The Best Things In Life Comes In Twos

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June 2, 2007 | Music | Author Asif

Deciding to write a music blog entry every weekend was a very ambitious goal and so I figured I would instead try to post one playlist each month. The June playlist is an eclectic mix of the new and the old that represents some of my favorite artists spanning genres such as rock, pop and alternative punk.

Mark Knopfler, the singer, songwriter and renowned guitarist of Dire Straits has been creating some remarkable solo stuff and I enjoyed watching him perform songs such as “Boom, Like That” from the “Shangri-La” album at a outdoor concert in Berkeley a couple of summers ago. His song “Rollin’ On” from the recent album “All The Roadrunning” inspired me to create this playlist and share it with everyone.
U2 has remained one of my favorite artists for well over a decade and I have been caught watching their “Rattle and Hum” movie over and over again. While I wanted to feature “Van Diemen’s Land”, I felt “All I Want Is You” would lend itself well to this playlist. “Miss Sarajevo” is a triumph of lead singer Bono and Italian opera maestro Luciano Pavarotti working together to create something that is as beautiful as it is unique.
I have always regretted missing the opportunity to watch Coldplay when they performed live in Bend, Oregon to promote their first breakthrough album “Parachutes”. ”Speed of Sound” from their 2005 album “X&Y” and ”Clocks” from “A Rush Of Blood To The Head” might help those not familiar with Coldplay understand why I regret missing that opportunity.
Listening to “Your Blood” by Destroyer reminds of a young, rambling and vibrant Bob Dylan. “Rubies” is another outstanding long song that makes me look forward to more by this indie rock band.

With this introduction, here is the June playlist.

1. Rollin’ On – Mark Knopfler
2. Boom, Like That – Mark Knopfler
3. All I Want Is You – U2
4. Miss Sarajevo – U2
5. Clocks – Coldplay
6. Speed Of Sound – Coldplay
7. Is It Any Wonder? – Keane
8. Somewhere Only We Know – Keane
9. Please Forgive Me – David Gray
10. Dead In The Water – David Gray
11. Laid – James
12. Waltzing Along – (Single version) – James
13. Rubies – Destroyer
14. Your Blood – Destroyer

Since Rhapsody allows you to listen to 25 full length songs for free each month, you can click here (pop-up blockers may block this list from loading) to listen to this playlist on Rhapsody.


SINLetter Weekend Music Edition: No 1

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September 9, 2006 | Music | Author Asif

To add some color to the SINLetter blog, I figured in addition to stock investing and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), I would start a weekend music edition that features music I am currently listening to.

As many of you are aware, the focus of SINLetter is international stocks and we have featured many international stocks like Tata Motors, Sify, Teva Pharmaceutical and Logitech in previous editions. To continue that theme, I figured it would be fun to feature some international music in the first weekend music edition.

(Note: Links to specific tracks will open in Windows Media Player)

I became a big fan of Baaba Maal from Senegal after listening to his track Dunya Salam on the compilation 1 Giant Leap. 1 Giant Leap is an interesting fusion of cultures, religions and ideas. If you have “Comcast On Demand”, you can also find the entire 1 Giant Leap ”movie” under the free movies section. 1 Giant Leap is available on RealNetwork’s Rhapsody music service as well. Baaba Maal’s first album called Djam Leeli is also worth listening to.

I also came across the hauntingly beautiful song Adwa by Ethiopian artist Gigi from her self-titled album Gigi that is definitely worth checking out.

To wrap up this weekend edition of music, I would like to suggest the song Lord An’s Empire by the famous Indian artist A. R. Rahman from his album Between Heaven and Earth.

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