PLAYLIST OF THE WEEK!
Trends in music come and go, but song titles inspired by special ladies have been, and will always be a part of music, as long as love plays a role in the creative process.
So, in honor of the many women (both real and imagined) who have impacted musical artists, I give you a playlist showing the pervasiveness of this phenomenon.
1. Santa Maria de la Feira — Devendra Banhart
I love this song, especially the combination of Devendra’s completely unique voice, and the wonderful background guitar. Also the chorus starting with “ladidadidadidadi” is great. Gracias Santa Maria! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqpHtGevRqw )
2. Visions of Johanna — Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan provides us with a wealth of songs about women (Girl from the North Country, Lay Lady Lay, etc) but Visions of Johanna is a classic. Give it a listen. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=azot-L3rEu4)
3. Maria —Blondie
I’ve never really listened to Blondie, but since hearing this tune a long time ago, I’ve always highly enjoyed it. It’s intense, and got a great beat and wonderful drums. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoOG7LEyUJ0)
4. Pretty Mary Kay—Elliott Smith
I’m a huge Elliott Smith fan, and this is an absolute favorite. He has such a beautiful voice and this song is hauntingly gorgeous. And yes, I just used that phrase. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfo2ifhO1zE (live version))
5. Sexy Sadie—The Beatles
Few playlists would be complete without a song from the Beatles, especially if the tunes are inspired by love or ladiez. So I included two, and Sexy Sadie is a lesser known but wonderful song. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSDFkjwMwes)
6. Bonita Applebum— Tribe Called Quest
I don’t think Bonita Applebum is a real person (unfortunately) but this song is sii-iick. Bonita Applebum’s got it goin on. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46c8AqzjLCg )
7. Jesse’s Girl — Rick Springfield
Although a specific girl’s name isn’t in the title of this song, this is such a fun song. And it makes me think of two things: 1. Rick Springfield in Californication 2. The Cornell Cayuga’s Waiters rendition of this song. Which I adore… (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2T7wKdQsTo) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBzMkKZ0x_k (Cayuga’s Waiters Version)
8. Roxanne-The Police
This was an obvious choice for any playlist based on women’s first names. As I child, I was told (by my brothers) that the song was about “the woman who changes the traffic lights”. Gives new meaning to putting on the red light…hmmm (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2Qad-gaHMg)
9. Ms Jackson — Outkast
I love Outkast, and they are, in my opinion, highly underrated. However, this song received enormous attention, and remains a classic. So….listen to it again. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCwHfGdt4Ig)
10. Michelle— The Beatles
Although I already did another Beatles song, this is such a beautiful song. And its in French! (well some of it…) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWVKQoRXhk)