turntable: “young and beautiful” by lana del rey

I haven’t had a chance to check out the new Baz Luhrmann take on The Great Gatsby¬†yet (it is one of my all-time favourite novels and I’ve been a longtime fan of both Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, so I’m expecting big things), but I already have the film’s soundtrack on repeat. Jay-Z, will.i.am, Sia, The xx, Florence + the Machine—the whole album is an eclectic mix of musical genres, featuring a big roster of music’s finest who deliver killer track after killer track. But one of the highlights has to be Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful.” Incredible vocals, a haunting melody, perfect production, and the most beautiful string accompaniment—I couldn’t be more obsessed.

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turntable: “you never need nobody” by the lone bellow

My most recent musical discovery slash obsession: this song, by The Lone Bellow. This uber-talented threesome has only been on my radar for a few days and I am already hooked to their folksy, acoustic vibe, the pretty melodies, and the raw, emotional voice of lead singer Zach Williams. I highly recommend reading the incredibly inspiring story about how Williams got into songwriting—pretty amazing.

“You Never Need Nobody” is a simple tune, but somehow manages to be both calming and uplifting all at the same time. I’ll have this one on repeat for weeks to come. Give it a listen!

turntable: “get happy / happy days are here again” – barbra streisand & judy garland duet

Who doesn’t love a good throwback? This medley of the wartime classic “Happy Days Are Here Again” (re-recorded by Streisand on her 1963 debut album) and “Get Happy,” a Garland favourite, brings together two of the greatest female voices in history. I love the first part of this particular clip of their performance on The Judy Garland Show; a young, bright-eyed Barbra holds her own next to a Hollywood veteran, and you can just see that she is destined for greatness.

A beautiful duet and an instant mood-changer! Sidenote: I was very fortunate to go see Ms. Streisand live with my sisters during her Back to Brooklyn tour. She did a rendition of this song with her sister, Roslyn Kind. It was epic.

j.