Monday, December 30, 2013

Song of the Day: Ring them bells

I've been listening to Sarah Jarosz recently.  She is widely acclaimed as a master of bluegrass mandolin and fiddle.  The clarity of her singing and playing are simply beautiful....which makes her cover of Bob Dylan's "Ring Them Bells" - featured on Vanguard's 'The Americana Sessions (Bob Dylan)' - pretty startling.  There is such a contrast between the sweetness of the music and the terrible meaning of the lyrics.   This is a very effective echo of Dylan's warning song about end times and coming judgement. 

Besides....it's always time for a good protest song.



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas Song of the Day!

drew holcomb's "everythings changed at christmas but you" reminds me of some of randy newman's more successful songs from toy story and cars.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Song of the Day: Slow Down

Best line: "The busy-ness that I'm excusing is a drug that I'm abusing".

This song is a warning to not get caught in the trap of getting too busy.

This song is well crafted.  The music is very playful, while the lyrics are a real bummer....UNTIL you realize it's all about freeing yourself from the trap.  

The performer is Myla Smith and the song is "Slow Down", off her 2012 EP album "Drugs".

Friday, November 8, 2013

Song of the Day: Free

turning back the clock to one of the great cruising songs of 1970: "All Right Now" by a band called "Free".

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Song of the Day: The Plan

Robin Rogers, one of my favorite female blues artist, performing 'The Plan' - another of those ironic blues songs that are actually statements of affirmation. Check it.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Song of the Day: We were lost

Mandi Moseley's 'we were lost' is fun.  Comes in with a minimal electric piano beat and swells.  It's lyrics are highly reflective of gospel themes.  What I REALLY like about it is that it comes from a 'works' theology.  (Too bad the Community of Christ new hymnal project missed this one.)

Friday, October 18, 2013

Song of the Day: Sleep

isn't it odd that we're all so ambivalent about sleep?  I know....it's that thing which - by definition - robs us of opportunities for conscious observation of this wonderful life.  this song is all about sleep but has a driving beat....


Friday, October 11, 2013

Song of the day: Dancing in the Moonlight

King Harvest is just about my favorite one-hit bands.   Their hit "Dancing In the Moonlight" always reminds me of the roadtrip two of my brothers and I took from Arizona to upper Indiana in February, 1973.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Song of the Day: Bluer than blue

Michael Johnson.  1978.  Still a great song.  Note how the lyrics start off of the downbeat - like everything is too late.  

I love the line "You're the only light this room has ever had".


Friday, August 16, 2013

Song of the Day: Callaghan "Best Year"

I Feel Good Times Coming!
If you don't, listen to this song.  It's a simple message, but one that might do you some good.
Callaghan, "Best Year"

Friday, August 9, 2013

Song of the Day - Peter Paul and Mary

Peter, Paul and Mary's "Don't Think Twice" is about moving beyond a love relationship.  It's oddly cathartic and,  even more strangely, pretty calming.  So...if you need to reassure yourself about something that has already ended, give this a listen and move on.


Friday, July 5, 2013

Song of the Day: The Stacey Jones Band

The Stacy Jones Band, I Think I Feel Like Leavin'.  For when you want to hear an upbeat blues track with a lot of harmonica.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Song of the Day: Bonnie Raitt


Bonnie Raitt, Nine Lives, Freezin' (For a Little Human Love)
I saw her perform this on September 28, 1986 with Julie.  It was our first date.  Always takes me back to a great night.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Song of the Day: Lord Things are Getting Crazy Up in Here



It's way past time that I acknowledged Taj Mahal.  He was such a musical influence to so many musical genres in the past 40 years.  This cut is typical: high energy, thoughtful and fun lyrics, clean arrangement, great solo contributions....  Enjoy!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Song of the Day: Age



Lianne La Havas is a new artist who was recently interviewed on NPR.  Apparently she's getting a lot of airplay in the UK, which is her homeland.  Her debut album -  Is Your Love Big Enough?  - was awarded the title of iTunes Album of The Year 2012.  She is a wonderful guitarist and has a better voice than Norah Jones.  Check it out!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Lindey Lou and the Flatbellys



this song puts me in mind of the old bluegrass classic "You Are My Sunshine", but - when you think of it - they're sort of like mirror images. :)

Friday, May 24, 2013

Song of the Day: Tallulah




here's some nice laid-back blues with quirky lyrics.  enjoy.
"can't wear my alligator boots in church..."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Song of the Day (for Murphy)





My sons’s dog, Murphy, passed away yesterday.  This morning, Sam couldn’t bear to hear this song from Toy Story 2 because he was already wishing he had spent even more time with the dog he loved while she was living.  So I listened to it after he left for school this morning and identified with the toy that was left behind.  I miss Murphy.  A dog’s love is unique.  Never again will I see her run to greet me at the end of a day.  It never mattered what the day had brought when I saw her face running toward me.  
Good dog, Murphy!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Sick Day Song

an oldie that's so appropriate for all of us who are a little under the weather today.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Nothing But A Child

A song for Epiphany.  :)  Today is the 12th day of Christmas!  The day the wisemen traditionally find the Christ Child.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Good News! Rob Mathes

Such a beautiful Christmas song!
Good News

2013 - the fight that remains

My 16-year-old son discovered this song a couple of months ago and has been listening and singing to it for a while. Today, i think it deserves more exposure as a prelude to the first day after a bad year. The last line "the fight still remains" is encouraging to me.