Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Spotify Randomness

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I get in ruts musically, and find it useful to listen to one of the daily playlists Spotify makes for me. Recently I found that you can create a new playlist based on either the artist or song you’re listening to. This time, I chose a song from one of the playlists and had Spotify build a playlist off of that, and used shuffle play to further randomize the songs. The result was a selection of songs that provided for an afternoon’s entertainment. Here’s a chunk of that playlist.

  1. Pat Metheny Group, "Are You Going With Me?": Some jazz fusion from their third album, 1982’s Offramp. It was written by Metheny and his keyboardist Lyle Mays.

  2. Eagles, "One Of These Nights": Title track from their 1975 album. The song was written by Don Henley and Glenn Frey and reached #1 on the Hot 100.

  3. Talk Talk, "Happiness Is Easy": I hadn’t heard of this band nor had I heard of this song, even though it seems I should have. They were a British synthpop band from the early ’80’s who had some success in Europe but were basically unheard here in the US. "Happiness Is Easy" was the lead track on their third studio album, 1986’s The Colour Of Spring.

  4. Gino Vannelli, "People Gotta Move": This was Gino’s first single to chart in the US (#22 Hot 100, #17 Adult Contemporary) and Canada (#21), in 1974. It was on his second studio album, 1974’s Powerful People.

  5. Al Jarreau, "Mornin’": Lead track from his 1983 studio album Jarreau. It was written by Al, David Foster, and Jay Graydon and issued as a single that reached #2 on the US Adult Contemporary chart and #3 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.

  6. Deodato, "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)": Brazilian jazz fusion keyboard player Eumir Deodato had a bona fide hit in 1973 with his jazzy interpretation of Richard Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US, #3 in Canada, and #7 in the UK.

  7. Joe Jackson, "You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want)": From Joe’s 1984 album Body And Soul, this was the first single and reached #15 on the Hot 100, #13 on the Adult Contemporary chart, and #12 on the Rock chart. One of those songs I remember hearing without knowing the name or the artist.

  8. George Benson, "Give Me The Night": Title track from his 1980 album. It was produced by Quincy Jones, and Patti Austin provided background vocals and Lee Ritenour contributed some guitar. This was George’s first song to reach #1 on the R&B chart, and also reached #4 on the Hot 100.

  9. Steve Winwood, "Night Train": From Steve’s 1980 album Arc Of A Diver, this was released as a single in 1981 and cam in at #104 on the Billboard "Bubbling Under" chart.

  10. The Manhattan Transfer, "Soul Food To Go": From their 1987 album Brasil, the song reached #25 on the Adult Contemporary chart. The video was made by Will Vinton Studios.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 22, 2021.

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12 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: More Spotify Randomness

  1. I have heard of Talk Talk and know a couple of songs – not this one. Big fan of this Deodato song – may have had the album but I’m not 100% sure. I knew a lot of the artists but almost no of the songs. So I enjoyed sampling this.


  2. Some were bringing back memories but others I wasn’t keen on like Zarathustra. I like the original but this reminded me of all the hooked on Disco when they took classical pieces and put a disco beat to it. Mind you that brought back fond memories of the 70s.


    1. I can hear that, but it’s probably closer to jazz fusion. At least, that’s what Deodato was known for (and maybe still is, who’s to say?)


  3. John,

    I like the Spotify playlist. The mix was wonderful to listen to while I working my sketch. I might have to investigate some of these new-to-me artists to listen to more of their works. Thanks for sharing with the 4M crew on the dance floor this week, my friend. Have a boogietastic day!


  4. Hi John – I had this on and thoroughly enjoyed it … hope you’ll do more Randomnesses for us – thank you!! Cheers – Hilary


  5. I enjoyed listening to Talk Talk back in the eighties and have a few of their albums as well as a VHS compilation of some of their music videos. I liked their ethereal sound if that’s a good way to describe it.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  6. Nice mix, John, although there were a couple that did not mesh for me. But then, I always feel like that about generated playlists. For the most part, very enjoyable.


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