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All Too Well (Taylor Swift)  /  November Rain (Guns N’ Roses)  /  Every Rose Has its Thorn (Poison)  /  I Run For Life (Melissa Etheridge)   /   The Load Out / Stay (Jackson Browne)   /   In the City (Eagles)  /  End Of The Line (The Traveling Wilburys)  /  Livin’ On A Prayer (Jon Bon Jovi)  /  Dreamer (Ozzy Osbourne)  /  French language cover of Imagine (Chloe Stafler)  / Imagine (Allie Sherlock)   /  Blowing in the Wind (Katie Melua)  /  Celluloid Heroes (Kinks)   / Candle In The Wind (Elton John)  /  Dust In The Wind (Scorpions)  /  Anticipation (Carly Simon)  /  Thrice All American (Niko Case)  /  Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day (Jethro Tull)  /  Cool Change (Little River Band)  /  Fire And Rain (Birdy)  /  Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains) — Arcade Fire  /  Ship Of Fools (Bob Seger)  /  Praying for Time (George Michael)  /  Billionaire (Derek Jarmo)  /  Run for the Roses (Dan Fogelberg)  /  Brooklyn Roads (Jane Olivor)  /  Farewell to Arms (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)  /  Pill (Edie Brickell)  /  Who’s Gonna Stand Up (Neil Young)  /  Is It Really a Smile? (JP Taylor)  /  Our World (Katie MacDonald)  /  A Little Good News (Ann Murray)  /  The Last Ten Years (Superman) — Kenny Rogers  /  Something To Believe In (Poison)  /  It’s A Big Old Goofy World (John Prine)  /  We Are The World (6th Graders)  /  Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Diana Ross)  /  While My Guitar Gently Weeps (All Star Tribute)  /  Smile (The Rave-Ups)  /  I Just Came to Say Hello (Martin Solveig & Dragonette)  /  Night Moves (Bob Seger)  /  One Night In Bangkok (Murray Head)  /  Runnin From The Devil (Ohio Players)  /  In Hell I’ll Be In Good Company (The Dead South)  /  I Get No Joy (Jade Bird)  /  Angels (Robbie Williams)  /  Jessie (Joshua Kadison)  /  Into The Mystic (Van Morrison)  /  Mainstreet (Bob Seger)  /  Thrasher (Neil Young)  /  Do It Or Die (Atlanta Rhythm Section)  /  Perfectly Good Guitar (John Hiatt)  /  Highway Tune (Greta Van Fleet)  /  One Day (Gary Moore)  /  Moonlight Shadow (Mike Oldfield)  /  Love All Night (Work all Day) — Yola  /  That’s The Way It Goes (George Harrison)  /  Summer in the City (The Lovin’ Spoonfuls)  /  Beds Are Burning (Midnight Oil)  /  Mad About You (Belinda Carlisle)  /  Make Me Lose Control (Eric Carmen)  /  Nine Million Bicycles (Katie Melua)  /  Earth Warrior (Omnia)  /  Earth Warrior (Omnia) sneak peek bootleg version  /  Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Avril Lavigne)  /  What I Like About You (Poison)  /  Bad Case (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real)  /  Complicated (Avril Lavigne)  /  Lost Myself (SYML & Guy Garvey)  /  Turn Me Loose (Loverboy)  /  Somewhere Along the Way (Dawes)  /  Hundreds of Ways (Conor Oberst)  /  Dancing in the Wind (Suzi Quatro)  /  Dreamers (BTS)  /

I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) — Meat Loaf  /  Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (Meat Loaf)  /  Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad (Meat Loaf)  /  Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are (Meat Loaf)  /  Paradise By the Dashboard Light (Meat Loaf)  /  You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Meat Loaf)  /  It’s All Coming Back to Me Now (Meat Loaf)  /  Bat Out of Hell (Meat Loaf)  /  Rock and Roll Dreams Come Through (Jim Steinman)  /

