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 (GNR), Every Rose Has its Thorn (Poison), I Run For Life (Etheridge), The Load Out / Stay (Browne), In the City (Eagles), End O f The Line (TWs), Livin’ On A Prayer, (JBJ) Dreamer (Ozzy), Imagine (Sherlock), Music Box Dancer (Instrumental), Celluloid Heroes (Kinks), Candle In The Wind (Elton), Dust In The Wind (Scorpions), Anticipation (Simon), Thrice All American (Case), Skating Away On The Thin Ice Of The New Day (Tull), 99 Luftballons (Nena) Cool Change (Little River), Fire And Rain (Birdie), Sprawl II (Arcade Fire), Ship Of Fools (Seger), Praying for Time (GM), Run for the Roses (Fogelberg), Brooklyn Roads (Olivor), Farewell to Arms (ELP), Pill (Edie Brickell), Who’s Gonna Stand Up (Young), 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 Grade), Do You Know Where You’re Going To (Diana Ross), Endgame (R.E.M.), 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), A Soapbox Opera (Supertramp), Wind of Change (Scorpions), Seduce Me Tonight (Cycle V), I Get No Joy (Jade Bird), Angels (Robbie Williams), Jessie (Joshua Kadison), Into The Mystic (Van Morrison), Mainstreet (Bob Seger), 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), The Night Chicago Died (Paper Chase), Angel Eyes (The Jeff Healey Band), Love All Night (Work all Day) — Yola, That’s The Way It Goes (George Harrison), Save the Best For Last (Vanessa Williams).
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).
Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen), Stairway to Heaven (Far Corporation), Rock n’ Roll Heaven (The Richteous Brothers), The Living Years (Mike + The Mechanics, The Best of Times (Styx), Down The Road (Mickey Hart), Do You Realize?? (The Flaming Lips), 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).
*** 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.
But then, one day, I had a bright 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 so too can anyone else.
Originally, I considered titling this “World’s Longest Blog Post,” in anticipation of having it remain a never-ending “work in progress” — so to speak — where I can continue to add to it from time to time. (So check back, periodically. This will likely only get bigger.)
There will be a wide assortment of music. And as I hear new things I like, I can add that too. (I might even expand this to include links to podcasts and things unrelated to music, as well.) Some songs might be just right for listening to while lifting weights — if I ever find time for that again. Others make for a nice background “white sound,” for playing while doing busy work that doesn’t require intense concentration. Some songs might be just right for snapping you, or someone you know, out of a bad mood. Other songs might enable the listener to see things from a different perspective. And who can resist those energetic upbeat songs that simply enable us to recharge our batteries (so to speak)?
But also, I love the craft of songwriting. (Actually, it’s one of those things I never have time for; but wish I did.) So some of these songs fit marvelously well here, from that perspective. They’re great songs to listen to (and study) 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.
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!