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Music on Mondays (4-6-15)—Another day with me and you and a dog named Boo on the Indian reservation

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Most of my readers probably know that I have a lot of music comprising many genres of which most is either in the pop category or classical. I call the pop category my non-classical music. Currently I have 1,670 hours, 32 minutes, and 10 seconds of non-classical music. I listen to an average of 11 hours, 10 minutes of music each and every day, which means that it takes me about 149½ days just to listen to the non-classical music. It takes me the rest of the year to listen to all my classical music.

Long-time readers also probably know that I listen to my non-classical music in chronological order. Today I’m in the year 1971. Of the many albums released that year, I have 58 of them. In the order in which I listen to them:

  1. Kongos by John Kongos
  2. First Album by ZZ Top
  3. Salisbury by Uriah Heep
  4. Chicago III by Chicago
  5. Paranoid by Black Sabbath
  6. Crazy Horse by Crazy Horse
  7. Love It To Death by Alice Cooper
  8. Ring Of Hands by Argent
  9. The Yes Album by Yes
  10. Percy by The Kinks
  11. Aqualung by Jethro Tull
  12. Manna by Bread
  13. Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones
  14. The Doobie Brothers by The Doobie Brothers
  15. Survival by Grand Funk
  16. Bloodrock 3 by Bloodrock
  17. Thirds by The James Gang
  18. Songs For Beginners by Graham Nash
  19. Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
  20. L.A. Woman by The Doors
  21. Indelibly Stamped by Supertramp
  22. Tarkus by Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  23. Every Good Boy Deserves Favor by The Moody Blues
  24. Fireball by Deep Purple
  25. Master Of Reality by Black Sabbath
  26. Who’s Next? by The Who
  27. April Wine by April Wine
  28. Bark by Jefferson Airplane
  29. Future Games by Fleetwood Mac
  30. Harmony by Three Dog Night
  31. Look At Yourself by Uriah Heep
  32. Imagine by John Lennon
  33. Rock Love by The Steve Miller Band
  34. American Pie by Don McLean
  35. Other Voices by The Doors
  36. REO Speedwagon by REO Speedwagon
  37. The Morning After by The J. Geils Band
  38. UFO 2—Flying by UFO
  39. Distant Light by The Hollies
  40. Meddle by Pink Floyd
  41. Cold Spring Harbor by Billy Joel
  42. Funny How Sweet Co-Co Can Be by The Sweet
  43. Muswell Hillbillies by The Kinks
  44. Nazareth by Nazareth
  45. People Like Us by The Mamas & The Papas
  46. Sittin’ In by Loggins & Messina
  47. Year Of Sunday by Seals & Crofts
  48. Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
  49. Nilsson Schmillson by Nilsson
  50. Fragile by Yes
  51. E Pluribus Funk by Grand Funk
  52. Madman Across The Water by Elton John
  53. Killer by Alice Cooper
  54. Trafalgar by The Bee Gees
  55. Straight Up by Badfinger
  56. The Electric Light Orchestra by The Electric Light Orchestra
  57. The Concert For Bangladesh by George Harrison & Friends
  58. Wild Life by Wings

So which is my favorite album? I couldn’t decide. Maybe there is a tie for first place:

Ram by Paul & Linda McCartney
Who’s Next? by The Who
Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Nilsson Schmilsson by Nilsson
Trafalgar by The Bee Gees.

If you know those albums well, you’ll notice that every song on the albums are quite singable, and I love to sing.

I also have 71 individual song files but I’m not going to list all of them here. I can’t choose my favorite among them, either, but following are ten that I love to sing along with. I hope they bring back some pleasant memories for someone.

Jeepster by T. Rex
Not released as a single

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Another Day by Paul McCartney
McCartney’s first post-Beatles single, a #5 hit

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Indian Reservation by Paul Revere & The Raiders
Their only #1 hit

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Me & You & A Dog Named Boo by Lobo
Lobo’s first single, a #5 hit

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Albert Flasher by The Guess Who
#29 hit

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Signs by Five Man Electrical Band
Their first single, a #3 hit

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Draggin’ The Line by Tommy James
A #4 hit a year after James said good-bye to The Shondells

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Saturday Morning Confusion by Bobby Russell
Russell wrote dozens of hits for others
but had only two hits himself
this his biggest at #28

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Where Evil Grows by The Poppy Family
A #45 hit, although until this blog post
I thought it made it much higher.

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Rain Dance by The Guess Who
#19

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The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Music on Mondays (8-5-13) — I need good music

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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My wise old grandmother always told me that music was the international language. She grew up in the days of orchestras and big band music. I think sure she knew exactly what she was walking about, and I imagine what could be accomplished by politicians in countries throughout the world if all of them would negotiate with each other with some calming music playing in the background. That’s definitely not how I imagine their meetings being conducted.

If you’re having a bad time, try adding some music to your day.

The Sunday mornin’ gospel goes good with the soul
There’s blues, folk, and country, and rock like a rollin’ stone
The world could come together as one
If everybody under the sun
Add some music to your day

You’ll hear it while you’re walkin’ by a neighbor’s home
You’ll hear it faintly in the distance when you’re on the phone
You’re sittin’ in a dentist’s chair
And they’ve got music for you there
To add some music to your day

Add some music everywhere
Add some music
Your doctor knows it keeps you calm
Your preacher adds it to his psalms
So add some music to your day

Music
When you’re alone
Is like a companion
For your lonely soul

 When day is over
I close my tired eyes
Music is in my soul

At a movie you can feel it touching your heart
And on every day of the summertime
You’ll hear children chasing ice cream carts
They’ll play it on your wedding day
There must be ’bout a million ways
To add some music to your day

Add some music to your day
Add some music to your day 

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Just make sure it’s not bad music about death, destruction, rape, murder, violence…. Rap and Hip-hop come immediately to mind. Even bad music is part of the international language, and all those negative thoughts and words under the guise of music are sure to add stress and other negativity into your life.

Everyone that I can see is gettin’ right in tow
Changin’ songs to be on the radio
Now there are things that I believe in
I’d never sell my soul
It always feels so good to hear good music

I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music

How can I get back with you if I’m so far from home
In any port or foreign shore alone
So many ways to be betrayed believe me when I say
I think that I would die without good music

I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music
I need good music, I need good music
I know that I would die without good music

And even though you might think it’s funny
I couldn’t care if there ain’t no money
I’m a little mixed up but I’ll be alright
If I can hear a loud guitar all night

 I need good music, good good music
It always feels so good to hear good music 

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I think someone at some university somewhere should do some detailed research about what kind of music all these killers, rapists, and thugs listen to. What music was blaring from the stereo in Nathan Campbell’s car that he purposefully drove onto the Venice Beach Boardwalk this weekend that killed one and injured eleven? I’d be willing to bet that it wasn’t good music.

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