100 / August 2018 / BurnMix

  1. Shine a LightThe Rolling Stones
  2. Dy'er Mak'erLed Zeppelin
  3. Angel from MontgomeryJohn Prine
  4. MisunderstandingGenesis
  5. GracelandPaul Simon
  6. A Sunday Kind of LoveEtta James
  7. Five String SerenadeMazzy Star
  8. I Thought I Held YouWilco
  9. Like A Rolling StoneBob Dylan
  1. The Rolling Stones / Shine a Light

    Kristen: From Tori to Jane’s Addiction to Dylan, I ran the gamut and landed here. I was living in Iowa and falling in love with my now-husband, who played this song for me in a car in the rain. “I want this at my funeral,” he said. It accomplishes everything I look for a great song to do. It contains multitudes: the spectrum ends of the human experience. It simultaneously crushes and lifts up. It’s rock-n-roll swagger and raw emotion. And this line could make me cry every time: “Thought I heard one sigh for you, my sweet honey love.”

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    The Rolling Stones are an English rock group that formed in London in 1962. First popular in Europe, they quickly became successful in North America during the "British Invasion" of the mid-60s. Since then, their worldwide sales are estimated at more than 200 million albums. In 1989, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, they ranked number 4 in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In 2008, Billboard Read more on Last.fm more...

  2. Led Zeppelin / Dy'er Mak'er

    Saunders: Before a friend introduced me to Led Zeppelin, I was just an eighth grader who had narrowly escaped the cultural perils of Christian rock only to move on to the equally sanitized music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Paula Abdul, and country music from Memphis' Froggy 94. Robert Plant's provocative "oh oh oh oh ohs" sounded like sex, dangerous and teasing, a shock to my virginal sensibilities. D'yer Mak'er beckoned me out of my seventh grade naiveté and into my teens where I would explore the sounds of Jefferson Airplane, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, and take aim at the rules that now seemed to constrict me.

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    Led Zeppelin were an English rock band originally formed in 1968 by guitarist Jimmy Page under the name "The New Yardbirds", based on Page's previous band, The Yardbirds. The band formed when Jimmy Page (guitar) recruited Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica), John Paul Jones (bass guitar, keyboards, mandolin), and John Bonham (drums). With their heavy, guitar-driven blues-rock sound, Led Zeppelin are regularly cited as one of the progenitors of heavy metal and hard rock music. Read more on Last.fm more...

  3. John Prine / Angel from Montgomery

    Noah: This is the first song Kate heard me play and sing the day we met. She maintains it's at least partially responsible for where we are today. I first heard a cover version on a scratchy Maxell that was taped off the radio circa 1995. The Big Geraniums were one of my favorite bands at the time, and I had never heard John Prine's version. Of all the songs I've learned to play, I love this best. How the hell can a person go to work in the morning, and come home in the evening and have nothing to say?

    p.s. In writing this, I discovered that—incredibly—that first version lives on YouTube. Listening to it for the first time in 20 something years, I now realize I sing the song with many of her inflections.

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    John Prine (born October 10, 1946 in Maywood, Illinois) is an American country/folk singer-songwriter who has achieved widespread critical (and some commercial) success since the early 1970s. The son of William Prine and Verna Hamm, his grandfather had played guitar with Merle Travis and he started playing guitar himself at 14 years old. He was a postman for 5 years and spent a couple of years in the army before starting his musical career in the Chicago area. Read more on Last.fm more...

  4. Genesis / Misunderstanding

    Andy: My parents divorced in 1980. I finished second grade in Florida and started third grade in Georgia. One summer split everything into before and after.

    I remember riding in my dad’s car with his new girlfriend (who quickly became my new stepmother). She loved Genesis, and this song was always on the radio.

    As an 8 year-old listening to these lyrics, I understood that the singer had been betrayed and that he felt so confused and hurt that he convinced himself that it was all just a misunderstanding.

    So for that summer, that’s what I did, too.

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    At least two artists have used the name "Genesis": 1. A British progessive rock band 2. A 60s psychedelic band from Los Angeles, California For the Colombian band, please see Génesis. 1. Genesis formed in 1967 in Godalming, Surrey, United Kingdom was one of the most popular progressive rock bands in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. During the 1970s, Peter Gabriel was the lead singer until his departure, when drummer Phil Collins stepped up to the mic and replaced him. Read more on Last.fm more...

  5. Paul Simon / Graceland

    Andrew: I heard Graceland for the first time on tape in my mom’s maroon Dodge Shadow. I will never tire of hearing that opening bass slide out of the starting gate and the launch into the African guitar riff that sets the pace for the rest of the song. It was something that seemed so familiar but was entirely different than anything I had ever heard before. A familiar folk song about love and loss immersed in a strange and beautiful African soul. It set my taste for music that challenges tradition while paying homage to it at the same time.

