Suggested Listening February 5, 2021

Hi everyone, welcome to our Suggested Listening posting for this week!

Our Suggested Listening postings focus on the music of the past, with a few new songs mixed in for good measure.

Suggested Listening postings come out weekly, on Fridays, and the next Suggested Listening posting will be out on Friday, February 12, 2021.

Bittersweet by Lianne La Havas (Genre: Vocal, Singer-Songwriter, Pop-Rock, Folk, Soul)

Bittersweet is a light, sultry song sung by the marvelous Lianne La Havas; the song is from her third album Lianne La Havas (2020), which is available for instant check out in the Hoopla catalog and is our Hoopla recommended album of the week!

The Hoopla Recommended section is at the end of each weekly posting.

Black Coffee by Peggy Lee (Genre: Vocal)

The great Peggy Lee with a lovely, sultry version of Black Coffee from her album of the same name – Black Coffee (1956). Gotta have coffee!

Deeper Than Dreams by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet (Genre: Jazz)

“Jazz music is the perfect metaphor for democracy,” says famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At a time when America—and indeed, the whole world—finds itself at a crossroads, the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer has been inspired to write a poignant and buoyant work, The Democracy! Suite, which proves that the joy and beauty of jazz can bring us all closer together.” – Wynton Marsalis

Deeper Than Dreams is from the new album The Democracy! Suite (2021).

East Bay by Boney James (Genre: Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Easy Listening)

Mellow and upbeat jazz from saxophonist Boney James and his band; from the album Sweet Thing (1997).

Girl From The North Country by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk)

Pre-electric Bob Dylan with a terrific, introspective song from his second album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (1963).

Hickory Wind by The Byrds (Genre: Country, Country-Rock)

The late-sixties Byrds, featuring Graham Parsons, Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman, went country with a terrific crossover album, Sweethearts of the Rodeo (1968). The LP, which sounds as fresh today as it did then, was released at a time when country music was looked down upon by many rock fans.

This is a very upbeat album; if you haven’t heard it – check it out!

I’m Talking About You by Chuck Berry (Genre: Rock & Roll)

Arguably the greatest innovator of Rock n’ Roll with a terrific song from his album New Juke Box Hits (1961).

Nobody To Blame by Chris Stapleton (Genre: Country, Country-Rock)

Chris Stapleton was a successful songwriter in Nashville for ten years before recording his debut album Traveller (2015); Nobody To Blame is one of the top-notch tunes on the LP!

Oh Lady, Be Good by Ella Fitzgerald (Genre: Jazz, Vocal)

The classic Gershwin song; from the album Lullabies To Birdland (1955).

The Times They Are A-Changin’ by Bob Dylan (Genre: Folk)

I don’t usually include two songs by the same artist in my weekly music posting; however, for Bob Dylan, whose sixties work is, if I can borrow a vintage phrase “out of sight”, I’m going to make an exception this week!

I’ve been listening to a lot of Dylan’s music recently; and the expression “what goes around, comes around” seems right to me, as regards to listening to music that reflects the transitional era we are living in. Dylan recorded most of his best albums in the sixties, which was another transitional era, and many of those songs aptly reflect those turbulent times and, by extension ours, including this song which is from Dylan’s third album of the same name – The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1964).

 Hoopla Recommended Album of the Week:

Lianne La Havas (2020) by Lianne La Havas

1 Bittersweet – Full Length 4:52
2 Read My Mind 4:48
3 Green Papaya 4:05
4 Can’t Fight 3:10
5 Paper Thin 4:58
6 Out Of Your Mind (interlude) 1:04
7 Weird Fishes 5:54
8 Please Don’t Make Me Cry 5:14
9 Seven Times 3:30
10 Courage 3:38
11 Sour Flower 6:47
12 Bittersweet 3:56

Have a peaceful weekend,

Linda Reimer, SSCL


Print References

The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits by Joel Whitburn

Online References

AllMusic. 2021. AllMusic | Record Reviews, Streaming Songs, Genres & Bands. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Discography: The Democracy Suite. (2021, January 15). Wynton Marsalis.

Lingan, J., 2021. Yasmin Williams puts a fresh spin on finger-style guitar. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Thompson, S., Detrow, S. and Touros, C., 2021. 20 Years Later, ‘Almost Famous’ Is Still A Golden God. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

Yasmin Williams. 2021. Bio — Yasmin Williams. [online] Available at: <; [Accessed 29 January 2021].

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