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2017-08-11 07:44 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 24 - A Song By A Band You Wish Were Still Together

Slowly but surely, with this meme, my friends. LOL

My band: Jellyfish.

This San Francisco power pop band had a five year run (1989-1994), and I loved them. I never got an opportunity to see them live, sadly.

Andy Sturmer – vocals, drums, keyboards, guitar
Roger Manning – keyboards, vocals
Jason Falkner – guitars, bass, vocals
Chris Manning – bass, vocals
Niko Wenner – guitars, vocals, keyboard (live only - fill in for Jason Falkner)

From 1992-1994 other members included:
Tim Smith – bass, vocals
Eric Dover – guitar, vocals (live only)

Anyway I loved their sound and Roger Manning's songwriting.

Song: Baby's Coming Back (Peaked at # 62 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart) from their album "Bellybutton". I'll tell you, when I worked as a manager at Sam Goody, I'd always put this album on at some time during my shift.

Creative differences (and I'm pretty sure the entrance of grunge onto the scene) ultimately broke the band up.

Manning and Falkner have since gotten together for a couple of things, including working with Cheap Trick on their 2009 album "The Latest".
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2017-06-28 08:24 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 23 - A Song That You Think Everybody Should Listen To

Hmmm wow it's been a little since I've come back to the meme! We'll finish it up in good time. Like I said I decided I'm just gonna post when I post for the rest.

This was hard. There are so many great songs to choose from that I think should be in everyone's collections. I'll list a few here.

The Band - The Weight
The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (or ANYTHING really... just BEATLES!)
The Animals - House of the Rising Sun
Led Zeppelin - Stairway To Heaven (I don't care, this song has my heart)
Bruce Springsteen - Thunder Road
Tracy Chapman - Fast Car
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (also Somebody To Love)
Bob Dylan - Like A Rolling Stone (also Tangled Up In Blue)
Janis Joplin - Cry Baby (also Ball and Chain, or Me and Bobby McGee)
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Nirvana - Lithium (also Smells Like Teen Spirit)
Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely
Prince - Purple Rain
Coldplay - The Scientist (also Clocks)
U2 - With or Without You
Tears For Fears - Everybody Wants To Rule The World
Jimi Hendrix - All Along The Watchtower
Semisonic - Closing Time
Eminem - Lose Yourself
Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (also You Can't Always Get What You Want)
Outkast - Ms. Jackson
Black Keys - Gold On The Ceiling
Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??
Johnny Cash - Hurt
Radiohead - Paranoid Android
Simon and Garfunkel - Sound of Silence
The Doors - The End
Foo Fighters - Everlong
Grateful Dead - Ripple
Fleetwood Mac - Go Your Own Way
Billy Joel - Piano Man

That's a few for now anyway. I might sit down and do a definitive list of songs you need to hear at a later time.
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2017-06-01 08:49 am
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It was 50 years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play..

It's upon us, the official 50th anniversary of the legendary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

I still don't have my boxed set (getting that, getting that) but have listened on Spotify and the sound is glorious.


The album was a major event, nothing to date sounded like it, and continues to cast its influence today. I still have my mom's original vinyl, though not worth much I don't think since the cover isn't in the best condition. Still, it's a treasure, and the album will instantly take me back to my childhood as any Beatles album will.

We've seen the iconic album cover. But of all those figures displayed, who was cut? Paul McCartney tells us!

Interview with Giles Martin.

From Rolling Stone: How a corn flakes ad inspired "Good Morning Good Morning".

From Rolling Stone: All about "Within You Without You".. I remember being fascinated by that sitar sound as a kid.

From Rolling Stone: How an old circus poster inspired "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!" .

Happy anniversary, Sgt. Pepper!

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2017-06-01 08:07 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 22 - A Song That Moves You Forward

Hi! Here we are back again. LOL

You Gotta Be - Des'ree

This song re enforces my confidence, and tells me that I have the strength within me to get through anything life hands me.

