NPM: "We caught up with the singer / actress in between shuttles from London and LA. We were thrilled when
she dropped in to give us a take on what she considers to be the essentials when it comes to good music."
Julienne: "Now - a list of my top twenty (sorry - not ten...there is just too
much great music out there! Twenty is even hard!)"
"And some (well, probably most knowing me!) may be a bit obscure."
"Here's my newest ones:"
*Clicking any link on this page will bring you to that song in the iTunes catalog*
5. Gary Jules' version of "Mad World" written by Roland Orzabal or Tears for Fears - Jules' version is beautiful but I must say that the songwriting again is so so deep. This man understands depression. I know this because I suffer from it too. This track really speaks to me.
6. and 7. Fiona Apple - "Sullen Girl" and "The First Taste" - I love her bluesy slightly off center voice. "Sullen Girl" is so "watery" I feel like I'm floating. And I love the instrumentation on "The First Taste"
9. Michael Jackson - "Ain't No Sunshine" - his version (done when he was still a boy) is so incredible.....how can this boy sing with such emotion?! And the notes he hits! WOW. I will always love Michael Jackson as a boy....the most talented kid EVER.
11. David Bowie "Space Oddity" - that Stylaphone solo is fantastic....the production is wonderful. And Bowie....well this is my favorite of his. 2nd choice would be "Win" - it just speaks to me....don't know why......
The Whole Story
12......as does Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill" - again one of those
angsty songs that I must hear again and again, and I never tire of
hearing it. Everything about the production is amazing.
13. and 14. Etta James - "Good Rockin' Daddy" a great rockin' blues song that when I play it I have to dance around the house and sing my lungs out! I love Etta....love her voice, her attitude, the way she belts, everything! "At Last" as well is one of my favorite all time soul songs.
19. & 20. Joni Mitchell - very hard to choose just one track, because the whole album of "Ladies of the Canyon" is fantastic - amongst many others. But If I had to choose one let's have it be "The Arrangement"
- her songwriting is timeless.....especially with this song, as it describes the false existence of so many people today - and it was written in the 60's! I guess some of us really haven't moved on. Deep.
21. Chris Montez - "The More I See You" This is just the ultimate happy swingin' 60's song. I dream of driving down PCH in a 64 Mustang convertible in candy-apple red and playing this song!! Makes me happy. :-)
*EDITOR'S NOTE* - The Chris Montez version of this song wasn't available in the iTunes catalog so we included links to a Michael Buble version in it's stead.
23. "White Rabbit" - Jefferson Airplane.......I used to dream of being a hippy when I was a kid, and this personifies it for me. Love Grace Slick as well. Even more now when someone heard one of my songs, and thought I sounded like her......what a huge compliment!!!
24. Okay I have to say one of ours.....on our debut album, "Six
Numbers" - I just love this song - still can't believe we wrote it!
It's not the obvious single....but it's my favorite song on our Strange