This Time Tomorrow (Brandi Carlile)  /  Candle in the Wind/Goodbye England’s Rose (Elton John)  /  Dancing in the Sky (Dani and Lizzy)  /  Richest Man (John Berry)  /  How Do I Say Goodbye (Dean Lewis)  /  In the Stars (Benson Boone)  /  I Remember Everything (John Prine)  /  Wait and See (Ron Pope)  /  Empty (Ray LaMontagne)  /  Drive All Night (Glen Hansard)  /  One Headlight (The Wallflowers)  /  The Beast in Me (Nick Lowe)  /  All Some Kind of Dream (Josh Ritter)  /  Hey Matthew (Karel Fialka)  /  Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (Kurt Vile)  /  Undivided (Tim McGraw & Tyler Hubbard)  /  Let Her Go (Passenger)  /  Affirmation (Savage Garden)  /  The Golden State (John Doe and Kathleen Edwards)  /  Hope Is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have — But I Have It (Lana Del Rey)  /   Dreams (The Cranberries)  /  Reason to Believe (Vonda Shepard)  /  Alone Again (Naturally) — Vonda Shepard  /  The Hungry Years (Neil Sedaka)  /  Try Again (Andy Shauf)  /  Friend (Gracie Abrams)  / Home (Phillip Phillips)  /  Picture (Kid Rock and Sheryl Crow)  /  One of Us (Joan Osborne)  /  The Ballad of Lucy Jordon (Marianne Faithful)  /  The Architect (Kacey Musgraves live on The Tonight Show)  /  Evolve (Trey Anastasio)  /  Less Than You Think (Wilco) shortened version  /  Human (Jack Savoretti)  /  Human (Gregorian)  /  Human (The Killers)  /  Birdhouse in Your Soul (They Might Be Giants)  /  Who Am I (Country Joe & the Fish)  /  Today We’re the Greatest (Middle Kids)  /  Last Kiss (Pearl Jam)  /  Swimming to the Other Side (Pat Humphries)  /  If We Were Vampires (Jason Isbell and the 400 Units)  /  Harmony Hall (Vampire Weekend)  /  Camouflage (Stan Ridgeway)  /  This Life (Vampire Weekend)  /  Southbound Train (Nanci Griffith)  /  Finding You (The Go-Betweens)  /  Question (The Moody Blues)  /  Chimes of Freedom (Eliza Gilkyson)  /  Heads Gonna Roll (Jenny Lewis)  /  Midnight Sun (Calexico and Iron & Wine)  /  Ripple (Grateful Dead)  /  I’m Movin’ On (Rascal Flatts)  /  True Sadness (The Avett Brothers)  /  Mad World (Gary Jules)  /  Ballad of the Dying Man (Father John Misty)  /  Phosphorescent (Song for Zula)  /  Saturday Night (Wade Bowen)  /  Galileo (Indigo Girls)  /  This Town (Niall Horan)  /  I Lied (Lord Huron)  /  Penny on the Train Track (Ben Kweller)  /  Used 2 Be a Romantic (Field Medic)  /  King of a One Horse Town (Dan Auerbach)  /  Devil May Care (Son Volt)  /  Older and Taller (Regina Spektor)   /   Head Full of Doubt / Road Full of Promise (The Avett Brothers)   /   Right Here Right Now (Jesus Jones)  /  Helplessness Blues (Fleet Foxes)  /  We Are Nowhere and It’s Now (Bright Eyes)  /  Father Mountain (Calexio & Iron & Wine)  /  Perfect (Ed Sheeran)  /  Personal Giants (Radical Face)  /  The Mute (Radical Face)  /  Temptation of Adam (Josh Ritter)  /  Not Today (Suzanne Ernst)   /   Suicide Is Painless (Lorna Holland) M*A*S*H Theme with lyrics  /  M*A*S*H Theme (Instrumental Version)  /  Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan)  /  Your Life Is Now (John Mellencamp)  /  Quiet Town (The Killers)  /  L.A. Freeway (Guy Clark)  /  I and Love and You (The Avett Brothers)  /  Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (Jimmy Buffet)  /

To Ramona (Sinead Lohan)  /  A Little Bit of Everything (Dawes)  /  Hang On (Guster)  /  One Step Ahead (Jack Johnson)  /   Great Correction (Eliza Gilkyson) Helpless (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)  /  Captain Jack (Billy Joel)  /  Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) — Green Day  /  Brighter Day (Michael Franti & Spearhead)  /  Beverly (Low Cut Connie)  /  Talk to Me (Cavetown)  /  All In Good Time (Iron & Wine)  /  Herbie Hancock’s “Imagine” featuring Pink, Seal, India.Arie  /  Society (Eddie Vedder)  /  The Stable Song (Gregory Alan Isakov with the Colorado Symphony)  /  Different Days (Jason Isbell)  /  Colors of the Wind (Jane Olivor)  /  Wings (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)  /  Victoria’s Secret (Jax)  /  At Seventeen (Janis Ian)  /  An Innocent Man (Billy Joel)  /  Imagine (Gregorian)  /  Let’s Be Still (The Head and the Heart)  /  Pain (The War on Drugs)  /  Deja Vu (All Over Again)  —  John Fogerty  / Gimmie Some Truth (Kula Shaker)  /  Unconditional 1 (Lookout Kid), Arcade Fire  /  Yellow Bike (Pedro the Lion)  /  Good Old Days (Macklemore feat. Kesha)  /  You’re Somebody Else (Flora Cash)  /  Tropic Morning News (The National)  /  Monsters (Timeflies feat. Katie Sky)  /  Heaven Is a Place on Earth (Belinda Carlisle)  /  Saltwater (Julian Lennon)  /  What Matters Most (Ben Folds)  /  We’re All Gonna Die (Joy Oladokun, ft. Noah Kahan)  /  Ring Them Bells (Bob Dylan)  /  Against the Wind (Bob Seger)  /  100 Years (Blues Traveler)  /  Angry (The Rolling Stones)  /  Metal Heart (Cat Power) — on Letterman show  /

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)  /  Stairway to Heaven (Far Corporation)  /  Rock n’ Roll Heaven (The Righteous Brothers)  /  The Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics)The Best of Times (Styx)  /  Down The Road (Mickey Hart)  /  Casual Conversations (Supertramp)  /  What a Feeling (Heather Nova)  /  Avalanche (Heather Nova)  /  London Rain (Nothing Heals Me Like You Do) — Heather Nova  /  Heart and Shoulder (Heather Nova)  /  Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Saint Etienne)  /  Beats the Hell Out of Me (The Waltons)  /  We’ve Got Tonight (Bob Seger)  /  Know What You Mean (Sister 7)  /  Basement Tapes (Semisonic)  /  Graduation (Vitamin C)  /  Perfect Day (Elton John & Collective Soul)  /  Knee Deep (Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet)  /  Springsteen (Eric Church)  /  Fragile (Kylie Minogue)  /  Ironic (Alanis Morissette)  /  Rhythm of My Heart (Rod Stewart)  /  If (The Darling Buds)  /  Long Day in the Universe (The Darling Buds)  /  The Breakup Song (The Greg Kihn Band)  /  Mansion on the Hill (Neil Young)  /  Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen)  /  Light My Fire (The Doors)  /  Cry Little Sister (Gerard McMahon)  /  Civil War (Guns n’ Roses)  /

