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Ai Ga Bani - Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabaté

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Ai Ga Bani - Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabaté

In the Heart of the Moon, I love this album title, what knowing must lay their?  Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabaté fuse their crafted styles, complimenting each other, seemingly so easy, it is as if we are listening to a jam session. The movement of these sounds, the gentle building, the story unknown to me, is enchanting...  

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Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash

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Personal Jesus - Johnny Cash

I have a long history with Johnny Cash.  My Dad, a huge fan, liked to play his tracks, on repeat, for days at a time.  The Saloon piano in the background, classic acoustic guitar, and that voice.  Johnny Cash performs a cover of the Depeche Mode track, written by Martin Gore.   This version forms part of his American IV: The Man Comes Around Album.

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One - U2

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One - U2

From U2’s Achtung Baby album, this week’s track is, One.  Achtung, translates to Respect in German. So this week we have a theme, how do we show ourselves respect? And how do we show others respect?

To find out I began to observe myself, through observing, I realised where my attention was. What words I used, what I was thinking about.

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Last Trip to Tulsa – Neil Young

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Last Trip to Tulsa – Neil Young

I think I could write a thesis on this song, layered with message and metaphor.  It is beautiful, harsh and thought provoking. Each time I listen, I hear something new.

This version is remastered, I remember listening to the original on repeat, from the Sugar Mountain, Live at Canterbury House 1968 album.  Thinking, “Right on Brother”, he knows where it’s at.  The imagery is enough to keep you interested, and then you start to wonder……

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Everybody’s Talkin’ – Iggy Pop

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Everybody’s Talkin’ – Iggy Pop

In 2012 Iggy Pop released a covers album, Après, translated to, After in English.  In his own words, Iggy wanted to bring some of the feeling he felt as a listener to us, the listeners.

Feel like screaming just for something different to do? When the voice in your head is louder than the voices around you, it is time for a break. It can feel so constant, the things we tell ourselves we have to do, or even, the things others tell us we should be doing. Do, do, do, do, do….AAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!  

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Morning Sun – Melody Gardot

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Morning Sun – Melody Gardot

The new year is symbolic of a new start, change, something different.  We can if we want to, imagine that anything can happen, or if that is too much to believe, we can ask ourselves to take one step in a new direction, just one. 

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Yes Baby Yes – Mo’ Horizons

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Yes Baby Yes – Mo’ Horizons

I like this song, it’s simple, easy to listen to, and understand.  That is how yes is, a real yes is simple, and easy to say.  It doesn’t start in your head though, a real yes starts in your body.  It is different for everyone, you can find your yes feeling by saying it, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes.  Say it until you can feel it in your body, where is it? What does it feels like?  When you know what a real yes feels like, you will know the real answer to a yes or no question.

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Freedom ’90 – George Michael

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Freedom ’90 – George Michael

From the Listen without Prejudice album, George Michael’s Freedom ’90 tells a story of breaking free from a way of thinking, a way of being. This freedom is true, he must make his own choices and, be his priority.   Beautiful inside and out, we are all better for him being in the world, for he followed his heart.   

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Protection – Massive Attack

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Protection – Massive Attack

The first track from Massive Attack’s Protection Album, is Protection.  Featured in Rolling Stone’s Coolest Albums of all time top ten, it is definitely worth checking out. The trip hop sound created by Robert “3D” Del Naja, Grant “Daddy G” Marshall and at the time of Protection’s release in 1994 Andy “Mushroom” Vowles is Massive Attack. Several Artists perform vocals for Massive on the album, Tracy Thron of Everything but the girl, performing on this weeks track, Protection...

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Close To Me - The Cure

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Close To Me - The Cure

She can hear the tiny voice now, it has always been there talking, telling her.  Stirring until awake, the eyes of the tiny voice are open, she is ready to roar. Her time spent with a candle in the dark to find that voice in the distance has paid off, she can hear her, she is her. I have waited hours for this, I’ve made myself so sick….. It is ironic that we surely know ourselves the most, but when feeling fragmented, I know I don’t always feel….Close to me.

