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Music on Mondays (4-10-17)—This isn’t what the governmeant

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

Currently in my non-classical music collection I have 1,438 hours 18 minutes and 17 seconds of music. I listen to it in chronological order and average about 10 hours a day, which means it takes me just over 143 days to listen to it all. Just after midnight 13 hours ago, I started listening to 1972. Here are the 1972 albums in my collection in the order in which I will sing along:

  1. Bang by Bang
  2. Mother/Bow to the King by Bang
  3. America by America
  4. Loose by Crazy Horse
  5. Baby I’m-A-Want You by Bread
  6. Paul Simon by Paul Simon
  7. Harvest by Neil Young
  8. Rockin’ by The Guess Who
  9. Bare Trees by Fleetwood Mac
  10. Joy by Apollo 100
  11. Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull
  12. Machine Head by Deep Purple
  13. On Record by April Wine
  14. Rio Grande Mud by Z Z Top
  15. Mardi Gras by Creedence Clearwater Revival
  16. Demons & Wizards by Uriah Heep
  17. Exile on Main Street by The Rolling Stones
  18. Honky Chateau by Elton John
  19. Blue Oyster Cult by Blue Oyster Cult
  20. Foghat by Foghat
  21. School’s Out by Alice Cooper
  22. Living in the Past by Jethro Tull
  23. Toulouse Street by The Doobie Brothers
  24. Eagles by The Eagles
  25. Obscured by Clouds by Pink Floyd
  26. All Together Now by Argent
  27. Straight Shooter by James Gang
  28. Chicago V by Chicago
  29. Trilogy by Emerson Lake & Palmer
  30. Seven Separate Fools by Three Dog Night
  31. The Slider by T Rex
  32. Summer Breeze by Seals & Crofts
  33. Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath
  34. Phoenix by Grand Funk
  35. Close to the Edge by Yes
  36. At Crooked Lake by Crazy Horse
  37. Barnstorm by Joe Walsh
  38. Fresh by Raspberries
  39. Loggins & Messina by Loggins & Messina
  40. Guitar Man by Bread
  41. To Whom It May Concern by Bee Gees
  42. Can’t Buy A Thrill by Steely Dan
  43. Homecoming by America
  44. Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues
  45. The Magician’s Birthday by Uriah Heep
  46. They Only Come Out at Night by The Edgar Winter Group
  47. REO-TWO by REO Speedwagon

When I turned 18 on March 11, 1973, 33 of my friends gave me a surprise birthday party. All of them knew that I played the piano and the violin, and sang, and that I loved music, so many of my birthday gifts involved music. Some of them went together to pool their money and buy me albums. Previously all I had were 45 singles. The first three albums in my collection came from this birthday party: Black Sabbath Vol 4 by Black Sabbath, Machine Head by Deep Purple, and Seventh Sojourn by The Moody Blues. Those three albums were the start of the beginning of the end; I was off to the races collecting albums instead of singles.

So which is my favorite? Whichever one I’m currently listening to.

I do have some many favorite songs, though. Here are just five of them:

“This Isn’t What the Governmeant” by Bread

“Duncan” by Paul Simon

“Listen to the Music” by The Doobie Brothers

“Witchy Woman” by The Eagles

“Abaddon’s Bolero” by Emerson Lake & Palmer

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Music on Mondays (12-22-14)—I prefer digital

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

On this day in music history, 1980, Magic Records, a subsidiary of the British firm Stiff Records, released an album in Great Britain titled “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan.” Here’s an excerpt:

If you don’t seem to get any sound from your speakers, it’s because the album was forty minutes of silence, so the excerpt also is silence. However, if you listen closely, you can hear the vinyl pops, clicks, hisses, and scratches. That’s why I prefer digital!

Also on this day in music history, 1973, Elton John’s classic album “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was at #1 on the charts in both Great Britain and the United States. Four singles from the album hit the singles charts: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road,” “Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Bennie and the Jets.”

Many critics consider “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” to be Elton’s best song. I agree it is very good but I might have a ten-way tie for best. Here’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”:

Of course, we have to give credit to Bernie Taupin for writing the lyrics for Elton to put music to.

The B side of the single was a song titled “Screw You.” Except in the United States where the song was re-titled “Young Man’s Blues.” Certainly would not want to offend American record buyers…. until Rap and Hip Hop came along.

Of course, some Republicans would say that “The Wit & Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” with its forty minutes of silence is offensive….

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Zoey the Cool Cat watching tennis

Cats: Tennis, wet, stray, cool, nashville, honky, long tail, and cradle

The Music Chronicles of Russel Ray

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Yesterday I spiced up my life by going “door knocking.” That’s what I call it when someone stops by a blog, reads the most recent post, clicks on LIKE, possibly leaves a comment, and moves on. It’s like the two Mormon missionary boys who knock on my front door. No time to get to know me. They just have a task to do and that’s it (and it’s amazing how fast they skeedaddle out of here when I tell them I’m a gay man in an 18-year gay marriage).

One of the comments to my post yesterday asked if Zoey the Cool Cat approved of me watching tennis instead of blog camping. You be the judge:

Zoey the Cool Cat watching tennis

Zoey the Cool Cat watching tennis

Tennis is the only thing she watches on television, and that’s her tennis-watching position. Since it’s a liquid plasma TV, I think the angle from the chair to the TV allows her to see the tennis ball moving across the screen. She is never interested in anything else on TV, not the birds chirping, not the cats meowing, not the dogs barking…… just tennis.

Right after the Olympic men’s tennis final yesterday, here’s how Zoey the Cool Cat celebrated:

Zoey the Cool (wet) Cat

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Okay, maybe she didn’t celebrate……… Isn’t it cute how she’s sticking her little pink tongue out at me because I gave her a bath?….lol

In honor of Zoey the Cool (wet tennis) Cat, I thought we would explore cat songs today. Following are favorites from my music collection. “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin, from 1974, is a commentary on the state of the family. It’s even more relevant today than it was 38 years ago.

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