It’s My Life (Bon Jovi)  /  Something’s Gotten Hold of My Heart (Marc Almond & Gene Pitney)  /  Your Wildest Dreams (Moody blues)  /  Drops of Jupiter (Train)  /  Who Will Save Your Soul (Jewel)  /  Wide Open Spaces (The Chicks)  /  Lullaby (Shawn Mullins)  /  Deja Vu (SOAK)  /  Different Kind of Love (Adia Victoria)  /  Cats In the Cradle (Ugly Kid Joe)  /  If Looks Could Kill (Rodney Crowell)  /  Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran)  /  Furr (Blitzen Trapper)  /  The Ballad of Billy the Kid (Billy Joel)  /  Lola (The Kinks)  /  The Times They Are A Changing (Billy Joel)  /  Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)  /  Desperado (The Eagles)  /  Could’ve Been (Tiffany)  /  Shooting Star (Bad Company)  /  Summer of ’69 (Bryan Adams)  /  The Logical Song (Supertramp)  /  Brain Damage (Pink Floyd)  /  Cheers theme (Gary Portnoy)Welcome Back (John Sabastian)  /  Anyone for Tennis (Cream)  /  Show Me the Way (Styx)  /  Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (Creedence Clearwater Revival)  /  My Hometown (Bruce Springsteen)  /  Small Town (John Mellencamp)  /  Shallow (Allie Sherlock & Padraig Cahill)  /  A Lover Spurned (Soft Cell)  /  Before He Cheats (Carrie Underwood)  /  Sympathy for the Devil (Rolling Stones)  /  Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)  /  Dream On (Aerosmith)  /  C’est la Vie (Always 21) — Ace of Base  /  Holding Out for a Hero (Bonnie Tyler)  /  Superman (It’s Not Easy) — Five for Fighting  /  Torn (Natalie Imbruglia)  /  Everybody Loves Me, Baby (Don McLean)  /  Viva la Vida (Coldplay)  /  Take It on the Run (REO Speedwagon)  /  Time for Me to Fly (REO Speedwagon)  /  Roll With the Changes (REO Speedwagon)  /  It Keeps You Runnin’ (The Doobie Brothers)  /  Lucky Man (Emerson, Lake & Palmer)  /  My Iron Lung (Patrice Pike)  /   Seduce Me Tonight (Cycle V)  /  In the Ghetto (Taylor Hicks & Toni Braxton)  /  Days Like These (Asia)  /  Big Yellow Taxi (Counting Crows)  /  Sister Christian (Night Ranger)  /  I’m on My Way (the Proclaimers)  /  Some Nights (Fun)  /  What’s Up (4 Non Blondes)  /  Jet (Paul McCartney & Wings)  /  Love Has All Been Done Before (Jade Bird)  /  BANG! (AJR)  /

I’m a Believer (Smashmouth)  /  Brown Eyed Girl (Everclear)  /  American Pie (Madonna)  /  Party Line (Belle and Sebastian)  /  Hey! Yeah! (Deer Tick)  /  Dance Monkey (Tones and I)  /  Try (Pink)  /  Get Dancin (Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes)  /  Wish I Knew You (The Revivalists)  /  Pumped Up Kicks (Foster the People)  /  Sugar (Maroon 5)  /  Shut Up and Dance (Walk the Moon)  /  Happy (Pharrell Williams)  /  Rockstar (Nickelback)  /  All Star (Smash Mouth)  /  Counting Stars (OneRepublic)  /  I’m a Rebel Just for Kicks Now (Josh Geating)  /  How High (The Record Company)  /  Mambo No. 5 (Lou Bega)  /  AM Radio (Everclear)  /  Little Talks (Of Monsters and Men)  /  The Final Parade (The Mighty Mighty Boss ToneS)  /  La Cucamarcha (TNN)  /  Come on Eileen (Dexy’s Midnight Runners)  /  Having a Party (Rod Stewart)  /  Does Your Mother Know (B*Witched)  /  The Sweet Escape (Gwen Stefani)  /  Stand By You (Rachel Platten)  /  My Heart Will Go On (Munros Remix)  /  Built this City (Starship)  /  Kiss You All Over (Axelsoft’s Funky Disco Remix) — Exile  /  Abracadabra (Sugar Ray)  /  1 2 3 4 (Feist)  /  Just Give Me a Reason (Pink & Nate Ruess)  /  Fancy Like (Walker Hayes)  /  Pop Goes the World (Men Without Hats)  /  Star (Erasure)  /  Firework (Katy Perry)  /  Should I Stay or Should I Go (Kylie Minogue)  /  Can’t Get You Out of My Head (Kylie Minogue)  /  I wanna Hold Your Hand  &  She Loves You  &  Twist and Shout (The Meetles)  /  Cosmic Dancer (T. Rex)  /  Born to Be Alive (Patrick Hernandez)  /  Fox on the Run (Sweet)  /  Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) — Kelly Clarkson  /  Raise Your Glass (Pink)  /  Just a Gigolo & I Ain’t Got Nobody (David Lee Roth)  /  Unskinny Bop (Poison)  /  Dynamite (Taio Cruz)  /  I’m Good (Blue), David Guetta & Bebe Rexha  /  Modern Girl (Bleachers)  /  Mony Mony (Billy Idol)  /

Conquistador (Procol Harum)  /  Ordinary World (Duran Duran)  /  Man on the Moon (R.E.M.)  /  1979 (The Smashing Pumpkins)  /  Iris (Goo Goo Dolls)  /  Bring on the Rain (Jo Dee Messina & Tim McGraw)  /  Who Says You Can’t Go Home (Bon Jovi, Jennifer Nettles)  /  Soak Up the Sun (Sheryl Crow)  /  If I Could Turn Back Time (Cher)  /  Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)  /  Grenade (Bruno Mars)  /  Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s)  /  State of the Nation (Industry)  /  On Melancholy Hill (Gorillaz)  /  After the Gold Rush (Natalie Merchant)  /  After the Gold Rush (The Flaming Lips)  /  Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp)  /  Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding)  /  Swingin Party (The Replacements)  /  Sugar Magnolia (Grateful Dead)  /  Still the One (Orleans)  / Turn, Turn, Turn (Chris de Burgh)  /  Can’t Find My Way Home (Joe Cocker)  /  With a Little Luck (Paul McCartney and Wings)  /  Desert Moon (Dennis Deyoung)  /  Barstool Blues (Soul Asylum)  /  Space Oddity (David Bowie)  /  Baba O’Riley (The Who)  /  You Better, You Bet (The Who)  /

