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.
Since releasing her 2005 self-titled debut, Seattle-bred singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile hasn't had much downtime--she's been too busy recording, touring, and acquiring fans of her emotive and powerful voice. With 2007's The Story, 2009's Give Up the Ghost, and 2011's Live at Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony, Carlile has worked with a network of industry vets like Rick Rubin and T Bone Burnett, amassing a loyal following and selling over a million records on the way. Her most recent release Bear Creek--named for the Woodinville studio where it was recorded--is the first she produced herself and her best album yet, streaked with rousing storytelling and those pitch-perfect pipes.
Carlile recently took a moment to reflect on the most played tracks on her iPod, and the one song she can't help but sing along to.
Carlile plays Benaroya Hall with the Seattle Symphony this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
"Furr," Blitzen Trapper: This is the best story-telling love song ever. I wish I was the wolf who wrote this tune.
"Spanish Pipedream," John Prine: It seems like such a simple little song, but it makes one feel amazing. It's how we all wish our lives were lived.
"Waiting For My Real Life To Begin," Colin Hay: To me, it's about a universal truth of people waiting for the next big thing to come along. No frills or filler in this song, and it's so beautifully sung.
"Easy To Love," Ivan & Alyosha: This tune has such a sweet sentiment with a very loving message.
"All The Young Dudes," Mott The Hoople: It's an epic, melodic anthem. You can't NOT sing along to this!