Here's what the playlist ended up being today:
|Boulder to Birmingham||Emmylou Harris|
|The Boxer||Simon & Garfunkel|
|The Boy Next Door||Barbra Streisand|
|Brand New Girlfriend||Steve Holy|
|Brand New Man||Brooks & Dunn|
|Brass Buttons||Gram Parsons|
|Break Each Other's Hearts Again||Reba McEntire & Don Henley|
|Break My Mind||The Flying Burrito Brothers|
|Breakfast in Bed||Train|
|Breathe||Andy & The Lamboy Club Mix|
|Brick By Brick||Train|
|Bridge Over Troubled Water||Eva Cassidy|
|Bring Him Home||Les Miserable Soundtrack|
|Brokeback Mountain 1||Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack|
|Broken Arrow||Rod Stewart|
Thoughts and observations I experienced while listening to this list:
- I just love Boulder to Birmingham. It's a song I've only recently learned about, and I'm still in a place with it that I could put it on for a couple of hours. It's such a beautiful song.
- The Boxer always takes me back to the first time I heard the lyrics (I was young!) "Just a come on from the whores on Seventh Avenue," and the even racier subsequent admission, "I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there."
- Brand New Girlfriend always makes me think of line-dancing, as we do a dance to that song.
- Brand New Man is one of my favorite Brooks & Dunn songs, and I hadn't heard it in a long, long time. It made me smile.
- Although I prefer Simon Garfunkel's original version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, I chose to listen to the Eva Cassidy version in this playlist, and I can never hear the unbelievably melodious voice of hers without thinking about this NPR broadcast in December of 2000, which is how I learned who she was.
- I've only seen Les Miserable once, in the West End actually, and at that time I really didn't care for it. It could have been because it was part of a 6-country, 13-city European tour with my wife and both sets of our parents, and that it was such a long play for which we head nosebleed seats. With that said, there are at least two songs that I love from it: I Dreamed a Dream and Bring Him Home.
- That Brokeback Mountain selection is just a short instrumental piece, and I pretty much like anything that can take me back to that movie and those beautiful men—Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal. I think this particular music is what starts playing toward the end of the clip above, which is the famous "I wish I knew how to quit you" scene. Made me cry just reviewing that, particularly thinking about the sadness of the death of Heath.
- Although I don't listen to Rod Steward music often, whenever I do, I always thoroughly enjoy it. With that said, Broken Arrow is not one of my favorite songs of his.