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    Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941 in Newark, New Jersey) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He first gained world-wide recognition as the writing talent behind the popular American folk-rock duo Simon & Garfunkel formed with fellow musician Art Garfunkel. When Simon & Garfunkel split in 1970, Simon quickly began his solo career with the release of the self-titled album, Paul Simon. This was followed by There Goes Rhymin' Simon and Still Crazy After All These Years Read more on Last.fm more...

  6. Etta James / A Sunday Kind of Love

    Bryn: Summer 2000, age 20. My first driving commute, working for a start-up in Burlington. I’d purchased a collection of Etta’s after browsing in Borders when “At Last” came on and I asked the clerk for more like this. More and more like this. I started collecting promising albums. Bought my first Nina Simone album on a hunch. No one had mentioned these artists to me before. And so launched a deep kinship. I drove to and from work committing each lyric to memory in this song and the entire album. This song in particular, I’m in the car alone, singing along full volume, discovering something forever important.

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    Etta James (1938-2012) was a U.S. blues, soul, R&B, rock & roll, and jazz singer and songwriter. She is the winner of four Grammies, seventeen Blues Music Awards, and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (in 1993), the Blues Hall of Fame (in 2001), and the Grammy Hall of Fame (in both 1999 and 2008). James was born Jamesetta Hawkins in Los Angeles, California, on 25th January 1938, to an unmarried fourteen-year-old mother, Dorothy Hawkins. Read more on Last.fm more...

  7. Mazzy Star / Five String Serenade

    Lindsay: In 1993, I was entering my first year of teenage angst and delirium. I’d previously enjoyed music my dad had collected, attached to Every-Little-Thing-She-Does-Is-Magic, Girls-Just-Wanna-Have-Fun and Hey-Mickey. I danced gleefully to his LPs like they were singing to me personally! Everything changed when I bought my first CD, after listening to a sample of Mazzy Star on headphones at Tower Records. I was hooked, discovering that a single sullen voice could unearth the depth of my early emo-ways. My dad discovered me listening to this on repeat, 5-String-Serenade specifically, and made me return the CD, declaring it “druggy music!”

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    Mazzy Star is an alternative / dream pop band founded in Los Angeles, CA, United States. They formed in 1989 from the group Opal, a collaboration of guitarist David Roback and bassist Kendra Smith. Roback's friend Hope Sandoval became the group's vocalist when Smith left the band. Mazzy Star is probably most famous for their song "Fade Into You", which brought the band some success in the mid-1990s and was the group's biggest mainstream hit, earning extensive exposure on MTV, VH1, and radio airplay. Read more on Last.fm more...

  8. Wilco / I Thought I Held You

    Joe: So tough but it came down to Wilco or Radiohead. Both influential on so many levels, but during this exercise I noticed that they had similar careers arcs. Their first albums were great introductions, but in retrospect safer, and less focused. Being There and The Bends felt like they were searching for their identity. Then putting it all together with Summerteeth and OK Computer and taking off from there. I went with Wilco because the whole alt-country movement was maybe the most formative for me musically – I think it’s also because I identify this time with discovering underground/indie music. ‘I Thought I’d Held You’ was the first Wilco track I fell in love with. The opening banjo progression is undeniable.

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    Wilco is a rock band which formed in 1994 in Chicago, Illinois, United States by the remaining members of alternative country group Uncle Tupelo following singer Jay Farrar's departure from that group. Wilco's lineup has changed frequently, with only singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stirratt remaining from the original incarnation. The other current members are guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalists Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. Read more on Last.fm more...

  9. Bob Dylan / Like A Rolling Stone

    John: The summer of 1965—I was 15. There was rock ’n roll and there was folk. They crashed together that June with the release of this song. Dylan played it at the Newport Folk Festival to booing because he played electric guitar. I remember lying in bed at night that summer—waiting for Murray the K to play it to the masses on the radio. It was six minutes long—unheard of. It was magical—the mash-up of rock and folk music, the incredible lyrical content and the iconic organ riff by Al Kooper. Truly a song for the ages.

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    Bob Dylan (born Robert Allen Zimmerman on May 24, 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, United States) is an American musician, poet and artist whose position in popular culture is unique. Dylan started his musical odyssey in 1959 when he began playing in Dinkytown, Minneapolis while attending the University of Minnesota. Shortly after starting to play he changed his stage name to Bob Dylan, after being influenced by the poetry of Dylan Thomas before legally changing his name in 1962. Read more on Last.fm more...

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