Song of the Day #3,311: ‘Tim McGraw’ – Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel

Closing out the week with the fifth Round Three matchup in Montauk Madness, we have the odd pairing of Taylor Swift vs. Simon & Garfunkel.

Swift defeated a couple of celebrated veterans to get here, dropping David Byrne with 88% of the vote in Round One and Tom Petty with 72% in Round Two. Simon & Garfunkel defeated Rufus Wainwright with 80% in Round One and Prince with 64% in Round Two. That’s an impressive batch of artists left in the wake of these two contenders. Continue reading

Song of the Day #2,119: ‘Home’ – Tim McGraw

dancehall_doctors‘Home’ is a track from Tim McGraw’s great album, Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors. Just about every song on this album is a winner.

The beginning of this song has always struck me as very similar to the opening notes of Elvis Costello’s ‘You Bowed Down.’ You can compare for yourself here.

I doubt the composers of this song copied Costello, and the notes aren’t exact anyway, but it has always distracted me.

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Song of the Day #1,491: ‘Sleep Tonight’ – Tim McGraw

I suppose it’s fitting that my first Random Weekend selection after a week dedicated to my favorite country artist would be from the only true country album I owned before becoming a fan.

Tim McGraw’s And the Dancehall Doctors is a great country record for people who don’t like country music. It has a nice pop sheen, impressive instrumentation, solid songcraft, even a cover of Elton John’s ‘Tiny Dancer.’

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Song of the Day #1,337: ‘She’s My Kind of Rain’ – Tim McGraw

I think the tiny people who live inside my iTunes library and pick the random songs must be country music fans. Today’s track means almost a third of my Random Weekend selections have been by country artists even though country makes up maybe five or ten percent of my collection.

I have almost as many Bob Dylan songs as I have country songs (and a few that are both) and yet Dylan has yet to make an appearance here. Ah, the whims of chance.

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Song of the Day #157: ‘I Know How to Love You Well’ – Tim McGraw

mcgrawOK, I’m throwing caution to the wind and going with my third theme week in a row. And the unsentimental among you might want to skip the next seven days.

You see, today is the birthday of my beloved wife. So to honor the occasion, I’m highlighting seven of my favorite love songs today through Saturday.

I’m starting with a Tim McGraw song from his Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors album, which Alex bought several years ago for one reason or another. She’s a big Tim McGraw fan, which I find very funny because I wouldn’t expect a Miami-bred Cuban girl to be so country. But I’m always teasing her about being much whiter than I am when it comes to taste in music and television.

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