Saturday, May 18, 2024

Playlist for 5/18

Secret Sisters - Mind, Man, Medicine
Sarah Shook - Revelations
Rosali - Bite Down
Hixtape Vol. 3: Difftape - Various
Sarah Vaughan - s/t (1954)
Black Keys - Ohio Players
Vampire Weekend - Only God Was Above Us
Old 97's - American Primitive
Let It Be (1970 Beatles Film) 

Friday, May 10, 2024

Playlist for 5/10

Music from Laurel Canyon 67-75 - Various (Cherry Red Box Set)
Eddy Grant - Killer on the Rampage
Guy Davis - Be Ready When I Call You
Carsie Blanton - After the Revolution
Adrianne Lenker - Bright Future
Taylor Swift - Tortured Poets Department
Sheryl Crow - Evolution
Steve! - 2023 Steve Martin Documentary (Apple)

Sunday, May 05, 2024

Reaching Age 60

   Looking at past posts I thought for sure there was something written when my 40th and 50th birthdays came along.  But nothing showed up.  This surprised me.  Turning 40 seemed more significant than any other birthday up to that point.  That is the age when a man has shaken off his "younger days" and maturation supposedly settles in.  Ten years later 50 was just a birthday that told me I had made it to middle age.  Now comes 60 and honestly I don't feel any different than I did 10 or 20 years ago.  Maybe I look older?  But inside I feel 20 years younger.   My Dad died when he was 74.  That was too young I felt at the time.  Many public figures are living into their 80's, even 90's still healthy and full of life.  I'd like to get there too.  

  I have no intention of crying about getting older.  However, the memories of years past are starting to affect my way of living like never before.  By the year 2018 I had lost my Dad, Mom and Sister.  All within ten years.   My wife and son are still with me and that has lessened whatever sadness I feel when thinking about my parents and sister.  

  One final thing I should reveal that has proven to be true.  The days are going by faster as I get older.  So, regardless of age, love every minute you can with family and friends.  We were not made to live forever, but when your final moments do occur, at least you will have known your life meant something to someone. 

Friday, May 03, 2024

My Latest Appearance on the Rock In Retrospect Podcast (2024 Rock Hall Inductees)

  Check out my latest appearance on Nick Bambach's Rock in Retrospect podcast.  This time I was on with 2 other guests to discuss the 2024 Rock Hall inductees.  


Rock in Retrospect 2024 Rock Hall Inductees Discussion

Poll: April 1970 Songs

   April 1970.  Still living in North Carolina.  One year away from moving to Mannheim, Germany.  American Top 40 three months away from its debut.  But AM Top 40 radio still rules the radio dial in my world.  
  For this latest poll 36 songs were picked to vote on. Here are my rankings.  Listen to this countdown at popgoldradio.com

"Bridge Over Troubled Water", Simon & Garfunkel : 1
"Let It Be", Beatles : 2
"Rainy Night In Georgia", Brook Benton : 3
"Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)", Delfonics : 4
"Spirit In The Sky", Norman Greenbaum : 5
"Love On A Two-Way Street", Moments : 6
"Turn Back The Hands Of Time", Tyrone Davis : 7
"Instant Karma (We All Shine On)", John Ono Lennon : 8
"Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)", Edison Lighthouse : 9
"Give Me Just A Little More Time", Chairmen Of The Board : 10
"ABC", Jackson 5 : 11
"Evil Ways", Santana : 12
"Make Me Smile", Chicago : 13
"Woodstock", Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young : 14
"Love Or Let Me Be Lonely", Friends Of Distinction : 15
"American Woman", Guess Who : 16
"Vehicle", Ides Of March : 17
"Cecilia", Simon & Garfunkel : 18
"Celebrate", Three Dog Night : 19
"Up The Ladder To The Roof", Supremes : 20
"Call Me", Aretha Franklin : 21
"The Rapper", Jaggerz : 22
"Come And Get It", Badfinger : 23
"Something's Burning", Kenny Rogers & the First Edition : 24
"He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", Hollies : 25
"Easy Come, Easy Go", Bobby Sherman : 26
"The Bells", Originals : 27
"Ma Belle Amie", Tee Set : 28
"Reflections Of My Life", Marmalade : 29
"Gotta Hold On To This Feeling", Jr. Walker & the All Stars : 30
"Little Green Bag", George Baker Selection : 31
"Long Lonesome Highway", Michael Parks : 32
"You're The One (Part II)", Little Sister : 33
"House Of The Rising Sun", Frijid Pink : 34
"For The Love Of Him", Bobbi Martin : 35
"Tennessee Bird Walk", Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan : 36

Wednesday, May 01, 2024

Playlist for 5/1

Gary Clark Jr  - Jpeg Raw
Sierra Ferrell - Trail of Flowers
Cody Jinks - Change the Ganme
Shakira - Los Mujares Ya No Lloran
Waxahatchee - Tiger's Blood
Aoife O'Donovan - All My Friends
The Stones & Brian Jones (2023 Documentary) 
Bob Marley: One Love  (2024 movie)
Alex Korners' Blues Incorporated - R&B From the Marquee
Alex Korners' Rocket 88 - s/t

