sutOkay, so music time, and I’m breaking my own rule for the Random Ten. Usually my rule is that the song we start with has to be IN my iTunes, therefore I hit “shuffle” off of that song, etc. This week, though, was the Kennedy Center Honors, and one of the people recognized was the great singer and actress Barbara Cook. The people they brought together to pay tribute to her were absolutely stunning, and this is one of the best eleven minutes of music I’ve seen and heard in ages. It’s all good, but let’s just say that Glenn Close is followed by Sutton Foster, who is followed by Patti LuPone, who is then followed by Audra McDonald. I have watched/listened to this about twelve times at this point and will likely listen many more times. So that, then shuffle on the iTunes, see where we are ten songs later, then Happy New Year and stuff. More videos after the jump!

1. Tori Amos – “Here. In My Head”
2. Tori Amos – “Sweet The Sting”
3. Carly Simon – “Coming Around Again/Itsy Bitsy Spider”
4. Messiaen: Catalogue d’oiseaux / Book 3 – 6. L’Alouette Lulu [performed by Pierre-Laurent Aimard]
5. The Beach Boys – “Sloop John B”
6. Asobi Seksu – “Thursday”
7. Rage Against The Machine – “Freedom”
8. Emiliana Torrini – “Sunny Road”
9. The Beatles – “Carry That Weight”
10. St. Vincent – “Cruel”