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day
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2017-05-15 07:27 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 21 - A Favorite Song With A Person's Name In The Title

The Beatles - Dear Prudence

The sun is up, the sky is blue, it's beautiful and so are you. This song was written by John Lennon while the Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation in India with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It appears on the Beatles 1968 album The Beatles (a/k/a The White Album). The Prudence in the song is the sister of actress Mia Farrow. Both were on the trip to India with The Beatles, which also included people like Donovan and Mike Love. Prudence immersed herself so totally in meditation, that she locked herself in her room for hours "trying to reach God quicker than anyone else", meditating alone. Concerned about her, John and George were enlisted to draw her out of her room and back out amongst everyone again, so they did so by singing her this song. The finger picking guitar technique used by John in the song was taught to him by Donovan.

Runners up:

Layla (Derek and the Dominoes). I'll say one thing. Pattie Boyd was a lucky woman to have such beautiful songs written for her. This one, by Eric Clapton (who also wrote "Wonderful Tonight" for her), and George Harrison's "Something".

Angie (The Rolling Stones). A big assumption made about this song was that it was written by Mick Jagger about David Bowie's then wife Angela, who supposedly walked in on Jagger in bed with her husband, a story Jagger denies. Here's what Mick says about the song: "People began to say that song was written about David Bowie's wife but the truth is that Keith wrote the title. He said, 'Angie,' and I think it was to do with his daughter. She's called Angela. And then I just wrote the rest of it."

Vincent (Don McLean). This song and its imagery reflect the life, death, and work of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. The prominent painting in this song is "Starry Night", a piece that Van Gogh painted after having committed himself to an asylum. Not able to see the night while committed, he painted the starry night sky from memory. It's a touching and beautiful song that always brings my emotions to the surface.

Eleanor Rigby (The Beatles). Ah, look at all the lonely people... Not much needs to be said about this song, it just captures the feeling of the people it invokes (Eleanor, Father McKenzie). The string section weeps. There are other name songs from the Beatles, I'm sure you can pick them out, so I'll leave it with Prudence and Eleanor.

Daniel (Elton John). I'll let the song's writer, Bernie Taupin, explain: "I'd seen this article in Time magazine on the Tet Offensive. And there was a sidebar next to it with a story about how many of the soldiers that were coming back from 'Nam were these simple sort of down home country guys who were generally embarrassed by both the adulation and, depending on what part of the country you came from, the animosity that they were greeted by. For the most part, they just wanted to get back to a normal life, but found it hard, what with all the looky loos and the monkeys of war that they carried on their backs. I just took it from there and wrote it from a younger brother's perspective; made him disabled and wanting to get away. I made it Spain, basically, because it rhymes with plane."

Cecilia (Simon & Garfunkel). Not much should be read into this one. As Paul Simon explained to Rolling Stone Magazine: "Every day I'd come back from the studio, working on whatever we were working on, and I'd play this pounding thing. So then I said, 'Let's make a record out of that.' So we copied it over and extended it double the amount, so now we have three minutes of track, and the track is great. So now I pick up the guitar and I start to go, 'Well, this will be like the guitar part' - dung chicka dung chicka dung, and lyrics were virtually the first lines I said: 'You're breakin' my heart, I'm down on my knees.' They're not lines at all, but it was right for that song, and I like that. It was like a little piece of magical fluff, but it works."

I know there are many more, but I'll leave it here.
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2017-05-12 09:26 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 20 - A Song That Has Many Meanings To You

To me? Um... I don't know how to answer that one. Any song can take on any meaning you put on it, I guess. I'll go with a song that doesn't really mean what people think it does. Which brings home my point that songs can take on any meaning we attribute to them.

R.E.M. - The One I Love.
It's not a love song! In fact Michael Stipe said they almost didn't record the song, which was the band's first top 10 single because it was "too brutal" , "really violent and awful". Peter Buck was also baffled at the romantic reactions from fans. It's more about using people, over and over again. It's a popular dedication song to significant others, and could be taken as a love song, until you get to the line "a simple prop to occupy my time"... After years of the radio dedications, Stipe stated "It's probably better that they think it's a love song at this point."

