Essential Saturday night song: “Groove Is in the Heart” by Deee-Lite. It reminds me of many early ‘90s club nights, before children, big commitments and stacks of bills and the feeling that a packed dance floor was exactly where you were supposed to be.
Essential Sunday morning song: “Days To Come” by Bonobo (feat. Bajka). Holds a delicious, mellow, tick-tock rhythm that is layered with tinging bells, horns, jazz-inspired cymbal work and Bajka’s husky vocals. You can drink coffee, dance or just go back to bed.
First record I bought with my own money: “Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out” 45 rpm single. It cost less than a dollar, I had permission to walk to the variety store all by myself to get it, and it contains an opening riff that still holds a place in my Top 10. My air guitar was actually a tennis racket and, man, I was good!
Coolest album I ever bought: U2 I 8 B 4 I Flew Back. When I spent hours upon hours hanging out in record stores throughout Colorado, this was one of the most coveted bootlegs. It was recorded off of someone’s Walkman during U2’s 1983 Boy tour, when the band was new to the States and tickets were five dollars. After one fruitless search after another, I happened to walk into a tiny, used record joint in downtown Colorado Springs and there on the counter it sat! Apparently, a guy had just been in and traded it. I was bestowed.
Artist more people should know about: British artist Ala.Ni made a beautiful record, released this year, titled You & I. The thing that is so compelling about her talents is the ability to write and sing songs that are reminiscent of days gone by, ‘40s radio and beloved movie soundtrack moments, without the feeling of a derivative, nostalgia-drenched approach. She inhabits the music in a familiar way and her voice is solid and lovely. It conjures up the reasons I can get lost in an Ella Fitzgerald or Doris Day song.
Guilty pleasure: All that classic ‘70s arena rock stuff ... “Dream On” by Aerosmith, “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple, “Easy Livin’” by Uriah Heep. It lit and stoked my deejay fires early on.