As opposed to our favorite songs, or songs we'd like to think define our listening habits, taking a look at what a person actually listens to can be far more revealing. With that in mind, every Wednesday we ask an artist to take a look at the most-played songs in their iTunes libraries and share with us the results. We do this on the honor system, and we ask our subjects to share a few words about each song.
It's a given that any songwriter worth his or her prose at some point recognizes Bob Dylan's massive influence over their own work and Austin's David Ramirez is no different, claiming to have listened to "Don't Think Twice It's All Right" more than 40 times on a single night. It's a fitting tune for Ramirez, with a rambling, lovelorn feeling similar to "Wandering Man," from 2011's excellent Strangetown: "I'm a wandering man/Got no money in the bank/Got no wife at home watching children." On the heels of his new album Apologies, Ramirez is back on tour where he feels most at home, all the while spinning familiar songs that keep him anchored to the winding road before him.
Ramirez plays the Rendezvous this Sunday (8/12) with St. Paul de Vence.
"A Little Bit of Everything, "Dawes: I show this song to almost everyone I meet. If you've ever struggled with life in any way, this is for you.
"Sorrow," The National: I can put this on repeat and get lost. Sad and steady.
"Don't Think Twice It's All Right," Bob Dylan: This is on the top played because a friend and I were up till dawn a couple nights back and played it through about 40 times. It's just perfect.
"Untitled 3," Sigur Ros: This entire record will never tire. I use it to get lost in thought.
"Claire de lune," Claude Debussy: It really doesn't get better than this. One of the most beautiful pieces of art I've ever come across. I consider birth, love, and death when listening. A true masterpiece.