Even in the Quietest Moments (Supertramp)  /  Stop Making This Hurt (Bleachers)  /  Oh, Yoko! (Patti Smith & Tony Shanahan)  /  Living In Between (Matthew Ryan Jacobs)  /  Let It Bleed (The Rolling Stones)  /  Wild World (Mr. Big)  /  Thick As a Brick (Jethro Tull)  /  Gone, Gone, Gone (Phillip Phillips)  /   Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd)  /   All Summer Long (Kid Rock)  /  Then the Morning Comes (Smash Mouth)  /  If You’re Gone (Matchbox Twenty)  /  Peaceful World (John Mellencamp)  /   Angel (Shaggy)  /  Lady (Little River Band)  /  Gold (John Stewart & Stevie Nicks)  /  Spirit in the Night (Bruce Springsteen)  /  Whatever It Takes (Sinead Lohan)  /  I Think We’re Alone Now (Tiffany)  /  Wind of Change (Scorpions)  /  Hey, Soul Sister (Train)  /  Eye of the Tiger (Survivor)  /  Pinball Wizard (The Who)  /  Melissa (Allman Brothers)  /  Let’s Spend the Night Together (The Rolling Stones)  /

Blue Bayou (Linda Ronstadt)  /  The Rose (Bette Midler)  / Tapestry (Carole King)  /  Morning Has Broken (Cat Stevens)  /  You’re My Best Friend (Queen)  /  Heal the World (Michael Jackson)  /  Vincent (Don McLean)  /  In My Life (Bette Midler)  /  ’39 (Queen)Diary (Bread)  /  Hot Child in the City (Nick Gilder)  /  Guitar Man (Bread)  /  The Entertainer (Billy Joel)  /  Oh Very Young (Cat Stevens)  /  Spirit in the Sky (Norman Greenbaum)  /  With God On Our Side (Aaron Neville)  /  Southern Nights (Glen Campbell)  /  Because the Night (Patti Smith Group)  /  Seasons In the Sun (Terry Jacks)  /  Baby Don’t Get Hooked On Me (Mac Davis)  /   Reason to Believe (Vonda Shepard)  /  Let Your Love Flow (Bellamy Brothers)  /  The Pretender (Jackson Browne)  /  Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds)  /  It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Echo & the Bunnymen)  /  Love Minus Zero (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel)  /  Easy Does It (Supertramp)  /  Bluer than Blue (Michael Johnson)  /  Goodbye to Love (American Music Club)  /  Superstar (Sonic Youth)  /  Porchlight (Neko Case)  /  Lyin’ Eyes (The Eagles)  /  Young Love (The Judds)  /  Back Home Again (Low)  /  Matthew (Granfaloon Bus)  /  Annie’s Song (Sunshine Club)  /  Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp)  /  Sweet Dreams (The Miraculous Love Kids, et al.)  /  Solitaire (Sheryl Crow)  /  Why Worry (Dire Straits)  /  The Famous Final Scene (Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band)  /  Valentine (Jim Brickman with Martina McBride)  /  I Knew I loved You (Savage Garden)  /  Fly Like an Eagle (Steve Miller Band)  /  Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)  /  Angel Eyes (The Jeff Healy Band)  /  Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (Patty Smyth and Don Henley)  /  Drive-in Movies (Ray LaMontagne)  /  Something Real (Phoebe Snow)  /  This Is the Time (Billy Joel)  /  Yesterday When I Was Young (Dusty Springfield)  /  Tambourine Man (Gene Clark)  /  My Eyes Adored You (Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons)  /  Everything I Own (Bread)  /  Sometimes When We Touch (Dan Hill)  /  Sailing (Christopher Cross)  /  Get Together (The Youngbloods)  /

You’ve Got a Friend (Carole King)  /  Streets of Your Town (The Go-Betweens)  /  I’m No Stranger to the Rain (Keith Whitley)  /  Make It With You (Bread)  /  I Will Remember You (Sarah McLachlan)  /  The Otter (Caamp)  /  Say Goodbye (Sanctus Real)  /  Am I the Same Girl (Swing Out Sister)  /  Eternal Flame (The Bangles)  /  If You Were a Sailboat (Katie Melua)  /

Patience (Guns N’ Roses)  /  Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman (Bryan Adams)  /  Taxi (Harry Chapin)  /  Same Old Lang Syne (Dan Fogelberg)  /  Operator (That’s Not the Way It Feels) Jim Croce  /  Mr. Bojangles (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band)  /  Coward of the County (Kenny Rogers)  /  People Are Crazy (Billy Curringham)  /  The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Bryan Ferry)  /  Girl on Fire (Alicia Keys)  /  Hallelujah (Allie Sherlock & David Owens)  /  High Horse (Kacey Musgraves)  /  Let Down (Michigander)  /  If I Were a Boy (Beyonce)  /  Into the Wild (LP)  /  Just the Way You Are (Bruno Mars)  /  Marry You (Bruno Mars)  /  Looking Glass (Darrell Scott)  /  Skip a Rope (Joe Tex & The Vibrators)  /  Curse of Hamm (Ernie Payne)  /  Deeper Well (Kacey Musgraves)  I See a Darkness (Bonnie “Prince” Billy)  /  If It Makes You Happy (Sheryl Crow)  /  Highwoman (The Highwomen)  /

