Sometimes you just have to unwind, listen to some music, just BE. This week, the Chair is doing just that (and after you finish reading this, consider joining him).
Thankfully for the Chair (and us), during the whirlwind that is awards season, there is an anecdote. An over-the-top, overproduced, glitzy, rockstar affair — stuffed to the brim with so many production numbers, you almost forget awards are being given out (they still do that right?). Love it or hate it, it’s a glamorous distraction and who among us couldn’t use that right now?
The Chair has hand picked some of his favorite Grammy-nominated tunes — a truly eclectic mix of bops and classics (Spotify link here and below!). Here’s why he thinks you should tune in tonight and take a much needed break from our less glamorous reality:
Cardi B – “I Like It”
She makes me laugh. Hysterical, uncensored, smart, hard working and great rhymer. Check out her Carpool Karaoke with James Corden. It’s hilarious.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – “Shallow” (from A Star is Born soundtrack)
Because, well… seriously?
Also don’t sleep on her last album’s title song, “Joanne” — heartbreaking and beautiful. Gaga just nails it.
Janelle Monae – album: Dirty Computer
She embraces the raw, sweatiness of desire and gayness. Also, it’s just a great album.
Greta Van Fleet – “When the Curtain Falls”
Yes, I saw them on SNL. Kind of like if Robert Plant were a bit more Emo and from the midwest.. and I mean that in a good way
Bettye Lavette – “Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight”
This is a wonderful rendition of an old Bob Dylan song. And the Obamas LOVE her… and that’s good enough for me #COMEBACK44
Joan Baez – “Whistle down the Wind”
The song is a cover of an old Tom Waits tune – and yes, she still does it for me. It’s her nine millionth album at age 77. I did a report on her in high school and my teacher accused me of being in love with her. Still am 40 years later.
Sufjan Stevens – “Visions of Gideon” (from Call Me By Your Name soundtrack)
That final credit sequence! Elio! Oliver! Elio! Yep, still crying.
And here’s the Chair’s first official Spotify playlist. Listen along and tune in/tune out (your choice!)