Other songs that don't have the meaning you think they do:

Semi Charmed Life (Third Eye Blind). It's about crystal meth addiction. It's actually in the lyrics, "doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break". The line would be edited for radio play.

American Girl (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers). The song is not about a girl who committed suicide by throwing herself off her balcony at Beaty Towers at University of Florida in Gainesville. This story really took legs around Gainesville particularly. I suppose that legend started because of the section that goes in part "...She stood alone on her balcony, she could hear the cars roll by out on 441 ..." Both Petty and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell have refuted this stating that people were taking it more at face value. The girl in the song, says Petty "was a composite, a character who yearned for more than her life had dealt her."

In The Air Tonight (Phil Collins). This one has an entire urban myth around it (much like Tom Petty's "American Girl"). Phil Collins' first solo single was not about Collins witnessing a man refusing to save a drowning swimmer. According to the myth, Collins invited the man to be front row at a concert where he berated him with this song. I've also heard versions of the front row at the concert portion relay that the man then went home and committed suicide. Collins stated he really has no idea what the song is about, though it does seem more an introspective look at the divorce he was going through at the time. The lyrics were pulled together during a recording session.

Born In The USA (Bruce Springsteen). I see this one show up on so very many patriotic 4th of July playlists. This song is actually not the rah rah YAY AMERICA! song people think it is. It's really about the shameful way we treated our Vietnam veterans. I can understand the more American Pride interpretation though, with the rollicking fist pumping anthemic feel of the song. It's a case of hearing "BORN IN THE USA!" and not really taking in the rest of the lyrics.

I'm behind by a couple of days again. Instead of doing any more posts playing catch up I'll just keep going one by one, they will go up when they go up.
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2017-05-08 06:59 am

30 Day Music Challenge

... in which the challenge is keeping up every single day. LOL! Ah well. Onward.

Day 16 - One Of Your Favorite Classical Songs

Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 ('Elvira Madigan') in C major.

Runners up:
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14 in C♯ minor "Quasi una fantasia", Op. 27, No. 2 (Moonlight Sonata)
Pachelbel's Canon in D major
A few nocturnes by Chopin as well

Day 17 - A Song That You Would Sing A Duet To In Karaoke

Meat Loaf - Paradise By The Dashboard Light

Runners up:
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee)
A Whole New World from "Aladdin"
Jackson (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash)

Day 18 - A Song From The Year You Were Born

That would be 1965. Well, let's just go with the song that was #1 on the day I was born:

The Rolling Stones - (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.

Runners up:
Sonny and Cher - I Got You Babe
The McCoys - Hang On Sloopy
Barry McGuire - Eve of Destruction
The Supremes - Back In My Arms Again
The Moody Blues - Go Now
The Beatles - We Can Work It Out
The Zombies - Tell Her No

Which brings us to today's entry:

Day 19 - A Song That Makes You Think About Life

The Beatles - In My Life

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2017-05-04 01:09 pm

30 Day Music Challenge

Day 14 - A Song That You Would Love Played At Your Wedding

Easy one. And I know it's every wedding song ever, but At Last by Etta James.

Day 15 - A Song That Is A Cover By Another Artist

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)

Runners up:
Johnny Cash - Hurt (Nine Inch Nails) tied with Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode).
Al Green - How Can You Mend A Broken Heart (Bee Gees)
Cat Power - Sea of Love (Phil Philips)
Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee (Kris Kristofferson)
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2017-05-02 09:01 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 13 - One Of Your Favorite '70s Songs

I'm a child of the '70s. I grew up with my little transistor radio and loved so many of the hits of the day. They were the soundtrack of my growing up years. That said, it's hard to pick an absolute "favorite". And in what genre? In my home, I had "hippie" parents who exposed me, well, from in utero, to great classic rock bands like The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin as well as others like Bob Dylan and Donovan and many more. But since I was a kid in the '70s lots of the songs that bring back childhood will be what you might have heard on AM radio, and the infancy of FM radio when everything was more freeform and you'd hear a lot of great stuff instead of the programmed type of playlists you hear now. DJs actually KNEW music and didn't have pre programmed "playlists" that they had to follow. And commercials were a little bit less as well.