Forever Autumn (Jeff Wayne)  /  Brando (Lucy Dacus)  /  Diary (Bread)  /  Heard It in a Love Song (The Marshall Tucker Band)  /  Positively 4th Street (Bob Dylan)  /  Kokomo (The Beach Boys)  /  Sister Golden Hair (America)  /  I Think I Love You (The Partridge Family)  /  There’s a Kind of Hush (The Carpenters)  /  The Sounds of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel)  /  Oklahoma (Billy Gilman)  /  No Matter What (Badfinger)  /  Torn Between Two Lovers (Mary MacGregor)  /  Yer So Bad (Tom Petty)  /  Weight of the World (Ringo Starr)  /  Another Brick in the Wall (Lysergic Dream)  /  The Night Chicago Died (Paper Lace)  /  Pancho and Lefty (Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson)  /  Don’t Fear the Reaper (The Beautiful South)  / The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down (The Band)  /  Music is Easy (Josephine Network)  /  I’m Stone in Love with You (The Beautiful South)  /  Baby Blue (Badfinger)  /  I Got a Name (Jim Croce)  /  Day After Day (Badfinger)  /  A Little Time (The Beautiful South) Mysterious Ways (U2)  /  Leaving On a Jet Plane (Chantal Kreviazuk)  /  Mr. Soul (Buffalo Springfield)  /  Keep Your Hands to Yourself (Georgia Satellites)  /

Burn Down the Mission (Phil Collins)  /  Tonight (George Michael)  /  Border Song (Eric Clapton)  /  Rocket Man (Kate Bush)  /  Crocodile Rock (The Beach boys)  /  Daniel (Wilson Phillips)  /  Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word (Joe Cocker)  /  Levon (Jon Bon Jovi)  /  Madman Across the Water (Bruce Hornsby)  /  Sacrifice (Sinead O’Connor)  /  Come Down in Time (Sting & Elton John)  /  Island Girl (Elton John)  /  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Elton John)  /  Tiny Dancer (Elton John)  /  I’m Still Standing (Elton John)  /  Your Song (Elton John)  /  Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Roger Daltry)  /  Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John & Kiki Dee)  /  Cold Heart (PNAU Remix) — Elton John & Dua Lipa  /  Oven Manual Song (Elton John)  /  Why “almost” (Elton John)  /

Nowhere Man (Paul Westerberg)  /  I’m Only Sleeping (The Vines)  /  Revolution (Grandaddy)  /  Help! (Little Texas)  /  Don’t Let Me Down (Sterophonics)  /  The Long and Winding Road (John Berry)  /  All Those Years Ago (George Harrison)  /  I’ll Follow the Sun (David Ball)  /  In My Life (Susan Ashton and Gary Chapman  /  Yesterday (Billy Dean)  /  All My Loving (Suzy Bogguss and Chet Atkings)  /  Something (Tanya Tucker)  /  Nowhere Man (Randy Travis)  /  Strawberry Fields Forever (Ben Harper)  /  If I Fell (Sammy Kershaw)  /  Help (Howie Day)  /  Let It Be (Collin Raye)  /  Just Because (John Lennon)  /  Oh! Darling (Huey Lewis)  /  Two of Us (Aimee Mann and Michael Penn)  /  You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away (Eddie Vedder)  /  Ain’t that a Shame (John Lennon)  /  Here Comes the Sun (Richie Havens)  /  Two of Us (MonaLisa Twins)  /  A Day in the Life (The Analogues)  /  Across the Universe (Rufus Wainwright)  /

The Next Step (Mickey Hart)  /  Look Away (Mickey Hart)  /  Only the Strange Remain (Mickey Hart)  /  Strong (Robbie Williams)  /  Win Some Lose Some (Robbie Williams)  /  Old Before I Die (Robbie Williams)  /  Heat of the Moment (Asia)  /  Never in a Million Years (Asia)  /  Open Your Eyes (Asia)  /  Go (Asia)  /  Ride Easy (Asia)  /  Only Time Will Tell (Asia)  /  Light My Fire (Train)  /  L.A .Woman (Days of the New)  /  Love Me Two Times (Aerosmith)  /  Touch Me (Ian Ashbury)  /  Love Her Madly (Bo Diddley)  /  Under the Waterfall (The Doors)  /  Sweet Child O’ Mine (Guns N’ Roses)  /  Wasted on the Way (The Hollies)  / Teach Your Children (The Hollies)  /  The Air That I Breathe (The Hollies)  /  Bus Stop (The Hollies)  /   Soldier’s Song (The Hollies) This sounds like the 1983 King’s Island, Ohio, live version — other musical arrangements of this song don’t sound good   /  I Love You (Climax Blues Band)  /  Friends in High Places (Climax Blues Band)  /

