Cornelia Murr’s “Baby Brain” Music

Cornelia Murr’s “Baby Brain” Music

Rising folk artist Cornelia Murr has just released her debut album, Lake Tear of the Clouds, produced by Jim James of My Morning Jacket. To celebrate, Murr has curated a TIDAL-exclusive playlist of some of the music that has guided her musical and personal journey.

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Buddy Holly, “Peggy Sue”
I used to think this song was called “Eggy Soup,” which I would sing confidently at the top of my lungs. One of my first memories is driving to this in my dad’s old BMW down really narrow windy English country roads, speeding like crazy (he loves to speed).

Queen, “Don’t Stop Me Now”
We had a pet garter snake who I loved and who often hung out in my sleeve (I’m now quite phobic of snakes). His name was Freddie Mercury (Merc, for short), so we obviously loved Queen in my household. This is probably my fave Queen song. Freddie is just so joyful and brave.

The Beatles, “Here Comes the Sun”
We all have our first child Beatles moment. Abbey Road was my mom’s favorite Beatles’ album and George was her favorite Beatle (mine too, nearly tied with John )— so this was my moment. What a song.

Mariah Carey, “Honey”
Okay, moving up in years now. I had this cassette when I was probably 8 and my mom and brother actually both loooved it too. It was sweet that we could all get down to Mariah Carey together at one point in time. She opened a lot of doors to me, showing me what a voice could do. This song is just dope.

Sinead O’Connor, “Daddy I’m Fine”
Now, picture a very pissed off 13-year-old girl, who had just been moved against her will to a tiny town in the middle of nowhere, but had just started to learn what music and parties were about and wanted simply to move to London and “be a singer in a rock ‘n’ roll band.” Sinead was a perfect figurehead in this moment for me and for so many like us. I still adore her.

The Velvet Underground, “Femme Fatale”
That same 13-year-old started singing songs with a bunch of older dudes in town who had a band, one of whom was my first guitar teacher. This was the first song I sang with them, which was the first time I really sang for anyone. Weird song choice I guess, but that was it. Singing Nico made me feel SO cool.

The Roots, “You Got Me” (Featuring Jill Scott)
I had this on some mix CD my brother made me and it’s just amazing. I love Erykah Badu to no end, but I just happened to hear this version first with Jill Scott. It’s just such an inspired righteous live performance and it kinda was my first introduction to hip hop. Weirdly, I just realized I have a song with the same title on my record.

Led Zeppelin, “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”
Speaking of firsts, this is the song that inspired the whole theme of this playlist. I just saw Robert Plant live for the first time the other day and he is just…EVERYTHING to me. He is perhaps my favorite living male voice in the universe, and Led Zeppelin was undoubtedly my first favorite band. This song, in particular, is what lit the fuse of rock ‘n’ roll in my brain for the first time, exploding it and changing me forever. They are mystical warriors. He played this the other night and I’m still in some shock.

Nick Drake, “River Man”
There was a time when I thought I was the one who discovered Nick Drake and brought him back into the general zeitgeist (this was pre-Volkswagen commercial). I also believed that I knew the man this song was written about, a man in London who lives on a very dignified raft built of driftwood and trash on the River Thames. He would have been Nick’s contemporary. Nick Drake can make you believe in any magical thing.

Joni Mitchell, “Cactus Tree (Live)”
Joni is one of my guides in life, as she is to so many of us. We converse in my dreams. This particular recording of this song really cried out to me at a certain time, a time when I was moving to California to go to boarding school, feeling very whimsical and wistful in my burgeoning womanhood at 15. This song just makes a young girl ache in wonder for all the love that life has in store for her. It makes the future drip with possibility and beauty, and simultaneously warns it is a little tragic and hollow. It is a winning combination in a song.

Broadcast, “Corporeal”
It’s so hard to pick a favorite Broadcast song because they are one of my favorite bands of all time. This is just one that exemplifies much of their work. At the heart, it’s a simple folk song, dressed in such creative, futuristic, but timeless instrumentation. They made me feel very alive and excited about making music when I was around 16. Rest in Power to the one and only Trish Keenan.

 

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