Friday will mark rock band My Morning Jacket’s sixth show at Merriweather since 2010. Drummer Patrick Hallahan says the group’s concerts are “a dance between the band and the audience, and whoever attends those [Merriweather] shows happen to be great dance partners.” Before that dance, Hallahan shared the first three songs that popped into his head.
Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Md.; Fri., 7 p.m., $46-$76.
‘Shaving Cream’ by Benny Bell
This vaudevillian novelty song from 1946 was a staple of Hallahan’s childhood visits to his grandmother’s house. “Each verse is a story where the word ‘s—’ should be and instead he uses the words ‘shaving cream,’ ” he says. “My brother and I would just cry with laughter.”
‘Strong’ by London Grammar
“I was driving the other night and this song came on the radio and I ended up having to listen to it a couple of times,” he says of the ’80s-indebted 2013 ballad. “It’s the perfect night-driving song.”
‘I’ve Had Enough’ by Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris
Hallahan’s wife recently got him the singers’ 1987 “Trio” album as a gift. This song about divorce, with Ronstadt on lead vocals, “stopped me in my tracks,” he says. “If you listen to the sentiment … it’ll break you down.”
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