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“Killing the Blues”

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss | 2007

Popularized by John Prine and also recorded by Shawn Colvin, as well as its original writer, Rowland Salley, "Kiling the Blues," with its laid-back melody and poetic verse, was cherry-picked by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss to be the linchpin of their collaborative project. "When you combine a melody that lifts you up with a lyric like that, it's a twisted thing," said Krauss. "When you get that combination that is really something."

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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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