Monday, February 15, 2010

sunshine superman and the whistleling girl

Instead of lamenting myself about being single on V-day, I spent most of the day downloading old but new music worthy of being downloaded by you too. I mean, it's always nice to discover hidden gems, and now it's your turn to discover these two very special ones...

Donovan: the scottish flower child per excelence, Donovan spent several years pulishing his Dylan-esque folk sound with a little bit of...certain illegal substances...and, at that, created some interesting and highly influential albums, the first of such being the classic Sunshine Superman in 1966. I will never forget watching the end of one of my favorite movies from the 90s, To Die For, when Illeana Douglas' role figure-skated in the frozen lake where Nicole Kidman's character is buried, dancing in a sort of biting justice, since the two were constantly fighting for attention during the course of the movie (you've got to see it). In the scene "Season of the Witch" was played and I was hooked. And we're talking about when I was 10 years old. Sinester music from a very harmless man. He's kind of old and a meditation freak at this point, but we won't get into that. Let's just enjoy him.
MP3: Donovan - Hurdy Gurdy Man

Minnie Riperton: She's best known for hitting those high notes on her 1975 classic "Loving You", but her catalog is so much more than that. Her songs range from introspective to funkfied to even acknowledging her own tragic fate (she died of cancer in 1979 at 31), cualities that makes her a true music wonder rather that a one hit wonder. She began as the soul sister on the hippie group "Rotary Connection" and later joined forces with producer -husband Richard Rudolph, thus creating her most famous work. If you hate Mariah Carey's octave, then she's not for you. If you're a fan of great music as I am, then be bedazzled by Miss Minnie.
MP3: Minnie Riperton - Les Fleurs

Bonus: Jean Jacques Smoothie - 2 People (Mirwais Radio Edit) (sampling Minnie's "Inside Your Love)

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