Friday, July 29, 2016

Playlist for 7/29

Colvin & Earle - Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle
Elizabeth Cook - Exodus of Venus
Avett Brothers - True Sadness
Allen Toussaint - American Tunes
Van Morrison - It's Too Late To Stop Now
William Bell - This Is Where I Live
William Bell - Soul Of A Bell
Eli Paperboy Reed - My Way Home
Housemartins - People Who Grinned Themselves To Death
Paul Young - Good Thing
Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Missing Spotify Songs For "Tracks Of My Life" Playlist

Below are songs that aren't on Spotify, but if they were, would be on my Tracks Of My Life playlist. That playlist contains songs, some popular, others more obscure, that have meant something to me at one point or another in my life.  Some of the missing songs below might appear on other streaming sites (and you can find them on YouTube),  but for Playlists, Spotify is still king.  And my playlist has to contain the original recordings.  No remakes.

This list will continue to be updated as I find more missing songs:

Bob James -  Angela (Theme From Taxi)  (Album cut, 1978)
Bob Seger - Mainstreet  (#24, 1977)
Carl Perkins - Birth Of Rock and Roll  (#31 Country, 1986)
Eddie Rabbitt - Repetitive Regret  (#4 Country, 1986)
Everly Brothers - All I Have To Do Is Dream  (#1, 1958)
Firefall - Strange Way  (#11, 1978)
Friend & Lover - Reach Out Of The Darkness  (#10, 1968)
Joe Sun - Old Flames Can't Hold A Candle To You  (#14 Country, 1978)
John Valenti - Anything You Want  (#37, 1976)
KLF w/Tammy Wynette - Justified and Ancient  (#11, 1992)
Larry Groce - Junk Food Junkie  (#9, 1976)
Lucinda Williams - Side of the Road  (Album cut, 1988)
Michael McDonald - Sweet Freedom  (#7, 1986)
Mighty Clouds Of Joy - Mighty High  (#22 R&B, 1976)
Neil Young - Comes A Time  (Album cut 1978)
Neil Young - Heart Of Gold  (#1, 1972)
Orleans - Love Takes Time (#11, 1979)
Osmonds - Chilly Winds (Album cut, 1971)
Pake McEntire - Savin' My Love For You  (#3 Country, 1986)
Prince - I Wanna Be Your Lover  (#11, 1979)
Prince - When You Were Mine  (Album cut, 1980)
Prince - Anotherloverholenyohead  (#63, 1986)
Steely Dan - Kid Charlemagne  (#82, 1976)
Sweet Sensation - Sad Sweet Dreamer  (#14, 1975)
Tom Jones - Say You'll Stay Until Tomorrow   (#15 Pop, #1 Country 1977)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Playlist for 7/22

Bob Dylan - Dylan & The Dead
Bob Dylan - Down In The Groove
Bob Dylan - Knocked Out Loaded
Move - Looking On
Suicide - s/t
Suicide - Second Album
Jerry Reed - Explores Guitar Country
Jerry Reed - Alabama Wild Man

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Music Years of My Life: 1971

In the Summer of '71, my Dad got stationed in Mannheim, Germany.  There's not much from the latter part of that year that musically stuck out, outside of the hits from Carole King's Tapestry.  But the first half of the year was very similar to what occurred in 1970.  Suddenly, songs were sticking with me longer, and those that did are still with me today.

The three that bring back my young school days in North Carolina were all car ride staples:  Three Dog Night's "Joy To The World", Donny Osmond's "Sweet and Innocent", and Brewer & Shipley's "One Toke Over The Line".  No, I had no idea what that latter song was about at the age of 7, but it was catchy.  Donny Osmond was part of the early 70's teen idol boom that my sister embraced.  And the Three Dog Night were already one of the early 70's best singles bands.

People say time flies as you get older, and I can attest to that.  When you're a child the days appear to last longer, memories start forming and friendships come and go.  All of this is true, and the best part was that my ensuing infatuation with music was sown in years like 1970 & 1971.

The move to Germany, and leaving friends behind, had one musical silver lining.  In Germany is where I heard my first American Top 40 countdown.  A life turning point at 7 years old!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Playlist for 7/12

Anohni - Hopelessness
White Lung - Paradise
Mitski - Puberty 2
Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
Adia Victoria - Beyond the Bloodhounds
El DeBarge - s/t ('86)
Maxwell - Blacksummersnight
Sam Lewis - Waiting On You
Dan Fogelberg - Windows and Walls
Highwaymen-  American Outlaws-Live
Robert Ellis - s/t

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Top Van Halen Songs- Poll

Latest Poll I participated in:  Van Halen.  Rules were to list Top 22 favorite VH songs.
I'm pro Roth-era, but I found that the Hagar years had some good singles.

1.  Runnin' With The Devil
2.  Jump
3.  Dance The Night Away
4.  Panama
5.  Eruption
6.  Jamie's Cryin'
7.  Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
8.  I'll Wait
9.  Unchained
10.  Finish What Ya Started
11.  And The Cradle Will Rock
12. Hot For Teacher
13. Spanish Fly
14. Why Can't This Be Love
15. Oh, Pretty Woman
16. Dreams
17. Happy Trails
18. Right Now
19. Everybody Wants Some
20. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
21. You Really Got Me
22. When It's Love

Also:
Top 5 Eddie Van Halen Solos:
1.  Runnin' With The Devil
2.  Beat It
3.  Jump
4.  Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
5.  Panama

Top 5 VH Albums
1.  1984
2.  Van Halen
3.  Van Halen II
4.  Diver Down
5.  Fair Warning

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Music Years Of My Life: 1974

Summer.  The best time of the year when you're young.  Well, for me it was.  There were no year round schools when we were lived in Germany.  The school calendar went from September-June (first week only).  From early June until the day after Labor Day, I was free.  No sports activities until August.  So, what to do.  Just do normal things that kids do when they are ten years old.  Play with your friends, go to movies or the public pool.  Radio's were everywhere I went. Here's the deal.  You hang around the Military apartments where we lived and there's bound to be someone hanging around outside listening to something.

"Band On The Run", "Billy Don't Be A Hero", "Night Chicago Died", "Sundown", "Rock Your Baby", "Feel Like Makin' Love" (R. Flack), were #1's that summer.  A Stevie Wonder song that only went to #16  called "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" is near the top of a list of non-#1's.  Others?  "Waterloo", "You Won't See Me" (A. Murray), "You Make Me Feel Brand New", "Entertainer", "Rock and Roll Heaven", "Sideshow", "Help Me", "Rikki Don't Lose That Number", all fondly remembered.

Radio was everything back then.  I still had no record player.  Was still a year and a half away from buying my first album (my first music purchases were albums, not singles).   Summer memories play a big part in our youth.  Music is an incredible part of that experience.  When I hear those above songs today, I always pause for a second and am instantly taken back to a simpler, easier, innocent time.  Not ready to grow up.

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