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“Hot Burrito #1 / Hot Burrito #2”

The Flying Burrito Brothers | 1969

These companion pieces from The Gilded Palace of Sin were penned by Gram Parsons and Burritos bass player Chris Ethridge during a single writing session. According to band cofounder Chris Hillman, "#1" was inspired by Parsons' breakup with Nancy Parsons, nee Ross, who took his name though they never officially married. "I only heard two great vocals out of that guy: 'Hot Burrito #1' and 'Hot Burrito #2,'" Hillman said of his Byrds/Burritos partner. "The rest of it was good, and there was a lot of soul; he was a very emotional singer. But those two vocals were tearjerkers -- they give you chills."

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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