I'm going to start with T. Rex - Bang A Gong (Get It On). Just one song that will instantly remind me of my old neighborhood and friends and school. We used to have roller skating in the gym after school on some Fridays in grade school and this would be a song that got played a lot.

Runners up:
The Hollies - Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress (also The Air That I Breathe)
The Steve Miller Band - Fly Like An Eagle
Wild Cherry - Play That Funky Music
Rod Stewart - Maggie May
Jackson 5 - I Want You Back
Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee
Cher - Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves

Heck, let me just link you up with my Spotify playlist, called Songs From My '70s Childhood, that should give you a nice idea of what my childhood sounded like.
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2017-05-01 06:57 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Catch Up Time!

Well I dropped the ball. LOL! Working different hours the past couple of days. I'll link you up to Spotify for the songs this time. Anyway.

Day 9 - A Song That Makes You Happy

The Beatles - Good Day Sunshine

Warmest memories come back and it's just got the happiest, bounciest melody.

Runners Up:
Katrina and the Waves - Walking on Sunshine
The Archies - Sugar Sugar
The Jackson 5 - ABC
Or insert any fun pop song from the 70s here and in my mind I'll be back on my bike cruising the neighborhood with my radio.

Day 10 - A Song That Makes You Sad

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free Bird

Reminds me of my late brother.

Runners up:
Eric Clapton - Tears In Heaven
Sufjan Stevens - Casimir Pulaski Day

Day 11 - A Song That You Never Get Tired Of

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

I do not care if it's over played on classic rock radio. This song will ALWAYS have a special place in my heart.

Runners up:
Anything by The Beatles ♥
Queen - You're My Best Friend
Van Morrison - Moondance
Nina Simone - Feelin' Good

Which brings me to today's entry:

Day 12 - A Song From Your Preteen Years

As I mentioned above, if you play me any fun pop song from the 70s, I'm going to be happy, thinking about being on my bike or hanging out with friends listening to the radio. I'll be there instantly. One that will definitely take me there is this one. It came out in 1970 when I was six years old, but I heard it tons throughout my childhood, and it'll still pop up on oldies stations and be used in movies (Shallow Hal's closing credits come to mind as well as Now and Then ). I smile every time I hear it.

Edison Lighthouse - Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)

Runners up:
ABBA - Dancing Queen
Terry Jacks - Seasons in the Sun
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Paper Lace - The Night Chicago Died
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2017-04-27 01:11 pm

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 8 - A Song About Drugs or Alcohol

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit

One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small. And the ones your mother gives you don't do anything at all. Go ask Alice, when she's ten feet tall...

Full of Alice in Wonderland imagery, including hookah smoking caterpillars and the dormouse telling you to "feed your head". It's a trip from beginning to end.

Runners up:
Third Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life. A bouncy little ditty about crystal meth.
Eric Clapton - Cocaine
The Rolling Stones - Mother's Little Helper. The best song about Valium ever.
Brewer and Shipley - One Toke Over The Line
The Beatles - Got To Get You Into My Life. Paul wrote this one about marijuana. He'd just discovered it and was smitten.

The Doors - Roadhouse Blues. "Well I woke up this morning and I got myself a beer..."
Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies
Jimmy Buffett - Margaritaville
Bob Dylan - Moonshiner. "The whole world’s a bottle, life’s but a dram. When the bottle gets empty, it sure ain’t worth a damn."
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2017-04-26 12:33 pm

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 7 - A Song To Drive To

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody

It's like that scene from Wayne's World up in my car when this comes on!

