Okay, time for music. If you are my Facebook friend you know I have been posting the same NPR Tiny Desk Concert all week long. It’s Abigail Washburn, whom I was thrilled to discover this week. She plays a mean banjo, has a lovely, very different voice, and also she has an ongoing love affair with China, so she strays from the bluegrass sometimes in order to sing folk songs in Chinese, which is equally amazing. Also, she happens to be Bela Fleck’s wife. I’ve been listening to her non-stop this week, and I don’t see that stopping any time soon. So to start of the Random Ten this week, is that same NPR Tiny Desk Concert. I recommend you watch all of it. The songs performed are “City of Refuge,” “Taiyang Chulai,” and “Bring Me My Queen.” And then after that, I’m posting another of her songs, “Chains,” which is about, as you might imagine, chains, the breaking of. I love it. The version I’m posting is from her Daytrotter session, which you can download for FREE, and which also includes the songs in the NPR show. So Abigail Washburn, then we hit shuffle on the old iTunes machine, post some of the songs that come up, and then it is the weekend. I’m probably going to post a few more things this afternoon, but I wanted the Random Ten to go up on schedule. Anyway.

Abigail Washburn – “Chains”

Amazing, right?

1. Dr. Dog – “Shadow People”
2. Martha Wainwright – “Who Was I Kidding?”
3. Dolly Parton – “Tennessee Homesick Blues”
4. The Jesus And Mary Chain – “Just Like Honey”
5. Queen – “Thank God It’s Christmas” [ugh, thank god it’s not.]
6. Dolly Parton – “Coat Of Many Colors”
7. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin – 6.  Toccata [played by Werner Haas]
8. Sade – “Is It A Crime?”
9. Nine Inch Nails – “Happiness In Slavery”
10. Martha Wainwright – “Dis Quand Reviendras-Tu” [Barbara cover]

Wow.  So a couple notes about that Random Ten.  The juxtaposition of Dolly Parton and The Jesus and Mary Chain [followed later by more Dolly, and then Nine Inch Nails] really exemplifies what a “random” ten is supposed to be.  Even with the repeated artists.  Also, the Ravel piece is one of my very, very favorites to play, if I would ever practice.

And here’s the Ravel, just for fun. Seriously, what an exhilarating piece to play.