For this week’s Five On Friday, we have five songs curated by Detroit singer-songwriter Stefanie Haapala. You can check out her Spotify playlist and insight behind her choices of each track below!
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“I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James
This is one of the songs that made me listen at a really young age to a vocal performance. There’s so much gut and density in Etta’s voice. There’s so much power that can come up from beneath the sternum of a woman and roll into a voice. And dammit, she has all the reigns here.
“One Less Lonely Girl” by Justin Bieber
If you think this is a joke, it is absolutely not. I have found myself standing on way too many sofas, utilizing my one and only dance move (aka “uncomfortably serenading someone while I point at them”) for this to not make the cut. It’s no secret that I love the Biebs (baby Biebs specifically). I take music, the making of it, the listening to it, and the talking about it, way too seriously sometimes. But then there’s the guilty pleasure songs. No matter what they are, they remind me to loosen up. Music can be an absolutely euphoric thing in a world that is way too interested in labels. And if I have to listen to Bieber to get there, I will.
“The Weight of Us” by Sanders Bohlke
Sanders is one of my favorite songwriters. And this song in specific is on a very short list of songs that I think are melodically perfect. This track has been with me since the day it was released, and it has travelled to many, many corners of my universe.
“Valley of the Shadow” by Thomas Newman & London Symphony Orchestra (from Little Women Soundtrack)
When I think of songs that are important to me, I generally think of people and places that I associate with them. And this song is so random, but so important to someone very important to me. It is grounded in a person, and a story they once told. That, in itself, is enough for me to carry every note with me.
“Conviction of the Heart” by Kenny Loggins
There is so much to be said about the music we are surrounded by as we grow up. My parents are not musicians, but they were constantly pumping out 70’s songwriters in our house. This is a living song. But if I could choose one song to die to, I think this would be it.