Sunday, September 30, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me: A Tribute to Otis Rush

Otis Rush the great blues guitarist passed away this weekend. I was going to pay tribute to him anyway so what the heck I'm combining that with my Monday's Music Moves Me post, you can certainly dance to the blues and the music has been moving people for years.

Starting off with "Double Trouble"...

A vintage live version of "My Sweet Little Angel"

"All Your Lovin'" with Eric Clapton..

"I Can't Quit You"

May he rest in peace. I hope you enjoyed the tunes and I will be back soon!

Battle of the Ban Results: Charles Bradley wins!

It is almost time for a new Battle of the Bands post. Before I put that post together I thought I would share the results of the last round. The Cardigans received the first and last vote.  Charles Bradley took all the votes in between to win 6 to 2.

Charles Bradley is the reason I chose "Changes" by Black Sabbath. I stumbled across him doing a live version of the song and was impressed. I chose not to use that version due to an interview clip.

Charles Bradley's professional music career started later in life. Unfortunately has passed away due to cancer about a year ago. 

Here he is with "The World"

                                                      "Ain't it a Sin"

"Where do we go from here?"

Sharing a sample of his work!He won he deserves the celebration.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me: Songs About What I like About Autumn

I'm going to dance this week! Yeah, nay, and slowly move the fragile items out of my way.  Today's theme is songs about what you like about Autumn chosen by the lovely Cathy at Curious as a Cathy.

Summer officially ended this weekend. Where I live it still feels like summer high humidity, temps around 90, and evening thunderstorms. Schools started for the kids but they are already entering their seventh week.

Well since I am far away from the crisp, cool Autumn air which would feel quite refreshing right about now and the other signs of Autumn are so distant there is always music.

Autumn means football! What better way to start the music than with Kenny Chesney's "The Boys of Fall"

I do miss the leaves changing colors and was something I used to look forward too.

Doris Day with "Autumn Leaves"

I like the night air, great for a walk, or fitting for the 4Ms maybe a "Moondance" by Van Morrison 

Sure I like other things about Autumn but these three songs is a good start. Thanks for visiting and I will see you soon!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Battle of the Bands: Changes a little rock

Changes in musical inspirations for my Battle of the Bands are not very subtle. Manic changes from one spectrum to the other can happen pretty quickly and often. How can I go from John Hiatt to Black Sabbath? Well here it goes.

The song is "Changes" by Black Sabbath

If you think me shifting gears from John Hiatt to Black Sabbath just wait till you hear the contenders. 

Contender One: The Cardigans

                                           Contender Two: Charles Bradley

 Who are you going to vote for The Cardigans or Charles Bradley? Let me know in the comments and I will tally up the votes and post about the winner later this month.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Battle of the Bands Results: Don Henley Rallies to Defeat David Crosby

Again my Battle of the Bands went down to the very last vote. In a See-Saw affair David Crosby took a 3 to 2 lead but the final two votes went for Don Henley as he rallied for the win! I'm glad I got to share a good tune from a songwriter I like. I'm happy it turned into a close battle and nobody really hated the song.

Here he is with "The Boys of Summer"

"Leather and Lace" with Stevie Nicks..

"The Heart of the Matter"

Stay tuned a new Battle is coming on the 15th!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

9/11 Then and Now

My life has changed quite a bit from 9/11/2001. I have a family now, my location has changed, my occupation and 17 years have come and gone. Yesterday I talked about my 9/11 memories with some friends.

Today the weather was nice here just like it was 17 years ago. It was a bit warmer and much more humid here though. Just like 17 years ago I didn't go to work like regularly scheduled. Today I had jury duty then I had taken the day off due to car problems.

Today at least skyscrapers in a distant large city aren't falling down due to airplanes crashing into them.  When I go to work in the pre-dawn hours of tomorrow I won't be greeted with the awful aroma of a plane crash from the day before (the Pentagon).  No the events of 9/11/2001 will stay with me for the rest of my coherent years. If there was a silver lining to such a terrible events it would be how America came together. In my opinion there was some division in the land.

17 years later there appears to be quite a bit of division. We live in a time where tragic events are becoming more common place. Shooting in schools, churches, concert venues, or video game tournaments occur way too often.  While those events may not have the magnitude that 9/11 had on the nation. To some the magnitude of those smaller events might be bigger than 9/11.

How do we unite? We may never truly fine peace but we must strive for it. Schools, religious buildings and other places where one would assume to be safe need to be safe. I don't have the solutions. I am not saying take away the guns. But the world could use more love, people could come together in our Nation instead of pushing everyone apart. Just maybe the world could start to heal.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

R.I.P Burt Reynolds

 Burt Reynolds has passed away at the age of 82. He was a TV star, a movie star and the reason I liked the Pontiac Trans Am as a kid.

Here is the trailer for the movie "Gator"...

The trailer for "Deliverance"...

Here is a bit about the car...

Clips from "Smokey and the Bandit" in a music video for "Eastbound and Down"

Burt Reynolds will be messed may he rest in peace!

Monday, September 3, 2018

Monday's Music Moves Me: Work Songs

Monday's Music Moves Me theme today is a freebie and since it is Labor Day I thought I would go with "work" songs. I hope you enjoy.

I will start with Huey Lewis and the News "Workin' for a Livin'"

To those of us who work on the weekends "Working for the Weekend" with Loverboy

John Lennon "Working Class Hero"

                                            "Taking Care of Business" by Bachman Turner Overdrive

                                             Lynyrd Skynyrd "Workin' for MCA"


                                         Those are five fun work songs for your Labor Day Celebration!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Battle of the Bands: Through Your Hands

A new month, a new Battle of the Bands and even a new song. The song I am picking today comes from one of my favorite songwriters, John Hiatt.

                                              "Through Your Hands"

                                               Contender One: Don Henley


                                               Contender Two: David Crosby

A great song, two high profile singers I think I did my job on this Battle. Now I need you to decide the winner with your vote in the comments. I will count up the votes and announce the winner before the next battle. I hope you enjoy the song!