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Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.

12/22/2016 Song of the Day: Cat Stevens “Miles From Nowhere”

December 22, 2016

Cat Stevens – Miles From Nowhere

Thanks to the movie, Harold and Maude, I became a fan of Cat Stevens. I don’t have much to say about this song, besides it’s wonderful. It reminds me of how I feel when I am working on my novel. Take my time.

Miles from nowhere
I guess I’ll take my time
Oh yeah, to reach there

I creep through the valleys
And I grope through the woods
’cause I know when I find it my honey
It’s gonna make me feel good

I’ll Drink To That

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.



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12/21/2016 Song of the Day: Wilco “Sunken Treasure”

December 21, 2016

Wilco – Sunken Treasure

Wilco. I like Wilco. A lot. They drip with Americana. They can be dirty and sweet. Country and Punk. Rock and Roll. Jeff Tweedy can write some amazing lyrics. This song has one of my favorite lines in all of Wilco’s catalog.

But there is no sunken treasure
Rumored to be
Wrapped inside my ribs
In a sea black with ink

Again, like most great lyrics and poetry, the interpretation of meaning is dependent on the user. When I hear the lyrics. I hear a man trying to come up with that great word, lyric or song. Waiting for that inspiration. He is out of tune, with his muse. Or the art he is trying to make. Looking for that sunken treasure, that will change his life.

And I leave it on the shore (leave it for somebody)
I’d leave it for somebody
Surely there’s somebody
Who needs it more than me

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/20/2016 Song of the Day: Ella Fitzgerald “Sugar Blues”

December 20, 2016

Ella Fitzgerald – Sugar Blues

Thank the makers. Something different. The whole reason for doing this is to discuss a variety of music. Unfortunately, ‘shuffle’ on iTunes seems to mean, shuffle amongst songs you have listened to lately. Am I the only one who has noticed this? Maybe it’s just me. Nevermind.

Let’s talk about Ella Fitzgerald. I was first introduced to Ella Fitzgerald, thanks to her song A Tisket A Tasket, in the film The Last Time I Committed Suicide. An amazing song and an amazing voice. Sugar Blues, is also a great song. Ella’s voice is as great as ever. But, it’s the lyrics that I became interested in. Sugar Blues? What does that mean?

There the sweetest blues you ever heard
Now listen and don’t say a word

Hmm. There are some contradiction’s in those lyrics I would like to address. The sweetest blues. Are the blues supposed to be sweet? Are they not supposed to be, well, about the blues?

Sugar blues
Everybody’s singing the sugar blues
The whole towns ringing
My loving man sweet as can be
But the doggone fools
Turned sour on me

That sounds like the blues to me. Her man’s turned sour on her. But, why is there a contradiction?

I’m so unhappy
Feel so unhappy
I could lay me down a die
You could say what you choose
But I’m all confused
I got the sweet, sweet sugar blues
More sugar
I’ve got the sugar blues

I’m all confused as well. This song was originally written in 1920 by Clyde McCoy . But the lyrics were written by Lucy Fletcher later. I seems this song is about contradictions. About the ability for the blues to be sweet. About a lover to be sweet, then turn sour. I like this song.

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/19/2016 Song of the Day: The Kinks “Mr. Churchill Says”

December 19, 2016

The Kinks – Mr. Churchill Says

The Kinks have always been one of those bands, that everyone has heard of, but no one listened to. At least amongst my generation. By the time I was growing up, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, amongst others, were the classic rock bands you listened to. The Kinks were a band you heard on a commercial, that made you hum, but you had no idea that was the Kinks.
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To me, The Kinks are the great classic rock band.  The forefathers of Punk and Metal.  Their catalog is as varied as The Beatles. As angry as The Stones. As loud as The Who. Ray Davies lyrics are some of the best in the history of pop music. Mr. Churchill Says, is a good example of Davies lyrical prowess. Instead, of writing songs that could appeal to the masses. Ray and The Kinks concentrated on what meant the most to them. England. Post World War II.

I really like the post air-raid siren sequence.

Did you hear that plane flying overhead
There’s a house an fire and there’s someone lying dead
We gotta clean up the streets
And get me back on my feet
Because we want to be free
Do your worst and we’ll do our best
We’re gonna win the way that Mr. Churchill says  

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


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12/16/2016 Song of the Day: Jawbreaker “Kiss The Bottle”

December 16, 2016

Jawbreaker – Kiss The Bottle

Oh, Jawbreaker. How you have influenced me so. If you know me, personally, you knew a Jawbreaker song would show up eventually.

Kiss The Bottle. Not one of my top 10, but a damn good song. This was a B-side, not fit to be on any of their albums. That’s crazy talk if you go to YouTube and look at all the bands that have covered this song. From the Foo Fighters to Rise Against. When this song was recorded, has so much to do with how it sounds. Blake sounds like someone with a literal frog down his throat. This was the last song recorded before he had surgery to remove polyps on his throat. I like how dirty and gritty it sounds. It fits the narrative of the song, about two alcoholics, living a life of poverty. Blake’s lyrics shine, as they always do, by painting a picture of a couple just drifting day in and day out, full of drinking, smoking, poverty and addiction.

Six a.m. the floor comes alive with lice
The pan’s dried up so tight
With hardened beans
We’re hungry
So I lean on you sometimes
Just to see you’re still there
Your feet can’t take the weight of one
Much less two
We hit concrete
How were we born into this mess?
I know I painted you a prettier picture, baby

And my favorite line

My fiction beats the hell out of my truth

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.


12/15/2016 Song of the Day: Screeching Weasel “Mary Was An Anarchist”

December 15, 2016

Screeching Weasel – Mary Was An Anarchist

Another punk band. Another song. A story about a girl who was an activist, that became a soccer mom.

mary finally saw she couldn’t change the world but
mary often fondly looks back and pats herself on the back
for a convenient romanticized version of the facts of what she’d done
but she didn’t change a goddamn single on of the oppressive pigs who made her what she was
and the empowerment she felt was just a crumb compared to all the butts of jokes that she’d become
and now she’s at the kitchen table all alone
and she ended up exactly like her mom

*Song of the Day consists of a song from my iTunes library of over 7,000 songs. Chosen at random. Well. Mostly random. I just hit shuffle on my library and whatever comes up I will discuss.