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Friday Random 10: 1/8/2010

January 8, 2010, 7:00 am

I just realized that last week’s Friday Random 10 was dated 1/1/2009. I guess it’s taken a week for the New Year to become natural to write. Anyway, here’s this week’s selection:

  1. “Black Cow” (Steely Dan, Aja)
  2. “Remember” (Wes King, A Room Full of Stories)
  3. “For Real” (David Wilcox, East Asheville Hardware)
  4. “How Mountain Girls Can Love” (Ricky Skaggs, Ancient Tones)
  5. “She’s Nineteen Years Old” (Muddy Waters, His Best 1956-1964)
  6. “Pleiades” (King’s X, Gretchen Goes to Nebraska)
  7. “Te Deum” (Choir of King’s Choir, Cambridge; John Rutter Requiem)
  8. “Clean My Room” (Imagination Movers, Juice Box Heroes)
  9. “Superharp” (James Cotton, Essential Chicago Blues)
  10. Samba de Bênçä0 (Maria Bethânia, Toquinho, & Vinicius de Moraes, Days in Mar Del Plaza)

Steely Dan as the first selection, two weeks in a row? Hmm.

Although it’s tough to pick from a list including classic rock, Christian pop, folk, bluegrass, Chicago blues, metal, modern classical, and Brazilian samba music… I give the nod this week to Imagination Movers (#8). They’re an alt-rock band for pre-schoolers that have been a favorite at our house ever since they hit the Disney Channel a couple of years ago. They are not the typical smarmy kids’ band. These are four guys, three of them dads themselves, who are students of 80′s and 90′s rock and hip-hop and write their own music accordingly. My wife and I find ourselves listening to the Movers even when we don’t have the kids around.

Here’s a shortened-for-TV version of “Mover Music”, a sort of theme song for the band (and it appears with different lyrics at the end of every episode of the show). If you can’t hear the Romantics and the Cars in this then you probably should listen more closely:

We saw them in concert last fall when they played Indy, and despite serious sound system issues, they played an outstanding show.

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