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Into My Arms - Nick Cave

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Into My Arms - Nick Cave

When something is born it has its own pace, rhythm, truth.   Given the time and opportunity to be itself, it will thrive.  When in this space, it speaks to us completely, only giving, sharing without want.  It is intensely beautiful and moving, it is exquisite.  

Perfectly executed, Nick Cave has felt the truth of this exceptional piece, leaving out all the things which oppose its nature.

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In Bloom – Sturgill Simpson

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In Bloom – Sturgill Simpson

This week’s track is a cover of Nirvana’s In Bloom, which appeared on the Nevermind album.  I really loved Nirvana for years, and am still very fond of their music.  Not unusual, I was an angry, bored and trouble making teenager, looking for an outlet and escape from my reality.  The emotion expressed through the raw sound of Nirvana consistently gave me a way to release some angst without really dealing with it - awesome.  The first album I ever owned was In Utero - awesome. 

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Straight Lines – Silverchair

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Straight Lines – Silverchair

Silverchair are an Australian band which formed in 1992, when I was 12 years old and so were they, I was wide eyed for sure – Wow! How cool is that! Initially, and briefly calling themselves the Innocent Criminals, the three young men, Daniel Johns guitar and vocals, Ben Gillies on Drums and Chris Joannou on Bass went on to win major awards regularly. Rolling Stone ranked Daniel Johns at number 18 on Rolling Stone’s list of The 25 Most Underrated Guitarists. 

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Power - Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson

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Power - Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson

Sometimes you forget musicians are real people, I know I do when I hear the clean craft of Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson. Absolutely unique, their sound blends pre war hill country and delta blues with early Australian folk and traditional Celtic styles.  Hat Fitz an Australian bluesman and Cara, born in Ireland, were drawn to music independently developing their own style before meeting and creating a new sound together.  Hat Fitz on guitar, Cara on fife and drums the duo effortlessly create and deliver real emotion and truth.  Power is the first track on the Wiley Ways Album, voted Blues Album of The Year 2012 by the Australian Blues Awards. 

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Happy - Pharrell Williams

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Happy - Pharrell Williams

Happy? 

It is an accepted practice to talk about bad news, what’s wrong with the world, what we don’t like about it and whose fault it is.   And it is usually expected that we will listen.  I don’t want to listen to blame, I don’t regularly watch the news, I don’t read the paper everyday.  I don’t have to accept that what you are saying is the truth, I don’t have to engage in a conversation about what is wrong in the world and who made it wrong.  I will talk to you about what is real to you, in a real way.   This doesn’t always mean happiness, but it does mean truth.

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Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty

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Runnin’ Down A Dream – Tom Petty

Even when you don’t know what it is, your path, your purpose, your dream, you can feel it when you are getting close, you feel light, you feel good like anything is possible.  That’s hope, hope for a better day than yesterday and a better day tomorrow, and when it is better you can learn to trust that feeling.  It feels good to feel good. You get faith in that feeling and faith in yourself.  

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How Much Light – Ryan Adams

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How Much Light – Ryan Adams

A good friend of mine suggested this track for the Ocean playlist recently.  No, that’s not right, really he, and his are part of our family, showing up when I was hard to be around and staying, just to be there, not forcing me to be “ok”.  That makes this track even more meaningful to me.  It means that he is in a really good place, he can see what he has in his life and he is grateful.  It also means that others can see that I am happy and I am grateful, and so can I.

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Nightswimming - R.E.M

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Nightswimming - R.E.M

I remember hearing at the time how this beautiful ballad was created.  The Piano melody written first by Mike Mills, then recorded onto a cassette tape, Stipe playing the circular melody over and over while driving around for about a week bought forth the lyrics and attached them to this beautiful tune, describing a time gone by “These things they go away, replaced by everyday”.

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