The girls in California, they all look the same to me
The way they take for granted living by the sea
They can be your best friends if you don’t expect too much
The girls in California, well they all believe in love.
That’s the opening verse to this month’s no.1 song “Such a Way” by Stephen Kellogg. The song builds to a beautifully romantic love song as he lyrically searches the country for the girl who moves him “in such a way”. It’s fun to hear him sing that first verse when he’s singing to an audience of California girls. He’s uncomfortably aware that he could be offending but the girls, invariably, are enthusiastically forgiving. Here’s a recent example captured on Youtube:
I’ll also mention two newcomers to the Pie on this month’s Top 20: I met Dulcie Taylor at the FAR-West Folk Alliance get-together last fall. She’s adorable and her song “Cigarette Smoke” at no. 10 is sweet, nostalgic and unassuming. Jake Armerding‘s music (at no. 18 ~ I *always* have trouble spelling that name!) was introduced to me by an Acoustic Pie listener and I’m becoming more and more fond of him. Do you like Richard Shindell as much as I do? There’s a strong similarity in both voice and songwriting.
Sorry, fellow San Diegans, there were no San Diego songwriters voted into the Top 20 this month!
Thanks for voting and for reading!
Top 20 Songs on Acoustic Pie
Artist ~ Song ~ Album
1. Stephen Kellogg ~ Such a Way ~ Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
2. Liz Longley ~ Goodbye Love ~ Hot Loose Wire
3. Ben Lee ~ Ripe ~ Ripe
4. Kat Goldman ~ Letter from Paris ~ Gypsy Girl
5. Sally Barris ~ Angel of the North ~ Wilder Girl
6. Nicole Vaughn ~ Say it ~ Say it
7. Lisa Hannigan ~ Teeth ~ Sea Sew
8. Kerry Patrick Clark ~ Lullaby ~ On the Road to Human Being
9. Justin Roth ~ She Dances ~ Shine
10. Dulcie Taylor ~ Cigarette Smoke ~ Free of this Sorrow
11. Craig Werth ~ My Way or the Highway ~ The Spokes Man
12. Caroline Herring ~ Maiden Voyage ~ Camilla
13. William Fitzsimmons ~ From the Water ~ Gold in the Shadow
14. Vienna Teng ~ Blue Caravan ~ Dreaming Through the Noise
15. Sarah Kenvyn ~ Why ~ This is the Sea
16. Laura Cortese ~ Women of the Ages ~ Acoustic Project
17. Kris Delmhorst ~ Strange Conversation ~ Strange Conversation
18. Jake Armerding ~ I Came Upon Some Love Today ~ Her
19. Ingrid Michaelson ~ Porcelain Fists ~ Slow the Rain
20. Erica Wheeler ~ Harold ~ Good Summer Rain