I bring you this week’s music from Grammy-winner Norah Jones. I think she’s got a great voice. I don’t know why, but listening to her makes me think of my childhood a bit. And also living in Athens when I was in college.
The first song on the playlist is “Turn Me On,” from Come Away With Me. It’s a song written by Nashville legend J. D. Loudermilk.
The next track is “One Flight Down,” also from Come Away With Me. This one really sticks in my head when I hear it. I like the old-time gospel/blues/country blend in the song.
The third song is “Humble Me” from Jones’s second album, Feels Like Home. I thought the lyrics were sad.
The fourth song is “Don’t Know Why,” which was a big hit from her first album. I like the guitar. In fact, I find that I often like the guitar in her music. She’s got a good band.
The last song is “Carnival Town” from Feels Like Home. I like the way it reminds me of being a child, riding the amusement park rides. But there’s this sadness of being unfulfilled, of being stuck going nowhere.
I really like the spare quality in her music. I know some people think it’s boring, but I think it’s beautiful in its simplicity.
The music reflects my mood. I’m feeling down about work. I dread going to my job every day. I still don’t have a job for next year, and I grow more nervous about it every day. I feel stuck, like I’m spinning my wheels. I wish something would happen. What I mean, is I wish I would get a job. The prospect of being out of work again scares me.
In my heart, given the situation I’m working in, I know I’m doing the best I can do. Discipline at my school is insane. It’s almost at the point where the inmates are running the asylum. Almost. It’s spring, and the kids are getting crazier and crazier. I have to get back into high school. This is making me nuts. So given that I know I’m doing the best I can, I’m still feeling like an utter failure at work. Sigh.