One Hour of Da Som Nu For Alltid (Kent)  /  Also sprach Zarathustra (Deodato)  /  Chris (Pat Metheny Group)  /  A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy) even longer than the extended version!  /  Fanfare Intro / Reach Out I’ll Be There (Instrumental medley)  /  Love Is Blue (Paul Mauriat)  /  The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Danish National Symphony Orchestra)  /  The Great Gig In the Sky (Pink Floyd)  /  Dreamwalk (Peter White)  /  101 Eastbound (Fourplay)  /  Bohemian Rhapsody (Nicholas Hersh)  /  Annie’s Song (Henry Mancini)  /  Axel F (Harold Faltermeyer)  /  Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet (Henry Mancini)  /  Hill St. Blues Theme  /  Theme from “St. Elsewhere” (Dave Grusin)  /  Music Box Dancer (Frank Mills)  /  The Rockford Files Theme  /  For A Few Dollars More (Danish National Symphony Orchestra)  /  The Magnificent Seven (Theme)  /  The Godfather – Orchestral Suite (Danish National Symphony Orchestra)  /  I Should Have Known Better (George Martin instrumental)   /  Hawaii Five-0 Theme (Brian Setzer Orchestra)  /  M*A*S*H Theme (with Al De Lory as bandleader)  /  Classical Gas (Mason Williams)  /  Theme from the Magnificent Seven (Al Caiola)  /  Memphis (Lonnie Mack)  /  Feels So Good (Chuck Mangione)  /  Endgame (R.E.M.)  / Love theme from Flashdance  /  A Lover’s Concerto (Henry Mancini)  /  Feelings (Henry Mancini)  /  Gotcha (Theme from “Starsky & Hutch)  /  Those Were the Days (instrumental)  /  Breezin’ (George Benson)  /  Linus & Lucy (David Benoit)  /  You Make Me Smile (Dave Koz)  /  Chris (Pat Metheny Group)  /  Shaker Song (Spyro Gyra)  /  The Eve of the War (Wild)  /  The Edge (Kadenza) DJ Spyroof Remix)  /  Poor People of Paris (London Pops Orchestra)  /  Sugar Blues (London Pops Orchestra)  /  Be Kind to Your Web-Footed Friends (Instrumental)  /  Happy Days Are Here Again (Instrumental)  /  The Happy Song (Frank Mills)  /  The Sound of Silence (Guitar Instrumental)  /  Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental)  /  Wichita Lineman (Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra)  The Sound of Silence (Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra)  /  Homeward Bound (Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra)  /  Mrs. Robinson (Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra)  /  Mrs. Robinson (Relaxing Piano Man)  /  A Taste of Honey (Herb Albert & The Tijuana Brass)  /  Stormstruck piano duet (Rachel LaFond & Scott D. Davis)  /  Annie’s Song (Joslin)  /  Take Five (George Benson)  /  Wake Me Up (Avicii)  /  Greatest Love of All (Ferrante & Teicher)  /  Bonanza (The Hollywood Orchestra)  /  Hey Jude (Nokie Edwards)  /  I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman (Whistling Jack Smith)  /  Song Sung Blue (instrumental)  /  Da som Nu For Alltid (Kent)  /  November (Mythos)  /  Viva La Vida (Dani Hort)  /

The Best of Mozart  /  Eine kleine Nachtmusik (Mozart)  /  Brandenburg Concertos (Bach)  /  Beethoven’s 5th Symphony  /  Bolero (Ravel)  /  Vitava: Moldau (Smetana)  /  Piano Quartet No. 1 (Brahms)  /  Rite of Spring (Stravinsky)  /  Appalachian Spring (Copland)  /  Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)  /  Fur Elise (Beethoven)  /  Mozart Horn Concerto No. 1  /  In the Tatra Mountains (Vitezslav Novak)  /  Kat’a Kabanova Overture (Janacek)  /  Mozart’s Symphony No. 40  /  Peaceful Classical (Bach, Mozart, Debussy, et. al.)  /

Moment of Peace (Gregorian, feat. Sarah & Amelia Brightman), extendedHad a Dream (Sleeping with the Enemy (Roger Hodgson)  /  Grateful Dead 5/18/72 Munich, Germany  /  Ganging Up On the Sun, Expanded (Guster)  /  Side 1 of album “The Wall” live at Red Rock (Brit Floyd)  /  Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Lysergic Dream)  /  Telegraph Road (Dire Straits)  /  Venice Bitch (Lana Del Rey)  /  Love and Hate (Michael Kiwanuka)  /  Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress (The Hollies) ’83 10-min. version!  /  The Eve of the War (Jeff Wayne; ft. Richard Burton, Justin Hayward)  /  Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Pink Floyd)  /  Desolation Row (Dylan)  /  Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Bob Dylan)  /  Tempest (Bob Dylan)  /  Scenes from an Italian Restaurant (Billy Joel)  /  Biko (Peter Gabriel)  /  Biko (Live on Letterman show)  /  Time Has Come Today (The Chambers Brothers)  /  Dark Star (Grateful Dead) long version   /   Scarlet Begonias / Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead) very long version   /  The Seven Oceans of Our Mind (Kaipa)  /  Sangre de Cristo (Mickey Hart)  /  The Greatest Love of All (George Benson & Luciano Pavarotti)  /  99 Luftballons (Nena)  /  La Bamba (Los Lobos)  /  Da Da Da (Trio)  /  Olsen Olsen (Sigur Ros)  /  Derniere Danse (Indila)  /  Ja Sei Namorar (Os Tribalistas)  /  Umqombothi (Yvonne Chaka Chaka)  /

