The Pleasure-Enhancing Music Experiment: Day Five

Or “How I Plan to Discover New Songs on the Internet + Not Let it Kill My Love of Music”……
Five new songs (no more, no less), five days a week, for 30 days.

Thursday June 13th

1. From The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits…….
Don Shirley Trio: Waterboy (Cadence, 1961)
I’ve never heard anything quite like this, nor did I expect to be so taken by such bizarre, idiosyncratic arrangements. LOVE!

2. From Lost in the Grooves….
Graham Gouldman: The Impossible Years (RCA, 1968)
Despite my obsession with 10cc’s “I’m Not In Love” and Graham Gouldman’s compositions for little-known Brit girls like Little Frankie (“Happy That’s Me” is some fine perky folk-pop), I’ve never given his solo material a proper listen. BIG mistake. If “The Impossible Years” is anything to go by, The Graham Gouldman Thing LP must surely be a masterpiece. LOVE!

3. My own curiosity….
B.J. Thomas: Eyes of a New York Woman (Scepter, 1968)
I think I’m more excited to have stumbled upon this site––than I am about the song I discovered on it. Any lover of lists will be mighty pleased by the selection of top 100 song lists, and their peculiar organization into food, cars, cities, and animals. I searched for songs about New York in the city list, and came upon this bubblegum rock ditty from ’68. 

4. From Record of the Day……
Wilsen: Dusk (Self-released, 2013)
There are seldom folk songs that move me (Vashti’s “Train Song,” Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren”), and I’m even less tolerant of new folk artists. Thankfully this experiment has led me to recent folk band, Wilsen, whose dreamy and melancholic “Dusk” may be the best song I’ve discovered on this journey so far. LOVE!

5. From the Billboard charts…..
Robin Thicke (featuring Pharrell & T.I.): Blurred Lines
This is the #1 record in America today, although calling it a record is giving it far too much credit. “Blurred Lines” has nothing to do with music whatsoever. Pay Pharrell enough cash to feature on the track and hire stunning models to prance around naked in the video, and voila! You’ve got yourself a hit. Grrrrrrrr……. 


Songs are chosen from the following five categories.

1. The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits (1955-2009)
2. Lost in the Grooves: Scram’s Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed by Kim Cooper and David Smay (published in 2005)
I bought this brrrrrilliant book when it was first published, read every single mouth-watering recommendation, made lists of everything I wanted to listen to, and then left it on the bookshelf and forgot all about. it. Glad to have found a reason to include it in my pleasure-seeking expedition.
3. My own curiosity
I get to choose this one. Or you can choose for me (recommendations are encouraged so please feel free to post in the comments section or send me an e-mail). 
4. Record of the Day newsletter
I subscribe to this UK-based music biz newsletter, which features a daily clip of up-and-coming artists. Normally I never really bothered listening to the clips, but I shall for the next 30 days.
5. The current Top 40 charts 
I’ve been around long enough to know that most of what makes up the American Top 40 is awful, manufactured, soul-less drivel. But I am ALWAYS hoping to be wrong.

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