The alphabet workout: “B” is for a buttload of song titles starting with a B

~Friday~ Welcome to the third installment of The Alphabet Workout, which, actually started with the letter K, and then jumped back up to the top of the alphabet.

Here's what the playlist ended up being today:

Song Artist
Boulder to Birmingham Emmylou Harris
The Boxer Simon & Garfunkel
The Boy Next Door Barbra Streisand
Brand New Girlfriend Steve Holy
Brand New Man Brooks & Dunn
Brass Buttons Gram Parsons
Brave Idina Menzel
Break Each Other's Hearts Again Reba McEntire & Don Henley
Break My Mind The Flying Burrito Brothers
Breakaway Kelly Clarkson
Breakfast in Bed Train
Breathe Andy & The Lamboy Club Mix
Brick By Brick Train
Bridge Over Troubled Water Eva Cassidy
Bring Him Home Les Miserable Soundtrack
Brokeback Mountain 1 Brokeback Mountain Soundtrack
Broken Arrow Rod Stewart

Thoughts and observations I experienced while listening to this list:

  • I just love Boulder to Birmingham. It's a song I've only recently learned about, and I'm still in a place with it that I could put it on iPod indicator to repeat the same song over and overfor a couple of hours. It's such a beautiful song.
  • The Boxer always takes me back to the first time I heard the lyrics (I was young!) "Just a come on from the whores on Seventh Avenue," and the even racier subsequent admission, "I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome I took some comfort there."
  • Brand New Girlfriend always makes me think of line-dancing, as we do a dance to that song.
  • Brand New Man is one of my favorite Brooks & Dunn songs, and I hadn't heard it in a long, long time. It made me smile.
  • Although I prefer Simon Garfunkel's original version of Bridge Over Troubled Water, I chose to listen to the Eva Cassidy version in this playlist, and I can never hear the unbelievably melodious voice of hers without thinking about this NPR broadcast in December of 2000, which is how I learned who she was.
  • I've only seen Les Miserable once, in the West End actually, and at that time I really didn't care for it. It could have been because it was part of a 6-country, 13-city European tour with my wife and both sets of our parents, and that it was such a long play for which we head nosebleed seats. With that said, there are at least two songs that I love from it: I Dreamed a Dream and Bring Him Home.
  • That Brokeback Mountain selection is just a short instrumental piece, and I pretty much like anything that can take me back to that movie and those beautiful men—Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal. I think this particular music is what starts playing toward the end of the clip above, which is the famous "I wish I knew how to quit you" scene. Made me cry just reviewing that, particularly thinking about the sadness of the death of Heath.
  • Although I don't listen to Rod Steward music often, whenever I do, I always thoroughly enjoy it. With that said, Broken Arrow is not one of my favorite songs of his.

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