Oh, it’s that time, friends. Precisely one month from today – that’s Feb. 16, to be exact – the third installment of the Frederick Music Showcase will be going down at the Weinberg Center. Cheshi – who will be releasing their debut EP at the show (!) – will be performing and yes, you should care. In fact, you should care a lot. A real lot. A real, real lot. Anyway, we recently caught up with the band’s namesake, Ashli Cheshire, for our latest edition of Celebrity Playlist. There’s a lot of neat stuff in here, friends, including some killer Nina Simone action and a whole plethora of legends that ought to make you excited. Remember: Tickets for the Showcase are only 10 bucks now, but they’ll head up to $15 on the night of the show. Not sayin’ … but just sayin’.
ABBA: “Dancing Queen”
I have to choose this first. No matter what I am doing or where I am at, when i hear the vocal chorus at the start of this song, I just have to put my arms out and do a few really fabulous and sassy spins.
David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”
For the same reason as the first – I have a few songs that I have choreographed dances to. This is one of them. And you gotta be hella special to dance it with me.
The Soil & The Sun: “Are You?”
This song recently fell in my lap, and it struck a chord within me that rarely happens. It reminds me of this search in life for something more, and the struggle of social and spiritual interactions: “Who are you are we are.”
Nico: “These Days”
Self-Awareness. Actualization. This song is a cool, lonely sunny morning, where there’s a chance you could get sad about the past. But then you just get honest.
The The: “This Is The Day”
This is a reminder that at any moment, you can be exactly who you want to be. And the accordion in this song is so groovy.
It’s just so good. Baltimore queen. “I seen you eat at Micky Dee’s/Knew you ain’t love yourself/I’m up in Trader Joe’s/Shopping cart full of health.”
Sharon Van Etten: “I Know”
One of my favorite singer/songwriters. This song gets there.
Nina Simone: “Feelings”
Live at Montreux, 1976. Watch the live version of this cover by Nina Simone. I have no comment, really – you either watch it and feel it, or you scroll past it. Saying anything could diminish it’s power: “I would never let you go so soon, and so embarrassingly soft.”
Patti Smith: “Gloria: In Excelsis Deo”
“Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine.” Goddess power.
Joni Mitchell: “River”
“I wish I had a river so long, I could teach my feet to fly” – I feel that a lot.