. How you interpret the challenge is as meaningful as the song you ultimately pick.

Such is the case with Day 23’s direction to name ‘A Song That You Think Everybody Should Listen To.’ Does that mean a song you find important, so if everybody listened to it the world would somehow become a better place? Or a little-heard song that you feel needs the exposure?

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Song of the Day #3,217: ‘I Know Him Too’ – Tift Merritt vs. Frank Sinatra

Our next match-up in Round One of Montauk Madness pits the legendary Frank Sinatra against the tragically under-appreciated singer-songwriter Tift Merritt. A no-brainer, right? I agree… Tift Merritt advances.

Sinatra acolytes (like my parents) will scoff at this choice, I’m sure. But as much as I love Sinatra’s voice, and his interpretation of classic songs on such albums as Only the Lonely, Songs For Swingin’ Lovers, In the Wee Small Hours and Watertown, I find it hard to vote for a non-songwriter over an excellent and prolific one.

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