Note: This blog post is “upside down.” To find out why — and to begin at the beginning — scroll down to where you see the three asterisks.
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 O f The Line (The Traveling Wilburys), Livin’ On A Prayer, (Jon Bon Jovi) Dreamer (Ozzy Osbourne), Imagine (Allie Sherlock), Celluloid Heroes (Kinks), Candle In The Wind (Elton John), Tonight (George Michael), 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), Fire And Rain (Birdy), Sprawl II (Arcade Fire), Ship Of Fools (Bob Seger), Praying for Time (George Michael), 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), 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), Wind of Change (Scorpions), 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), Dancing in the Street (Van Halen), Reach Out (I’ll Be There) — David Johansen, Beds Are Burning (Midnight Oil), Mad About You (Belinda Carlisle), Make Me Lose Control (Eric Carmen),
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),
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), 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), Sisyphus (Andrew Bird), One of Us (Joan Osborne, The Ballad of Lucy Jordon (Marianne Faithful), Southern Man, Less Than You Think (Wilco) shortened version, 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), Vampire Weekend (Harmony Hall), Camouflage (Stan Ridgeway), Hundreds of Ways (Conor Oberst), 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), Impossible Weight (Deep Sea Diver), 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), Who Am I (Country Joe & the Fish), 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 tune, M*A*S*H Theme (Instrumental) Extended 16:34 minute version, Make You Feel My Love (Bob Dylan), Lean on Me (Club Nouveau), Your Life Is Now (John Mellencamp), Quiet Town (The Killers),
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),
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), Tonight (George Michael), Desperado (The Eagles), Could’ve Been (Tiffany), Shooting Star (Bad Company), 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), Under the Waterfall (The Doors), Love Her Madly (Bo Diddley), 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), Under My Thumb (Rolling Stones), 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), Crocodile Rock (the Beach Boys), Kiss You All Over – Exile (Axelsoft’s Funky Disco Remix), Some Nights (Fun), What’s Up (4 Non Blondes), Complicated (Avril Lavigne), Bad Case (Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real), Jet (Paul McCartney & Wings), Crazy Little Thing Called Love (Maroon 5),
Heaven Is A Place On Earth (Belinda Carlisle), Saltwater (Julian Lennon),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), Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson), 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), Don’t Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra), My Heart Will Go On (Munros Remix), Built this City (Starship), Abracadabra (Sugar Ray),
Conquistador (Procol Harum), Ordinary World (Duran Duran), Man on the Moon (R.E.M.), 1979 (The Smashing Pumpkins), 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), Rolling in the Deep (Adele), Take the Long Way Home (Supertramp), Love Me Like You Do (Ellie Goulding), Never Had Nobody Like You (M. Ward), I Melt with You (Nouvelle Vague), I’m No Angel (Gregg Allman), Sugar Magnolia (Grateful Dead, Still the One (Orleans), Ventura Highway (America), We May Never Pass This Way (Again) — Seals & Croft, Turn, Turn, Turn (Chris de Burgh), Can’t Find My Way Home (Joe Cocker), With a Little Luck (Paul McCartney and Wings),
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), Back In the World Again (David Gray), Somewhere Along the Way (Dawes), Wild World (Mr. Big), Thick As a Brick (Jethro Tull), Sleeping with a Friend (Neon Trees), It Must Have Been the Roses (Grateful Dead), Gone, Gone, Gone (Phillip Phillips, Fools Gold (The Stone Roses), Suite: Judy Blue Eyes (Crosby, Stills, Nash), Free Bird (Lynyrd Skynyrd), Take the Long Road and Walk It (The Music), Hold Me While You Wait (Lewis Capaldi), All Summer Long (Kid Rock), Then the Morning Comes (Smash Mouth), If You’re Gone (Matchbox Twenty), Peaceful World (John Mellencamp), Give a Little Bit (Supertramp),
My Heart Will Go On (Titanic theme), Whiter Shade of Pale (Sarah Brightman), 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), Song Sung Blue (Ray Conniff), The Entertainer (Billy Joel), Oh Very Young (Cat Stevens), 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), My Oh My (Leonard Cohen), Reason to Believe (Vonda Shepard), Let Your Love Flow (Bellamy Brothers), The Pretender (Jackson Browne), You Belong to Me (Jason Wade), Mr. Tambourine Man (The Byrds), It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue (Echo & the Bunnymen), Tangled Up in Blue (Robyn Hitchcock), Love Minus Zero (Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel), If You Gotta Go, Go Now (Cowboy Junkies), Series of Dreams (Gallon Drunk), Every Grain of Sand (Emmy Lou Harris), Easy Does It (Supertramp), Tender Is the Night (Jackson Browne), Bluer than Blue (Michael Johnson), Sacrifice (Sinead O-Connor, Superstar (Sonic Youth), Porchlight (Neko Case), Lyin’ Eyes (The Eagles), Young Love (The Judds), Follow Me (The Innocence Mission), Back Home Again (Low), I’m Sorry (Red House Painters), Matthew (Granfaloon Bus), Annie’s Song (Sunshine Club), Lord Is It Mine (Supertramp), Sweet Dreams (The Miraculous Love Kids, et al.), Solitaire (Sheryl Crow), Save the Best for Last (Vanessa Williams), The Greatest Love of All (George Benson), 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), Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Elton John and Kiki Dee), Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton), Sometimes When We Touch (Susan Wong), Friend of the Devil (Lyle Lovett), Angel Eyes (The Jeff Healy Band), Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough (Patty Smyth and Don Henley),