Runners up:
Roy Orbison (or Cyndi Lauper) - I Drove All Night
OMC - How Bizarre
Fastball - The Way
The Beatles - Drive My Car (beep beep, mmbeep beep, yeah!)

I had a Road Trip playlist posted yonks ago. Darned if I can find it to link it. I should make one on Spotify.
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2017-04-25 07:44 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 6 - A Song That Makes You Want To Dance

Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancin'

This song DOES make me feel like dancin'! So retro in feel to me, reminds me of after school rollerskating at the rink! Elton John is a co writer, and as well plays piano on the track. Happiest, danciest song about staying in and being miserable ever.

Runners up:
Michael Jackson - P.Y.T. (okay tied with Thriller because who doesn't want to break into the Zombie Dance! when they hear that?)
Justin Timberlake - SexyBack
Flo Rida - Low
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2017-04-25 07:34 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 5 - A Song That Needs To Be Played Loud

Oh crud I missed yesterday! No reason, just simply forgot! So you get a two'fer today. Here's Day 5, followed by a post for Day 6.

The Who - Baba O'Riley

Yeah, this song demands it, in my humble. "Don't cry, don't raise your eye, it's only teenage wasteland..."

Runners up:
The Beatles - A Day In The Life
Led Zeppelin - A Whole Lotta Love
Simple Minds - Don't You Forget About Me
Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
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2017-04-23 07:25 pm

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 4 - A Song That Reminds You Of Someone You'd Rather Forget About

Eagles - The Long Run

I still love the album and the song, but it reminds me of an ex of mine, so just a touch tainted if you will.

Eagles - The Long Run by ZombieQuack
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2017-04-21 09:29 pm

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 3 - A Song That Reminds You Of Summer

The Beach Boys - Good Vibrations

What band says summer more than the Beach Boys? Pretty much anything by them will put me in a summer frame of mind.

Runners up:
Sheryl Crow - All I Wanna Do
Sly and the Family Stone - Hot Fun In The Summertime
ELO - Mr. Blue Sky
Chicago - Saturday in the Park
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2017-04-20 08:26 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 2 - A Song You Like With A Number In The Title

Bob Marley and the Wailers - Three Little Birds

Rise up this mornin',
Smile with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ("This is my message to you-ou-ou: ")

Singin': "Don't worry 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right."
Singin': "Don't worry (don't worry) 'bout a thing,
'Cause every little thing gonna be all right! "

Just a happy song that affirms to me that everything will indeed be alright. The song comes from the 1977 LP Exodus but didn't actually chart until 1980. It's enduring and comforting. One of his most popular songs.

Runners up:
The Beatles - Eight Days A Week. I sing along with this all the time. Loudly. ♥
Led Zeppelin - Ten Years Gone
Barenaked Ladies - One Week
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2017-04-19 10:06 am

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 1 - A Song You Like With A Color In The Title.

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale

This is just one of those songs that I have to stop and listen to when it comes on. The melody (inspired by Bach), the vocal... I've always found this song haunting. It remains in my mind one of the best pop singles of all time.

Runners up:
Prince- Purple Rain
Bob Dylan - It's All Over Now Baby Blue
Coldplay - Yellow
Jimi Hendrix - Purple Haze
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2017-03-13 11:15 am

Beatles Happy Playlist.

10 Beatles songs that make me very happy.

1. Dear Prudence
2. Good Day Sunshine
3. Here Comes The Sun
4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
5. I've Just Seen A Face
6. Ob La Di Ob La Da
7. Hello Goodbye
8. I Feel Fine
9. All Together Now
10. Twist And Shout
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2017-03-13 08:24 am
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017:

Performer Category:


• Joan Baez

• Journey

• Pearl Jam

• Tupac Shakur

• Yes

Award for Musical Excellence:

• Nile Rodgers

It's going to be great this year! YES! PEARL JAM! And I'm looking forward to singing along with some Journey as well!


The induction ceremony takes place on April 7, to air on HBO a bit thereafter.