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07 September 2011

Musical comfort food. Do you have songs that feel like musical comfort food to you? They make you feel warm and fuzzy even when you're down? Here's one of mine...[More:]

Whenever I hear this song, I want to wrap up in it like it's my favorite blanket: Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, "Don't Leave Me This Way." Teddy Pendergrass' voice is like velvet on this song.
The entire Benefit album by Jethro Tull.
posted by Splunge 07 September | 08:47
It certainly has an appropriate name: "Good to me", Eric Johnson.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth 07 September | 09:30
The original cast recording of "Falsettos".
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 07 September | 10:41
Torn and Frayed by The Rolling Stones. Those chiming opening chords make me exhale and relax immediately. And then Mick Taylor's slick little slide guitar solo that manages to be tight and loose at the same time (which sort of embodies the feel of that whole record) ties the whole thing up in a bow. Probably the rock song I've listened to more than any other over the course of my life. It's like a cigarette -- there's never a bad time for a cigarette! Everything that happens, good bad or indifferent, is an excuse for a cigarette. "Torn and Frayed" is the same way.
posted by BitterOldPunk 07 September | 10:49
Reeling in the Years by Steely Dan.

BP, I had no idea it was Teddy Pendergrass singing on "Don't Leave Me This Way".
posted by Senyar 07 September | 10:50
Man, when I'm down, the last thing I want is upbeat music. Uptempo, maybe, but not upbeat. I like my songs to leave me completely destroyed so that I can begin rebuilding myself piece by piece.

A few staples:
Rush - Between the Wheels
Refreshments - Nada
Presidents - Headin' Out (which bears some similarities to Deathwish by the Police, but is a much more evocative song, for me)
posted by Eideteker 07 September | 11:16
Because the cheese levels are off the charts with this one.
Because I can no longer hear this without thinking of the adorable boy in this video.
And because I am still a 7 year old at heart.
posted by monkeys with typewriters 07 September | 13:30
And one more, slightly calmer.
posted by monkeys with typewriters 07 September | 13:33
Stacy Kidd feat. Joi Williams - "Don't Let No One Get U Down" (or just "Don't Let Nobody") That longer (8+ minute!) version is nice, but I like the 6 minute edit a bit more.
posted by filthy light thief 07 September | 13:40
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty. He was like the Steely Dan of folk.
posted by Ardiril 07 September | 14:54
The Grateful Dead from the early to mid-seventies usually hits the spot for me when I need it. Something like this.
posted by octothorpe 07 September | 15:26
OK, I'm in love with your final choice, monkeys with typewriters. Thanks!

My own absolute favorite song ever is Here Comes the Sun, and the reason is that it always gives me a sense of joy. And there's something very strengthening and warming about Crooked Still's version of Ain't No Grave.
posted by bearwife 07 September | 16:36
Wow, I have enjoyed hearing everybody's picks, especially the ones I wasn't familiar with. More! More!
posted by BoringPostcards 07 September | 20:13
"Bad Moon Rising" by CCR, and almost anything by Elton John.
posted by cp311 08 September | 00:29
Either gotta be The Chariot by the Cat Empire or perhaps Days Like These. Actually, most things by The Cat Empire cheer me up.
posted by ninazer0 08 September | 02:35
I've bounced around to the Beatles' "Good Morning Good Morning" since before I can remember and I still giggle when the horse joins in.
posted by Hugh Janus 08 September | 08:02
Glad you liked it, bearwife! These are fun. Makes me wonder why nobody comes to the mefi listening room anymore... (I'll just leave this here).
posted by monkeys with typewriters 08 September | 21:20
Brook Benton, Rainy Night in Georgia

Dorothy Moore, Misty Blue

Sam Cooke, Nothing Can Change This Love

Seals and Crofts, Summer Breeze

America, Sister Golden Hair
posted by initapplette 09 September | 10:51
Northeast corner of Manhattan St and Liverpool St., Manchester (Pittsburgh) || Moving countries/continents/hemispheres today bunnies.