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Heidi Ewing Part One | From The Cocteau Twins to Arthur Russell (E37)


Heidi Ewing Part One (E37)

The Catskills provided a fitting backdrop for a deep conversation about music, life, culture, movies and… Voyager II. Heidi spent a ton of time working on songs that are mesmerizing, euphoric and seem to cause a medical condition commonly known as “musical paralysis.” Of what do you speak, dear PJDJ? Tell us more about this strange and curious condition if you would.

Dear reader, it will all be made clear when you listen to the episode below.

That Moment in a Bar (or Starbucks)

You are having drinks with friends in a crowded bar. Chatting away. Having such a good time. And then something tingles in the back of your brain. A new sensation… certainly… but odd. Does it feel good? You think so. Yes… it’s good. You pay attention. Your ear follows this new sonic “thing.”

Heidi Ewing
Heidi Ewing

And then… the topic of these shows with Heidi… euphoria and paralysis. While you may not have the same emotional connection with each tune as Heidi does, I am pretty sure you will see the magic in each, and what compelled Heidi to add them to this list of stunning songs. Music is highly personal and you are likely to have your own list of songs that create euphoria and paralysis. Share your list in the comments below.


The Cocteau Twins

Euphoria and Paralysis

Cocteau Twins were a Scottish band active from 1979 to 1997. They were formed in Grangemouth by Robin Guthrie (guitars, drum machine) and Will Heggie (bass), adding Elizabeth Fraser (vocals) in 1981 and replacing Heggie with multi-instrumentalist Simon Raymonde in 1983. The group earned critical praise for their ethereal, effects-laden sound and the soprano vocals of Fraser, whose lyrics often abandon recognisable language. They pioneered the 1980s alternative rock subgenre of dream pop.

The Cocteau Twins
Robin Guthrie, Will Heggie, Elizabeth Frazier


Heid Ewing From The Cocteau Twins to Arthur Russell
Heid Ewing From The Cocteau Twins to Arthur Russell

The Playlist

Tracks included in order of appearance.

SongArtist / AlbumYear
AssimilateSkinny Puppy / Bites1985
Stand or FallThe Fixx / Shuttered Room1982
If You Were HereThompson Twins / Quick Step and Side Kick1982
Over the RainbowIsrael Kamakawiwo’ole / Facing Future1993
DreamsThe Cranberries / Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?1993
Here’s Where the Story EndsThe Sundays / Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic1990
Heaven or Las VegasThe Cocteau Twins / Heaven or Las Vegas1990
Blue Bell KnollCocteau Twins / Blue Bell Knoll1988
The Ghost in YouThe Psychedelic Furs / Mirror Moves1984
ObliviousAztec Camera / High Land, Hard Rain1983
Mattress of Wire – LiveRoddy Frame / Live in Osaka2012
Tea in the SaharaThe Police / Synchronicity1983
That’s Us/Wild CombinationArthur Russell / Calling Out of Context2000
Playlist: Heidi Ewing


In this episode our music centers around the year 1985 as you can see from our LEST-OMETER below. Yep – that’s how we roll around here… the very latest in music technology!!


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I want to share my appreciation for you. For listening with an open mind. For comments and thoughts. For advice and suggestions. I am very pleased to go on these musical journeys each week knowing you are there to appreciate stand-out music from inspired musicians.

Heidi Ewing from The Cocteau Twins to Arthur Russell (E37)

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This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Mary

    This was wonderful!! Loved this playlist:)!

  2. Adelaide Ewing

    This was fantastic

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