â€œTime, time, time, see whatâ€™s become of me.â€
â€œEvery year is getting shorter/Never seem to find the time/Plans that either come to naught/Or half a page of scribbled lines.â€
â€œLearning that weâ€™re only immortal for a limited time.â€
Maybe because my birthday is coming up, Iâ€™ve been thinking about time; about how when I was younger, I had years to burn, that there were, as Spock said in The Wrath of Khan, â€œalways possibilities.â€ But there comes a point in life where you cross some kind of line of demarcation, and the idealism that once propelled you to try something new, is now met with a kind of sober pragmatism. I know, â€œMid-life crisis much?â€Â Perhaps.Â And perhaps youâ€™re feeling a bit like me now.Â If so, then this mix is for you. If not, then enjoy these songs for what theyâ€™re worth.
“Robert Bradley’s Postcard,” David Mead (download)
It was Jefito who introduced me to David Meadâ€™s music.Â Back at my old blog (which no longer exists), I had a small but steady readership who enjoyed the weekly Mix Six — Jeff being one of them. One week, I did a really easy contest, and Jeff won the prize:Â a chance to create his own Mix Six.Â The lead song was this one, and I liked it so much that I bought the CD (Yeah, I bought it).Â The more I listened to this tune, the more I became fixated on the line â€œBut you have the luxury of time.â€ I donâ€™t know why, but there â€˜tis. A rather pointless story about how this song by David Mead has a lyric thatâ€™s captured my attention for some reason.
“Summertime,” The Sundays (download)
The Sundays were (are?) a band whose music wouldnâ€™t be classified as â€œspringy and carefree.â€ But damn if â€œSummertimeâ€ didnâ€™t just scream â€œIâ€™m loopy in love!â€Â Itâ€™s clear Harriet Wheeler was in a good place when this song was written and it brings to mind a time in 1997 when I used to sit with my daughter (who was 1 at the time) watching videos on VH1 and marveling how quickly she recognized the artists on TV.Â She would just kind of point, or perk up when a favorite of hers came on.
“Lovers in a Dangerous Time,” Bruce Cockburn (download)
Bruce Cockburn is a Canadian treasure, but this song just tanked in the U.S. – despite the fact I heard it a lot on the radio. And, it seems, so did Dan Fogelberg, who liked it so much that covered the song in 1990. Iâ€™m sorry to do this to you, but here it is. (download)
“Sign ‘O’ the Times,” Joacim Lund (download)
I love Prince, but the guy should have been nominated for Time magazineâ€™s â€œDouchebag of the Yearâ€ in 2008. Why? Well, when you think about all the time that went into the creation of the five-CD set of Prince covers by Norwegian musicians, one would think Prince would be flattered by the effort.Â Nope. He sued the record company that produced the project and asked that all copies of the recording be destroyed.
“Time Won’t Let Me Go,” The Bravery (download)
The Bravery have gone from New Order scions to, well, channeling a kind of â€˜60s pop vibe. This very radio-friendly song got revamped in 2008 when the band finished a more raw version that, quite frankly, sucked.
“Sometimes,” Raphael Saadiq (download)
Raphael Saadiq nÃ©e Charlie Wiggins is about the same age as I am, and this song — and indeed the album — sounds like classic soul from the â€˜60s. Undoubtedly Saadiq is paying homage to the music of his childhood the way his kids will probably pay homage to Tony! Toni! Tone!