Black moods

Five favorite songs on my iTunes list that begin with “Black”:

1. “Black Barbie,” Little Jackie. The World Should Revolve Around Me” by the same band made my holiday disc last year. Remember Imani Coppola and “Legend of a Cowgirl” (from which the screengrab at left was taken)? She returned with this new band — and according to her website is working on a new album. Her blog also pronounces fall “the sexiest season in NYC” — the season of “intellect and lucidity.”

2. Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair (Jaffa Remix),” Nina Simone and Jaffa. Thing I learned about a movie I never saw: In “Point of No Return,” the American remake of “Nikita,” Bridget Fonda’s character’s nickname is Nina as a nod to Nina Simone.

3. Black Milk,” Massive Attack.  Did you know there’s a website devoted to album covers? Sleevage discussed the “Mezzanine” cover here, and although Wikipedia claims the “beetle” in the Nick Knight photo is made from Volkswagen Beetle parts, I think that’s an error; the legs look too real. (There’s a 500-pixel version on the Sleevage website, or you can click on the thumbnail at right.) Anyway, I’m excited for the new Massive Attack album, if the new song “Psyche” is any indicator.

4. Black Swan,” Thom Yorke. If you haven’t heard it — and I am thinking of my sisters here, specifically — the chorus of this solo release from the lead singer of Radiohead repeats:  “ ’Cause this is (dirtyword)ed up / (dirtyword)ed up.” In other words, not a contender for those days you need your mood elevated through music. (Art co-opted from the cover of the British version of the book “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, in which he puts forth the theory that the really important events of the past were just as rare and unpredictable as black swans. (Which makes trying to forecast things like stock market trends somewhat of a folly.)

5. Black Sweat,” Prince. By no means among my five favorite Prince songs — those would be, in alphabetical order, “Alphabet Street,” “Delirious,” “I Would Die 4 U,” “Strange Relationship” and “U Got The Look.”  But still oh so delicious.

And two favorite songs on my  iTunes list that begin with “White”:

1. White Lilies,” Peder feat. Anne Trolle. A few years ago I was so thrilled with myself for discovering the “Hotel Costes” compilation CDs, smug with discovery … and then I walked into a Banana Republic store and one of the tracks was playing over the loudspeaker. Goodbye, hubris.
2. “White Pepper Ice Cream,” Cibo Matto. I also love their trippy version of “The Candy Man,” from the same album. I’m going to assume the reason I can’t find any version of it on YouTube is because the Sammy Davis Jr. estate is greedy about residuals. (Other songs from the same album are there.)

WHAT SAM WORE: 11-17-09
I declare this “crewneck sweater week.” Dress accordingly.
The shirt: Long-sleeved cotton crewneck sweater from Urban Outfitters.
Underneath: T-shirt by Abercrombie & Fitch, from Buffalo Exchange.
The pants: Olive boot-cut cotton khakis from Old Navy.
The shoes: Boots by Doc Martens, from Last Chance.
The scent: Cucumber Essence Oil by Kiehl’s and
Texas Cedarwood essential oil by Aura Cacia.

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