It's funny that the most American of musical genres -- country -- would need a sub-genre called Americana. What's worse? Nobody seems to actually know what it is.
Pop music, by definition, can be a lot of things. Frank Sinatra was the original pop star. Paul McCartney wrote some of the poppiest ditties in the history of, um, popular music. R.E.M. claimed in their heyday they were just a "pop band." For the purpose of this playlist, what we call pop music is kind of like pop tarts: sweet treats that are the perfect way to start the day. And, both the toaster pastry and the music are portable.
Thursday is the most peculiar day of the week for me. The stress of work, life, and existential pondering weighs heavier than on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, those super-charged business days when the week ahead seems so easy, and Friday, when the hours tend to crawl at the exact pace needed to ensure your weekend will be a precious 48 hours. The best way to handle Thursdays is not to take a weekly sick day, but to start your morning off with a healthy dose of Instant-Relaxo Beats, courtesy of MP3.com.
One of the original honky-tonk artists, Merle Haggard is a living legend who has just released his 76th studio album. As we celebrate Country Music Month, how could we leave out Hag?
According to Wikipedia, "bluegrass music has mixed roots in Scottish, English, Welsh and Irish traditional music, was inspired by the music of immigrants residing in Appalachia and...influenced by the music of African-Americans." We like to think of bluegrass as the child of a handsome sailing man, a singer of sea shanties and bawdy drinking tunes, who comes home to the rolling hills of West Virginia to marry his one true love, a winsome natural born woman, a singer of folk tunes and lullabyes.
For Day 2 of our Staff Picks Playlist, we bring you a set of songs that's a bit more diverse than the first time around. By chance, it is a European heavy selection, with a few tracks from Sweden and one from Berlin.
Curious what we listen to at home? Some of the free MP3s we've downloaded ourselves and have in heavy rotation? Each day this week, the members of the MP3.com staff are sharing some of our favorite tracks from the site.
October, in addition to being the month of Halloween, the start of fall and playoff baseball, is also Country Music Month. This week, we are shining the Spotlight on some of our favorite country music to get you in the mood. We're kicking things off with classic alt-county figurehead Steve Earle.