Tarzan Boy (Baltimora)  /  Five Miles Out (Mike Oldfield)  /  Old Peel (Aldous Harding)  /  Genius of Love (Tom Tom Club)  /  New Body Rhumba (LCD Soundsystem)  /  Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (The Fifth Estate)  /  I Put a Spell on You (Bette Midler &)  /  Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)  /  Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (Warren Zevon)  /  I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead (Warren Zevon)  /  Zombie Zoo (Tom Petty)  /  Exhausting Lover (Ben Folds)  /  Equality Street (Brent and Johnson)  /  Your Flag Decal Won’t Get You Into Heaven Anymore (John Prine)  /  Eve of Destruction (The Turtles)  /  Eve of Destruction (Jesse Ventura)  /  The Democratic Socialist Marching Song (Jill Sobule)  /  Long-Haired Radical Socialist Jew (Hugh Blumenfeld)  /  Dear Mr. President (Pink)  /  Remember Rose: Song for Choice (Sandy Rapp)  /  All Men Choose the Path They Walk (Archie Roach)  /  A Rock Star Bucks a Coffee Shop (Neil Young & Promise of the Real)  /  I Can’t Breathe (H.E.R.)  /  Tear It Down (Amy Ray)  /  Rise Up with Fists!! (Jenny Lewis and The Watson Twins)  /  People Have the Power (Patti Smith)  /  I Envy the Dead (Universal Dice)  /  Letting Go of God (Jill Sobule)  /  Jesus Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (John C. Wayne)  /  From God’s Perspective (Bo Burnham)  /  The Fish that Played the Ponies (King Missile)  /  There’s No Connection (Lois Morton)  /  There’s a Hole in the Ozone (Jimmy Roberts)  /  Rise Up with Fists!! (Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins)  /  Show Them to Me (Rodney Carrington)  /  Song Without a Rhyme (SteveSongs)  /  What the Hell Happened? (KED)  / The Lazy Song (Bruno Mars)  /  Take a Walk on the Wild Side (Lou Reed)  /  I Wish You Were a Girl (12 Rods)  /  Rag Doll (Kevin Rowland)  /  The Flirtations (Full Album)  /  Shoot a Man (Rachel Lorin)  /  Stand By My Girl (Dan Averbach)  /  Detachable Penis (King Missile)  /  The Pussy Cat Song (Paul Ellis)  /  The Sweater (Meryn Cadell)  /  The Thing (Phil Harris)  /  (It’s Just a) Dumb Ol’ Stick (by ???)  /  Amish Paradise (Weird Al Yankovic)  /  Because I Got High (Afroman)  /  Hiphopopotomus vs Rhymnoceros (Flight of the Conchords)  /  Dance Off (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)  /  Drug Dealer (Macklemore & Ariana Deboo)  /  Thrift Shop (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)  /  Words (Henry Kaiser)  /  Don’t Shoot Me Santa (The Killers)  /  Chanukah Song (Adam Sandler)   /  Tangled Up in Blue (Robyn Hitchcock)  /  Sunworshipper (Mylo)  /  Somewhere Down a Crazy River (Robbie Robertson)  /  I Feel a Little Tipsy (All Wigged Out)  /  Simple Pleasures (Bobby McFerrin)  /  Middle Fingers (Missio)  /  Teenagers (My Chemical Romance)  /  Alone (Pretenders)  /  Longview (Green Day)  /  Matt & Donald Reel 2017  /  The Curse (Josh Ritter)  /  Do You Realize?? (The Flaming Lips)  /  How Old Is Your Boy? (Richard Berman)  /  Anytime (Neil Finn & Friends)  /  & here’s “Anytime” with all the bells & whistles  /  When the Music’s Over (The Doors)  /  The Last Song (Mickey Hart)  /

One song I wish I could include here is Rod MacDonald’s “I’m Wondering Why.” Maybe some day it’ll find it’s way to YouTube.

Pictured Rocks  /  Relaxing Nature Sounds  /  Babbling Brook  /  Gentle Waves on a Rocky Beach  /  Thunderstorm at Sea  /  In a Forest  /  Surf Sound with Seagulls  /  Relaxing White Noise (Fall Asleep)  /  Hankscraft Humidifier White Noise  /  Niagara Falls, White Noise  /  The Guardian  /  New York Times (Front Page)  /  Drudge Report  /  Yahoo News  /  HuffPost  /  Politico  /  CNN  /  FOX  /  BBC (Reel)  /  1010 WINS (NY)  /  WNYC.org  /  AcademicEarth.Org (Playlists)  /  TopDocumentaryFilms.Com (Environment)  /  Reference Desk  /  Text Reader  /  (70 Over 70)  /  (Fall of Civilizations)  /

TheWolverineWay.com (Ricardo Sierra is the interviewer. With the exception of Sierra and Douglas Chadwick, every person has been interviewed. Click on a name, then click on headphones next to photo.)

Headed Into the Abyss, with author Brian Watson

Podcasts

Switched on Pop  /  Sodajerker on Songwriting  /  SongTown on Songwriting  /  Song Talk Radio (Songwriting Tips & Talk)  /  Soundcheck  /  World Cafe  /   The Global Countdown  /

Rewilding Podcast (with Jack Humphrey)  /  Hidden Brain  /  Nature Podcasts  /  Philosophize This!  /  You Are Not So Smart  /  Making Sense with Sam Harris  /  The New Yorker Radio Hour  /  World Book Club (BBC)  /  The Book Review Podcast  /  This American Life  /  Selected Shorts  /  The Truth  /  The Writer’s Voice  /  The Moth  /  The Howard Stern Show  /

Top 200 Podcasts in 19+ categories  /  Search Through Over 30 Million Podcasts and Episodes  /  150 Podcasts  /  NPR Podcasts & Shows  /  CapRadio A-Z  or  CapRadio Podcast Directory  /  CapRadio Reads (Listen)  /  Book of the Day  (NPR)  /  Monocle (e.g., The Curator, The Monocle Weekly)  /

BBC Global News  /  BBC Weekend  /  PBS News Hour  /  NBC Nightly News Hour  /  Axios Today  /  The Daily  /  NPR News Now  /  This Week with George Stephanopoulos  /

Science Friday  /  Science Magazine  /  Overheard at National Geographic  /  Freakonomics M.D.  /  New Scientist  /

Wait Wait  . . .  Don’t Tell Me!  /  60 Minutes  /  Mea Culpa with Michael Cohen  /  On the Media  /  NOVA Now  /  Stuff You Should Know  /  Freakonomics  /  The LBR Podcast  /  Freethought Radio  /  The Gray Area (with Sean Illing)  /  The Influence Continuum  /  The New Abnormal  /  The Peter Attia Drive  /  Brain Science with Ginger Campbell  /  The Origins Podcast with Lawrence Krauss  /  Ask the Dentist with Dr. Mark Burhenne  /

FRONTLINE Dispatch  /  RadioLab  /  A Slight Change of Plans  /  The Jordan Harbinger Show  /  Dateline NBC  /  In Our Time  /  The Canadian Bushcraft Podcast with Caleb Musgrave  /  A Life More Wild  /  Post-Growth Australia Podcast  /  The Great Simplification  /  The Overpopulation Podcast  /  (Nature Bats Last)  /  Earth Riot (or For Show Description)  /

Some of these Podcasts I’m not too familiar with, so I welcome feedback. Are there ones you think I should add? Or delete? Please let me know what you think.

