Every Wednesday at 9:13 am, one of Pittsburgh’s finest music writers joins me (Cindy Howes) on the Morning Mix to play a couple favorite new songs and share some insight. Today we welcome Scott Tady
In case you missed it here’s what he played with commentary by Scott.
The Lonely Wild, "Holidays"
- It's NOT the most wonderful time of the year -- not consistently, as Madison Avenue would want us to believe, anyways -- as pointed out by this Christmas-is-stressful song from a cool L.A. quintet that glazes its country-rock with a layer of shoe-gaze. Not a rant, just a heart-wrenching look at a season that brings loneliness and unreachable expectations to many. Singer Andrew Carroll explains: "Every year we're bombarded with baby boomer-era Christmas carols and jingles that paint a superficial portrait of what the holidays are for a lot of people...When I wrote 'Holidays' I wanted to show the other side -- the emotional fatigue, the pressure to be with estranged family and that anxiety that mounts at the end of the year when we start to ask ourselves, 'Were you successful?'
Steve Earle & the Dukes, "You're the Best Lover That I Ever Had" -
How many of Earle's six ex-wives wonder if he's singing about them on this straight-forward blues-folk song? Catchy melody and a topic that might make you scan your own memory banks -- in a moment of solitude -- to ask who you'd sing this song about. Will appear on Earle's "Terraplane" album set to land in February.