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Playlist for 4/21

Beyonce - Cowboy Carter
Kaiser Chiefs - Easy Eighth Album 
Price Sisters - Between the Lines
Norah Jones - Visions
Ariana Grande - Eternal Sunshine
Bleachers - s/t
New Guitars In Town: Power Pop 1978-82 - Various (Cherry Red)

Friday, April 19, 2024

Shoulda Been A Bigger Hit Poll (2024 Edition)

  Once again I voted in this poll.  This is from a Facebook group I'm part of  called Wow 100. The concept is to list songs that make you say Wow!  But the initial concept was to list songs that should have been Top 10 hits.  I liked that concept better.  All of my choices below landed outside the Top 10.   

  You can listen to the results on April 20-21, on That Thing with Rich Appel

1.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
2.  Solitary Man - Neil Diamond
3.  Tiny Dancer - Elton John
4.  Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again - Fortunes
5.  Take It Easy - Eagles
6.  Always and Forever - Heatwave
7.  At Last - Etta James
8.  Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now - McFadden & Whitehead
9.  In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett
10. Kentucky Rain - Elvis Presley
11. I Wanna Be Your Lover - Prince
12. To Love Somebody - Bee Gees
13. Wonderful World - Sam Cooke
14. Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops
15. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
16. God Only Knows - Beach Boys
17. This Magic Moment - Drifters
18. Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
19. The Way You Do The Things You Do - Temptations
20. Respect Yourself - Staple Singers
21. Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
22. I'm Every Woman - Chaka Khan
23. Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel - Tavares
24. Mighty Love - Spinners
25. What I Like About You - Romantics
26. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
27. Don't Make Me Over - Dionne Warwick
28. Sex Machine - James Brown
29. Operator - Jim Croce
30. Holiday - Madonna
31. Disco Inferno - Trammps
32. Tutti Frutti - Little Richard
33. I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
34. Since I Don't Have You - Skyliners
35. Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
36. I Only Want To Be With You - Dusty Springfield
37. Hold On I'm A Comin' - Sam & Dave
38. SOS - Abba
39. By The Time I Get To Phoenix - Glen Campbell
40. Nothing But A Heartache - Flirtations
41. All My Loving  - Beatles
42. In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
43. Fever - Little Willie John
44. For The Good Times - Ray Price
45. It's A Shame - Spinners
46. Wild Night - Van Morrison
47. Lies - Knickerbockers
48. Treat Me Nice - Elvis Presley
49. More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
50. Maybe Baby - Buddy Holly
51. Walking In The Rain - Ronettes
52. But It's Alright - J.J. Jackson
53. Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
54. Sincerely - Moonglows
55. Forget Me Nots - Patrice Rushen
56. So Very Hard To Go - Tower of Power
57. Just What I Needed - Cars
58. Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Go's
59. River Deep-Mountain High - Ike & Tina Turner
60. Love The One You're With - Stephen Stills
61. Wild World - Cat Stevens
62. Listen To The Music - Doobie Brothers
63. Baby I Love Your Way (live) - Peter Frampton
64. Into The Night - Benny Mardones
65. Different Drum - Linda Ronstadt
66. This Old Heart Of Mine - Isley Brothers
67. Tempted - Squeeze
68. If I Can Dream - Elvis Presley
69. Just Like Me - Paul Revere & The Raiders
70. Love Really Hurts Without You - Billy Ocean
71. Free Ride - Edgar Winter Group
72. Time Has Come Today - Chambers Brothers
73. I've Been Lonely Too Long - Rascals
74. Tired Of Being Alone - Al Green
75. Fantasy - Earth,Wind & Fire
76. Strange Magic - ELO
77. That's The Way Of The World - Earth, Wind & Fire
78. Games People Play - Joe South
79. Summer Rain - Johnny Rivers
80. One Of A Kind (Love Affair) - Spinners
81. Piano Man - Billy Joel
82. I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits
83. Let's Spend The Night Together - Rolling Stones
84. Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison
85. Tuesday Afternoon - Moody Blues
86. Steppin' Stone - Monkees
87. So Far Away - Carole King
88. Itchycoo Park - Small Faces
89. Any Day Now - Chuck Jackson
90. People Get Ready - Impressions
91. It's My Life - Animals
92. You Get What You Give - New Radicals
93. I Melt With You - Modern English
94. Right Down The Line - Gerry Rafferty
95. I Saw The Light - Todd Rundgren
96. Having A Party - Sam Cooke
97. Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn
98. Oye Como Va - Santana
99.  Never Too Much - Luther Vandross

100. Look Of Love - ABC
101. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
102. Super Freak - Rick James
103. Driver's Seat - Sniff 'n' the Tears 
104. Faithfully - Journey
105. Undun - Guess Who
106.  (You Make Me Feel) Mighty Real - Sylvester
107.  I Got You - Split Enz
108. Wishing You Were Here - Chicago 
109.  Show Me - Joe Tex
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