[Note:  And in case you’re wondering. Yeah, I know.  Most of these — to put it mildly — have nothing to do with saving the planet. Certainly none of the top, most listened to podcasts, last I checked. However, that’s the world we live in. Humanity never really seems capable of focusing on ‘saving the planet.’ That’s a fact. And like Schrodinger’s cat, I live in two opposite worlds, simultaneously. In one, I will someday get funding (the ability to move forward). But in the other, that day will never arrive. So yes, I will continue to do a great deal of work preparing for the former. Hardly a day ever goes by, in fact, that I’m not thinking about or doing things related to saving the planet, or getting great new ideas along those lines. It’s in my DNA. But I also recognize and accept the fact I live in those two opposite worlds. All I need is one backer. True. But perhaps Sam Harris was correct when he opined “It seems very likely that we have spent too long in the company of bad ideas to now arrest our slide toward the brink. I hope I’m wrong about this, but I would not be surprised if the human experiment runs radically off the rails in our lifetime.” Considering the breathtaking lack of interest and lack of curiosity I’ve witnessed these past 9+ years of getting my message out, that does appear very much to be the case. Sorry to say.]

 

*** First, let me explain why this blog post is “upside down.” By that, I’m referring to the fact that it “begins” right here, and not at the top. I’ve created this page so I can have easy access to the songs and music that suit my taste. Therefore, it wouldn’t make sense if every time I revisit this page, I have to scroll down to where that part actually begins. That is why I’ve begun with the links portion at the top.

Now that you know why this begins down here and not at the top, let me better explain why I’ve created this page in the first place. I love music. I find music energizing. It’s like caffeine, adrenaline and endorphins, all rolled into one. Never mind, that would probably be illegal. The point is, approximately three years ago, I packed up my stereo, CDs and cassette tapes, and put all of that into storage. Eventually, I gave away the stereo. It was just gathering dust. I haven’t had room for any of that, since moving.

Then, one day, I had an idea — and that idea, basically, morphed into this. I’ll get lots of enjoyment coming back to this page again and again. But since I’m putting this up as a blog post, so too can you and everyone else.

Originally, I considered titling this “World’s Longest Blog Post,” in anticipation of it becoming a never-ending “work in progress,” where I continue adding to it. (So check back periodically;  this will only get bigger.)

There will be a wide assortment of music. I might even expand this to include links to podcasts and things unrelated to music. Some of these songs are perfect for listening to while working out. Others make for a nice background “white sound” — for playing while doing busy work that doesn’t require intense concentration. Some of these songs might be just right for snapping you, or someone you know, out of a bad mood. Some of these songs might help you see things from a different perspective. And who can resist those energetic upbeat songs that help “recharge our batteries,” so to speak?

But also, since I love the craft of songwriting — it’s one of those things I never have time for, but wish I did — some of these songs fit marvelously well here for that reason alone. They’re great songs to listen to and analyze from a songwriting perspective. To savor how every chord, note, lyric, syllable, everything, just come together so seamlessly and deliciously. One of the beauties of songwriting — and writing in general — is that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that you can’t find a way (though it might not be easy) to express in words. To me, writing is kind of like problem-solving. Every sentence, in a sense, is about solving a problem — even if we don’t quite think of it in those terms. “How do I say this?” “How can I say this better?” “How can I make this more visual?” “How can I take this and spin it in a completely different direction?” “Should I spin it in a different direction?” “Which line sounds better, ‘x’ or ‘y’?” “What else rhymes with that word?” How can I shorten that line?” And so on. Those questions don’t necessarily materialize in a songwriter’s head, literally, in that way, but isn’t that in a sense what’s going on?

In short, this blog post is “a horse of a different color.” Something completely different. I’ve designed it for me. But I’ve also designed it for you! So enjoy.

And. Someday. If I ever receive funding. I’ll share with you an intriguing little tie-in concerning how this all relates to ‘saving the planet.’ But for now — and until then — that will just have to remain a mystery. If you choose to wrap your neurons around that charming little mystery in the meantime, good luck and happy guessing!

Additional Resources:

If They Ask You, You Can Write a Song, by Al Kasha & Joel Hirschhorn (1990)

American Songwriter (Behind the Song) /

5 Songwriting Books You Must Read, by Thomas Honeyman /

The 9 Best Songwriting Books to Read in 2021, by Jon Anderson /

25 of the Best Books for Songwriters (according to SongwritingMagazine.co.uk) /

RhymeZone.com (No, it’s not cheating.)

Poetry can also be a rich source for ideas.  To help illustrate this point, in the November / December 2006 issue of American Songwriter magazine (on page 16), it states “a recent New York Times article investigates the similarities between Bob Dylan lyrics from Modern Times and the work of Civil War-era poet Henry Timrod.  One Timrod scholar claims to have found ten correlations.”   And in an article about singer-songwriter Adam Duritz (of Counting Crows), in this same issue,  Schlansky writes:  Duritz “was moved most by the work of political poet Carolyn Forche.”  Duritz states:  “Her work has been a bigger influence on my writing than any singer / songwriter ever has.”  In the issue’s feature article — “Sex, Death and Poetry:  The Story of The Doors” — Schlansky writes:  “Where other lyricists drew from blues, folk and Tin Pan Alley traditions, Morrison combined a fascination with Nietzsche, Rimbaud, William Blake, shamanism, American Indians and a dual obsession with sex and death — the beginning and end parts of human existence.”  In 1971, Jim Morrison died in Paris, at the age of 27.  Morrison “fled to Paris,” according to Schlansky, “to seek solitude and write poetry.”  It gives me a chill thinking about it:  Just as we’ll never know what great songs John Lennon would’ve penned had a bullet not ended his life on that fateful night back in 1980, so too we will never get to hear the songs Morrison would’ve written had he not died so young.  On Amazon, 92% of reviewers give The Collected Works of Jim Morrison:  Poetry, Journals, Transcripts, and Lyrics — published in 2021, and available also as an audiobook — 5 stars.   All in all, it would seem to me a good way to strengthen your songwriting muscle would be to go to your local library and browse the section where poetry books are shelved — look for books beginning with “811.”