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),
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),
Nowhere Man (Paul Westerberg), I’m Only Sleeping (The Vines), Revolution (Grandaddy), Help! (Little Texas), Here Comes the Sun (Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams, We Can Work It Out (Heather Nova), 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), Revolution (Imagine Dragons), 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),
The Next Step (Mickey Hart), Look Away (Mickey Hart), Only the Strange Remain (Mickey Hart), John Cage Is Dead (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), Riders on the Storm (Creed), 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), 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),
Best Oldies Instrumental Collection, Tundra / Winter Ambience (Jeremy Soule), 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, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), For A Few Dollars More (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), The Godfather – Orchestral Suite (Danish National Symphony Orchestra), My Favorite Things (John Coltrane), A Day In the Life (The Analogues), Here Comes the Sun (The Analogues), Let It Be (The Analogues), The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra performs Beatles classics, Las 100 Melodias Orquestadas Mas Bellas — Old Orchestrated Instrumental Music, The Beatles Instrumental, Hooked on Classics Pt 1, Carol of the Bells (Instrumental) — David Foster, I Should Have Known Better (George Martin instrumental), Fanfare Intro / Reach Out I’ll Be There (Instrumental medley), 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), The Pink Panther Theme (Henry Mancini), Also sprach Zarathustra (Deodato), Feels So Good (Chuck Mangione), Endgame (R.E.M.), Love Is Blue (Paul Mauriat and his Orchestra), Love theme from Flashdance, A Lover’s Concerto (Henry Mancini), Feelings (Henry Mancini), Annie’s Song (Henry Mancini), Gotcha (Theme from “Starsky & Hutch), A Fifth of Beethoven (Walter Murphy) extended version, Those Were the Days (instrumental), Breezin’ (George Benson), Linus & Lucy (David Benoit), Dreamwalk (Peter White), 101 Eastbound (Fourplay), 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 Sound of Silence (Guitar Instrumental), Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Instrumental), Wichita Lineman (Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra),
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), Salut d’amour (Elgar), The Blue Danube Waltz (Strauss), The Best of Mozart,
Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes (Jimmy Buffet), Telegraph Road (Dire Straits), Venice Bitch (Lana Del Rey), 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), Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands (Bob Dylan), Dark Star (Grateful Dead) long version, Scarlet Begonias / Fire on the Mountain (Grateful Dead) very long version, Arriving Somewhere But Not Here (Porcupine Tree), Siberian Breaks MGMT), Sangre de Cristo (Mickey Hart), Untitled 8 (Popplagio) – Sigur Ros, 99 Luftballons (Nena), Hotel California (Gipsy Kings), La Bamba (Los Lobos), Da Da Da (Trio), Olsen Olsen (Sigur Ros), Kazachok (Boris Rubashkin), Sound of Solitude (Myslovitz 03), Derniere Danse (Indila), Ja Sei Namorar (Os Tribalistas), Vidinha de Balada (Henrique e Juliano), Podmoskovnye Vechera (Moscow Nights), Clock Strikes (One OK Rock), Umqombothi (Yvonne Chaka Chaka),
Tarzan Boy (Baltimora), Old Peel (Aldous Harding), Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead (The Fifth Estate), Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon), Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (Warren Zevon), Zombie Zoo (Tom Petty), Equality Street (Brent and Johnson), People Are People (Depeche Mode), Eve of Destruction (The Turtles), Blowing in the Wind (Katie Melua), Good Old Days (Macklemore & Kesha), Downtown (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), The Democratic Socialist Marching Song (Jill Sobule), 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), People Have the Power (Patti Smith), (It’s Just a) Dumb Ol’ Stick (???), 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), Show Them to Me (Rodney Carrington), The Lazy Song (Bruno Mars), Money for Noting (Dire Straits), Take a Walk on the Wild Side Lou Reed), Shoot a Man (Rachel Lorin), Stand By My Girl (Dan Averbach), Detachable Penis (King Missile), Because I Got High (Afroman), Dance Off (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Drug Dealer (Macklemore & Ariana Deboo), Lose Yourself (Eminem), Birdhouse in Your Soul (They Might Be Giants), Thrift Shop (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Wings (Macklemore & Ryan Lewis), Chanukah Song (Adam Sandler), This Corrosion (The Sisters of Mercy), The Seven Oceans of Our Mind (Kaipa), Tom Sawyer (Rush), Subdivisions (Rush), Limelight (Rush), Child in Time (Deep Purple), Time Has Come Today (The Chambers Brothers), Matt & Donald Reel 2017, Gold (The Dirty Clergy), The Curse (Josh Ritter), Do You Realize?? (The Flaming Lips), Anytime (Neil Finn & Friends), & here is “Anytime” with all the bells and whistles, When the Music’s Over (The Doors), The Last Song (Mickey Hart),
Songs I would have liked to include but aren’t available on YouTube: “I’m Wondering Why” (Rod MacDonald); “Ring Them Bells” (Bob Dylan) — the Oh Mercy version (all the live versions and covers of this song I can’t stand); “Soldier’s Song” (The Hollies) — the musical arrangement is a bit different and for my taste not as good as the Archive Alive version.
*** 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, from time to time. (So check back periodically; this will only get bigger.)
There will be a wide assortment of music. And as I hear new things I like, I will add them too. I might even expand this to include links to podcasts and things unrelated to music, as well. 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 with 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!