Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing A handful of public-radio music curators have made you an October mix that includes new music from John Mark Nelson, Kurt Vile, EL VY, Lizzo and more.

Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

You probably have some songs in heavy rotation. You just can't stop playing them. Well, this is why we gave our music project that name. NPR Music asks public radio hosts and DJs to name a favorite song - one they keep in heavy rotation. And each month, we hear one of their picks here on MORNING EDITION. Our guest today is from Charleston, W. Va. She's an assistant producer for Mountain Stage with Larry Groce and she hosts A Change of Tune for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

JONI DEUTSCH, BYLINE: My name is Joni Deutsch, and my pick for heavy rotation is "Dream Last Night" by John Mark Nelson.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAM LAST NIGHT")

JOHN MARK NELSON: (Singing) Fighting an endless war that ends with my reflection. Trying a hundred times to turn the other way.

DEUTSCH: John Mark Nelson is a wunderkind from Minneapolis, Minn. He's only 21, but he's already put out four albums. The first two were recorded in his bedroom. The third one was actually a Kickstarter campaign, and now he's on a music label, and it looks like his career is really about to take off.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAM LAST NIGHT")

NELSON: (Singing) Because I had a dream last night, you were talking to me. You told me all about the things that you love. And the conversation was killing me, so I left without looking back.

DEUTSCH: He's known more as a folk musician, but as you can hear on this song, his new music has much more of a pop rock sound. Nelson even told Minnesota Public Radio that he's listening to the album "Rumours" by Fleetwood Mac. And he wanted to write songs with the driving rhythm and tight vocal harmonies that those songs have. And you can kind of hear it in these vocal exchanges with his background singer Kara Laudon.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAM LAST NIGHT")

NELSON: (Singing, unintelligible) You will never be what you say. You will never say what you need.

DEUTSCH: What's really interesting is that this music is bouncy and upbeat. But if you listen to the lyrics, it sounds like he's frustrated with his relationship and may be dealing with some personal failures himself. So there's some interesting tension there. And that's what keeps me coming back to this song for more.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAM LAST NIGHT")

NELSON: (Singing) I had a dream last night, you were talking to me. You told me all about the things that you love.

GREENE: You were hearing from Joni Deutsch. She works for a radio program called Mountain Stage and she's also a host for West Virginia Public Broadcasting. She was talking about her pick for Heavy Rotation. We're listening to it now. It's "Dream Last Night" by John Mark Nelson. And for a complete list of songs, you can go to npr.org/music.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DREAM LAST NIGHT")

NELSON: (Singing) So I left without ever looking back.

GREENE: This is NPR News.

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